Writing Classes

Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer’s Odyssey (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays March 4-25 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $240

Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This four-week class explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are on now, and is designed to help guide to the next stage of your writing through a series of writing exercises, practices, movie clips, ample group discussion, and one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Themes to be explored are: The Call, Mentors and Muses, the Monster in the Labyrinth, The Beauty of the Real Work, The Cool Fire, and Bringing Home the Boon.

Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, a documentary filmmaker, a frequent writer for television and radio, as well as a frequent leader of mythic tours and writing workshops in Greece. As a founding mentor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, Cousineau will also offer insights into the transformations that are reshaping the book world.

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Huston Smith (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - January 8th, 2012

Focusing on the sacred and transformative aspects of our journeys, the author resurrects the art of pilgrimage as a spirit-renewing ritual that leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.


Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573242998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

Following in the footsteps of Joseph Campbell's injunction to 'follow your bliss', Cousineau gives readers the fuel to continue their journey to find passion in all areas of their lives. He offers a multitude of stories, ideas and exercises to inspire those on their way to a more creative life.


The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780962654893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer’s Odyssey One-Day Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Saturday March 3 • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm • $75

Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This one-day workshop explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are on now, and through a series of writing exercises and practices that provide a map to guide you along through inspiration and perspiration to the final stages of the publishing adventure.

Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, a documentary filmmaker, a frequent writer for television and radio, as well as a frequent leader of mythic tours and writing workshops in Greece. As a founding mentor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, Cousineau has helped over 100 writers navigate the metamorphosis that is reshaping the book world.

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Huston Smith (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - January 8th, 2012

Focusing on the sacred and transformative aspects of our journeys, the author resurrects the art of pilgrimage as a spirit-renewing ritual that leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.


Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573242998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

Following in the footsteps of Joseph Campbell's injunction to 'follow your bliss', Cousineau gives readers the fuel to continue their journey to find passion in all areas of their lives. He offers a multitude of stories, ideas and exercises to inspire those on their way to a more creative life.


The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780962654893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday July 28, 2018 • 10:00 am- 4:00 pm • $105

Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don't know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Writing challenges us to face our core issues. As a result we become experts at procrastination, perfectionism, or simply making sure we are always too busy to finish. Underneath all these defenses, there is gold: the nugget of pure creativity waiting to be expressed once you learn how to make room for it to be revealed.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

Thursday May 17 • 6:30 pm-8:30pm • $60

Please call store to register

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

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.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. 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: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, & Feb 18 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

**Registration Full, Spring Session Still Available**

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. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: March 18, April 8, April 29, & May 20, 2018 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

**Registration full, please call 415 927-0960 with any questions**

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. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - Flash Fiction (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday November 4, 2017  • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $50

 

Flash Fiction is fun and fast, whether you write for your own entertainment or wish enter flash fiction contests, this class will get you going.   Free writing liberates the mind and is a great way to banish writer’s block. Both these writing styles will free you from dreaded procrastination and perfectionism. We’ll do lots of timed writings and share them with the class.  

Diane Conway is a Book Midwife, writing coach, developmental editor and has three published books.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cara Black - Villains & Villainesses (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Nov. 5 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm • $75

S/he is the character we love to hate, villains as the architect of your crime novel. In this workshop you’ll learn techniques on creating and writing a memorable villain who orchestrates the plot of your story. 

Cara Black writes the Aimée Leduc investigations set in Paris. Murder in Saint-Germain is the latest in her NYTimes bestselling series. Cara lives in San Francisco with her husband, son and dog. She’s a co-chair of the Book Passage mystery conference and received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for contributions to French culture. She gets to Paris whenever she can.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Your Novel: From Start to Finish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 22 - Nov. 19 (no class Oct. 29) • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $240

David Corbett, an award-winning author and Book Passage teacher, is offering this 4-week course at the request of recent students.

It covers the whole gamut of novel-writing:

Week 1: Finding the Compelling Story Idea and Maximizing its Potential

Week 2: Creating and Developing the Character Web

Week 3: Building Plot from Character

Week 4: Putting It All Together - Scene Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Voice. Specific student works-in-progress, will be fleshed out, analyzed, and strengthened as the course progresses.

The class will be aimed at all levels of writing competence, from novice to advanced.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - Nonfiction Writers Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

 

Path to Publishing Workshop: Nonfiction Writers Workshop
$75 for Path to Publishing Members • $150 for Non-Members
Saturday, March 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Writers of Nonfiction
Join us for a day of discovery on the ins and outs of nonfiction writing in both traditional and nontraditional publishing. the emphasis will be on the particular challenges and opportunities for writers in the vast field of non-fiction writing. The day will be filled with professional panels and direct expert advice provided by the Mentors of Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program.

Panels & Presentations

  • An Introduction to the Publishing World
  • Writing Your Proposal
  • The (Non-Spooky) World of Ghost Writing
  • What Agents Look For
  • Polish to Perfection: Editing & Designing
  • Marketing and Promoting Your Work

Presenters
Bob Cooper has won several writing awards and has worked as an editor for national magazines. He serves as a line editor for the Path to Publishing Program, paying attention to every detail from spacing and word-choice consistency to proper punctuation and hyphenation.

Jan Johnson Drantell cofounded RedWheel/Weiser publishing house and has many years experience publishing, editing and acquiring non-fiction books. She spearheaded a cooperative publishing arrangement in New York and is the founder of an author-driven imprint, Turning Stone Press.

Josh Floyd presents IngramSpark®, an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers the same fully integrated print and digital products and global distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers to the indie-publishing community.

Candice Fuhrman's West Coast literary agency represented high quality literary fiction and non-fiction subjects including twelve New York Times bestsellers from clients including Patricia Garfield, Rabbi Michael Lerner and Mehmet Oz. Fuhrman works with up and coming authors to meet their career goals.

Laurie McAndish King is an award-winning travel writer, editor and photographer whose stories have aired on NPR and have been published in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Marin Magazine.

Linda Jay is a book manuscript copy editor and a promotional writer with decades of experience. Her career began at traditional publishers, and she now works with indie authors and writes marketing copy for both corporations and individuals.

Pamela Livingston, MA, MFA, is an experienced writer and book consultant who heads the Book Passage’ Path to Publishing program and the annual Children’s Writers’ Conference, She is also the owner of Goosebottom Books publishing company.

Bill Petrocelli is the co-owner of Book Passage. He is the author of two works of fiction books as well as two non-fiction books, including Sexual Harassment on the Job: What It is and How to Stop It. His new novel is Through the Bookstore Window.

Andy Ross opened Andy Ross Literary Agency after owning the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California, for 30 years. He represents books in narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion,  children’s books, young adult fiction, literary fiction, & cooking.

Jim Schubin, aka “The Book Alchemist,” draws upon his years of graphic design experience to design and customize print-ready and online format books. He is an Ingram-Spark specialist with years of experience in formatting books.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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