Authors Uncensored: Intimate Conversations with Bestsellers with Litquake Co-founder Jane Ganahl (9/29 – 11/17)

Instructor: Jane Ganahl
Contact: jganahl@pacbell.net
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Thursday nights
Dates: 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/10 and 11/17

Course fee: $350 for the session, Wine and snacks provided.

Description: This class provides writing students access to some of the most acclaimed and experienced writers the Bay Area has to offer, in an intimate setting around a large table. Learn about things they’re too polite to talk about in bookstore readings. What do they really think about the future of publishing? What is their writer’s Achilles tendon – their biggest weakness? What was the highest point of their career – and the lowest? What are the pluses and minuses of working within the traditional publishing world, or striking out on one’s own? Authors will discuss craft tips, breaking into the business, their writing routine – and offer advice to you, the student.

9/29 – Annie Barrows, author of the bestselling Ivy and Bean series of children’s books
10/6 – Jon Carroll, national award-winning Chronicle columnist of almost 30 years, and expert on writing the personal essay
10/20 - Po Bronson, bestselling author of both non-fiction (What Should I Do With My Life, NurtureShock) and fiction (Bombardiers), and co-founder of the Grotto
10/27 – Joyce Maynard, whose bestsellers have included YA fiction (The Usual Rules), memoir (At Home in the World) and even screen adaptations (the Golden Globe-nominated script for To Die For)
11/10 – Beth Lisick, author of the hilarious New York Times bestseller, Everybody Into the Pool, and famed humorist who’s been performing on stage with The Beth Lisick Ordeal for years in SF.
11/17 – Ellen Sussman, author of the 2011 New York Times bestseller French Lessons, editor of two non-fiction anthologies (Bad Girls, Dirty Words), and acclaimed writing teacher

Instructor Bio: Class moderator is Jane Ganahl, co-founder of Litquake, author of the memoir Naked on the Page, journalist of 30 years, on-stage interviewer of numerous authors, from Amy Tan to Nora Ephron.