Writing Classes

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

Class: Diane Conway - The 20 Minute Miracle Method

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 10 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Many writers would do anything to avoid the blank page.  Using the 20 Minute Miracle Method you will discover how to begin and complete your book, blog, or newsletter in short, enjoyable segments. These tools will help you stay motivated.

Diane Conway, is a writing coach and Book Midwife, the author of three published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots (foreword by Anne Lamott).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - Fearless Creating

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., May 20 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Fear can kill our ideas and stop us in our tracks. In the class you’ll summon the courage to slay the inner critic and outsmart procrastination and perfectionism.  You’ll get serious tips delivered with lighthearted laughter. 

Diane Conway, is a writing coach and Book Midwife, the author of three published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots (foreword by Anne Lamott).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melissa Cistaro- The Story You Have to Tell: A One Day Memoir Workshop

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday June 3 • 10am-4pm, 2017  • $120

How do you find the courage to put together the pieces of your past? We’ll discuss the transformative power of telling our stories. Through in-class writing exercises, reading, and discussion, we’ll explore the art and craft of memoir. Please come with a brief paragraph about the story you need to tell. Melissa Cistaro is author of the award winning memoir Pieces of My Mother.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Dynamic Characters

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 17 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $110


How do you create characters that capture the readers’ attention? We’ll look at published works as a jumping off point. Then we’ll explore your own character’s flaws, conflicts, and relationships to become clearer about them and their role in the plot. Nina Schuyler is the author of the award-winning novel The Translator, The Painting, and many short stories.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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, April 9, 2017 • 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: 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, April 30, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Apr. 30, 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

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