Writing Classes

Class: Diane Conway- Fearless Writing and Creating

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Saturday, Aug. 22 • 1:00-4:00pm • $40

Fear can kill our precious ideas and stop us in our tracks. In this class you will shut the fear down and wake up your native creativity. You will learn how to break through barriers and dare to create. This class gives you powerful tools to begin, to stay motivated and to finish your writing and creative projects. You’ll get serious tips delivered with lighthearted laughter.

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sunday, June 26 • 1:00 - 4:00pm • $60

Many writers would do anything to avoid the blank page say get a root canal. Writing is a lonely business and it sometimes feels like pulling brain matter out of your head to deposit on the page.  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 with this powerful tool. You’ll set doable deadlines, outline your book and set up writing schedule and stay motivated.  A dynamic and fun class.

Diane Conway is the author of four published books including the inspirational What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? and the 20 Minute Miracle.  She’s a popular teacher at Book Passage, a mentor/muse and a Book Midwife. Anne Lamott says, “Diane Conway is going to feel like your new best friend - she’s intelligent, spiritual, wise and hilarious.” 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Six Wednesdays: June 17-July 22 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $240

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan knows the reasons most writers get stuck and can help them get back in the flow again. Students will leave with a strategy for completing their book. Also covered is advice on the best way to get a book published, with suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

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: David Corbett - The Final Polish

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sun., Oct. 4 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150
Your manuscript (no longer than 10 pages) must be sent to David Corbett by Sept. 27th.

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages to determine: How unique is the voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are the main characters? How high are the stakes? Manuscripts must be submitted by 9/27.

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: David Corbett - The Character of Plot

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Oct 24 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150   

Character creates plot, it’s that simple, and how the characters change through their actions dictates overall story structure. In this seminar and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the fundamental moments of revelation, reversal, insight and decision that create the main characters’ arcs also form the crucial plot turns. 
 

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: Alan Rinzler - Top Ten Things: What every writer should do before submitting to an agent or self-publishing

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Sat., Aug. 1 * 9:00-11:30 am * $55

Specific tips and techniques to help authors improve their chances of success in this age of tremendous change in the business of publishing.  How can they navigate the difficult choices now available beyond the essential art and craft of writing. What should they do to take advantage of the new opportunities to reach their readers directly, without gatekeepers, regardless of whether they want an agent or intend to self-publish. 

Alan Rinzler had held executive editorial positions at Simon and Schuster, Bantam Books, Grove Press, Rolling Stone, and Macmillan, working with such authors as Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter Thompson, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, Jerzy Kosinski, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Shirley MacLaine and others.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

8 Tuesdays, May 5-June 23 • 6:30-8:30pm • $320
Restricted registration–call for information.

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

Class: Judy Reeves - Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing From Your Authentic Wildness

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

Saturday, May 30 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $45 (10% off the book for workshop participants)

Writers of all genres and experience are invited to participate in this workshop that uses free-writing exercises, memory and imagination to touch into the places that belong to our deep and wild feminine nature. We'll give voice to authentic expression and remember our stories. The work of Wild Women is to value our creative nature and respond to its urgings. Let's do it together in a safe and nurturing community of like-spirited explorers.

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur who has published four books on the craft including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days and her newest release, Wild Women, Wild Voices.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Creating Memorable Characters

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Where do these people come from? This session will step through the process of planning and developing memorable characters: from coming up with names to finding those telling details that ignite the character’s first turn on the stage. How to use narrative voice, dialogue, description and setting to illuminate character. And how to create a cast of characters that play off one another.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - Innovative Plotting

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The key to impactful writing is giving readers what they want in a way they don’t expect. Formulaic adherence to three-act structure cannot deliver that surprise. By focusing on story rather than structure, however, you can craft your plot around the use of hope, promise, and necessity to create the truly meaningful, dramatic, and emotionally powerful episodes that make a good story great. With special emphasis on character, co-chair David Corbett will guide participants on the essential starting points for any compelling story, key decision points that turn a story in surprising directions, and touchstone scenes such as the Inciting Incident, the Establishment of Opposites, the Point of No Return, the Mirror Moment, the Crisis of Insight, the Inescapable Decision, the Validation Scene, the Obligatory Scene, and the Climax.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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