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Registration for Winter 2013 Classes is now open!
Building an Online Presence for Writers
Instructor: Cat Rambo
Nowadays, self-promotion is more important than ever for writers. How do you make the most of social networks without wasting precious time? What are the advantages of a website or blog, and what needs to be on one? Why worry about terms like SEO, traffic analysis, or click-throughs? We’ll map out some of the territory, show pitfalls to avoid, and stress the best ways to create an online presence to promote your writing career. Classes are conducted online via the free site Google Hangouts. You will need a computer with a webcam in order to participate.
Maximum class size: 8
Number of sessions: 3
Dates: Tuesdays, January 8, 15, & 22, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Online Class
Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches in the Pacific Northwest. Her 100+ published short stories have appeared in markets such as Asimov's, Weird Tales, and Clarkesworld. Her third short story collection, Near + Far, appeared from Hydra House in September 2012. www.kittywumpus.net/blog/
Photo Credit: OnFocus Photography
Screenwriting: How to Adapt a Story into Film
Instructor: Erica Miner
Have you written a story that shouts “screenplay” or believe it would make a great movie? Have you read a story or novel that begs to be adapted into film? This class will instruct you in the fundamentals of adaptation from story to film. You will learn the difference between fiction writing and screenwriting, with examples taken from specific screen adaptations, as well as how to format a screenplay and create a synopsis and logline. The instructor will provide hands-on exercises either written from scratch or from pages you bring to class. You will leave with Miner’s well-researched Screenwriting Resource Sheet and other informative handouts.
Maximum class size: 20
Number of sessions: 2
Dates: Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (with two 15-minute breaks each day)
Library Meeting Room
Former Metropolitan Opera violinist Erica Miner has studied screenwriting with Hollywood guru Linda Seger and won numerous awards for her screenplays, including the Writers Digest and Santa Fe competitions. She has written screenplays for all three of her published novels, including Travels with My Lovers (2002), which won the Fiction Prize in the Direct from the Author Book Awards, and Murder in the Pit (2010), which takes place at the Met Opera. Miner has presented at conferences and libraries in San Diego and Seattle. www.ericaminer.com
You're Writing the Manuscript, Now What?
Instructor: Alice B. Acheson
Searching for a publisher? Disappointed with marketing provided for your previous book? This workshop provides "a thorough destroying of illusions, replaced with real tools and great methods to deal with actual situations” –former workshop participant. You will learn strategies for finding and impressing an agent/publisher; tasks to do—and when—to gain realistic control over the marketing process and publisher support; and how to create the all-important "pre-pub platform.” Abundant handouts will cover all stages of publication. Required Pre-Class Assignment: Write your book's "sell sheet." Instructions received upon registration.
Maximum class size: 15
Number of sessions: 2
Dates: Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. (with two 15-minute breaks each day)
Library Meeting Room
Bainbridge Public Library
1270 Madison Avenue N.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Alice B. Acheson is a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books. She is the recipient of the Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. As an editor at a major New York City publisher, she read the "slush" pile and spotted the "go/no-go" elements of a project. As a publicist, she has handled many titles that have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list (four simultaneously).
Photo Credit: Ed Greub