Conferences

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - Innovative Plotting

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The key to impactful writing is giving readers what they want in a way they don’t expect. Formulaic adherence to three-act structure cannot deliver that surprise. By focusing on story rather than structure, however, you can craft your plot around the use of hope, promise, and necessity to create the truly meaningful, dramatic, and emotionally powerful episodes that make a good story great. With special emphasis on character, co-chair David Corbett will guide participants on the essential starting points for any compelling story, key decision points that turn a story in surprising directions, and touchstone scenes such as the Inciting Incident, the Establishment of Opposites, the Point of No Return, the Mirror Moment, the Crisis of Insight, the Inescapable Decision, the Validation Scene, the Obligatory Scene, and the Climax.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 2

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

 

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend
Sat. July 11 • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm & Sun. July 12 • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm • $335

About the Writing Weekend
Books for young adults and middle-grade readers continue to grow in both quality and diversity, and the spectrum of themes has broadened considerably. There is now a wealth of good fiction and non-fiction titles with plenty of room for more. Book Passage is pleased to offer this unique, intensive Weekend Workshop for both advanced level participants and less experienced writers alike. Classes will be organized around separate curriculums for those with different levels of experience. You can expect to write!

Writing sessions will focus on craft, style and structure. We are offering intensive, critique sessions for both beginning and advanced writers.
• Less experienced writers will find themselves immersed in a complete introduction to the book publishing process, followed by an intensive writing workshop centering on their first pages.
• Authors who are further along in the writing process will be given the opportunity to submit 20 pages of their work in advance, which will be circulated to the participants in their group and will form the basis for intensive critique sessions.

What else will be covered?
When participants are not writing and critiquing their work, they will participate in panels and discussions about a variety of key topics for authors. The topics will include:
• How to find an agent       
• Query letters and pitches
• Trends in the MG & YA markets    
• Working with an editor
• Creativity and inspiration        
• New opportunities in non-fiction
• Working with a writing group    
• Developing empathetic characters
In addition to these structured sessions, participants will have plenty of time to network and interact. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

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Who will be there?
We are assembling a talented team of writers, editors, and agents that we will be announcing in the next newsletter. Here are four of the faculty that participants will be working with:

Andrea Alban
Author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers in how to prepare submissions to editors and agents. 

Mac Barnett
New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-Honor-winner of over 18 books for children, including The Terrible Two and The Brixton Brothers series.

Karen Benke
Author of a poetry collection Sister and several creative writing adventure books Rip the Page!, Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon! Karen is a Creative Writing Coach for kids and adults.

Minju Chang
Literary Agent for Book-Stop Literary Agency, where she represents middle-grade and young adult writers of all genres.

Shirin Yim Bridges
Author and publisher (Goosebottom Books). Author of Ruby’s Wish, The Umbrella Queen and Mary Wrightly So Politely.

Summer Dawn Laurie
Independent children’s book editor with 10 years’ experience at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books.

Eric Elfman
Screenwriter, writing coach, and the author of books for children and young adults, including Edison’s Alley & Tesla’s Attic.

John Stephens
Author of the children’s fantasy series The Book of Beginning. He was also writer and producer for popular TV shows, like The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Gossip Girl. 

Deborah Warren
Agent and founder of East/West Literary Agency LLC.  She represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established—in the board book, concept, illustration, multicultural, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

Jennifer Alvarez
Author of The Guardian Herd series. She blogs about her books and the publishing business (www.jenniferlynnalvarez.com) and speaks regularly at schools about creative writing.

Brooke Warner
Publisher/co-founder at She Writes Press and Spark Press. She was previously executive editor at Seal Press.

Lisa Yoskowitz
Executive Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits middle grade and YA fiction and narrative nonfiction. Prior to joining the LBYR team, she worked on children's books across genres and age ranges at Dutton and Disney-Hyperion. Drawn to voice- and character-driven stories, she has a soft spot for misfit, maverick, and mischief-making characters, and for books that can comfortably be called both literary and commercial.

Andy Ross
Literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books. He represents authors of narrative nonfiction, fiction, science, history, essays, and travel.

