Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills


Anisse Gross

 

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26  |  Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. How will you make enough money? If you currently have a job, how do you transition into full-time freelancing? When can you take the plunge? Where will you find clients? How will you successfully pitch to publications, especially if you don’t have a portfolio?

It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to successfully make it as a freelance writer. In this one-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazines, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work.

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Yukari Iwatani Kane

 

 

 

TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 26—OCTOBER 24 | Whether you’re a journalist, non-fiction writer or a novelist, the interview is one of the most important reporting tools for a writer to obtain information, understand perspectives beyond your own and add dynamism and authenticity to your articles and stories.

In this class, Yukari Kane will share her strategies and tips for getting even the most recalcitrant interviewees to open up. You will hone your interview skills as she takes you through each step in the process from asking and prepping for an interview to conducting the interview and following up.

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Joshua Mohr

 

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 | Every writer has had the terrifying experience of reading their own work and wondering why a total stranger would be interested. Often, the missing element to successfully lure a reader into your work is plot. Maybe you’ve created a riveting character, yet if nothing is happening on the page, if the protagonist isn’t under any duress, a reader’s attention will wander.

In this seminar, we will examine ways to pace and structure your plot points to extract every drop of excitement from them. We will also do some in-class writing to share with the group.

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Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14  | Think LinkedIn isn’t for you? Think again. Authors, performers, and artists often overlook this powerful social media and networking tool that plays an essential part in developing professional artistic opportunities in the Bay Area and beyond. In this one-day seminar, learn to harness LinkedIn to promote your work, support your funding applications, make connections with the connected, and kindle interest in your career. A laptop, notebook computer, or iPad is required for this course.

Lyzette Wanzer, MFA is a San Francisco author, editor, and writing workshop instructor. Her work appears in over twenty literary journals, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and San Francisco University High School Journal.

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Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21  |  This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for–or wish to learn about–writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. We’ll cover:

• The best places to locate opportunities
• The dreaded Project Statement, Work Plan, or Goals and Objectives question
• How to demonstrate a rising trajectory (remembering that most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there)
• Using headings and “buckets” to make your statement navigable
• Crafting clear, concise personal or “artist” statements (leave this class with a completed first draft in hand!)
• Why the marketing angle is so important
• Creating an effective literary resume

Lyzette Wanzer, MFA, is a San Francisco author, editor, and writing workshop instructor.

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Cheryl Ossola

 

 

 

SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 4 & 11  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. Perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes choose a narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In the first class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identify common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV.

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Julia Scheeres

 

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12  | The beauty of nonfiction books is that they can frequently be sold on the basis of a 40- to 60-page proposal. What is a proposal? Essentially, it is a business plan for your book – a document that outlines your book’s basic premise, provides data indicating that there’s a sizable audience for it, and otherwise convinces a publisher to give you money to write it. Memoirs, narrative journalism, business books, histories, and biographies can all be sold on proposal.

In this seminar, students will learn the seven components of a book proposal, read examples of proposals that sold, and get the lowdown on the publishing industry – including the best way to find an agent.

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Laurie Ann Doyle

Laurie Ann Doyle

 

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12  | Do you have six or more short stories and want to create a collection? This workshop is designed for you! In our one-day, hands-on class, we’ll talk about ways to unify your collection by setting, theme, and style, as well as character. We’ll look at acclaimed books of stories and examine approaches taken by different authors. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of publishing individual stories before your book is out, identify variables to help you determine the best order for the stories in your book, and do some in-class writing to share with others.

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Anisse Gross

 

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19  |  Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. How will you make enough money? If you currently have a job, how do you transition into full-time freelancing? When can you take the plunge? Where will you find clients? How will you successfully pitch to publications, especially if you don’t have a portfolio?

It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to successfully make it as a freelance writer. In this one-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazines, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work.

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