From Passion to the Page
A two-day writing workshop with Joel Drucker
April 21-22, 2018 – 27 Powers Ct, Alameda, CA
Saturday April 21, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday April 22, 9:30am – 4:30pm
From Passion to the Page provides practical insights into writing about a topic you love…
You have interests, topics you ponder frequently and deeply. Gardening. Yoga. Painting. Politics. Movies. Baseball. Music. The ‘60s. Food. Psychology. Martial arts. Relationships. Dogs. Might these subjects even be passions – subjects you wish to explore in writing? Do you want to explain your fascination with a particular artist? Do you want to explore your feelings about recent political events? Or iconic historic moments? Do you want people to see that there’s more to gardening than they ever dared imagine?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are ready to learn how to write about your interests – and do so with passion and sustained engagement.
Over the course of a weekend, Joel will teach you how to dig into your passion and uncover ideas and stories in a way that’s meaningful, textured and compelling. We’ll explore how to identify story angles, the difference between an occurrence and a story, the nuances of first-person and third-person, how to craft blogs, essays and stories — and, most of all, the pivotal skill that will allow you to write about your passion, from here to eternity.
Some of you already know exactly what you care about and what you will want to focus on over the weekend, others may not be as clear. We’ll speak to that and do a little work to help you land a few possibilities to get you started. You will leave the weekend with a draft of a piece you can work from, and some thoughts on what to do next.
Joel Drucker is an Oakland-based writer, who for 35 years has written about his lifelong obsession, tennis. His work has appeared in dozens of print and broadcast outlets, ranging from Tin House and Salon to People Magazine, Men’s Journal, The East Bay Express, Los Angeles Magazine, Tennis Magazine, CBS, HBO and Tennis Channel. He is also the author of two books, Jimmy Connors Saved My Life and Don’t Bet On It.
*Powers Ct. is not accessible by wheelchair. We also have a cat and dog.
Because we are a small operation and don’t have a staff to handle the complexity of ticket sales, when you buy a ticket it is yours. If you find that you cannot come to the event you can let us know, and if we have a waiting list we are happy to refund your ticket minus a $75 re-scheduling fee. If we do not have a waiting list, your ticket is your responsibility to sell to someone else