Writing Classes

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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:30pm

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 30 - Mar. 6, 2018 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $350

**Class full, please call 415 927-0960 for wait list**

Don George’s seven-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Bound-for-Success Book Proposal

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 10:00am

Sunday, September 27 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Want to be a published author? Thought so! Your manuscript may be a winner, but rejection letters will accumulate without a selling book proposal. Learn how to convince an agent or editor to read it, what will stop the reading, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and much more!

As a marketing and publishing consultant with decades of experience, Alice Acheson works with authors, illustrators, and photographers. She has edited books and negotiated contracts. Her publicity work has produced many New York Times bestsellers.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban: Writer's Tribe Spring Semester

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: April 10, April 24, May 15, May 22 • 4:00 - 6:30 pm • $200

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog.

Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban: Writer's Tribe Winter Semester (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, & Feb. 26 (no class Feb. 19) • 4:00 - 7:30 pm • $240

**This class has been cancelled, please call 415 927-0960 ext. 230 if you have any questions**

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog.

*Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel to submit over course of 4 sessions.*

 

Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Toni Piccinini - Motherhood on the Page (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, January 30 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $60

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and layered with reflection. A mother’s story—from Plath to Bombeck—demands to be told. With an eye to craft, we examine mom blogs, essays on motherhood, and “mom” in fiction. Consider the class a threshold for the woman who doesn’t know where to start, but knows that she wants to. There will be writing exercises, prompts, and sharing.

Toni Piccinini is the author of The Goodbye Year, a mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - The 20 Minute Miracle Method for Writing Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Saturday, January 16 • 12:00 - 3:00pm • $40

Many writers would do anything to avoid the blank page. Writing is a lonely business. However, seeing your writing in print is a thrill you should not miss. Using The 20 Minute Miracle you
will discover how to complete your entire book. You’ll set doable deadlines, outline your book and set up a writing schedule to stay motivated. A dynamic and fun class.

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

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