Write What You Know, Teach What You Know

Writing is a form of teaching. I’m a teacher who loves to write. I’m a writer who loves to teach. Which am I? Both. Quantum entanglement, my husband, the high school physics teacher, would say.

To harness my teacher inside, I quit my day job two plus years ago and launch Barany Consulting to coach, consult and teach writers how to unleash the creative communicator within. To feed my teacher within, give back to the community, and put some extra cash on the table, I’ll be tutoring elementary school kids after school, starting next week. To expand the teacher, I teach online and in the “real world”.

For January and February, here are teaching gigs, one online and two in the San Francisco Bay Area. You’re invited! Check them out! More events for the rest of 2009 here.

Screenshot 2014-06-03 10.04.23January 17, 2009
Gilroy Library
7387 Rosanna Street (at Sixth)
Gilroy, California
— This is a free adult program —

In January, I’ll be a guest presenter and panelist at the Gilroy Library, talking about Mythic Structure for Writers: Empower Your Heroic, Fantasy and Adventure Fiction.

According to Christopher Vogler, “all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies.” Authors can adopt these thematic elements to empower their plot structure and develop more universally compelling characters.

Join us as we read and discuss The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd ed., by Christopher Vogler. Each of the three GWP programs will feature comments on Vogler’s elemental themes and story structure patterns by published authors. The programs will include clips illustrating Vogler’s thematic elements in contemporary film and animation.

February 4-26, 2009
LowCountry RWA Online Class
Sign up deadline: Feb. 2, 2009
Cost: $16
Register here: LowCountry Online Workshop Registration


Pastel by Beth Barany

Pastel by Beth Barany

In February 2009, I’ll be teaching an online class

Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction for Young Adults

Course Description
(from the site)

What is young adult fantasy fiction and why would you want to write it? In this course, instructor Beth Barany will cover the answer to these questions and more. Learn the fundamentals of a good fantasy and science fiction story for the young adult market from someone who is actively researching and pitching in this area. During the class, you will learn about world building, what agents and editors say they’re looking for, and what makes for a compelling main character. Like any good book, this kind of story needs a strong premise, so Beth will encourage students to draft and refine their stories’ premise throughout the 4-week course.

Sign up for this fun class today:LowCountry Online Workshop Registration


February 10, 2009
Breakfast Blogging Club
Z Cafe, Oakland, CA
Pre-registration required.
Space is limited to 10 participants. Cost: $15, includes breakfast
For more information and to register:
The Breakfast Blogging Club of the East Bay

The Breakfast Blogging Club of the East Bay is proud to announce our launch meeting, February 10, 2009. We’re dedicated to providing workshops and a blog that is fun, supportive and encouraging, so you can write and blog for your business.

Breakfast Blogging Club of the East Bay is a co-creation of Cheryl Liquori and myself, Beth Barany. Cheryl is a wonderful Marketing Coach and runs Off the Chart Marketing, helping solo-entrepreneurs marketing their businesses.

I look forward to seeing you at one or all events. Watch this space for future events. I have speaking engagements planned for the rest of the year.

If you’d like to have me speak to your group or organization or teach a writing or creativity workshop, please do contact me, and we’ll get the ball rolling.  Workshops are tailored to each group; a list of possible topics I can present is here.

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