All Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 29 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

Learn techniques for gaining confidence and develop a clear sense of your book. Leslie Keenan provides advice on the best way to get your book published, suggesting agents, editors, publishers and printers. This is the opportunity to get your book started. A student wrote, “Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer. She’s like a living life preserver.”

Leslie Keenan has been in publishing for 28 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer, and teacher. She has helped hundreds of writers find and complete their writing projects. 

Participation in this course or "You Can Complete That Book" is a pre-requisite for enrolling in Leslie's Master Writers series. This is the only pre-requisite course that will be offered prior to her March Master Writers group that begins March 3.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (March/April)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: March 3-April 28 (No Class March 17) * 6:30-8:30 pm * $360

Prerequisite: This class requires that you have previously taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book” one day workshops offered by Leslie Keenan at Book Passage. 

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Leslie Keenan has 30 years’ experience helping writers complete their books. She knows the most frequent reasons writers get stuck and can help writers discover how to get back in flow and write effortlessly again.

What Students Are Saying about Leslie Keenan

“If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears.” – Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man’s Switch, Poisoned Pen Press

“Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer.” – Student, “Is There a Book in You?”

“Truckloads of useful information and inspiration.” – Harvey Hyman

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julia McNeal - Five Ways In To Character

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 14 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

Believable, compelling characters turn a good story into a great one. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, if you want to understand your characters more fully, make them distinct, nuanced and believable, this class is for you. Professional actor Julia McNeal (Law & Order; A.C.T; Magic Theatre) has created a unique technique for bringing characters deeply and fully to the page. You’ll practice and come away with a set of 5 specific tools that work to create characters with authentic voices, unique physicality, persuasiveness and depth.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Spring)

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:00pm
photo of Anjali Andrea Alban

Four Sundays: Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, Jun. 7 • 2:00-5:00pm • $260
Prerequisite: Attendees must have written a picture book or the first 25 pages of a novel.
This Class Is Full

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots. Tuition includes a copy of Anjali’s RE-vision Guide.

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She content and line edits manuscripts, mentors writers on the path to publication, and helps prepare submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Elizabeth Kracht - Developing and Editing Your Manuscript for Publication

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

Sunday, April 5 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm • $125

Literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many manuscripts being rejected suffered similar, easy-to-solve problems. As a result, she began keeping a list, hoping to one day be able to share this feedback with writers struggling to understand why their work keeps receiving rejections. Based off her newly released The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript, this workshop will cover over 100 points for consideration before submitting to an agent, editor, or indie publishing, such as how to sharpen dialogue and prose, improving characterization, complicating plot, and much more. Elizabeth will also provide a Q&A segment toward the end of each hour to answer questions on individual projects, subject matter covered, and traditional publishing.

A copy of Elizabeth Kracht's The Author's Checklist is included in the registration fee.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Peter Thabit Jones - Singing in Chains: Sound-texturing in Poetry

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Peter Thabit Jones, poet, sound-texturing

Saturday, April 18 • 10:00 am–1:00 pm • $95

The sound-texturing of a poem connects with the iambic beat in us. Dylan Thomas believed in “the colour of saying,” suggesting it is not just what we say in a poem, but the way we say it. Peter’s talk will focus on the craft of cynghanedd, Welsh-language harmonizing devices, used by Thomas and others in English. The workshop will allow participants to experiment with the devices and poetic forms that lend themselves to creating poems that “sing.”  

Peter Thabit Jones has authored fourteen books, including Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village. A recipient of many awards including the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London) and the Homer: European Medal of Poetry and Art, Peter will be in America as a writer-in-residence in Big Sur. 

What People Are Saying about Peter Thabit Jones

"Peter Thabit Jones is poetry. He lives, creates and recites the alluring and mysterious. In Salem and in Cambridge MA, Peter’s readings, classes and workshops were magical. His is a dynamic voice and he invites us to explore the world with him. Such an adventure is pure delight as Peter can transform even the arduous job of stone-laying into verse.” – Kristine Doll, Ph.D., Professor, Department of World Cultures and Languages, Salem State University

"Peter Thabit Jones mesmerized a gathering of Boulder poets and novelists at my home, an event to be reprised this fall, to satisfy audience demand. Peter's poems and public appearances have captured the imagination of the Boulder community. To listen to him read is a rare treat, not to be missed in any venue." -- Paul M. Levitt, Professor emeritus, University of Colorado

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of author Anne Lamott

Saturday, May 9 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $175

Give the writer in your world (or yourself) a memorable and inspiring afternoon with Anne Lamott. Anne conducts this class the way she writes - openly and honestly, never shying away from difficult topics. Learn from, laugh with, and be motivated by this talented, humorous, and daring writer as she shares her insights on the process, techniques, challenges and joys of successful writing, followed by Q&A.

Anne Lamott is the author of 15 bestselling books including Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Hard Laughter, and Operating Instructions. Her newest book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- AM How to Sell Children's Books/PM Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16 AM session: 10:00 am-12:30 pm & PM session: 1:30- 4:00 pm $135

Enroll in both of Ying's workshops for a discounted price. This listing is for both her AM and PM sessions. You may also register for each session individually. 

AM session: How to Sell Children's Books:

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

PM session: How to Edit your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- How to Write & Sell Children's Books

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm $75

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You may also register for this class combined with Ying's PM workshop "How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine - How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:30pm

Saturday, May 16, 1:30-4:00 pm $75

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You can also register for this class along with Ying's AM class "How to Sell Children's Books" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925