Classes

Online Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 4:00pm to Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

Seven Tuesdays: February 15 - March 29, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $575

Class limited to nine attendees

REGISTER HERE  

 

 

This class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop, with emphasis on the craft of writing a publishable travel story. In this workshop, participants will conceive, pitch, and write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. This may be based on a recent close-to-home travel experience or on a memory of a past trip. In the workshop, we'll begin by closely reading, discussing, and critiquing examples of excellent travel writing. Then each participant will present their story idea for discussion and revision, and then write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. Each piece will be closely read and discussed in class. Subsequent classes will allow for revision, discussion, and further refinement of each piece. During the course of the workshop, in addition to individual critiques, we'll talk about the fine points of structure, pacing, and making your point. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Class limited to nine attendees

What students are saying about Don George:

“Don George's travel writing workshop was a rigorous, profound, magical experience, the product of a uniquely nurturing environment. Taking his courses has encouraged me to write without fear of failure, and with greater confidence and creativity than ever before. Any writer—whether officially a travel writer, or any other writer considering issues of place—should jump at the chance to work with him."
—Diane Vadino

"I have always wanted to take a writing workshop from Don George, but was never able to because I did not live in the Bay Area. When he offered his workshop virtually this year, I jumped at the chance and could not be happier with the experience. It motivated me to work on a piece and the feedback I received from the other attendees enabled me to take an "okay" piece I had written and turn it into a piece I'm really proud of by the end of the workshop. I ended up going in a different direction than intended, but it ended up being the right direction I could not see by myself. I would have not been able to get my writing to where it needed to be without Don and the workshop participants. I would sign up for another virtual workshop with Don George in a heartbeat.”
—Lisa Boice

 

Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Pacing Your Story

Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 10:30am


Saturday, February 5th, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $80

 

Pacing is one of the most important elements to story.  It's the momentum of a story, and a good story has a variety of speeds to generate tension, develop characters, and build anticipation, all of which keep the reader’s interest. In this class, we’ll explore when and how to vary the speed by looking at structural beats. This will lead to an in-depth examination of in media res, set-up, build, reader expectation, and pay off. We’ll also look at looming events, which allow you to explore character in a quieter way. We’ll consider speed at the sentence level, too. To ground our discussion, prior to the class, you’ll read an assigned short story. Throughout, you’ll brainstorm ways you can vary the momentum for your own story, whether it be fiction, memoir, or nonfiction.

Nina Schuyler's new novel, Afterword, will be published in 2023. Her novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction. Her book, How to Write Stunning Sentences, is a Small Press Distribution bestseller. Her short stories have been published by Zyzzyva, Fugue, Santa Clara Review, Nomadartx, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

 

Connie Josefs - The Narrator in Memoir | Session II: How We See

Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm



 

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Session II: How We See - Narrator as Character

Hosted via Zoom • 1:00pm-3:30pm PT • $125

 REGISTER FOR SESSION II - $125 

REGISTER FOR SESSION I & II - $200

“Get the narrator and you’ve got the piece.” —Vivian Gornick


When we write memoir, we’re often focused on what happened and forget that “we” are the story. More than a series of events, memoir offers insight into the character and experience of the storyteller.
• How do we find the right voice to tell our story?
• How do we bring the character of the narrator to the page?
This seminar offers an in-depth look at how memoir writers craft vivid and effective narrators.
Format includes advance readings, lecture, writing exercises and discussion.

 

Session I: Who’s Talking? - The Narrator’s Voice
Sunday, November 7, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Pacific Time
The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of life and illuminates character, tone and theme.


Session II: How We See - Narrator as Character
Sunday, November 14, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Pacific Time
Description provides the details of scene, but it also reveals the one who is looking. Description reflects the persona of the narrator and how they see the world.  

Fee: $125 for single session; $200 for both sessions

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and memoir coach. She leads workshops in memoir and fiction writing and has taught at UNM Albuquerque, Santa Monica College, Southwest Writers and The Taos Writers Conference. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch LA and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television.

