The Whole Story: Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

SATURDAYS, SEPT. 25th & OCT. 2nd | Does your story never feel finished? Do you feel frustrated when readers say they want ‘more’ but can’t tell you what they mean by ‘more’? This workshop presents a breakthrough approach to creating a whole and satisfying story through the use of seven tools that apply to fiction of all lengths and genres. By the end of the class you will have mastered the seven tools that captivate readers and create a complete story, including indirect dialogue, the artful use of omission, and potent imagery. There will be handouts of examples, exercises, and class discussion. For writers of all forms of fiction as well as creative nonfiction.

Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.


March 21
Panel-How I Got my First Book Published
7pm-9pm on the patio at Savor Restaurant
3913 24th Street in Noe Valley between Noe and Sanchez Street

March 26
Reading at The Make Out Room
with Susan Steinberg
3225 22nd St
(between Bartlett St & Mission St) 
San Francisco, CA 94110
3225 22nd St  San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-2888

May 11
Writers with Drinks
3225 22nd St  San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-2888

June 9

The Roar Shack
LA  (Address TK)

September 12
Why There are Words Reading Series 
Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito.


January 23, 2013
The Harvard Coop, Boston

January 22, 2013
The Book Court, Brooklyn

January 21, 2013
Oracle Club, NY

Tuesday January 8, 2013
Neil Haley of Total Education Radio 

November 2, 2012
West Coast Live with Sedge Thompson

October 19, 2012

 6120 La SalleAvenue Oakland,  CA 94611

October 24
, 2012
7 pm
Copperfield's Books 
775 Village Court  Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 578-8938  

October 28, 2012
Book Court 7 pm
Reading with Julian Tepper
163 Court Street  New York, NY 11201
Note: The Book Court has been named
New York's best book store for 2012

October 30, 2012
The Oracle Club 7:30pm
10-41 47th Avenue, 
Long Island City, NY

November 1, 2012
Harvard Coop
1400 Massachusetts Avenue + ! Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
Reading with Julian Tepper

October 13, 2012
Art of the Short Story Z Space (Laura Cogan
of ZYZZCA moderator)
with Catherine Brady

October 6
Litquake, Off the Richter Scale
Reading with Meg Pokrass 

September 30, 2012
2012 West Hollywood Book Fair, on the
grounds of West Hollywood Park and in
the new West Hollywood Library.

September 6, 2012
Webinar with Elizabeth Stark  details TBA

Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:30 PM
Stories Books & Cafe 
1716 West Sunset Boulevard  
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tuesday, August 21st, 7:00 PM
West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vicente Boulevard  
West Hollywood, CA 90069

August 16

Panel with Matthew Specktor, editor of the
Los Angeles Review of Books  

July 13, 2012
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue  Berkeley, CA 94705

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chew on This
Central Santa Rosa Library, 3rd and E St.
5:15  Authors' Reception
6:15  Wine & hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, book signing
7:45  Dinner with Authors

Saturday, March 3, 2012  4-10 pm

Authors on the Move 
The Hyatt Hotel 
Sacramento California

Dec 1
Authors Luncheon
Hillsborough Racquet Club

Wednesday, November 30

1 am to 8 pm
Copperfield's Books-Celebration of Opening
775 Village Court 
Montgomery Village
Santa Rosa
Thaisa Reads at 3:15
Live Music 5 to 7 pm
Food & Drink, Prizes and Scavenger Hunt 

November 3, 7 pm 

Reading with Harriet Chessman and Elizabeth Rosner
Books Inc.
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301 

October 25th

5:30 pm PST
Conversations Live Radio

October 24th

Featured author at Writers on Writing 
San Francisco State place TBA

October 9th

Featured author at Litquake -
afternoon, time and place TBA

October 8th

Featured author at Columbus Ohio
Festival of Books

April 7th

Vroeman's  Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Tel: 626-449-5320

March 27th
Occidental College,
Eagle Rock California
details TBA

March 25-March 27th (Friday evening to
Sunday afternoon) Thaisa will conduct group and
individual sessions for fiction writers.
For more information see:

March 13th
Touching Fire: Thaisa Frank and Elizabeth Rosner
discuss their creative processes, particularly with
regard to the intersection of history and imagination. 
In San Francisco for Salon and Word of Mouth.
By invitation for others.

