Writing Classes

Class: Melissa Cistaro- The Story You Have to Tell: A One Day Memoir Workshop

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday June 3 • 10am-4pm, 2017  • $120

How do you find the courage to put together the pieces of your past? We’ll discuss the transformative power of telling our stories. Through in-class writing exercises, reading, and discussion, we’ll explore the art and craft of memoir. Please come with a brief paragraph about the story you need to tell. Melissa Cistaro is author of the award winning memoir Pieces of My Mother.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - The 20 Minute Miracle Method

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 10 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Many writers would do anything to avoid the blank page.  Using the 20 Minute Miracle Method you will discover how to begin and complete your book, blog, or newsletter in short, enjoyable segments. These tools will help you stay motivated.

Diane Conway, is a writing coach and Book Midwife, the author of three published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots (foreword by Anne Lamott).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cathy Rath - Enhancing Your Craft (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday Jun. 15, 2017 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $50

Starting out or nearing the end of your writing project? No worries, there’s always time to enhance your craft.  A well-written novel, short story or memoir entices us with creative characterization, consistent point of view, and memorable dialogue. Come and review the fundamentals in this interactive workshop, and then please return for the full journey in a four-week session offering.

Cathy Rath is currently a professor at SFSU and a professional writing coach.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Dynamic Characters

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 17 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $110

How do you create characters that capture the readers’ attention? We’ll look at published works as a jumping off point. Then we’ll explore your own character’s flaws, conflicts, and relationships to become clearer about them and their role in the plot. Nina Schuyler is the author of the award-winning novel The Translator, The Painting, and many short stories.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - Fearless Creating

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 24 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Fear can kill our ideas and stop us in our tracks. In the class you’ll summon the courage to slay the inner critic and outsmart procrastination and perfectionism.  You’ll get serious tips delivered with lighthearted laughter. 

Diane Conway, is a writing coach and Book Midwife, the author of three published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots (foreword by Anne Lamott).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke - Creative Writing Camp for Kids (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 9:30am

4 Sessions: June 26th - June 29th, 2017 • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm • $220

For 4th, 5th and 6th Graders

A four-session creative writing camp for those interested in playing on and off the page with similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, convincing dialog, poem-making, story-sketches and MORE. We'll draw from prompts using Rip the Page! and Leap Write In! and will craft and hide notes using Write Back Soon! The workshop is limited to 20 students, and all materials included.


**After a morning of active creating, students will be escorted over to AndrewsCamps for an afternoon of games, crafts, sports, and more!**

Click here to sign up for AndrewsCamps. Daily rate and 4-day special rate available! 

Note: This camp is optional. Lunch is not provided.



Karen Benke is the author of Rip the Page!, Leap Write In!, and Write Back Soon! A long-time Poet in Schools, she's the creator of The Museletter and currently runs The Writer's Next where she pens her imaginative writing adventure books and assists other writers in starting/finishing book projects. Visit her at www.karenbenke.com.  

Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590308127
Availability: Special Order
Published: Trumpeter - July 27th, 2010

Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and unstick old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, and favorite words; adventurous and zany prompts to leap from; dares and double dares to help you mash up truths and lies into outrageous paragraphs; and let

Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch & Surprise Your One-Of-A-Kind Mind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611800159
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roost Books - April 2nd, 2013

Invite your jittery mind into quiet slips of timed or untimed writing experiments that are designed to encourage your timid heart to forge forgotten feelings and entice your shy-self to make friends with emerging emotions.

Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611802689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roost Books - September 22nd, 2015

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards--an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Erin Byrne - Illuminated Travel (Sausalito)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 28 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm • $60

Have you ever wondered why a particular alleyway beckoned you, or a local character intrigued you, or an unusual ritual unsettled you?  On our travels we have few “light bulb moments” but writing that ignites connections between ourselves and the places, people, and cultures of the world transforms us and our readers.

Join Erin Byrne as we delve deeply into our travel experiences using the “anti-workshop method” she has taught at Shakespeare and Company in Paris and on Deep Travel trips.  The results are reflected in her books, and have inspired writers at all levels from emerging to highly published.

Starting with an image or scene that has captivated us, we use a new process of questioning, tapping into the creative unconscious, pinpointing focus, and fierce editing to write pieces that both surprise and glow from within.

This is an Introduction to a four session workshop which will be offered in September.

Erin Byrne is the author of the Next Generation Indie Book Award winner for Travel and Finalist for Memoir Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am
Saturday July 8th, 2017 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150

Advice so simple it can't possibly be right: Just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems can be solved by a clearer command of the story you're trying to tell.

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to davidcorbettauthor@gmail.com by July 1st.

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.



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

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 10:00am

 Sun., July 9, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $105


Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don't know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Writing challenges us to face our core issues. As a result we become experts at procrastination, perfectionism, or simply making sure we are always too busy to finish. Underneath all these defenses, there is gold: the nugget of pure creativity waiting to be expressed once you learn how to make room for it to be revealed.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Long Summer Nights, Hot Summer Reads

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Wednesday July 19 & August 16, 2017  • 6:30-8:30pm • $60

Join us for a two-night summer book group where we’ll be discussing two sizzling summer reads. Wine is included in the price, as is a copy of facilitator Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s short story collection The Hand of Buddha.

Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is the author of award-winning books of long and short fiction and editor of twelve anthologies. She has judged numerous literary competitions, led workshops all over the world, and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925