Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: Sept. 6 - Oct. 25 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $360

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: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You? (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:30pm

Four Wednesdays: September 7 - 28 • 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: Monica Wesolowska - False Starts to True Stories (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 11 • 10:00am - 2:00pm • $105
 
 
You’ve always wanted to start a memoir. Or you’ve started but can’t go on. Or you’ve finished but aren’t satisfied. Whatever your experience, false starts are part of the process. But what makes an opening feel true? In this workshop, you’ll receive professional feedback on your openings and find new ways to tell the truth. Manuscript openings (up to 10 pages) are due to the instructor by September 5th.
 
Monica Wesolowska, author of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, has been teaching and editing both fiction and memoir for over a decade.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway & Mary Reynolds Thompson - Brainstorming Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, September 17 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $140

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 and Mary Reynolds Thompson 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  and Mary Reynolds Thompson are seasoned writing coaches and teachers who have six published works between them.

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

Mary is founder of Write the Damn Book and author of Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathleen Hill - Easy Food and Travel Writing (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am

Sunday, September 18, 2 • 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: Toni Piccinini - Motherhood on the Page (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 9:30am

3 Fridays: Sep. 23, 30, Oct. 7 • 9:30 - 11:00 am • $75

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and an everyday balancing act that is ripe for story. We will hear from mom-authors, mom-publishers and mom entrepreneurs. There will be writing exercises, prompts and sharing. Consider the salon a gathering for the exchange of ideas, and a place for the woman who has a story to tell.

Toni Piccinini is an editor at Narrative Magazine, contributor to The Women’s Eye and the author of The Goodbye Year, a mom-oir mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Emotion on Page (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, Oct. 1 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $110

How to use effective telling (yes, telling not showing) to create emotion in the reader. We will look closely at published works, examining how telling is used to not only develop the character's emotional landscape, but also the readers’. We will then use these examples to generate emotion in our works-in-progress for nonfiction, memoir and fiction.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the award-winning novel The TranslatorThe Painting, and many short stories.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer’s Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: October 2, 16, 30 & November 13 • 4:00 - 7:00pm • $240


 

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, inspiration, and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, and page-turning plots. The mission of this interactive, university-level workshop is to deepen the art and craft of fiction writing. Submission strategies to agents and editors will be covered.

Requirements: Must have completed a picture book manuscript or the first 25 pages of a novel. Must be able to send, receive, open, and print emailed documents (Pages or Word)

A big thanks to Andrea for the encouragement, motivation, insights, and craft lessons. She made us better writers. I could go on and on,
but I intend to do so on the acknowledgment page of my first book
. —Donna Hemmila

Andrea’s class is an extraordinary gift of her time, talent, and understanding. She is the quintessential “cheerleader” for the creative spirit.—Jacqueline Texier

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers in how to prepare submissions to editors and agents.Alban runs the popular “Writer’s Tribe” groups at Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Plotting Your Mystery (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 6:00pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 2 - 23 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm • $165

Of the three subgenres in the Mystery-Crime field, the most cerebral— and thus the most dependent on the cause-and-effect development of plot—is the detective/mystery subgenre. Corbett guides students through the various elements: the unique detective (and his/her will to justice), the “informative” victim, the unexpected killer, and the puzzling murder. The class will also explore the unique requirements of various sub-subgenres—e.g., hard-boiled, cozy, amateur sleuth—and hybrids such as medical thriller, legal thriller, etc., with special attention to the specific demands of mystery stories students themselves hope to write.

David Corbett is the award-winning author of The Art of Character and five novels, including The Mercy of the Night and Blood of Paradise. He co-chairs the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference.

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

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