Festival Workshops



Sunday, October 9th, 12pm – 3pm Los Gatos Lodge map  – $100/Sliding Scale

claireWriting a crime novel: this workshop takes you through all the essential elements of a gripping crime or thriller novel, including suspense, plotting, concept, characterization, dialogue, getting published, and more.

Claire McGowan was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. She’s the author of the Paula Maguire crime series, which was optioned by the BBC, and also writes women’s fiction as Eva Woods. She runs the UK’s first MA in Crime Writing, at City University London.

Workshop limited to 20.

Eventbrite - LGLWF Workshop-Crime Writing Fiction with Claire McGowan


Saturday, October 8th, 12.30pm-3pm – Los Gatos Lodge map  – $100/Sliding Scale

Jane165HiResAward-winning poet Jane Clarke will facilitate a two-and-a-half hour workshop on the theme of “Writing from Stillness”

“Writing from Stillness” focuses on creating new pieces of writing by inviting you to slow down and connect with your creativity. Simple mindfulness techniques are used prior to writing to help you tap into a deeper reservoir of original material, pay attention to the sensory detail of the world around you, trust your intuition, and draw on your imagination. Suitable for beginners and experienced poets and prose writers.

Jane Clarke’s poetry collection, ‘The River’, is published by Bloodaxe Books. She won the Irish 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. Her other awards include the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Prize (2014) and the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014). She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales.

Workshop limited to 30

Eventbrite - LGLWF Workshop: Adult Poetry with Jane Clarke & Shirley McClure



Saturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center, 1pm-3pm $20 suggested donation

As 2015 Poet Laureate for Los Gatos, Erica organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Poetry Walk, established the first Los Gatos Poet Laureate Scholarship, and launched The Poetry Kitchen, a poetry reading series at the Los Gatos Library. This two-hour poetry workshop is for pre-teen and teen students aged 11-18. The workshop will teach students to expand their writing and observation skills with the use of digital images as writing inspiration. Students will write poems based on images they make themselves. RSVP necessary.

Workshop limited to 25

Eventbrite - LGLWF Workshop - Youth Poetry with Erica Goss



Sunday, October 9th, 12.30pm – Los Gatos Library – free

How to hook and keep your reader’s attention is the aim of every writer. The first two pages are vital whether you are writing short stories, novels or creative non-fiction. At the end of this workshop you will know the 26 essential elements to include in the first two pages in order to make your writing attractive to readers and publishers. The workshop will include exercises to help you find your voice and turn boring facts into gripping fiction. Led by poet and playwright Caroline Bracken, you will learn how to use poetry and drama to bring your prose to a higher level and become a better editor of your own work.
This workshop is most suitable for writers who have been writing for a while but have not necessarily been published. If they wish, participants will be invited to submit up to 500 words of their writing in advance of the workshop and Caroline will give individual feedback to each writer.

Caroline Bracken’s poems have been widely published including in The Irish Times Hennessy New Irish Writing (2016), Skylight 47, The Clare Champion, The WOW Anthology and The Gathering Poem. She won the iYeats International Poetry Competition (2015) and the Writing.ie/Anam Cara International Poetry Competition (2013). Other poems have been shortlisted in competitions such as the Bridport (UK) and Listowel. She has been nominated for a 2016 Forward Prize in the Best Single Poem Category. Caroline also writes plays which have been staged at various venues around Ireland. She was recently selected by Words Ireland for a Mentorship Scheme and was awarded a bursary to attend the John Hewitt Summer School in 2015.


Workshop limited to 30.
Eventbrite - LGLWF Writing Workshop: A-Z of the First Two Pages


Saturday, October 8th, 2pm – Los Gatos Library – free

loriDr. Lori Phillips currently serves as the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE), at PREL in Honolulu. Under her leadership, the Center, created in October 1997 offers professional development in the arts and humanities education. She is responsible for authoring the “Pacific Island Alphabet Series,” children-created image books in 14 Pacific languages, and “Island Worlds,” a film and curriculum about art of the Pacific. Dr. Phillips manages the National Endowment for the Arts Pacific Territories Programs, working with the arts councils throughout the Pacific. After receiving a masters degree in arts education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, she served as a professor of education at Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii.


Image to Word is a scientifically research-based model of teaching that allows teachers to integrate art, writing, and technology. This hands-on workshop participants will learn to create images through observational drawing inspired by the two sister cities. Words are pulled from the drawn images to create rich descriptive language that improves writing.

The process also increases your allusionary base by talking about your own and others’ art, using a successful 5-step process of art criticism. Image to Word shows you ways to use visual, as well as verbal, modes of learning to teach language. RSVP necessary. Workshop limited to 25

Eventbrite - LGLWF Workshop - Integrating Art, Writing and Technology