 

Connie Josefs - The Narrator in Memoir | Session I: Who's Talking?

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm



 

 


Sunday, November 7, 2021

Session I: Who's Talking? - The Narrator's Voice

Hosted via Zoom • 1:00pm-3:30pm PT • $125

 REGISTER FOR SESSION I - $125 

REGISTER FOR SESSION I & II - $200

“Get the narrator and you’ve got the piece.” —Vivian Gornick


When we write memoir, we’re often focused on what happened and forget that “we” are the story. More than a series of events, memoir offers insight into the character and experience of the storyteller.
• How do we find the right voice to tell our story?
• How do we bring the character of the narrator to the page?
This seminar offers an in-depth look at how memoir writers craft vivid and effective narrators.
Format includes advance readings, lecture, writing exercises and discussion.

 

Session I: Who’s Talking? - The Narrator’s Voice
Sunday, November 7, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Pacific Time
The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of life and illuminates character, tone and theme.


Session II: How We See - Narrator as Character
Sunday, November 14, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Pacific Time
Description provides the details of scene, but it also reveals the one who is looking. Description reflects the persona of the narrator and how they see the world.  

Fee: $125 for single session; $200 for both sessions

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and memoir coach. She leads workshops in memoir and fiction writing and has taught at UNM Albuquerque, Santa Monica College, Southwest Writers and The Taos Writers Conference. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch LA and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television.

 

Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Story Structure

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:30am


Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $80

 

Structure is the scaffolding for story. In this class, you will learn the structure that American readers are most familiar with and that populates the publishing world. While it's important to understand the standard structure, we will consider other types of scaffolding which might be more fitting for your story. I'll provide examples of such constructions as the episodic, the crot, thematic juxtaposition, imagistic juxtaposition, and the lyrical, to name a few. You'll broadly outline structural possibilities for your story-in-progress.

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Writing Award. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and named a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. She's also the author of the bestseller, How to Write Stunning Sentences.

 

Online Class: Don George - Ten Secrets of Successful Travel Stories

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • 12:00-3:00pm PT • $100

 

In this class, Don George—author of How to Be a Travel Writer, the best-selling travel writing guidebook in the world—will discuss the ten essential stylistic elements and techniques that distinguish great travel storytelling. The first two hours of the class will be a lecture by Don, drawing on his decades of experience writing for and editing print and online publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, Salon, and the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle. The third hour will be devoted to a lively question-and-answer session with participants, where Don will answer selected questions from attendees. 

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.
 

What students are saying about Don George:

“Don George's travel writing workshop was a rigorous, profound, magical experience, the product of a uniquely nurturing environment. Taking his courses has encouraged me to write without fear of failure, and with greater confidence and creativity than ever before. Any writer—whether officially a travel writer, or any other writer considering issues of place—should jump at the chance to work with him."
—Diane Vadino

"I have always wanted to take a writing workshop from Don George, but was never able to because I did not live in the Bay Area. When he offered his workshop virtually this year, I jumped at the chance and could not be happier with the experience. It motivated me to work on a piece and the feedback I received from the other attendees enabled me to take an "okay" piece I had written and turn it into a piece I'm really proud of by the end of the workshop. I ended up going in a different direction than intended, but it ended up being the right direction I could not see by myself. I would have not been able to get my writing to where it needed to be without Don and the workshop participants. I would sign up for another virtual workshop with Don George in a heartbeat.”
—Lisa Boice

 

SOLD OUT! Online Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm to Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 7:00pm

SOLD OUT

Please email kathryn@bookpassage.com to be put on a waitlist if you still with so join

Seven Tuesdays: December 14 - January 18 & February 8th, 2021

(Please note we will skip Jan.25 & Feb.1 with the final class on Feb.8)

Hosted via Zoom • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $575

Class limited to nine attendees

SOLD OUT  

 

 

This class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop, with emphasis on the craft of writing a publishable travel story. In this workshop, participants will conceive, pitch, and write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. This may be based on a recent close-to-home travel experience or on a memory of a past trip. In the workshop, we'll begin by closely reading, discussing, and critiquing examples of excellent travel writing. Then each participant will present their story idea for discussion and revision, and then write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. Each piece will be closely read and discussed in class. Subsequent classes will allow for revision, discussion, and further refinement of each piece. During the course of the workshop, in addition to individual critiques, we'll talk about the fine points of structure, pacing, and making your point. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.
 

