2010 Meetings

December 12, 2010
Becky Levine, “The Power of a Strong Critique: Digging Deep for Constructive, Respectful Feedback”

In this workshop, Becky Levine, author of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide, will talk about what makes a strong, truly helpful critique. She’ll talk about a sandwich critique and show how to break down the “filling” of the sandwich into focused, concrete feedback that will help develop your critique partners’ writing and your own. Click here for more information.

November 14, 2010
Norman Solomon, “Writers in Our Time of Turmoil”

As the author of a dozen books and countless articles, Norman will share his thoughts on dilemmas and opportunities for writers in this era. He’ll discuss a range of factors that affect the writing experience, from personal needs and techniques to the marketplace and broader socio-economic forces.

His latest book is Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State (2007).

A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, honored Solomon’s book, The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media. Visit his website for more information.

October 10, 2010
Kamran Pasha, screenwriter and novelist, speaking about his experiences with Hollywood’s film industry as well as New York publishing.

Kamran Pasha is a screenwriter and director, and is one of the first Muslims to succeed in Hollywood.  Kamran currently works as Co-Executive Producer and head writer for Disney’s new Tron animated television series. Kamran also recently sold his first television pilot, entitled Enigma, to Warner Brothers. Previously he served as a writer and producer for NBC’s television series Kings. He is currently writing an epic film entitled “The Voyage Of Ibn Battuta,” which follows the adventures of the famous Arab traveler who journeyed to China in the 14th century. This feature is being financed by the Moroccan government and produced by French production company Forecast Pictures.

September 12, 2010
Donna Levin, “Where Did I Go Wrong? Query Letters that Turn them Off – or  -On”

Levin has two published novels: Extraordinary Means (William Morrow), and California Street (Simon & Schuster), as well as two books about writing, Get that Novel Started and Get that Novel Written, both with Writer’s Digest Books. Both of her novels were optioned for film, and Get that Novel Written was translated into Italian and published by Dino Audino Editore.

After introducing some of her students and others to her own literary agent, Donna went on to work in the agency herself for two years. She has also been a frequent guest at writers’ conferences, including the San Francisco Writers’ Conference, the East of Eden Conference, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in her capacity both as author and agent.

August 8, 2010
Gordon Burgett “How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days”

Gordon will explain the easy seven-step process that can quickly make you a proud published author, with a book to prove it. A book that your friends, family, and potential fans can buy at bookstores, on the web, through Amazon.com, or even directly from you, if you wish.

It’s a new publishing world, new technology, new business models for publishers. Eager to take part? Gordon will explain the few new steps you need to know to dance the new dance—in print! Visit his website.