Writing Classes

Class: Tim Lea - Writing for Television – A View From the Inside and How to Get There

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am
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Saturday, October 26 • 10-2 pm • Tuition: $110

Playwright, director, television writer and producer Tim Lea provides insights on a wide variety of topics from finding an agent, sample script writing, staffing, pitching stories and shows, and what to expect in your career trajectory. The class will consist of two sections – an overview of the state of the industry and the process of breaking in, and an introduction to a hands-on process for getting your first script written, read, and produced in Hollywood.

Tim Lea has worked on numerous television shows including CSI:NY, Law and Order, Criminal Intent, and Flash Forward.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm
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Saturday, Oct 19 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • Tuition: $95

The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience—the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds us of a time in our lives—can add richness and spark to what we write. Using sensory prompts, Laura will show you how to tap into your best material, enriching memory and story with imagery and detail. With her book, Writing from the Senses, as your guide, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. For writers at all levels.

Laura Deutsch leads writing workshops from Tassajara to Tuscany and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and SFSU. Her writing has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle, Eating Well, and other publications and has aired on public radio.

What Students Say about Laura Deutsch

"Laura was terrific — organized and original, a generous and talented teacher. This is one of the best classes I’ve taken." -- Book Passage student 

“I loved this class and am eager for more.” -- Book Passage student 

Writing from the Senses: 59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611800449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shambhala - May 13th, 2014

Break through writer's block using your five senses!


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Telling Your Story

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:45pm
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Five Thursdays: Oct 3 - Oct 31 • 6:45-8:45 pm • Tuition: $225

Creating on your feet, out loud, is a powerful way to explore and expand your “voice” as a writer or a storyteller. Award-winning actor/writer/director Corey Fischer uses free-writing exercises, theatre games, and prompts for group sharing in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering, shaping and performing a particular personal story. In the final class, participants will share their stories with a small, invited audience. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories – on the page or on the “stage.”

Corey Fischer, co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre (1978-2012), has been creating and teaching theatre over 50 years. He views autobiographical storytelling as a much-needed way to open imagination and memory and to nurture community.

What Students Say About Corey Fischer

“Corey Fischer is an amazing teacher.  I took his workshops in storytelling, performance, and improvisation whenever I could. Each time my mind opened, my body became more energized and limber, my spirit and imagination expanded – always in an atmosphere of safety, human connection, and enjoyment. I highly recommend Corey as an extraordinary teacher for anyone seeking to express their creativity, find their storytelling voice, and have a lot of fun along the way.” -- Jonathan D. Greenberg, Executive Director, Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Stanford Law School

“With humor and heart, Corey guides you to the wild, unknown parts of your creativity.  He is a teacher not to be missed: a man with a lifetime of experience, an insightful perspective, and a gentle and supportive approach. He grounds you as you leap into the unknown, and expertly helps you shape what you bring back from your explorations.” – Naomi Stein, writer, performer

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melissa Cistaro - The Memoir Writer’s Survival Kit

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am
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Saturday: Sept 21 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $95

How does a writer survive the long journey of writing a deeply personal story? How do we handle the stages of rejection and self-doubt? Memoirist and industry insider, Melissa Cistaro will share her circuitous path to publication and the lessons she learned along the way. In this workshop, you will wrangle some new survival skills as a writer, flex your writing muscles, gather insider tips about the memoir market – and discover ways to thrive as you travel the path toward publication.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Melissa mentors writers and teaches memoir writing workshops in the Bay Area and internationally.

What Students Are Saying about Melissa Cistaro

"Melissa’s compassionate feedback as a writing coach along with her generosity in sharing her years of experience, greatly enhanced my journey from manuscript to book signing. Her passion for mentoring writers is an absolute blessing." - Nisha Zenhoff, Author of The Unspeakable Loss

"Melissa is everything you would hope for in a teacher. She creates a safe learning and sharing space that facilitates valuable give and take and seems to know how to nudge students just the right way. She created a wonderful learning atmosphere, provided great writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing and provided encouraging feedback that kept us on track. I can't wait to take another class with her and highly recommend her to any aspiring writer." - S. Mirfattah

"I could not have asked for a better first time memoir writing class. Melissa was great and really set the mood for a safe and supportive workshop environment. The feedback she gave during class was always encouraging and helpful. I understand now how to go about writing my memoir and, most importantly, I feel very proud and courageous for attempting to share my story." - Nina Meechoonuk

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 10:00am
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Sunday: September 29 • 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?