What students are saying about Don George:

“Don George's travel writing workshop was a rigorous, profound, magical experience, the product of a uniquely nurturing environment. Taking his courses has encouraged me to write without fear of failure, and with greater confidence and creativity than ever before. Any writer—whether officially a travel writer, or any other writer considering issues of place—should jump at the chance to work with him."
—Diane Vadino

"I have always wanted to take a writing workshop from Don George, but was never able to because I did not live in the Bay Area. When he offered his workshop virtually this year, I jumped at the chance and could not be happier with the experience. It motivated me to work on a piece and the feedback I received from the other attendees enabled me to take an "okay" piece I had written and turn it into a piece I'm really proud of by the end of the workshop. I ended up going in a different direction than intended, but it ended up being the right direction I could not see by myself. I would have not been able to get my writing to where it needed to be without Don and the workshop participants. I would sign up for another virtual workshop with Don George in a heartbeat.”
—Lisa Boice

 

Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 10:30am

Six Thursdays: January 20 - February 24, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 9:00-10:30am PT • $205

 

This course continues with its text 100 DUBBI di GRAMMATICA ITALIANA, by Stefania Ruggeri and Fabrizio Ruggeri from ALMA Edizioni. The "dubbi" we will be covering include: essere vs avere, the agreement of past participles with direct object pronouns, the imperfect vs the passato prossimo, the use of "DA" vs "PER", the use of "prima che" vs "prima di" and "penso che" vs penso di".  We will also continue our reading of Italian history in the very readable book Che Storia, by Gabriele Pallotti e Giorgio Cavadi, from Bonacci Editore. Both books are available at Libreria Pino in SF (415) 242-5590.

Please contact Wendy Walsh at danteista@gmail.com to receive syllabus and class information.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

 

Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Low Intermediate Italian

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 9:00am to Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 10:30am

Six Tuesdays: January 25 - March 8, 2022 (No class February 22)

Hosted via Zoom • 9:00-10:30am PT • $205

 

This course will be working from the small but intense text I PRONOMI ITALIANI by Ciro Massimo Naddeo from ALMA Edizioni. This text offers a complete review of all the Italian pronouns (subject, direct, indirect, double, relative AND Ci and Ne.) Because of the wealth of exercises, which include great useful vocabulary and many verb tenses, the text also serves as a general review of the many complex aspects of this beloved language. The book may be ordered at Libreria Pino in San Francisco at (415) 242-5590, and they will mail it directly to you.

Please contact Wendy Walsh at danteista@gmail.com to receive syllabus and class information.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

 

Class: Jasmin Darznik - A Vivid and Continous Dream: Writing That Transports Readers (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm


Sunday, September 19, 2021 • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $75

Please note: This class will be held in person at our Corte Madera location

 

In this class, Jasmin Darznik will share the strategies she has found most essential to creating stories that transport readers, whether in fiction or nonfiction. More particularly, she will share the ways she researches a person and era before sitting down to write, what kinds of details she searches for when creating scenes, and how she continues to refine her story once her writing is underway. Participants will look at a selection of transporting reads, dive into creative prompts, and finish with an interactive Q & A.

Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, was a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” a Los Angeles Times bestseller, longlisted for the Center for Fiction Prize, and awarded the Writers’ Center’s First Novel Prize. Darznik is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life, and most recently, The Bohemians. Her books have been published in seventeen countries. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College, a JD from the University of California, and a PhD in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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