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Back Story Does Not Go in the Front

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, … Continue reading

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Changing the author’s point of view so we have the spirited hero we need.

  It’s asking a lot.  A writing teacher –someone like me –casually says: “That version of your past, the one you’ve been carrying around all your life?  Doesn’t work for a reader. Too victim-y. just change your whole point of … Continue reading

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How The Book Consulting Works

You have a writing project in mind, and want to get some advice on it. The best way to begin is to come over to my house for a kitchen-table meeting for a couple of hours. It’s a big kitchen, with … Continue reading

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Praise for the workshop

Praise for the workshop Half the people I know seem to haven take classes and workshops with San Francisco’s legendary writer and teacher Adair Lara. She is very savvy and smart and hugely entertaining. I admire her greatly. Adair Lara … Continue reading

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Praise from Published Students

    Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs series When I first met Adair, I wasn’t at all sure where I ultimately wanted to go as a writer – although I did, and still do, harbor a deep wish … Continue reading

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