After registering, your manuscript and synopsis must be submitted to classes@bookpassage.com by Sept. 22.

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.

What Students Say about David Corbett

"To learn from David Corbett is to be in a safe space with a wise, patient teacher. David allows you room to make mistakes and learn from them; his feedback is exhaustive and extremely helpful...  With David, I have learned to create complex, real characters, define character arcs, and let them lead me into a well-knit plot. Thanks to his advice over the years, I now partner with a very good agent, and have landed a publishing deal." —Damyanti Biswas, author of You Beneath Your Skin 

"David is an insightful, passionate, supportive teacher and writing coach. He is attuned to the needs of his students and meets them wherever they are in their writing careers. He pushed me (nicely) to understand my characters deeply, to discover what made them tick, and to let them breathe on their own. That turned out to be the first book in a series and I'm still listening to David's advice as I head into the third one." —Susan C. Shea, author of Love & Death in Burgundy 

"David Corbett's teaching style should be measured by the success of his students. I and two of my classmates (see below) have progressed greatly since studying with him in 2015. My novel was published in 2016. Another classmate's novel is now with the publisher and will soon be in bookstores. A third classmate got an agent just a year after working with David. You can't argue with results!" —Rick Pullen 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Gelfand - You Can Be a Winning Writer: the 4 C’s of Successful Authors

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 6:45pm
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Four Mondays: Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9 • 6:45 – 8:45 pm • Tuition $150 (includes book)

Not all writing careers are created equal. Why are some authors quickly catapulted to publishing success while others seem to take forever? Learn the secrets of how you can become a successful author: What are the four C’s and how can you make them work for you? What are your writing challenges? What is a book proposal, and who needs one? What is the difference between non-fiction and fiction proposals? Does a poetry book need a proposal? Learn about cover letters, finding the right agent (or publisher) and what to do once your book is published.


A copy of Joan's book, You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C's Approach of Successful Authors - Craft, Commitment, Community & Confidence, is included in the class tuition.

Joan Gelfand wrote You Can Be a Winning Writer, three volumes of poetry, and an award-winning chapbook of short fiction. Her novel, Fear to Shred, will be published in September. Photo credit: ilaBrightPhotographyStudio/Lisbon/2018

What Students Are Saying about Joan Gelfand

"Attendees went home with new excitement, inspiration, and tools to build their writing carreers...you've been mentioned by name in five star reviews." - Lisa Provost, San Francisco Writer's Conference

"You are a fantastic presenter, very dynamic and straightforward. You expertly answered their deepest questions and helped guide them to a fuller understanding of the publishing world." - Suzanne Lyons, Events Managers, Oaxaca Lending Library

"Joan presented to our audience at the National Association of Memoir Writers a hands-on, popular, and very useful tutorial on how to get published." - Linda Joy Meyers

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Sep/Oct 2019)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:30pm
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8 Tuesdays: Sep 10 - Oct 29 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $360

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires that you have previously taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Leslie Keenan is an writing instructor, coach, and editor with over 30 years of experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (August 2019)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:30pm
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Four Tuesdays: Aug 13 - Sept 3 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $180

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires that you have previously taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Leslie Keenan is an writing instructor, coach, and editor with over 30 years of experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (July 2019)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:30pm
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Four Tuesdays: July 9 - July 30 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $180

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires that you have previously taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Leslie Keenan is an writing instructor, coach, and editor with over 30 years of experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: The Craft of Writing Memoir with Connie Josefs (4-Class Series) (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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Four Classes • Saturday, Aug 17, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • Sunday, Aug 18, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • $350

Use this button to register for all four classes at a reduced cost, or use the links below to register for classes individually.

We all have life stories to tell. But how do we write about personal experience in a way that will engage a reader? This series of four, half-day workshops focuses on the craft of writing memoir. Each workshop will provide concrete tools and strategies for transforming memory into compelling narrative. Class format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. The 4-class series includes:

Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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