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Join us at these upcoming online FREE & LOW-COST SESSIONS for writers. Click on titles to get more info and register.
Missed a Writers Talk session? Recordings of several sessions are at the bottom of this page!
Turn Your Passions into Paychecks:
Write and Sell Feature Articles to Newspapers & Magazines!
Friday, December 4, 2020 – 10:30am to 12:00pm
Zoom meeting. Class fee is $99 ($79 for MI members)
Do not hesitate… CLICK HERE to register!
Are you wildly curious about the world? Love talking to strangers about their fields of expertise? Writing feature articles for newspapers and magazines allows you to dive deeply into fascinating topics and get paid for the adventure.
In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to come up with feature article ideas, and how to find and interview expert sources. Participants will learn how to identify and approach magazine and newspaper editors with a story pitch, and how to craft a feature article. A bibliography will include numerous professional resources so that you can immediately start pitching and writing feature articles.
Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and author—most recently—of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tween and Teens (Penguin/Random House, 2019). Her articles have appeared in Real Simple, The Washington Post, Parents, Working Mother, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Find out more at www.melissahart.com
Hosted in partnership with the Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Chapter of the Womens’ National Book Association, this event will take place via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you a few days before the class starts. Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, [email protected]
Regrettably this session has been CANCELLED as have several other recent classes! Please sign up for classes as soon as possible to avoid cancellation of a class.
Building Your Author Platform: 10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow a Meaningful Brand
New date to be announced in 2021
CLICK for a YouTube recording of one of Rusty’s classes
Rusty Shelton will share the strategies used to build platforms for some of the world’s leading authors and thought leaders. Drawing on the framework shared in his newest bestselling book, Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars of Thought Leadership to Make Competition Irrelevant, he will reveal a 10-step plan that combines insights from the changing worlds of publicity, social media. and marketing to help nonfiction authors cut through the clutter and build a large platform.
POSTPONED To be rescheduled
Face Time with an Editor: A two hour class with David Colin Carr
A lot can be learned about writing and self-editing from watching an editor in the trenches. It can also calm your trepidation about submitting your own writing for editorial scrutiny. With four writing samples and/or structural concerns in front of you, you’ll track how an editor explores the specific challenges in live conversation with a writer, and maybe a chance to ask questions.
Submit a Writing Sample $25 Observer $5
For MORE sessions for writers including WRITERS GROUPS, go to https://www.milibrary.org/events
As promised…VIDEO ARCHIVES of Writers Talk sessions!
Click on session titles below:
Making History A panel discussion on writing and publishing historical articles and books. Hosted by Taryn Edwards and featuring: Chris Gruener – Cameron + Company, Laurie Krill is the west coast acquisitions editor for The History Press, Lee Bruno is an author and journalist. His most recent book is Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934 and Lana Costantini is Director of Education and Publishing at the San Francisco Historical Society and editor of The Argonaut.
Join “OG Rev” Harry Louis Williams II, Interim Minister of Compassionate Care at the historic Glide Memorial Church and Randy Shaw, Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, for an inside look at the region’s rapidly growing homeless population and what it is like on the streets now during these turbulent times. Both gentlemen will speak of their writing careers and their experiences helping our most vulnerable citizens. Moderated by Laurie McLean, Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference and Taryn Edwards, Librarian and Strategic Partnerships Manager of Mechanics’ Institute. In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.