Writing Classes

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

Class: Diane Conway - Fearless Creating (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

3 Tuesdays, Feb. 23, March 1, & March 8 • 6:00 - 7:30pm • $110

Fear can kill our precious ideas and stop us in our tracks. In this class we’ll apply powerful tools to begin, to stay motivated, and to finish our writing and creative projects.  Class 1 The Art of Beginning - Learning to trust your idea and daring to begin the process. Class 2 Burning Down the Blocks - slaying the inner critic when it tries to stall our writing. Class 3 The Courage to Complete - many creative works languish when in reality they are closer to completion than we think. 

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Plotting Your Mystery (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., March 19 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150

Of the three subgenres in the Mystery-Crime field, the most cerebral—and thus the most dependent on the cause-and effect development of plot—is the detective/mystery subgenre. In this this one-day class, David will guide students through the various elements that every great mystery requires: the truly unique detective (and his will to justice), the “informative” victim, the unexpected killer, the puzzling murder, the elaborate cover-up, the discovery and elimination of suspects, the staging of reveals, etc. The class will also explore the unique requirements of various sub-subgenres—e.g., hard-boiled, cozy, amateur sleuth—and hybrids such as medical thriller, legal thriller, etc., with special attention to the specific demands of mystery stories students themselves hope to write.

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Writing Extraordinary Prose (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four Thursdays • Feb. 4 - Feb. 25 • 7:00-8:30pm • $200

How do writers create different textures, sounds, and curves in their writing? How do you, as a writer, summon the resources of language to convey the precise and necessary emotion to tell your story? In this class, we will study the sentence, considering structure, rhythm, sound, suspense, diction, schemes, tropes and imagery. We will read published work and you will write your own stunning sentences. 

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

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Sat., May 7 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

“I’m grateful for your courageous willingness, Anne Lamott, to tell the truth; you’ve helped me find my voice, too.”
– Patty Craft

“Lamott is a narrator who has relished and soaked up the details of her existence, equally of mirth and devastation, and spilled them onto her pages.” - New York Times

Enjoy a memorable experience, as you share an afternoon with Anne Lamott. Anne Lamott never shies away from the difficult topics — both in writing and in life. This talented, humorous, and daring writer brings us a lecture and a Q&A session. Lamott offers participants advice on the writing process and shares her writing experience.

Anne Lamott is the the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Small Victories, Hard Laughter and other acclaimed novels and essays. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385480017
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - September 1st, 1995

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times

Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author:


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Help, Thanks, Wow, Hallelujah Anyway and Almost Everything, Lamott's long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace.


Hard Laughter: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780865472808
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Published: North Point Press - April 15th, 1979

Anne Lamott's poignant first novel, reissued in an attractive new edition.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Boomer Bestseller One Day Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, Feb. 20 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

You’re 40, suddenly 60, 80, and you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know how to shape it into a publishable book, and how to submit it to Hollywood. Barbara Rose Brooker’s Boomer Bestseller Workshop, and her Writing Aerobics, will guide you from concept to writing a table of contents, synopsis, storyboard, how to write a scene, develop your characters, storyline, and all elements of craft. Come with a dream and leave with an outline and a draft!

Barbara Rose Brooker’s novel The Viagra Diaries is currently being made into a TV series. She has a MA in creative writing and regularly teaches at SFSU Olli, and at private workshops. She speaks on national TV about age and creativity.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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