Writing Classes

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 - Complete Your Book This Year (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, June 11 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $50

Do you have a manuscript you’ve been working on, and you are ready for a deeper commitment? Is it time to get it done, for real? In this class you will learn how to create a flexible, working time plan to complete your book this year. Based on Leslie Keenan’s work with time management and with writers, she skillfully gives you all the tools you need to set up your plan without squelching your creativity in the process.

“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.”- Eve Pell, author, Love, Again.

You can’t plan creativity, you can only allow it, but you can create a framework in which it will thrive.

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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Meghan Ward - Successful Blogging (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:00am

Sun., June 12 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $110


Have you always wanted to start a blog? This is your chance! In one six-hour blogging bootcamp you will set up a Wordpress blog, choose a focus and design, and learn how to write great blog posts. This class covers best blogging practices; how to build traffic through social media networking and search engine optimization, and time management.

Meghan Ward is a freelance writer and book editor and the founder of Writerland.com, a blog about writing, publishing and social media. She is the author of Runway: Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel, and her work has appeared in The Rumpus, MuthaSan Francisco Magazine7x7, the San Francisco Chronicle, and various anthologies. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

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: Lael Gold - Night Muse: Deep Dreaming for Writers (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., June 25 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $140

Nighttime dreams, with their richly suggestive combinations and marvelously apt, nonlinear associations, re-form patterns and perceptions brilliantly, with unaccountable wit. In this lively, experimental dream and writing workshop, we will connect with our dreams and we will write. We will take fascinating journeys to the interior, bringing back, as much as possible, just the riches our art and our lives require. (Please bring notes on at least one dream.)  You can find a fuller description of the class on Lael's website.

"Night Muse is a fabulous class that helped motivate me to get back to my memoir.  I would highly recommend that others take it. Lael is really an amazing teacher." --Monica Haywood, Berkeley, CA

Lael Gold, Ph.D., the founder of Productive Slumber, provides individual guidance and group programs to writers and other clients worldwide. A former Mellon Fellow and award-winning writer and educator, Lael created and taught literature, film, and writing courses for over eight years at U.C. Berkeley. She delights in assisting others in deepening their connection with the smartest, most loving part of themselves. Humor and play are hallmarks of her work.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway- The 20 Minute Miracle Method for Writing Your Book (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sunday, June 26 • 1:00-4:00pm • $60

Many writers would do anything to avoid the blank page say get a root canal. Writing is a lonely business and it sometimes feels like pulling brain matter out of your head to deposit on the page.  However, seeing your writing in print is a thrill you should not miss.  Using the 20 Minute Miracle you will discover how to complete your entire book with this powerful tool. You’ll set doable deadlines, outline your book and set up writing schedule and stay motivated.  A dynamic and fun class.

Diane Conway is the author of four published books including the inspirational What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? and the 20 Minute Miracle.  She’s a popular teacher at Book Passage, a mentor/muse and a Book Midwife. Anne Lamott says, “Diane Conway is going to feel like your new best friend - she’s intelligent, spiritual, wise and hilarious.” 

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: 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

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

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:30am

One Week: July 11 - 15th • 10:30 am - 1:30 pm • $285

For 4th, 5th and 6th Graders

A week-long 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
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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
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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
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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