Writing Classes

Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat. June 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150

**Please note date change**

Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems—what’s essential and what isn’t, how to balance inner life against action and dialogue, how to create variety and contrast among the characters, how to use setting to enhance the narrative—can be solved by referring to the context of the story.

David Corbett, author of The Art of Character, leads students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissons from each student in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

Manuscripts must be submitted by June 16

 

Class: Laura Deutsch - Passing on the Pearls: Personal Essay and Memoir

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Four Thursdays • April 3-May 1 (No class April 17) • 3:00-5:00 pm • $160

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories, and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material, approach it from new angles, and find the pearls. Includes instruction, in-class writing and feedback. Deutsch’s book Writing from the Senses will be published in May. Her work has appeared in the L.A. Times, MORE magazine, Eating Well, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. She has taught writing at UC Berkeley. “Laura was terrific — organized and original, a generous and talented teacher. This is one of the best classes I’ve taken,” says one student.

Class: Toni Piccinini - Motherhood on the Page

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Apr. 5 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and layered with reflection. A mother’s story—from Plath to Bombeck—demands to be told. With an eye to craft, we examine mom blogs, essays on motherhood, and “mom” in fiction. Consider the class a threshold for the woman who doesn’t know where to start, but knows that she wants to. There will be writing exercises, prompts, and sharing. Toni Piccinini is the author of The Goodbye Year, a mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

 

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Erotica: Writing Sexy Stuff

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., May 31 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

 

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Location, Location, Location

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Apr. 26 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

All the world is a stage, and so is the narrative that frames your characters. Whether it’s poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction, a well-conveyed sense of place is key. Jump on a magic carpet to other places and times in this one-day workshop.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Making a Scene

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Mar. 22 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

 

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Six Fridays.: May 9-June 20 (no class June 13) • 10:00-12:00pm • $240

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan knows the reasons most writers get stuck and 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 experied 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.”

 

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

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Four Fridays: Apr. 11-May 2 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $160

Have you always wanted to write but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you think you don’t have the time or the discipline? Leslie Keenan has 28 years experience in helping people uncover and release their ideas. She has worked on nearly 100 published books and knows what it takes to get a book from the first glimmer of an idea into its published form.

Leslie Keenan is an experied 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, 94925

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., May. 10 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six 

You’ve written a story and you can’t wait to hear what others think. Or you’re stuck and need help. Bring your story to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and workshop leader.

 

Class: Alice Acheson - Write A Book Proposal That Sells

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sun., Mar. 2 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60

Writers spend years preparing their manuscript, only to follow it up with a hastily-written proposal that often proves unsuccessful. As a marketing specialist and former editor of a major New York publisher, Alice Acheson can spot the "no go" elements of a project and guide you to a bound-for-success book proposal. Enhanced with extensive handouts, the class will discuss how to move beyond the "gate keepers", what agents and editors look for in proposals, what will stop the reader from requesting more material, and how the cover letter and synopsis differ. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

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