Writing Classes

Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $85


In this workshop, we'll use sensory prompts to help us tap into memory and story for vivid imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura's book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. We'll practice awareness of the five senses, plus motion and intuition — and learn how to write about the senses in our authentic voice. This workshop includes creative writing exercises and feedback, along with meditation to awaken awareness, spark creativity and make our writing come alive.

For writers of all levels.

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and PsychologyToday.com. Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 4, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $105

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material and approach it from new angles. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.  

Laura Deutsch leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sat., May 13 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385480017
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - September 1995

"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at ourfamily cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486296
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming April 2017.
New York Times
From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Stuart Horwitz - Finish Your Book in Three Drafts with the Book Architecture Method

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:30pm

Monday Nov. 14 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $26 (includes copy of the book)

The Book Architecture Method has helped writers transform messy manuscripts into polished books in three drafts. Writers learn how to create a complex narrative by knowing the draft they’re in and what to do between drafts.

Stuart Horwitz is the author of three lauded writing reference books: Blueprint Your Bestseller, Book Architecture, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts. He is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors whose clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields (www.bookarchitecture.com). 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

7 Tuesdays: Nov. 1 - Dec. 20 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm, (no class Nov. 22) • $315

**Continuing class, please call or visit Book Passage to sign up**

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: Cara Black - The Architect of Your Plot (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am

Sun. October 30 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $75

The Architect of your Plot – Let’s give Villains the respect they deserve! Your story owes much to the villain/esse, in fact mystery and crime fiction don’t function without either. We’ll explore how your villain/esse orchestrates the plot, throws obstacles in your protagonists way and how to build multi-dimensional characters you love to hate.
Bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc mysteries set in Paris. She has received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, bestowed on those supporting French culture.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Out of This World! Writing Workshop: Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat. October 29 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

It’s a far-out, jet-propelled day of creativity and imagination. Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin well-known travel writer, editor and author of award-winning novels in a day of world building, plotting and adventure into new literary realms. 

Bring manuscript and project ideas to troubleshoot, discuss and dissect.
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: Kathleen Hill - Easy Food and Travel Writing (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 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: Toni Piccinini - Motherhood on the Page (Corte Madera)

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 (Corte Madera)

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


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