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 –

Check out the upcoming SFWC-MIL CLASSES below. 
Click on the Class Titles to get more details and register.

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Writers’ Lunch     Join for us for an exciting panel and ensuing discussion on innovative marketing featuring Laurie McLean, Connie Hale, and Kristin Kaye. Moderated by Rick Homan

MIL Members & Public FREE   Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Author Website: Building a Site That Works   $49 

In this overview session, you will learn the basics and how to improve the website you may already have—featuring WordPress. Includes a PDF of the presentation sent to you after class.

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. We will cover all these things:

  1. What is WordPress? What is the difference between and a self hosted WordPress website?
  2. Buying domain names, how much should a website cost, and website hosting–pros and cons.
  3. 8 elements every author website must have
  4. 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?
  • whether to blog or not to blog? Pros and cons … plus much more!

Linda Lee : See below

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WordPress Bootcamp: Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It    $139

  • The basics of using a WordPress built website–logging in, the dashboard, and 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 & 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 trouble-shooting. She has built over 250 websites for clients on the WordPress platform. Linda is the founder of WordPress Bootcamp, Smart 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.

Friday, March 29, 2019 – 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  

70 years before the Golden Gate International Exposition and its theme of Pacific Unity, San Francisco’s Mechanics’ Institute began reaching out to the Pacific Rim with its Industrial Expositions that displayed and promoted the products of local entrepreneurs and inventors.

MIL Members & Public FREE   Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Friday, April 05, 2019 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Pitch a Publisher! Insider Secrets to Getting a Book Deal    $45;  MI Members $35

From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

Nailing the 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction – Talk and Q&A  $49;  MI Members $39

C. S. Lakin will give 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.

Workshop Your 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction   $79; MI Members $69

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.
Both of these C.S. Lakin classes will be held at Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 6:30pm

Rising Writers Series: The Boatbuilder Author Daniel Gumbiner in conversation with writer Kevin Smokler

Cosponsored by McSweeney’s:   Daniel Gumbiner’s novel, long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, deals with a young man coping with addiction and finding a new path.

FREE to All at  Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Friday, April 19, 2019 – 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Writers Lunch    The Truth of Historical Fiction: Join historical fiction author and speaker, Ona Russell, in exploring this timely and entertaining subject.

MIL Members & Public FREE   Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Friday, April 26, 2019 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free   Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:30 am. to 1:00 p.m.

How to Write Stunning Sentences with Nina Schuyler  $75; MIL Members $60

What sentences do you craft to capture anxiety? Thought? A reminiscent narrator? What kind of sentence creates a feeling of euphoria? Of exhaustion? By the end of this class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 10:30am to 1:30pm

Writing for Children – “It’s a Bunny Eat Bunny World”   $70; MI Members $59

Join Penny Warner for an exciting class on children’s writing!

These are just a sampling of the classes, activities and stimulating talks offered at Mechanics’ Institute.  Many (but not all) are open to the general public.  CLICK HERE for the event listings.

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 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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

You missed it? Here is a recording of the Free Preview of the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference

Writing a book is arguably the easy part. Getting it polished, published and then having the world take notice … that takes industry knowledge and well-placed connections.  Attending a writers conference can give your writing career a huge boost. Luckily one of the best conferences in the country takes place in San Francisco this February. Come to this free preview session to meet the people behind the scenes at the San Francisco Writers Conference … and hear how it can help you be a better writer.

Open to the Public.  FREE       Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

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