Nina Schuyler
Author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. 

Melissa Manlove
Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, Melissa has been with Chronicle for 11 years. Her acquisitions tend to be all ages in nonfiction; ages 0-8 for fiction. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 17 years of children's bookselling experience.

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Private Consultations
Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to either discuss a concept or proposal, or have a faculty member give you feedback on a portion of work or portfolio you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Andrea Alban, Minju Chang, Summer Dawn Laurie, Brooke Warner, Shirin Yim Bridges, Melissa Manlove, and Lisa Yoskowitz.

Add a Consultation

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend - Day 1

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Young Adult & Middle Grade Intensive Writing Weekend
Sat. July 11 • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm & Sun. July 12 • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm • $335

About the Writing Weekend
Books for young adults and middle-grade readers continue to grow in both quality and diversity, and the spectrum of themes has broadened considerably. There is now a wealth of good fiction and non-fiction titles with plenty of room for more. Book Passage is pleased to offer this unique, intensive Weekend Workshop for both advanced level participants and less experienced writers alike. Classes will be organized around separate curriculums for those with different levels of experience. You can expect to write!

Writing sessions will focus on craft, style and structure. We are offering intensive, critique sessions for both beginning and advanced writers.
• Less experienced writers will find themselves immersed in a complete introduction to the book publishing process, followed by an intensive writing workshop centering on their first pages.
• Authors who are further along in the writing process will be given the opportunity to submit 20 pages of their work in advance, which will be circulated to the participants in their group and will form the basis for intensive critique sessions.

What else will be covered?
When participants are not writing and critiquing their work, they will participate in panels and discussions about a variety of key topics for authors. The topics will include:
• How to find an agent       
• Query letters and pitches
• Trends in the MG & YA markets    
• Working with an editor
• Creativity and inspiration        
• New opportunities in non-fiction
• Working with a writing group    
• Developing empathetic characters
In addition to these structured sessions, participants will have plenty of time to network and interact. The Weekend Workshop will include lunch on both days and a dinner on Saturday, during which the faculty and participants are encouraged to mingle.

..........................................................................................................................

Who will be there?
We are assembling a talented team of writers, editors, and agents that we will be announcing in the next newsletter. Here are four of the faculty that participants will be working with:

Andrea Alban
Author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers in how to prepare submissions to editors and agents. 

Mac Barnett
New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-Honor-winner of over 18 books for children, including The Terrible Two and The Brixton Brothers series.

Karen Benke
Author of a poetry collection Sister and several creative writing adventure books Rip the Page!, Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon! Karen is a Creative Writing Coach for kids and adults.

Minju Chang
Literary Agent for Book-Stop Literary Agency, where she represents middle-grade and young adult writers of all genres.

Shirin Yim Bridges
Author and publisher (Goosebottom Books). Author of Ruby’s Wish, The Umbrella Queen and Mary Wrightly So Politely.

Summer Dawn Laurie
Independent children’s book editor with 10 years’ experience at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books.

Eric Elfman
Screenwriter, writing coach, and the author of books for children and young adults, including Edison’s Alley & Tesla’s Attic.

John Stephens
Author of the children’s fantasy series The Book of Beginning. He was also writer and producer for popular TV shows, like The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Gossip Girl. 

Deborah Warren
Agent and founder of East/West Literary Agency LLC.  She represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established—in the board book, concept, illustration, multicultural, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

Jennifer Alvarez
Author of The Guardian Herd series. She blogs about her books and the publishing business (www.jenniferlynnalvarez.com) and speaks regularly at schools about creative writing.

Brooke Warner
Publisher/co-founder at She Writes Press and Spark Press. She was previously executive editor at Seal Press.

Lisa Yoskowitz
Executive Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits middle grade and YA fiction and narrative nonfiction. Prior to joining the LBYR team, she worked on children's books across genres and age ranges at Dutton and Disney-Hyperion. Drawn to voice- and character-driven stories, she has a soft spot for misfit, maverick, and mischief-making characters, and for books that can comfortably be called both literary and commercial.

