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It Takes a Village: Marketing By Building Community
11:00 AM11:00

It Takes a Village: Marketing By Building Community

In November I’ll be the featured speaker for California Writers Club. You can learn more at the CWC website but the theme of my talk is marketing through building community.

Who are the people in your neighborhood and what do they have to do with your author platform? Learn how to nurture your everyday connections from your local library to your neighborhood café and how an authentic relationship can boost your success as a writer. 

We will:

  • Find and cultivate relationships with organizations (bookstores, libraries, writing groups, businesses that are aligned with your material)

  • Recognize the key signs that indicate a good reciprocal match

  • Own the level of participation that suits your personality

Tickets are $25 for members. $30 for guests and includes lunch, time to write, and my talk.

Reserve here!

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20 in 20 Corte Madera: Write In/Write On!
1:00 PM13:00

20 in 20 Corte Madera: Write In/Write On!

Come celebrate Litquake’s 20th anniversary with an afternoon event that includes writing, confabbing with other fabulous local writers with Brooke Warner, publisher, writing coach, and author of Write, On Sisters!.


Grab your ticket here!

All participants receive a free copy of Write On, Sisters!.

Co-presented by Litquake and the Marin Writers' Nest

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Bridging: A One-Day Writing Retreat with Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Rosner
9:00 AM09:00

Bridging: A One-Day Writing Retreat with Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Rosner

This annual writing retreat brings the radical hospitality of Hedgebrook to the bucolic setting of St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga. Specifically created for woman-identified, non-binary and genderqueer writers, this spectacular event gives each participant her/their own writing space in addition to three meals and breakout sessions ranging from craft talks on fiction (Elizabeth Stark), non-fiction (Christine Hyung-Oak Lee), and poetry (Maw Shein Win) to a yoga class (taught by MRP’s Janine Kovac). The afternoon offers a publishing panel with Brooke Warner, Peg Alford Pursell, Brenda Knight, and that dynamic duo that makes up Moxie Road Productions, Janine and Tarja! The evening concludes with a keynote from Elizabeth Rosner and book sales courtesy of Orinda Books.

Click here for full details and retreat schedule.

Register here.

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Scrivener: Your Toolbox, Not Pandora's Box—Organizing Your Book Manuscript
to Apr 13

Scrivener: Your Toolbox, Not Pandora's Box—Organizing Your Book Manuscript

Saturday April 6 and 13 10AM–12PM at Left Margin Lit



Scrivener is the revolutionary software of choice for many novelists and creative non-fiction writers, and even for a few poets. Though it's a very user-friendly platform, it's still easy to get lost, or to feel that you're not maximizing its capabilities. 

In this hands-on workshop with Scrivener groupie Janine Kovac, you'll learn how to navigate through Scrivener's menus and hidden features. She'll help you find what you need to use for your writing project and how to ignore what isn't useful.

Bring your laptop! Janine will show you how to add, organize, label, and compile your book project efficiently.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students must have Scrivener loaded on their laptops prior to class. Purchase or download your free trial here.

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Moxie Road Productions—Creative Boot Camp
to Apr 24

Moxie Road Productions—Creative Boot Camp

  • The Hivery Focus Lounge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Boot Camp combines inspiration and support with what all of our students have been craving more of: the time to write and the accountability to get it done.

Each class starts using the Amherst Writers & Artists method to clear the mental clutter and get the juices flowing, followed by time to work on individual projects, and concluding with the group accountability that is the trademark of our Finishing School class.

Every writer credits three things to their success: the spark to begin, the time to work, and the support of community. In offering all three, Creative Boot Camp gives writers the regimen to accomplish their writing goals!

Reserve your spot here or sign up for all four classes.

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Finishing School
to Feb 27

Finishing School

Got a project hanging over your head? Come to Finishing School and get it done!

In this five-week program we'll help you:

  • Outline a project to be completed in one-month

  • Allocate the time and resources to get the work done

  • Work with an Accountability Buddy

  • Find strategies to keep going when the going gets tough

  • Explore the real reason that projects don't get completed

  • FINISH that project by month's end

Devised by Cary Tennis in 2013, "Finishing School" is a workshop, a book, and a support group that exposes the factors that keep us from getting our work done. 

Wednesdays from January 30 to February 27, 2019 (no class February 20) from 10:30 to 12:30pm in the Focus Lounge at the Hivery in Mill Valley.

Class cost of $175 includes a copy of Cary Tennis' FINISHING SCHOOL

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The Science of Sharing
12:30 PM12:30

The Science of Sharing


Join Janine and Tarja at the Hivery’s Creativity Circle in December!

Collaboration and inclusivity are valuable tools in today’s creative workplace. But unfortunately, much of our messaging uses dated, hierarchical, winner-take-all narratives, which actually leads the brain astray. If you’re seeking the right goal but with the wrong road map, you’ll never arrive.

That’s where cognitive sciences comes in.

Learn basic facts about the brain that demonstrate the link between language and motivation and which problem-solving strategies evoke joy, altruism, gratitude, and kindness.

Key takeaways from this workshop will include:

• Listen to and interpret the creative unconscious

• Identify fear-based narratives and transform them into inspirational roadmaps

• Recognize which colleagues are collaborative soulmates

• Cultivate a healthy work environment that spawns and sustains creativity

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. All are welcome!

Reserve your spot here.

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From Brain to Blank Page: Writing at the Pifany
10:00 AM10:00

From Brain to Blank Page: Writing at the Pifany

Looking for your writer’s groove? Join Janine Kovac at the Pifany for a FREE writing workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists generative writing method. In this two-hour session, we’ll write to prompts that tap into the creative unconscious and help unleash the stories within each of us. You’ll leave inspired, energized, and with the raw material to boost your stories for the next draft. 

Perfect for poets, fiction writers, and memoirists of all levels. 

RSVP at janine@moxieroad.com


About the Pifany:
The Pifany is a space dedicated to propelling mothers forward in both career and life. We are a company by mothers for mothers, and we believe deeply in the benefits of collective wisdom.

Our goal is to provide a beautiful, safe and inviting workspace where each of our members can thrive. In this space, we work, create, mentor, celebrate triumphs, overcome setbacks, develop business ideas and always, always, pay it forward.

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Finishing School
to May 30

Finishing School

Got a project hanging over your head? Come to Finishing School and get it done before summer melts away all your free time!

Wednesdays in May (5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 and 5/30) from 10:30 to 12:30pm at the Hivery.

For more information on this workshop visit: moxieroad.com

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