Writing Classes

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 • 10:00 am- 4:00 pm • $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: Kerrin Meis - The Image of Woman in Western Art: From Antiquity to Degas (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Jan. 5, 12 & 19 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Examine how artists, mostly male, developed an image of the "other": how the social and religious milieu as well as contemporary literature influenced their choices. With Eve's Expulsion from Paradise on the one hand and the Virgin Enthroned as Queen of Heaven on the other, we see the evolution of images beginning with the fecund Earth Mother of Pre-History. What were the intentions of artists and their patrons when the goddesses of mythology emerge as seductive nudes?  We look at saints, mystics, martyrs and other models of female deportment as well as various attributes ascribed to the Virgin Mary in theological discussions as to her nature. We trace her image back to images of Artemis and meet some interesting women: Astarte, Cybele, Athena, the philosopher Hipatia, as well as warrior heroines: Semiramis, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. Salome, Delilah, Judith, and Danae kept artists glued to their easels, as did Saints, including Barbara, Catherine and the Mary Magdalen. One century's stoic heroine becomes a later century's Femme Fatale or object of voyeurism.  

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: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 6:30pm

Thursday January 11 • 6:30 pm-8:30pm • $60

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie 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

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, & Feb 18 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: March 18, April 8, April 29, & May 20, 2018 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - Flash Fiction (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday November 4, 2017  • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $50

 

Flash Fiction is fun and fast, whether you write for your own entertainment or wish enter flash fiction contests, this class will get you going.   Free writing liberates the mind and is a great way to banish writer’s block. Both these writing styles will free you from dreaded procrastination and perfectionism. We’ll do lots of timed writings and share them with the class.  

Diane Conway is a Book Midwife, writing coach, developmental editor and has three published books.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cara Black - Villains & Villainesses (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Nov. 5 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm • $75

S/he is the character we love to hate, villains as the architect of your crime novel. In this workshop you’ll learn techniques on creating and writing a memorable villain who orchestrates the plot of your story. 

Cara Black writes the Aimée Leduc investigations set in Paris. Murder in Saint-Germain is the latest in her NYTimes bestselling series. Cara lives in San Francisco with her husband, son and dog. She’s a co-chair of the Book Passage mystery conference and received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for contributions to French culture. She gets to Paris whenever she can.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Your Novel: From Start to Finish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 22 - Nov. 19 (no class Oct. 29) • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $240

David Corbett, an award-winning author and Book Passage teacher, is offering this 4-week course at the request of recent students.

It covers the whole gamut of novel-writing:

Week 1: Finding the Compelling Story Idea and Maximizing its Potential

Week 2: Creating and Developing the Character Web

Week 3: Building Plot from Character

Week 4: Putting It All Together - Scene Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Voice. Specific student works-in-progress, will be fleshed out, analyzed, and strengthened as the course progresses.

The class will be aimed at all levels of writing competence, from novice to advanced.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - Birthing Your Truest Stories (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Path to Publishing Workshop: Birthing Your Truest Stories
$30 for Path to Publishing Members • $45 for Non-Members
Saturday, October 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Memoirist and writing teacher Jennifer Browdy joins writer and birth doula Audrey Kalman to explore the resonances between birthing and writing in this interactive class. This class will inspire writers to become their own doulas, developing a powerful internal ally to walk with them on their writing journeys. Among the questions to be explored: What tender truths are seeking to come through you? Can you express your truth more authentically in fiction than in memoir? What are the strengths of different genres, and which one is right for the story you are bringing to light? 

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is an associate professor of comparative literature, gender studies and media studies at Bard College. She is the founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Audrey Kalman is the author of two novels: What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online publications. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Oct. 8 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique isthe voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are themain characters? How high are the stakes?

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to davidcorbettauthor@gmail.com by October 1st

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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