February 26th
West Coast Live

February 13th
Rhapsodomancy Reading Series
Doors open at 7:00pm - Reading begins at 7:30pm
The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave.,
Los Angeles, 90027
(east Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of
Hollywood & Hillhurst)

Tuesday, January 11, 6:30 pm
Pen Parentis Literary Salon
New York, NY
Libertine Library Gild Hall at Gild Hall Hotel
15 Gold Street

Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 pm
The Museum of Tolerance
New York, NY
226 East 42nd Street

Sunday, January 16, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles, CA
Featherless reading series at Wordspace
3191 Casitas Ave. #156

January 26th
Interview on the Pia Lindstrom show
show at 12:30 EST and 9:30 PST.

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm
Berkeley, CA
University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way

December 14, 7-9pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard, W. Hollywood

Thursday, October 7th, 7 pm
Litquake Reading
Noe Valley Recreation Center Auditorium
295 Day St. San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 pm

Reading from Heidegger's Glasses
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

November 3, 7pm
Copperfields, Santa Rosa
2316 Montgomery Drive

November 10, 7pm
Diesel Books, Oakland, CA
5433 College Avenue (at Kales near Manila and the incomparable Garibaldis)

November 11, 7 pm
Why There Are Words
Studio 333
333 Caledonia Street
Sausalito, California 94965

November 12, 7 pm
Literary Death Match
the Elbo Room
647 Valencia in San Francisco

 Wednesday December 8,  7 pm 
Thaisa Frank reads with Ann Beattie
The Hammer Reading Series

The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310.443.7000
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ENCHANTMENT was on the SF Chronicle's Best Books of 2012

Blog Posts/Mentions: - review
and book giveaway

Library Mosaic

Thaisa Frank: Yellow Pencils - 1stBooks - Thaisa Frank talks about Enchantment

Largehearted Boy: Book Notes:
Thaisa Frank
Writes About the Music She Listened to While Writing Heidegger's Glasses

An Interview with Acclaimed Writer, Thaisa Frank - WellFedMuse

Thaisa Frank and Heidegger’s Glasses

Fictionaut Five: Thaisa Frank

Guest Thaisa Frank: Do I Choose My Material or Does It Choose Me?

The Revealing of Thaisa Frank


New Flash Fiction interview

Interview at The Rumpus

Interview: Flash as a Seizure of Language 
100 Word Story

I have a GREAT interview for you today. Asking a stranger
random questions about their work can be a gamble — sometimes
you get great answers, sometimes... read more
Heidegger's Glasses reminded me that even though an episode in history
has been repeatedly told, sometimes a writer can come along with a
new angle to the... read more

One World Café presents Thaisa Frank
In this podcast, Thaisa Frank reads from her novel Heidegger's
Glasses and discusses how "her intuition led her to write about
circumstances that were an "accidental gift" because her imagination
coincided with facts in history... listen

January 7: Thaisa Frank’s Second Look at First Novels (& One Other)
Monday, November 1st:  Diary of an Eccentric
Tuesday, November 2nd:  ‘Til We Read Again
Wednesday, November 3rd:  Life in Review
Thursday, November 4th:  Truth, Beauty, Freedom, & Books
Friday, November 5th:  Simply Stacie
Monday, November 8th:  That’s What She Read
Tuesday, November 9th:  Girls Gone Reading
Wednesday, November 10th:  Books and Movies
Thursday, November 11th:  Unabridged Chick
Friday, November 12th:  Luxury Reading
Monday, November 15th:  Reviews by Molly
Tuesday, November 16th:  Rundpinne
Wednesday, November 17th:  Life in the Thumb
Monday, November 22nd:  Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, November 29th:  In the Next Room