Join us at these upcoming online FREE & LOW-COST SESSIONS for writers.
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Missed a Writers Talk session? Recordings of several sessions are at the bottom of this page!
with Sheryl Bize-Boutte Public $29/MI Members $19
Fiction writers need characters to come alive. A good character is integral to the story – whether they are the protagonist, antagonist, or part of the supporting cast. In this workshop, you will discover what makes a good character, learn where to start in creating a character, and begin to develop a character in real-time.
Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative. Her writing has been variously described as “rich in vivid imagery,” “incredible,” and “great contributions to literature.” Her first novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, was published in June 2020 and a poetry collection she has written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled No Poetry No Peace, was published in August 2020. She is also a popular literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator, and emcee for local events.
Hosted in partnership with the Mechanics’ Institute, 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]
Friday, February 05, 2021 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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. Learn how an editor works in real time.
Submit a Writing Sample $50 Observer $10 Click on class title for information on registering and submitting a writing sample.
Lessons From Behind the Mic with author and podcaster Matthew Félix
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In this talk, Matthew shares what he’s learned about the art of the interview. Matthew Félix is an author, podcaster, and speaker. He also publishes and markets books for other authors. Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize called Matthew’s debut novel about a young Spaniard’s awakening to his intuition, A Voice Beyond Reason, “(a) highly crafted gem.” Matthew’s With Open Arms won four Solas Awards and topped Amazon’s Africa and Morocco categories. Matthew was also awarded the $750 Solas Grand Prize for his short story “The Citroën & the Pomegranate.” Matthew’s latest book, Porcelain Travels, won Gold for Humor in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards and was a Foreword INDIES Humor Book of the Year Award finalist.
with Kate Farrell author of Story Power
In this two session workshop, you will learn how to tell an unforgettable story from the pandemic and record it for the MI archives. Supplementary text recommended: Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories by Kate Farrell, available at the Mechanics Institute, at Alexander Book Company, and as an eBook through the San Francisco Public Library.
Date to be announced soon!
Building Your Author Platform: 10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow a Meaningful Brand
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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.
Regrettably some sessions in 2020 were CANCELLED for lack of attendance…only to have registrations come pouring in at the last minute! Please sign up for classes as soon as possible to avoid cancellation of a class. For MORE sessions, go to https://www.milibrary.org/events
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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 will speak of their writing careers. 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.