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Edit Yourself, Advanced Blogging, Bay Area Book Festival, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A few announcements: This week I have two classes open for registration—a six-week Advanced Blogging Workshop and a one-day Edit Yourself workshop. Also, in early June I’ll be teaching a one-day Successful Blogging class at Book Passage in Corte Madera (see below) and participating in a panel about writing communities at the Bay Area Book Festival June 7 (stay tuned for the time and location of the panel).


Rub Kuznia

Photo by Scott Varley at the Daily Breeze


This week, I’m super excited to congratulate my friend Rob Kuznia (ab0ve) for winning a Pulitzer for local journalism and to see my friend Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (fourth from right, below) movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl at the San Francisco Film Festival. And congrats to my good friend Jeff Sommerville for co-producing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl! Lately I’m feeling like Shirley MacLaine in Sweet Charity when she says, “Wow, this place is sure full of celebrities. I’m the only one in here I’ve never heard of.”


2015 Sundance Film Festival Portraits - Day 2

Happy Weekend!

Advanced Blogging Workshop

Location: San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, 490 2nd Ste. #200 San Francisco, CA
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: Mondays, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: May 4 to June 15 (no class May 25)

Description: Ready to take your blog to the next level? In this 6-Week Blogging Workshop, every student will submit a blog post for critique EVERY WEEK, including one video blog (vlog) post. In addition, we will discuss SEO (search engine optimization), Google Analytics, monetizing your blog, and making the most of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+. Requirement: Students must have taken Blogging for Beginners or must already have an active blog. Tea and snacks included. Don’t miss out on this chance to broaden your audience!

Edit Yourself: How to Make Your Good Manuscript Great

Location: San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, 490 2nd Ste. #200 San Francisco, CA
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: Sunday, May 3, 10-4 p.m.
Dates: May 3

Description: Save thousands of dollars hiring professional editors by learning to edit your own work! As a freelance book editor of 12 years, I see the same mistakes over and over in the manuscripts I edit. From exercises to improve your story arc, character development, dialogue and description to tips for copyediting your completed manuscript, I’ll teach you how to turn your good manuscript into a great manuscript in this one-day intensive workshop. Bring a sample of your work (10 pages) and lunch. I’ll provide tea and snacks.


Successful Blogging

Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: Saturday, 10-4 p.m.
Dates: June 6


Description: Have you always wanted to start a blog? This is your chance! In one six-hour session you will set up a WordPress blog, choose a focus and design, and learn how to write great blog posts. This class covers best blogging practices, how to build traffic, and time management.


7 comments to Edit Yourself, Advanced Blogging, Bay Area Book Festival, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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