Writing Classes

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Out of This World! Writing Workshop: Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat. October 29 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

It’s a far-out, jet-propelled day of creativity and imagination. Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin well-known travel writer, editor and author of award-winning novels in a day of world building, plotting and adventure into new literary realms. 

Bring manuscript and project ideas to troubleshoot, discuss and dissect.
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

Class: Cara Black - The Architect of Your Plot (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am

Sun. October 30 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $75

The Architect of your Plot – Let’s give Villains the respect they deserve! Your story owes much to the villain/esse, in fact mystery and crime fiction don’t function without either. We’ll explore how your villain/esse orchestrates the plot, throws obstacles in your protagonists way and how to build multi-dimensional characters you love to hate.
Bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc mysteries set in Paris. She has received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, bestowed on those supporting French culture.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

7 Tuesdays: Nov. 1 - Dec. 20 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm, (no class Nov. 22) • $315

**Continuing class, please call or visit Book Passage to sign up**

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: Stuart Horwitz - Finish Your Book in Three Drafts with the Book Architecture Method

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:30pm

Monday Nov. 14 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $26 (includes copy of the book)

The Book Architecture Method has helped writers transform messy manuscripts into polished books in three drafts. Writers learn how to create a complex narrative by knowing the draft they’re in and what to do between drafts.

Stuart Horwitz is the author of three lauded writing reference books: Blueprint Your Bestseller, Book Architecture, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts. He is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors whose clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields (www.bookarchitecture.com). 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:30am

2 Sessions: Dec. 20 & 21, 2016 • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm • $105

For 4th, 5th and 6th Graders

A two-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.

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: Andrea Alban: Writer's Tribe Winter Semester (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, & Feb. 26 (no class Feb. 19) • 4:00 - 7:30 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog.

*Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel to submit over course of 4 sessions.*


Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King- Writing Sexy Stuff

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
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.  

Laurie McAndish King is the co-editor of the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories and poems series.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:30pm

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 24 - Feb. 28, 2017 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $350


Don George’s six-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.



51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $85


In this workshop, we'll use sensory prompts to help us tap into memory and story for vivid imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura's book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. We'll practice awareness of the five senses, plus motion and intuition — and learn how to write about the senses in our authentic voice. This workshop includes creative writing exercises and feedback, along with meditation to awaken awareness, spark creativity and make our writing come alive.

For writers of all levels.

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and PsychologyToday.com. Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique is the voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are the main characters? How high are the stakes? (Manuscripts and synopses must be submitted by January 22nd.)

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925