Writing Classes

Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Manage Your Creative Career (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Sat., June 1 • 1:30–4:00 pm • $95

Who says writers have to starve? When writing for passion, you should also get paid. This lecture will teach you the important aspects of managing a creative business career. You will learn the techniques that creative professionals use to treat their work as a business: setting clear objectives, effective marketing, considering new opportunities, strategic negotiation, and finding ways to create lucrative income by leveraging their efforts.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.



51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Write & Sell Children's Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Sat., June 1 • 10:00am - 12:30pm • $95

This workshop will introduce you to what you need to know about writing and publishing, including finding a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book. The workshop covers the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Betsy Graziana Fasbinder - Moving from Page to Stage (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 5:00pm

Two Day Workshop • Sat., May 18, 9:30am - 5:00pm • Sun., May 19, 9:30am - 1:00pm • $150

Skilled public speaking is an invaluable part of every writer’s platform. This interactive workshop will help you develop the skills and confidence to engage and captivate listeners and to bring your most authentic and polished self to audiences of any size. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a licensed therapist and has been a public speaking trainer and coach for more than 20 years. Included in the workshop fee is a copy of the instructor’s newest book: From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diana Toledano & Victoria Rock - Creating Chapter Books (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sat., June 15 • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $150

Chronicle Books editor Victoria Rock and illustrator Diana Toledano will share their behind-the-scenes experience on creating a chapter book, from manuscript to editing to illustration to publication! We’ll also cover tips and tricks on creating powerful chapter books, and answer frequently asked questions. Topics will include: series potential, the difference between chapter books and early chapter books, character consistency, how to create a strong cover, and more!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (March)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 5-Apr. 30 • 6:30-8:30pm • $360

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

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: Brian Martens - Ignite Your Creativity (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, April 27, 2019  • 10:00 am –1:00 pm • $80

In this workshop, we’ll explore creativity through poetry, nature, and perception.
Learn how to tap into your own creative genius and how to nurture your own special gifts.

Brian's Workshop offers new information and clarity about being in the Creative “Zone” and also how to stay in the “Zone”. It offers the basics of where creativity comes from and, for those who have spent a lifetime creating, it offers new ways of looking at this precious commodity of creation. New research on focus and the creative process will be shared. There will be an experiential session as well as a group discussion where participants will be able to offer their insights from their years of experience. This will be a valuable sharing of the creative process.

Guidelines for the Workshop: 2 hours

- Introduction, and Poem
- My story of Creativity with Pottery, writing and poetry
- Discussion of Creativity, creative tension, focus, declaration
- Experiential session, choosing an object in nature
- Group discussion/sharing of individual creative prompts
- Creativity commitment
- Closing, Haiku or poem

Brian Martens was a Pond Farm student in the 1970s. Brian studied “The Four Fold Way” with Cross-cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien Ph.D for 7 years, received a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Sonoma State University (SSU) in 2009, and received an MA in Organization Development from SSU in 2011. His passion is writing and poetry.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - The Power of Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sunday March 31, 2019 • 2 - 5 pm  • $90

Do you want more meaning in your life? More gratitude? Deeper connections with the people you care about? Our stories have the power to deliver all that. Melanie will show you how to write your life through the power of story—how storytelling helps you find meaning, deepen gratitude, and get closer to people who matter most (maybe even heal relationships). At the end of the workshop, Melanie will take you step by step through writing a powerful gratitude letter to someone you care about. Come find and share your story!

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Allison Landa - Writing From the Edge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday March 30 , 2019 • 10 am - 4 pm  • $125

Life proliferates at the continent’s ragged edge, where sunlight illuminates the water and a wide variety of species flourishes. Such is the case with writing, which grows most vivid at the roughest spots. Together we’ll explore ways to connect with what lies within and bring it to the surface through the power of the written word. This will take the form of in-class reading and writing prompts as well as group discussion.

Allison has published personal essays in publications including - The Guardian US, The Washington Post, & The Huffington Post. She studied writing at St. Mary's College of California, where she earned an MFA, and has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Julia and David White Artists' Colony.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

Four Sundays; Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 19, & June 9, 2019 • 2 - 5 pm • $270

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Anjali guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. 

Tuition includes a signed copy of THE HAPPINESS TREE & a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: RE-Vision Guide: How to polish your story in 18 easy steps.

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe™ is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe™, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

I love, love, love the Writer's Tribe™ and wanted to thank you for your wonderful, insightful comments. The class is exactly what I needed, and I am excited to be refocused on my novel, as well as to work with a tribe of highly talented, fellow writers. 
—Megan Pickett, author of Julius and Nero

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing and Publishing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday January 26, 2019 • 10:00 - 2:00 pm • $120 

**Please call 415 927-0960 ext. 1 to register for this class, room still available**

 This workshop will teach you how to get your book published and into the hands of readers. The world of publishing is changing rapidly, and each change brings new challenges.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is almost uniquely qualified to help writers get through these issues, because she has successfully written and published books through several channels—from major publishers to self-publishing. She is a poet, travel writer, a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She is the founder and leader of Left Coast Writers.




51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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