NAMW Memoir Teleseminar: Writing Bestselling Memoirs

WRITING BESTSELLING MEMOIRS WITHOUT THROWING EVERYONE UNDER THE BUS July Member Teleseminar  with Linda Watanabe McFerrin July 25, 2014 11 AM PDT  12 PM MDT   1 PM CDT  2 PM EDT Any professional editor will tell you that the key to writing a fantastic, bestselling memoir is drama and relevance, but sometimes it hard to amp up the intensity without causing major collateral damage with family, community or friends, not to mention ex-spouses and lovers. In this seminar you will learn how to take those quiet moments and turn them into spellbinding revelations and how to do it without throwing all of...
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Hats and Horses: California Chrome

May 17, 2014 I’m totally flipping my lid again. It’s another day at the races, another day of hats and horses, and once again California Chrome, the three-year-old American Thoroughbred foaled in Coalinga, California, is a winner. This time he (yes, I will use the gender specific personal pronoun) won the Preakness Stakes which, when added to his early win at the Kentucky Derby, makes him a contender for the Triple Crown. The last time a horse did that was 36 years ago when Affirmed became the 11th horse to take the title. Since then 12 horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and the...
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Going for the Gold: London Book Festival and Paris Book Festival Awards

Two great pieces of news arrived in my e-mail message box this morning. The first piece of super news: They are finally sending the gold stickers for the front cover of Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, the prize-winning anthology of stories produced at our last international literary workshop. You might remember that Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light took top honors in the anthologies and collections category at the London Book Festival in an awards ceremony honoring the best of international publishing in January of this year. That’s...
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Erotica: Writing Sexy Stuff

EROTICA: WRITING SEXY STUFF with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, May 31st, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $105 Register here If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day this month with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no...
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Here and There: Derby Day and the Mad Hatters

It’s Derby Day today and that means hats! ©Linda Watanabe McFerrin Hats matter, always for some of us, and today and tomorrow—along with mint juleps, thoroughbred horses and other grand Southern traditions—at this year’s Kentucky Derby.  Having just returned from South Carolina and the Southern Sampler Artists Colony where we were celebrating and memorializing Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI) co-founder (along with Dr. Karen Chandler), Jack McCray, with a multi-venue, week-long ritual play entitled Under Jack’s Hat—created, directed and produced by Charleston Black Theatre...
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Mardi Gras Memories: Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Mardi Gras moment … 1995-02-05 04:00:00 PDT NEW ORLEANS – PINOCCHIO zooms by on roller skates, thin, hairy legs protruding from green lederhosen. Three Elvises swival past, hips rotating like long-playing records. A besequined, masked stranger raises his wine glass and blows me a kiss. Scandalous. Ridiculous. Crazy. Taboo. It’s Fat Tuesday -Mardi Gras, the most delightfully wicked time of the year and the last chance to be naughty before buckling into Lent’s iron girdle, the 40 days of abstinence and contrition that precede Easter. As a good Catholic girl, I remember Ash...
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Building Character: Creating Characters that Captivate Readers

Linda Watanabe McFerrin – The Building Character This is the second in a series of monthly workshops on craft that I’m leading at Book Passage in Corte Madera. The workshops cover plot, character building, scene making, dialogue, and more. Dominican College credit is available for workshop participants.   02/22/2014 10:00 am End: 02/22/2014 4:00 pm Sat. Feb. 22 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105         Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create...
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Only One Spot Left on the Next Wanderland Writers™ Adventure …

What do Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, John Le Carré, Thomas Hardy, Tristan and Yseult, and Britain’s King Arthur have in common? The lighthouse and castle-studded Cornwall, where their journeys—along those of with many another literary and legendary character—led. We have only one spot left in our next Wanderland Writers™ workshop, the latest in a series of  adventures that take writers around the world to wander, write and possibly contribute to a new Wanderland Writers™ project. I was delighted to announce earlier this month that our last anthology won first...
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Telling a Sexy Story …

Tell me a story … and make it a sexy one. Well, I plan to do just that this Sunday. I’ll be telling you a sexy  story or two, as will a couple of other writers I know and love. On Sunday, January 19, I’ll be on San Francisco’s alternative radio station FCCFREERADIO, along with Laurie McAndish King, with whom I co-edited the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories and poems series. We’ll talk about what we want in a sexy story, and why. Jonathan Arnowitz will join in as we read from our work and chat about “undercover love” and its influence on culture and...
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My Beloved Book Addiction

At Grace Grafton’s Reading Last night at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza for a Left Coast Writers poetry event, I realized that I never enter a bookstore without wanting to read every single book therein, which I know is impossible. I have this strange feeling that tucked between the covers is a message that I can’t afford to miss, a line that will open doors or explain some of the many mysteries that defy my understanding. Of course, more often than not, it’s true. Whether the books I pull from the shelves are fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, they rarely disappoint. I generally find...
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