Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: Mar. 21 - May 16, 2017 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm, (no class April 11) • $360

**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: 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 • $120

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: 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

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Sat., Mar. 4 • 2:00-5:00pm • $60



What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing your book.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  No method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some methods the services provided are quite different, and the author might pay all the expenses.  Is it important that your book be eligible for review and sold in bookstores?  In the final analysis, will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The instructor has worked with all three publishing choices and will guide you in making this crucial decision.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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