Writing Classes

Class: Melanie Vetter - Legacy Letter Writing Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday September 23 • 10am-12pm, 2017  • $60

Legacy Letters are written to share your intangible wealth of wisdom, traditions, values, blessings and love with people special to you. Historically, Legacy Letters were known as Ethical Wills and were used as a way of transmitting values, wisdom and blessings at the end of life, sharing funeral or memorial wishes and, sometimes, as an explanation of the decisions made in a legal will. In the workshop, you will learn of the many ways Legacy Letters can be used, including  celebrating a major milestone, such as a wedding or birth. Any time is a good time to write a Legacy Letter, especially times of transition such as graduations, births, special birthdays or anniversaries, and weddings. Whether you want to include a Legacy Letter to your loved ones with your Legal Will or celebrate your child’s graduation from high school, a Legacy Letter is often considered to be the most cherished and meaningful gift you can give. In this workshop, I will show you how to write your own Legacy Letters in four easy steps and you will have the opportunity to write one your self.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle where she helps others preserve and share legacy. She is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
$120 for Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

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. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust and of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. He’s the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast and The Kindness of Strangers. Don George writes the monthly "Trip Lit" column for National Geographic Traveler, and edits the BBC Travel’s literary travel column, “Chance Encounters.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Writing the Wave (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

Writing the Wave: Investigation, Suspense, Action, Reflection

Typically, mystery novels unfurl in accelerating waves of establishing narrative (often investigation), building to suspense, building to action, resolving reflection, and then thrusting forward to the next wave. In this workshop we’ll examine each element of this “ISAR” wave, and learn how to construct scenes that end with a hook, grab readers, and move the story forward. Topics include: dissecting the waves in a mystery/thriller; strategies for writing investigation; strategies for writing suspense; strategies for writing action; strategies for writing reflection; hook and grab scene structure; writing the waves across a book length work, modulating the pace, building to a dramatic climax, and resolving in a final coda.

Hallie Ephron is a bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me; There Was an Old Woman; and most recently, You’ll Never Know, Dear. She is also the mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of screenwriters, she grew up with her famous writer sisters, Nora, Delia, and Amy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Deeper Mystery (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The crime-mystery-thriller genre is often thought of as principally a form of entertainment, but it is also a great deal more. In this pre-conference class, award-winning author and conference co-chair David Corbett guides students through a number of techniques and thematic considerations to reach deeper into the material of their stories. The goal is to reach the more meaningful and dramatically powerful elements within the genre. Topics will include moral argument and the Unity of Opposites, the will to justice vs. the will to power, realism (and its limits), the elusive nature of truth, what is a just society, individual freedom vs. social responsibility, Satanic Villains vs. Monsters, and (as Conrad put it) man’s “miserable ingenuity in error.”

David Corbett worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is the author of several novels including Done for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), His latest is Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Long Summer Nights, Hot Summer Reads

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Wednesday July 19 & August 16, 2017  • 6:30-8:30pm • $60

Join us for a two-night summer book group where we’ll be discussing two sizzling summer reads. Wine is included in the price, as is a copy of facilitator Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s short story collection The Hand of Buddha.

Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is the author of award-winning books of long and short fiction and editor of twelve anthologies. She has judged numerous literary competitions, led workshops all over the world, and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

5 Days; Sunday August 20, 2017  • 4pm-6pm • $50

In our 50's, 60's and 70's, we begin a new phase of life.   It’s important now to address the opportunities and fears of retirement and aging.  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy and fulfilling future.   

Lynn Ryder work as a facilitator, career consultant, corporate trainer, and University Lecturer. She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 10:00am

 Sun., July 9, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $105

 

Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don't know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Writing challenges us to face our core issues. As a result we become experts at procrastination, perfectionism, or simply making sure we are always too busy to finish. Underneath all these defenses, there is gold: the nugget of pure creativity waiting to be expressed once you learn how to make room for it to be revealed.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Erin Byrne - Illuminated Travel (Sausalito)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 28 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm • $60

Have you ever wondered why a particular alleyway beckoned you, or a local character intrigued you, or an unusual ritual unsettled you?  On our travels we have few “light bulb moments” but writing that ignites connections between ourselves and the places, people, and cultures of the world transforms us and our readers.

Join Erin Byrne as we delve deeply into our travel experiences using the “anti-workshop method” she has taught at Shakespeare and Company in Paris and on Deep Travel trips.  The results are reflected in her books, and have inspired writers at all levels from emerging to highly published.

Starting with an image or scene that has captivated us, we use a new process of questioning, tapping into the creative unconscious, pinpointing focus, and fierce editing to write pieces that both surprise and glow from within.

This is an Introduction to a four session workshop which will be offered in September.

Erin Byrne is the author of the Next Generation Indie Book Award winner for Travel and Finalist for Memoir Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cathy Rath - Enhancing Your Craft (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday Jun. 15, 2017 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $50

Starting out or nearing the end of your writing project? No worries, there’s always time to enhance your craft.  A well-written novel, short story or memoir entices us with creative characterization, consistent point of view, and memorable dialogue. Come and review the fundamentals in this interactive workshop, and then please return for the full journey in a four-week session offering.

Cathy Rath is currently a professor at SFSU and a professional writing coach.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 21 - May 16 (no class Apr. 11) • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $360

**Please contact Book Passage to register**

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

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