Writing Classes

Class: Melissa Cistaro - Writing the Healing Story (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sunday, June 19 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • $60

How do we put together the pieces of our past and find the courage to craft our narrative truths? In this workshop we will talk about the writer’s journey and the transformative power of telling our stories. Through in-class writing exercises and discussion, we will explore memory and the art of writing brave.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir Pieces of My Mother. She works as a writing mentor and event coordinator at Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alan Rinzler - What a Developmental Editor Can Do for You (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:45pm

Saturday, June 4 • 9:00 – 11:00 am • $60

Developmental Editors work with an author on core story concept, narrative arc, characterization, dialogue, visual description, literary style, and reader takeaway. This class shows you how to find a developmental editor, how to work with one, and how they can help you get published. 

Alan Rinzler was the developmental editor and publisher for Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter Thompson, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler and others, while holding executive editorial positions at Simon and Schuster, Holt, Bantam, Grove Press, and Rolling Stone. He now works as a consulting developmental editor with private clients.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:00am

Sunday, July 10 • 10:00am – 4:00pm • $105

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

6 Wednesdays: Oct. 5 - Nov. 16 (no class 10/12) • 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: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You? (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Wednesdays: Jan. 24-Feb. 14, 2018 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • $160

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She gives advice on how to get the book published and gives names of 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: Diane Conway - Brainstorming Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday January 20, 2018  • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $50

Let two writing coaches help you strengthen and refine your vision for your non-fiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have probably done a fair amount of writing, but the concept is still fuzzy. You can’t grasp exactly what your book is about and so you spin your wheels, failing to gain traction. With their experience in developmental and concept editing, Diane Conway will help you brainstorm your core idea. In this supportive class you’ll discover how a clear focus is key to writing that flows.

Diane Conway is a Book Midwife and the author of four books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?  

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 11:00am

Sat. August 6 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm • $125

Price includes a copy of Laura Deutsch's Writing for the Senses.

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 helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Loyd Auerbach - A Paranormal Primer for Writers (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, July 9th • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $120

Are you including paranormal encounters and psychic experiences and abilities in your stories? Are you a nonfiction author wanting to find the credible resources for the subject? Or are you simply someone interested in the spectrum of psychic phenomena?

In this extranormal overview, parapsychologist, author and speaker Loyd Auerbach will introduce you to the gold mine of real psychic/paranormal experiences, abilities and research findings that has been untapped by most in their writing and screenwriting. From ESP to Mind over Matter abilities to phenomena and reports of Survival of Death (including ghosts, hauntings, reincarnation, Near Death Experiences and more), this class will stimulate your creative flow and get your mind spinning off into wild directions. You will be provided with resources to take your own next steps, including free sources that extensively cover the range (and examples) of people's real life psychic/paranormal experiences going back to the 1800s. 

Best of all, you'll learn how to hook your readers with stories based on experiences that connect directly to their own. While directed at writers (both fiction and nonfiction), the class is open to anyone simply interested in the subject.

Loyd Auerbach, MS, is a world-recognized paranormal expert with thousands of media appearances and 9 paranormal books. He’s on faculty at JFK University and Atlantic University, President of the Forever Family Foundation, has worked with numerous screenwriters and authors, and also lectures on Pop Culture and the Paranormal.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Anyone at Any Age Can Write a Book (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:00am

Sunday, Aug. 7 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

Structure your book concept into an outline and a beginning, middle, and end.

You have a draft. You’re tired of workshops. You want to publish and sell your book to film or television.Boomer Best Seller Day Workshop will show you how to develop your book concept into a structure with a beginning, middle, and end- a premise, title, table of contents, storyboard,  logline, and how to create three-dimensional characters. Writing Aerobics will guide you from concept to title, and develop your draft for publication, television, and film.

Barbara Rose Brooker has an MFA/Creative writing. She has published fiction with William Morrow, Crossing, Simon & Schuster, and other presses. Her novel, The Viagra Diaries, is being made into a TV series. God Doesn’t Make Trash, a memoir is optioned for a six segment series for television. Her books have been translated into eleven languages. She teaches creative writing workshops at San Francisco State University Extension, and at private workshops. Her new novel, To Be Continued, a sequel to The Viagra Diaries is published on Amazon/Kindle. Her new book Writing Aerobics will be published end of 2016.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Marissa Moss- Writing Your Graphic Novel (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sat., July 9• 1:00-4:00 pm • $80

The graphic novel is a unique blend of words and pictures, offering wide expressive possibilities for story-telling. In this workshop we explore visual narrative, pacing, character development, and the balance between text and image.

Marissa Moss has written more than fifty children's books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. She is best known for the "Amelia’s Notebook" series, now considered graphic novels, though at the time the first one came out twenty years ago, they were just “odd.” The books have sold millions of copies and been translated into several languages.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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