MIL-SFWC Classes All Year Long!

In partnership with the Mechanics Institute Library we will be presenting educational (and entertaining) SFWC-MIL classes with prices that are writer friendly…including a few FREE classes, too! 
The classes will all be held at the Mechanics’ Institute      
 57 Post Street – San Francisco, CA 94104 – www.milibrary.org
 

Check out the upcoming SFWC-MIL CLASSES below.


Friday, August 10, 2018 – 10:30am to 4:30pm

How to Become a Competitive Creative: Building a Full-Time Career as a Writer in the Digital Age with Jane Friedman

Before the arrival of the Internet, writers had few options for making a living that didn’t involve working with a publisher or selling more books. Today, there are so many potential paths that most writers are confused about what direction to take.  Jane knows publishing and writing from the inside out. She is the author of  The Business of Being a Writer, co-founder of  The Hot Sheet newsletter for writers, former editor and publisher of Writers’ Digest magazine, and she is a sought after speaker and teacher.

Class fess is $289    Click on class title above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


Friday, August 17, 2018 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch — Epic Reads: Secrets to Crafting Historical Fiction

The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter is thrilled to present member writers who have authored highly successful historical (and prehistorical!) novels that readers and reviewers rave about. Learn what role research plays and how to make your scenes, settings, and characters realistic and compulsively readable. Epic Reads will be moderated by WNBA-SF President Brenda Knight. There will be Q&A followed by book signings; bring your notebooks and plenty of questions!

This session is….Free!


Saturday, August 25, 2018

 Introductory Class!  Learn the basics and how to improve what you already have—featuring WordPress.   
 Class fee is $49

1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  WordPress Bootcamp: Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It

Hands on class where you will learn the basics of building a WordPress-based website.  Bring your laptop computer; you’ll leave with a working website!
Both classes are presented by Linda Lee, web designer and founder of WordPress Bootcamp.    
Class fee is $139.  

Click on class titles above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 10:30am to 4:30pm

Mastering the Emotion-Driven Story with Eric Witchey

Emotion-driven Story is a high-energy seminar class that presents hands-on techniques for touching every reader’s heart.    Class fee is $199.   Click on the class title above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Journey from Poet to Author

A Workshop with Diane Frank!  The theme of this workshop is transforming your poems into a book – the issues, the obstacles, and the joy.

Class fee is $119.   Click on the class title above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:30am to 12:30pm  Finding and Working with a Literary Agent with Andy Ross

This overview class will lead you through the process of finding the right agent for you.   Class fee is $49

In this class, we will discuss the elements of a good query letter, how to write one that will grab the attention of the agent.   Class fee is $49
Click on class titles above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:30am
 to 12:30pm

Nailing the 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction – Talk and Q&A with C. S. Lakin

This 2-hour slide talk and discussion will go deep into your concept with a kicker, protagonist with a goal, conflict with high stakes, and theme with a heart.   Class fee is $49   

1:30pm to 4:30pm   Workshop Your 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction with C. S. Lakin

In this afternoon session, we’ll dig deep into your four pillars, helping you brainstorm your ideas in small group critique sessions along with instructor feedback. Class fee is $119

Click on class titles above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


Friday, November 2, 2018 – 10:30am to 3:00pm

“Everyday Celebrity”: How to create a powerful presence when you pitch and market your book!
Discover exactly how to unleash your innate star quality and shine. Learn the best marketing secrets from the entertainment world so you can powerfully present yourself like a seasoned celebrity in interviews, networking events, pitches, video presentations, and more. Find the words and the courage to communicate your irresistible offer to publishers, the press, and other key influencers who will help you build your personal brand—and acquire the success you deserve.  Then wow the audience at your next booksigning!

Click on class title above for details, teacher bio, and to register.


About the Mechanics’ Institute  

The Mechanics’ Institute is a general interest independent library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics — artisans, craftsmen, and inventors — and their families, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

Consider becoming a member.  Membership provides access to our library, chess activities, free admission to most of our events, and discounted rates for our writing classes! Membership is open to the public and starts at $120 a year. Please see milibrary.org/join for further details and benefits.

Take a tour!   The Institute has a long history and many exciting services! Tours take place every Wednesday at Noon or by appointment.


 MORE CLASSES ARE ON THE WAY.  
Subscribe to the SFWC Newsletter to hear about them as soon as they are confirmed.

All of the SFWC-MIL classes will be held at the Mechanics’ Institute –
57 Post Street – San Francisco, CA 94104 – www.milibrary.org


A sample of upcoming and past SFWC/MIL classes:


The Author Website: Building a Site That Works  with Linda Lee  
Saturday, August 25
, 10:30 am – Noon   
Class Fee $49 (MI Members $39)    Registration opens soon!

   We’ve all heard that we need a website and a social media presence as authors. Have you ever wondered what’s involved in building a website? What is web hosting? How to buy and use domain names?
   In this session you’ll receive information about how to get started online with a website, a blog, and other social media outlets, as well as valuable information about web hosting and choosing domain names.

