Writing Classes

Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 11:00am

Sun., Nov. 1 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm • $125

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories and memoir, you’ll learn tech­niques to access and shape your material and approach it from new angles. This class is ideal for beginning and more experienced writers who want to learn new creative writing techniques and review the elements of personal essays and memoir. Whether writing for yourself or a wider audience, you’ll learn how to craft engaging, compelling pieces. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. 

 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Molly Giles - Short Story Repair

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:00am

Sat., Nov. 7 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

This is your chance to fix short stories that are “almost there.” Often it just takes a slight adjustment, but sometimes it takes a sharp kick—this class offers both.

Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laurie Fox & Andy Ross - Literary Agent Intensive

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 9:30am

Sat., Oct. 31 • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm • $75

Two Bay Area agents with extensive experience take writers through the process of finding a literary agent. This class will teach authors how to write a pitch-perfect letter that can generate interest and how to choose an agent who is best for your specific book project. Please bring your own query letter to be workshopped.

Laurie Fox has been an agent for over 28 years, with 25 years at the Linda Chester Literary Agency. Andy Ross is a literary agent and former owner of Cody’s Books.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Making a Scene

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Sat., Dec. 12 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.

Poet, travel writer, novelist, and founder of Left Coast Writers, Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s most recent novel Dead Love was a Bram Stoker finalist. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Building Character

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 10:00am

Sat., Nov. 14 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

Character-driven: it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. This workshop included plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft.

Poet, travel writer, novelist, and founder of Left Coast Writers, Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s most recent novel Dead Love was a Bram Stoker finalist. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - The Plot Thickens

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:00am

Sat., Oct. 10 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.

Poet, travel writer, novelist, and founder of Left Coast Writers, Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s most recent novel Dead Love was a Bram Stoker finalist. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Louise Nayer - Building a Great Memoir: Nuts & Bolts & Beyond

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:00am

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

How do you draw readers into the world of your memoir—whether it’s a subway station in New York City or an outpost in Alaska? This class will discuss the elements of great memoir writing and will help you heighten language through sensory detail, learn the difference between scene and summary, and deal with time shifts by using flashback and slow motion techniques. We will also review the more challenging aspects of point of view, so you can find the right voice and fully engage your readers.

Louise Nayer’s memoir, Burned: A Memoir, won the 2011 Wisconsin Library Association Award.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Self-Editing Tips

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:30pm
Thursday, Sept. 24th • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $75
 
Every writer needs an editor, but before you hand your work to a professional, you should get it in the best shape you can. That’s where self-editing—not to be confused with rewriting—comes in. Whether you’re working on fiction or nonfiction, bring a chapter or section of your work-in-progress. We’ll look with fresh eyes at plot or narrative, theme, characterization, scene setting, pacing, point of view, and more.
 
Formerly a senior editor at San Francisco magazine, Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor, writing coach and writer and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post and examiner.com. 
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Dynamic, Vivid Characters

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 7:00pm
Four Mondays: Sept. 14 - Oct. 12 (no class 9/28) • 7:00 - 8:30 pm • $160
 
Character is in the foreground of all fiction. This class shows how to create dynamic characters that will emotionally engage the reader. Lectures combined with writing exercises, which are designed to fold into a work in progress, whether it’s a novel, short story, or nonfiction work.
 
Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. 
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers June

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

5 Tuesdays, June 30-July 28 • 6:30-8:30pm • $200

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

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

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