Writing Classes

Class: Kathleen Hill - Easy Food and Travel Writing

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am

Sunday, September 18, 2 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75

Get Published Writing about Your Neighborhood or Your Wildest Adventure. Having written 36 food and wine lovers’ guides to wine regions of the West Coast, Kathleen Hill shows how to turn your adventures into fun food and travel writing.

Hill spent last Fall at a French chateau as writer-in residence and has written for National Geographic TravelEdible Marin & Wine Country, and many others. She is currently Food & Wine Editor for the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Toni Piccinini - Motherhood on the Page

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 9:30am

3 Fridays: Sep. 23, 30, Oct. 7 • 9:30 - 11:00 am • $75

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and an everyday balancing act that is ripe for story. We will hear from mom-authors, mom-publishers and mom entrepreneurs. There will be writing exercises, prompts and sharing. Consider the salon a gathering for the exchange of ideas, and a place for the woman who has a story to tell.

Toni Piccinini is an editor at Narrative Magazine, contributor to The Women’s Eye and the author of The Goodbye Year, a mom-oir mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Plotting Your Mystery

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 6:00pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 2 - 23 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm • $165

Of the three subgenres in the Mystery-Crime field, the most cerebral— and thus the most dependent on the cause-and-effect development of plot—is the detective/mystery subgenre. Corbett guides students through the various elements: the unique detective (and his/her will to justice), the “informative” victim, the unexpected killer, and the puzzling murder. The class will also explore the unique requirements of various sub-subgenres—e.g., hard-boiled, cozy, amateur sleuth—and hybrids such as medical thriller, legal thriller, etc., with special attention to the specific demands of mystery stories students themselves hope to write.

David Corbett is the award-winning author of The Art of Character and five novels, including The Mercy of the Night and Blood of Paradise. He co-chairs the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Emotion on Page (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, Oct. 1 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $110

How to use effective telling (yes, telling not showing) to create emotion in the reader. We will look closely at published works, examining how telling is used to not only develop the character's emotional landscape, but also the readers’. We will then use these examples to generate emotion in our works-in-progress for nonfiction, memoir and fiction.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the award-winning novel The TranslatorThe Painting, and many short stories.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 6:30pm

6 Tuesdays: Sept. 6 - Oct. 11 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $270

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires having taken earlier intro writers classes such as “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book.”

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She provides advice on the best way to get each project published, gives names of agents, editors, publishers and printers and provides a whole range of help. This is the perfect opportunity to get started on your book. Keenan has been in publishing for over 20 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer and teacher.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

5 Tuesdays: July 5 - Aug. 2 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $225

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires having taken earlier intro writers classes such as “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book.”

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She provides advice on the best way to get each project published, gives names of agents, editors, publishers and printers and provides a whole range of help. This is the perfect opportunity to get started on your book. Keenan has been in publishing for over 20 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer and teacher.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer’s Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: October 2, 16, 30 & November 13 • 4:00 - 7:00pm • $240


 

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, inspiration, and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, and page-turning plots. The mission of this interactive, university-level workshop is to deepen the art and craft of fiction writing. Submission strategies to agents and editors will be covered.

Requirements: Must have completed a picture book manuscript or the first 25 pages of a novel. Must be able to send, receive, open, and print emailed documents (Pages or Word)

A big thanks to Andrea for the encouragement, motivation, insights, and craft lessons. She made us better writers. I could go on and on,
but I intend to do so on the acknowledgment page of my first book
. —Donna Hemmila

Andrea’s class is an extraordinary gift of her time, talent, and understanding. She is the quintessential “cheerleader” for the creative spirit.—Jacqueline Texier

Andrea Alban is the 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.Alban runs the popular “Writer’s Tribe” groups at Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:30am

8 Tuesdays: May 10 - June 28 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $320

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Completion of either of Leslie’s beginners’ classes is a prerequisite for this class.

Leslie Keenan is an experienced writing instructor. One published student says, “If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction.” Author Eve Pell says, “Your help was really valuable since it stopped me from feeling utterly overwhelmed... I knew how to make a plan, and that’s what made the difference.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Amanda Conran - Write a Book in a Week for Kids (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 9:00am

One Week: July 18 - 22nd • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm • $325

Develop a great plot and write with a team that will create a book in one week! Amanda Conran worked with the group of young writers at Book Passage that produced the highly successful Dragon Mist. You can join with her and learn the elements of story telling while having a lot of fun. (All materials provided) 

Amanda Conran is the author of the newly released middle-grade novel The Lost Celt. She is a freelance editor, as well as a children’s book consultant, book talker, and children’s book club facilitator for Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lonner Holden & Jim Baldwin - Writing from Nature Within You (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Sunday, August 21 • 12:00 – 3:00pm • $60

Our evolutionary path was defined by adapting to our environment through sensory feedback with the natural world. This interaction with nature produced neural hardwiring which gave birth to symbolic expression: creation made us, so we became creators. In this class, we will engage in direct sensory experience of natural elements which can release powerful, immediate and new imagery from the ancient body, enriching creativity. Connect with your most essential, sensory self. Take home into your writing sensory awareness practices that deepen your expressive connection with yourself, others and nature.

Lonner Holden has been writing most of his life and is a published poet. Fusing traditional nature connection practices, Ecotherapy and healing arts, he guides others on their well-being and creative path.

Jim Baldwin is a published poet and editor of Modern American Poetry for The Great Books Foundation. He taught English literature and writing for 37 years, and is a wilderness vision quest leader. He has been writing most of his life as well.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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