Writing Classes

Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Boomer Bestseller One Day Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday, Apr. 22 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $60

You’re 40, suddenly 60, 80, and you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know how to shape it into a publishable book, and how to submit it to Hollywood. Barbara Rose Brooker’s Boomer Bestseller Workshop, and her Writing Aerobics, will guide you from concept to writing a table of contents, synopsis, storyboard, how to write a scene, develop your characters, storyline, and all elements of craft. Come with a dream and leave with an outline and a draft!

Barbara Rose Brooker’s novel The Viagra Diaries is currently being made into a TV series. She has a MA in creative writing and regularly teaches at SFSU Olli, and at private workshops. She speaks on national TV about age and creativity.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathleen Hill - Travel Writing (Corte Madera)

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am

Sunday, September 18, 2016 • 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: Leslie Keenan - Complete Your Book This Year (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday, March 11 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $50

Do you have a manuscript you’ve been working on, and you are ready for a deeper commitment? Is it time to get it done, for real? In this class you will learn how to create a flexible, working time plan to complete your book this year. Based on Leslie Keenan’s work with time management and with writers, she skillfully gives you all the tools you need to set up your plan without squelching your creativity in the process.

“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.”- Eve Pell, author, Love, Again.

You can’t plan creativity, you can only allow it, but you can create a framework in which it will thrive.

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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

6 Wednesdays: Mar. 29 - May. 3  • 6:30 – 8:30pm • $240

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan knows the reasons most writers get stuck, and she can help them get back in the flow again. Students will leave with a strategy for completing their book. Also covered is advice on the best way to get a book published, with suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

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: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Memoir

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:00am

 Sat., April 1, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $105

 

Join Jasmin Darznik in an intensive workshop to transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Darznik, N.Y. Times- bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life, offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, how to interview family members, how to shape and refine your stories, and how to meet the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. Darznik holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jordan Rosenfeld- Writing the Intimate Character

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Mar. 12, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00 pm • $105

 

What makes a book compelling? Unforgettable, singular characters! Jordan Rosenfeld discusses key character cues and the emotional layers necessary for character development. She takes you through a series of exercises to stretch your character building chops. She is an author of five books on writing and three novels. Jordan's freelance work has been published in The Atlantic, N.Y. Times, New York Magazine, and many more. 

Jordan Rosenfeld is the author of Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time and Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Rebecca Lawton). She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have run on The California Report, a radio news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jennie Oppenheimer: Soul Collage

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., Mar. 18 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $200

SoulCollage® is a creative, intuitive collage process full of imagination and soulful inquiry. Guided by our intuition, we’ll create a series of cards, collaging images that offer a visual narrative of our unique stories. They access our inner wisdom and give voice to many facets of our lives that want to be revealed. No art experience is necessary! We’ll make cards and step deeper into them to discover how they relate to our inner and outer world. $200 fee includes all materials for this day-long gathering. Bring your lunch.

Jennie Oppenheimer is an artist, educator and leader of SoulCollage® and mixed media art workshops. After a rich career as an Illustrator and designer, Jennie chose a path to use art process as a tool to inspire soulful investigation and self-expression. It is her passionate belief that creativity and play not only illuminate our strengths and originality but help us to discover our own unique purpose and potential.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Philadelphia: City of Art

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Fridays: Mar. 10 & 17, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

The city where our Republic was born is a target for many visitors who tour famous monuments, but what of the Art Museums? Join our virtual tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its outstanding masterpieces from all ages, the Barnes foundation, the Pennsylvania Academey of Art: Americas' first art school housing iconic examples of American Art and the Rodin Museum with the first casting of the Gates of Hell. 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - More Superb Collections In American Art Museums

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: Apr. 21 & 28, 2017 • 10:00 - 12:00 pm • $75

Kerrin Meis offers a sequel to her popular class "Small Spaces: Superb Collections" Included are the Neue Galerie and the Jewish Museum in NYC, Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.), the recently re-opened Wadsworth Atheneum, the Walters Collection in Baltimore, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Huntington Library and Art Gallery in San Marino California, and San Francisco's own California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Selected works discussed in depth. 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Bound for Success

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday, March 5 • 10:00am - 1:00 pm • $60

Your manuscript may be a winner, but rejection letters will accumulate without a selling book proposal. Learn how to convince an agent or editor to read it, what will stop them, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and much more!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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