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The Power of Words - Introductory Class

  • 22222 Redwood Road Castro Valley, CA, 94546 United States (map)


Writing workshop with Mark Cotta Vaz

In a techno-consumer culture obsessed by the latest gadgets, we can forget that content matters, that words—in all their infinite arrangements—have power.


Local author Mark Cotta Vaz invites you to join his free 2018 writer’s workshop series at the Smalltown Society community center in Castro Valley. The program is open to any interest, whether it’s forging a writing career, increasing one’s communication skills at work, or writing the family memoir.


Introductory Class: February 10, Saturday, 10:00-12:00 Noon

This introduction provides an overview of the writing process. It’s also a get-to-know-you session to evaluate each student’s particular interest—what do you want to work on, what are your expectations and goals?


Class One: How Do I Get Started? March 3, Saturday, 10:00-12 Noon

Okay, how do you get started? Session focuses on developing one’s idea, designing its structure, and how to “speak” to the reader. Session will also touch on developing additional skills, such as integrating visual elements.  


Class Two: The Pitch. April 7, 10:00-12 Noon, Saturday

How do you sell or promote an idea? This session focuses on crafting query letters and proposals.


Class Three: Just Do It! May 5, Saturday, 10:00-12 Noon

How to meet deadlines, edit the work, and bring your project to completion. Session will include reviews of student’s works-in-progress. 


November Review: Private consultations to assess progress on individual projects. The date and times to be determined.


Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times bestselling author of 38 published books, including the critically acclaimed biography Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, and the award-winning The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting (co-authored with Oscar winning filmmaker Craig Barron). Vaz’s latest work, co-authored with aviation expert John H. Hill, is Pan Am at War: How the Airline Secretly Helped America Fight World War II, to be published by Skyhorse Publishing this November.   

Earlier Event: February 9
Smalltown FEBRUARY Gathering
Later Event: February 15
Smalltown Open Door