Writing Classes

Class: Alice Acheson - Bound for Success

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday, March 5 • 10:00am - 1:00 pm • $60

**Class cancelled, please call 415 927-0960 with any questions**

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 them, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and much more!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Sat., Mar. 4 • 2:00-5:00pm • $60

**Class cancelled, please call 415 927-0960 if you have any questions**

 

 

What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing your book.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  No method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some methods the services provided are quite different, and the author might pay all the expenses.  Is it important that your book be eligible for review and sold in bookstores?  In the final analysis, will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The instructor has worked with all three publishing choices and will guide you in making this crucial decision.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Greatest Marketing Tool

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., Mar. 4, 2017 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60

**Class Canceled, please call 415 927-0960 if you have questions**

 

 

As a writer, your first step to market your book is to talk to "everyone."  You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, future reader.  They ask about your book, you respond "Uh, well, it's about so many things...."  Stop!  You've already blown it!

Acheson shares what works, what doesn't -- and why.  The pre-class assignment is to write that 30-second pitch, practice it out loud -- many times -- and memorize it so it sounds like conversation.  (Instructions provided upon registration.)

Learn the tools to create a well-honed, ever-useful, selling description.  You'll leave the workshop with some essential sentences that can be expanded after you've won the audience's attention.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:30pm

Four Wednesdays: Mar. 1-Mar. 22, 2017 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $160

 

 

Have you always wanted to write but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you think you don’t have the time or the discipline? Leslie Keenan has 28 years experience in helping people uncover and release their ideas. She has worked on nearly 100 published books and knows what it takes to get a book from the first glimmer of an idea into its published form.

Leslie Keenan is an experied 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: Cathy Rath - Enhance Your Craft (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:30pm

6 Thursdays: Feb. 16 - Mar. 23, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30 pm • $210

Enhancing Craft is a 6-week interactive seminar targeting the fundamentals of craft applied to your creative writing projects. Focusing on characterization, points of view, narration and dialogue, participants will be inspired by reading masters of the craft, and along with fellow writers, work to enhance their skills. Each class provides two in-session writing activities and participant feedback to promote encouragement and motivation.

Cathy Rath is currently a professor at SFSU and a professional writing coach.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Mar. 19, Apr. 2, April. 23, & May 7, 2017 (no class Apr. 16) • 4:00 - 7:00 pm • $240


 

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: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $85

 

In this workshop, we'll use sensory prompts to help us tap into memory and story for vivid imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura's book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. We'll practice awareness of the five senses, plus motion and intuition — and learn how to write about the senses in our authentic voice. This workshop includes creative writing exercises and feedback, along with meditation to awaken awareness, spark creativity and make our writing come alive.

For writers of all levels.

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and PsychologyToday.com. Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:00am

Saturday October 6 • 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 workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.  

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: Anne Lamott - On Writing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

Sat., May 12 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

**Please call 415 927-0960 ext. #1 to register**

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Stuart Horwitz - Finish Your Book in Three Drafts with the Book Architecture Method

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:30pm

Monday Nov. 14 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $26 (includes copy of the book)

The Book Architecture Method has helped writers transform messy manuscripts into polished books in three drafts. Writers learn how to create a complex narrative by knowing the draft they’re in and what to do between drafts.

Stuart Horwitz is the author of three lauded writing reference books: Blueprint Your Bestseller, Book Architecture, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts. He is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors whose clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields (www.bookarchitecture.com). 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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