Writing Classes

Class: Laura Deutsch - Discover Your Legacy (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, April 2 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • $85

Explore creative ways to envision the next phase of your life.  In this experiential workshop, we'll use writing, discussion, meditation and other techniques to help you uncover what brings you a sense of meaning and purpose. 

Laura Deutsch leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jenny Bitner - The Art of Flash Fiction (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 12 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

In this one-day class learn to craft very short stories (under 1,500 words) and also micro fiction (100 word stories). Learn the difference between prose poetry and flash fiction and how to create stories with plot, character and dramatic change in a short format. Bring your laptop or notebook. We will also look at online markets for publishing flash stories.

Jenny Bitner has an MFA from the University of Virginia. Her fiction has been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Sun and PANK magazine. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Historical Fiction (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:30pm

4 Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18, & 25 • 1:30 - 3:30pm • $175

A practical and easy-to-follow class for any aspiring author who wants to break into the historical fiction genre. Through prompts, workshops, and feedback, we'll cover plot, characterization, research, the techniques of story-telling, getting a publisher, and much more. Let the your imagination run wild, remember how it was in times of old, and start developing the skills to take your stories out into the world.

Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Good Daughter.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: January 5 - March 1 (no class 2/15) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $320

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Completion of either of Leslie's beginners' classes ('Is There a Book in You' or 'You Can Complete that Book') is a prerequisite for this class.

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: Linda Bergman - So You Think Your Life's a Movie? And How to Sell It (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., April 16 • 10:00am-4:00 pm • $150

This class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists or anyone who wants to learn to get to the story fast!  We will learn the nuts and bolts – the industry accepted three-act structure of a film including plot points, subplots, character and dialogue that works. You will learn the elements of a good scene and leave ready to write your own movie and put it on its feet.

Linda Bergman is a screenwriter by trade, having written twenty-two films, five of which she produced. Her work includes Matters of the Hart, The Jessica Savitch Story and The Pearl Buck Story. Her films have been nominated for an Emmy, and the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award.  She has taught at Brown, Yale and Antioch Universities and is the author of So You Think Your Life’s A Movie – Ten Steps to a Script That Sells.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: James Dalessandro - Write and Sell a Great Screenplay (Corte Madera)

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 10:00am

Sun., February 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $100

He will discuss every aspect of writing a great script: structure, character, dialogue, adaptations from other medium, plus selling one's work.  The afternoon will include a screening and analysis of Hitchcock's classic Rear Window.  

James Dalessandro has long been a popular screenwriting instructor at BP. He is the author of the best-selling 1906: A Novel and Citizen Jane, and is screenwriter of both film adaptations  In the past three years he has sold five television pilots and he is currently writing two six-hour mini-series. His movie The Italian Girl is heading for production with a major European company.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke - Get-Ready-for Poetry-Month Workshop for 3rd - 5th Graders (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 12:30pm

Sat., March 26 • 12:30-2:30 pm • $45

 We'll play with haiku, tanka, haibun forms of poems and create a group narrative using visuals off postcards for prompts.

Karen Benke has pens poems-on-the-spot and leads creative writing adventures for kids and kids-at-heart both privately and, for many years, with the California Poets in the Schools program. She is the author of a poetry collection, Sister, and three popular non-fiction books to inspire even the most reluctant to reach for a pen, Rip the Page!, Leap Write In!, and her newest Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing. She prefers snail mail but can be reached via her website karen@karenbenke.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Dianne Jacob - Write Your Cookbook (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., March 26 • 10:00am-1:00 pm • $60

Are you a writer, enthusiastic home cook or cooking class devotee who dreams of writing a cookbook? Learn how to come up with a sellable cookbook idea, what makes a good recipe, how publishing works, and how to self-publish. Exercises will get you started and set you on a path towards your goal.

Dianne Jacob is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More, recently released in its third edition. She also co-wrote two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe: The United States of Pizza and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas. A writing coach who specializes in food, she teaches around the world at conferences and workshops. She also judges books for the prestigious James Beard awards.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Mary Reynolds Thompson - Writing Down the Wild (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sat., March 5 • 1:00-5:00 pm • $60

The natural world is the root and the branch of language, its source and its inspiration. In this workshop we’ll explore both poetry and prose, writing freely, adventurously, and spontaneously as we map the connections between nature’s imagery and our own inner terrain. This workshop is suitable for seasoned writers looking for inspiration, new writers who want to free their pens from constraint, and those looking to explore their connection to nature in creative ways.

Mary Reynolds Thompson is a writing coach and certified facilitator of poetry and journal therapy. She is author of Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway & Mary Reynolds Thompson - Brainstorming Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 27 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $140

Let two writing coaches help you strengthen and refine your vision for your non-fiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have probably done a fair amount of writing, but the concept is still fuzzy. You can’t grasp exactly what your book is about and so you spin your wheels, failing to gain traction. With their experience in developmental and concept editing, Diane Conway and Mary Reynolds Thompson will help you brainstorm your core idea. In this supportive class you’ll discover how a clear focus is key to writing that flows. Diane and Mary are seasoned writing coaches and teachers who have six published works between them.

Diane Conway is a writing coach, Book Midwife, and the author of four published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots and The 20 Minute Miracle.  

Mary Reynolds Thompson is a writing coach and certified facilitator of poetry and journal therapy. She is author of Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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