The session will cover:

  1. What is WordPress? Why should I use it?
  2. What is the difference between WordPress.com and a self hosted WordPress website?
  3. Buying domain names.
  4. What is website hosting?
  5. 8 elements every author website must have.
  6. Blogging on your website and blogging basics.

Detailed Q&A session covering

  • What email marketing program should I use and why do I need one?
  • Social Media -what works
  • Do you want to commit to using it or not. Pro’s and Con’s.
  • How much should a website cost me?
  • To blog or not to blog? Pro’s and Con’s…plus much more!

Includes a PDF of the presentation sent to you after class.   

Linda Lee is online expert with 10 years experience with WordPress. She is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer who demystifies the online experience. Whether you are a novice or veteran Internet user, Linda can help you optimize and monetize your website. She specializes in WordPress design, WordPress Websites, instruction, and problem shooting. She has built over 250 websites for clients on the WordPress platform. Linda is the founder of WordPress BootcampSmart Women Stupid Computers and Askmepc-Webdesign . She offers remote training domestically and internationally. Linda has been the Volunteer Director for the San Francisco Writers conference since 2007.


WordPress Bootcamp: Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It   

presented by Linda Lee,  Founder of WordPress Bootcamp  
Assistant for this class will be, Mary Knippel, blogger and editor.

Saturday, August 25, 1 pm – 4:30 pm   Registration opens soon!
Class Fee $139 (MI Members $119)  

We will be covering:

  • The basics of using a WordPress built website.
  • Logging In
  • The Dashboard
  • Themes and Menus
  • How to write and publish a blog post
  • Adding tags or keywords and categories
  • How to correctly title your blog posts and the search engine optimization basics.
  • Working with Images, sizes, and how to find copyright free images

Each attendee will be given a WordPress test site, set up with plugins and ready to use, so the class will be able to learn at the same pace. You will have access to your WordPress test site for 90 days after class to continue to practice or refresh what you will learn.

This class includes an online follow up set of 6 video lessons covering what you learned. You will have lifetime access to those videos. Class starts promptly at 1:00 and we will take one 15 minute break. We will have 30 minutes at the end for Q and A.   BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP TO THE CLASS!!

Linda Lee, Web Designer, WordPress Expert & Educator 
Linda Lee is online expert with 10 years experience with WordPress. She is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer who demystifies the online experience. Whether you are a novice or veteran Internet user, Linda can help you optimize and monetize your website. She specializes in WordPress design, WordPress Websites, instruction, and problem shooting. She has built over 250 websites for clients on the WordPress platform. Linda is the founder of WordPress BootcampSmart Women Stupid Computers and Askmepc-Webdesign . She offers remote training domestically and internationally. Linda has been the Volunteer Director for the San Francisco Writers conference since 2007.


Secrets of The Perfect Pitch and the Quintessential Query
Saturday MORNING, September 30, 2017 – 10:00am

Laurie McLean will unveil the secrets of the perfect pitch and the quintessential query in an information-rich 2-hour class.

The session will cover:

 How to craft a query; explanation of the parts of a query; what to do/what not to do in an effective query
High concept pitching; word cloud creation; making a query memorable.
The elements of a pitch; how a pitch is different from a query; making your pitch personal. 

MI Members $39.00, Public $49.00    Advanced Registration Required.  Register Here 

Workshopping Your Perfect Pitch and the Quintessential Query
Saturday AFTERNOON, September 30, 2017 – 1:00pm

Laurie returns for this hands-on workshop for your specific pitch and query. She will work with students individually; taking general concepts and helping you craft the ideal pitch and query letter so you can get your writing in the hands of decision making agents and editors. Bring the first 3 chapters of your work in progress as well as a 1-2 page synopsis.

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. Laurie is also the co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its fifteenth year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies: JoyrideBooks.com for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books (acquired by Short Fuse Publishing in 2015). Find out more at FuseLiterary.com and AgentSavant.com, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant.


Adair Lara

“Voice applied to a story—that’s a memoir.” Nail not just the story but the voice of your memoir in this full-day retreat workshop of hands-on exercises.  Adair will help you shed your inhibitions in order to craft a compelling memoir…and give you tips on getting it published!

We’ll cover:

  • Creating an interesting personality on the page. 
  • What to minimize, what to heighten, what goes in and what doesn’t.
  • How to detach from the story even though it happened to you.
  • We want more narration, less scene.  I’ll tell you why.
  • Using prompts to find your voice.
  • The art of asking yourself questions: What didn’t you notice? Who were you with and what comfy set of beliefs were you operating under? 
  • Publishing your memoir: No one will believe that a great voice comes from the author of a dull query letter 

Adair Lara is a multi-talented writer, respected writing teacher, and award-winning journalist known for the twice-weekly column she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, Parenting, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, American Woman, Departures, Westways, American Way, Via, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, More and many other magazines and newspapers. She is the author of several books including the memoir, Hold Me Close, Let Me Go and the cult favorite,Naked, Drunk and Writing, a funny and practical guide to essay and memoir. Her work has been praised by Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Dorothy Allison, and Isabel Allende, among others.

Class starts promptly at 10:30a.m. and we will take a lunch and a 15 minute break.

MI Members $240.00, Public $280.00