Writing Classes

Class: Diane Conway - The 20 Minute Miracle Method for Writing Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Saturday, January 16 • 12:00 - 3:00pm • $40

Many writers would do anything to avoid the blank page. Writing is a lonely business. However, seeing your writing in print is a thrill you should not miss. Using The 20 Minute Miracle you
will discover how to complete your entire book. You’ll set doable deadlines, outline your book and set up a writing schedule to stay motivated. A dynamic and fun class.

Diane Conway is a writing coach, Book Midwife, and the author of four published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots and The 20 Minute Miracle.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke - Workshop for Educators & Parents of Reluctant Writers

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

Saturday, October 3 • 2:00 - 3:30 pm • $40

A creative writing adventure “play-shop” aimed at educators and parents! We’ll spend a lively 90-minutes learning what lights up our imaginations so that we can take our discoveries back to our students and children. We’ll use prompts and writing experiments from RIP THE PAGE! LEAP WRITE IN! and Karen’s newest book in the series WRITE BACK SOON! Adventures in Letter Writing. A California Poet in the Schools for over 20 years, Karen Benke specializes in getting even the most reluctant student to reach for a pen.

A California Poet in the Schools for over 20 years, Karen Benke writes with all ages and specializes in getting even the most reluctant in class to reach for a pen.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Molly Giles - First Impressions

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 10:00am

Sat., Dec. 5 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $105

It's a sad fact that most editors know by the first few sentences whether they are going to publish your story or not. In this workshop we'll take a close look at your opening page to make sure the voice is fresh, the characters engaging, the premise interesting and the grammar and spelling perfect. The workshop will include a craft talk, several writing prompts, and a Q&A.

Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.

 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 6:30pm

4 Wednesdays: September 9 - 30th • 6:30-8:30pm • $160

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. A student recently wrote, "Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer. She's a living life preserver. I've taken several classes at BP and this is the best!"

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 - Master Writers (Continued) October

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: Oct. 20 - Dec. 15 (no class 11/24) • 6:30-8:30pm • $320

**Please note: this class is a continuation class, designed for previous students of Leslie Keenan**

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.  Designed as a continuation for those who have already attended a class of Leslie Keenan's and would like to continue thier work.

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 - Master Writers August

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: Aug. 25 - Oct. 13 • 6:30-8:30pm • $320

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

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: Judy Reeves - Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 10:00am

Sat., Nov. 21: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm & Sun., Nov. 22: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $195 • (10% off the book for workshop participants)

Writers of all genres and experience are invited to participate in this workshop that uses free-writing exercises, memory and imagination to touch into the places that belong to our deep and wild feminine nature. We’ll give voice to authentic expression, working together in a safe and nurturing community of like-spirited explorers.

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 11:00am

Sun., Nov. 1 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm • $125

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 class is ideal for beginning and more experienced writers who want to learn new creative writing techniques and review the elements of personal essays and memoir. Whether writing for yourself or a wider audience, you’ll learn how to craft engaging, compelling pieces. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. 

 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Molly Giles - Short Story Repair

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:00am

Sat., Nov. 7 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

This is your chance to fix short stories that are “almost there.” Often it just takes a slight adjustment, but sometimes it takes a sharp kick—this class offers both.

Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laurie Fox & Andy Ross - Literary Agent Intensive

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 9:30am

Sat., Oct. 31 • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm • $75

Two Bay Area agents with extensive experience take writers through the process of finding a literary agent. This class will teach authors how to write a pitch-perfect letter that can generate interest and how to choose an agent who is best for your specific book project. Please bring your own query letter to be workshopped.

Laurie Fox has been an agent for over 28 years, with 25 years at the Linda Chester Literary Agency. Andy Ross is a literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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