Andy Ross
Literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books. He represents authors of narrative nonfiction, fiction, science, history, essays, and travel.

Nina Schuyler
Author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. 

Melissa Manlove
Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, Melissa has been with Chronicle for 11 years. Her acquisitions tend to be all ages in nonfiction; ages 0-8 for fiction. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 17 years of children's bookselling experience.

..........................................................................................................................

Private Consultations
Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to either discuss a concept or proposal, or have a faculty member give you feedback on a portion of work or portfolio you have submitted. Faculty members offering consultations: Andrea Alban, Minju Chang, Summer Dawn Laurie, Brooke Warner, Shirin Yim Bridges, Melissa Manlove, and Lisa Yoskowitz.

Add a Consultation

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in Point Reyes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

 Please note: this class is now at waitlist. For more information, contact Kathryn Petrocelli at (415) 927-0960 x 239. 

Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin’s most scenic open spaces. They will then meet over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Point Reyes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Please note: this class is now at waitlist. For more information, contact Kathryn Petrocelli at (415) 927-0960 x 239. 

Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - Author Self-Promotion

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 18th • 2:00 - 4:00pm
$20 (Path to Publishing Members) or $40 (General Public) 
 
It’s a fundamental and strategic task for you, the author, no matter how you decide to publish your work: Promote Yourself! 
 
Path to Publishing will host a workshop on book promotion featuring Kat Engh, Communications Manager & Social Media Strategist at Berrett-Koehler Publishers, and Alexandra Watkins, author of Hello, My Name is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick. There will be an informal reception following the workshop.  
 
 
 

Andrew McCarthy & Tim Cahill - A Conversation on Travel Writing

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

Free for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference attendees, $10 for General Public

In conjunction with our 2014 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Book Passage welcomes travel writers Tim Cahill and Andrew McCarthy for an evening of conversation. Cahill is the author of numerous bestselling books on travel, including Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Road Fever, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg, and Pass the Buttworms. He is the founding editor of Outside magazine. McCarthy is a writer, actor, and director. He is an editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. McCarthy made his acting debut at nineteen and has appeared in dozens of films, including Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Joy Luck Club.

 

The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451667509
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 4th, 2013

"A soulful and searching book. Vibrant and elegant...McCarthy's prose shines with intelligence and intimacy. One feels pulled along...the book gaining momentum and meaning page by page" (Cheryl Strayed, The New York Times Book Review).


Jaguars Ripped My Flesh Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679770794
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 2nd, 1996

The author of A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg and Pecked to Death by Ducks gives new meaning to the words "going to extremes" in this exhilarating--and frequently hilarious--collection of adventure travel writing. "Cahill . . . (writes) with the precision ofJohn McPhee and Joan Didion tempered by a Monty Pythonesque sense of the absurd."--San Diego Union-Tribune.


Deanne Fitzmaurice - An Evening with Deanne Fitzmaurice

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Introduced by Robert Holmes

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice specializes in reportage stills and motion. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and numerous other publications.

Travel Conference attendees have preferred seating.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Tony Wheeler - In Conversation with Don George

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:30pm

In conversation with Don George

Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications and author of the its very first guide, discusses his newest book, Dark Lands, with Don George, former editor of Lonely Planet and current Travel Conference Chair.

Travel Conference attendees have preferred seating.

 

Tony Wheeler's Dark Lands Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781743218464
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lonely Planet - August 2013

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Greedy Lords, dubious heroes, wicked relations and innocents in peril - today's world sounds like a grim fairytale

Travelling along the infamous 'Axis of Evil' led to Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands - now he's going deeper into the world's darkest corners to explore a rogue's gallery of troubled nations.


Tom Rob Smith - The Farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Otto Penzler

Tom Rob Smith is the author of the haunting new thriller The Farm. His prior acclaimed novel was Child 44. He will be joined in conversation conversation by famed editor Otto Penzler, who is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Mystery Conference attendees have preferred seating.

 

The Farm Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780446550734
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 3rd, 2014

The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy...

The Farm

If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes.


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