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Registration starts for Field’s End winter classes

December 3, 2012 · 9:24 AM

Cat Rambo will lead the online class “Building an Online Presence for Writers” for Field's End. / Photo courtesy of Field's End

Registration opens Dec. 1 for Field’s End three winter 2013 classes for writers.

The classes include instruction on how writers can build an online presence, how they can adapt their work to the screen and how to find a publisher or agent.

Northwest writer and teacher Cat Rambo will lead the online class “Building an Online Presence for Writers” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 8, 15 and 22.

The class will cover self-promotion, including social networks, websites and blogs. Rambo will talk about the best ways to create an online presence to promote a writing career while avoiding pitfalls and wasted time. Participants need a computer and webcam. The class is limited to eight people; tuition is $120. Rambo has published more than 100 short stories.

In February, former Metropolitan Opera violinist and award-winning screenwriter Erica Miner will teach “Screenwriting: How to Adapt a Story into Film.”

The class is 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Bainbridge Public Library.

This class, limited to 20 people, will cover the fundamentals of adaptation from story to film, including the difference between fiction writing and screenwriting, with examples from specific screen adaptations. Students will learn how to format a screenplay and create a synopsis and logline. Tuition is $120.

Miner studied screenwriting with Hollywood guru Linda Seger and won numerous awards for her screenplays, including the Writers Digest and Santa Fe competitions. She has written screenplays for all three of her published novels.

In March, Alice B. Acheson will teach “You’re Writing the Manuscript, Now What?”

The workshop is 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at the library.

Acheson will cover strategies for finding and impressing an agent or publisher, what it takes (and when) to gain realistic control over the marketing process and publisher support, and how to create the “pre-pub platform.”

Class size is limited to 15, and students will be required to write their book’s “sell sheet” before class (instructions will be given upon registration). Tuition is $180.

Acheson is a marketing specialist and publishing consultant who has decades of experience negotiating book contracts, selling subsidiary rights, and editing and publicizing books. As an editor at a major New York City publisher, she read the “slush” pile and spotted the “go/no-go” elements of a project.

Registration forms are available at the library and Eagle Harbor Books or can be downloaded at www.fieldsend.org.

Field’s End is a nonprofit organization that supports writing and writers through workshops, monthly roundtables, classes and an annual conference focusing on the art, craft and profession of writing.



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