Writing Classes

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

Class: Ken Sherman - The Business of Writing for Screen, Television, and the Book Industries

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sun., Aug. 23 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $75

We'll dissect who's who in a production company, a studio, and a publishing house, to hopefully demystify these very real people who you'll come in contact with as you sell your work. 

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights. An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker. 

He has taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he just received a lifetime achievement award.

A few of Ken's clients include David Guterson ("Snow Falling On Cedars"), Anne Perry (80 books in print to date), Tawni O'Dell (Oprah Book Club Book), Willa Cather (Estate), Anjanette Delgado, Louis Begley  ("About Schmidt"), Luis Bunuel (Estate), John Updike for 33 years), etc.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ken Sherman - Moving Your Book to Film and Television

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Sat., Aug. 22 • 9:00-12:00 pm • $75

Once you've written your book or stageplay, there's always the chance it will transfer well to film and television. We'll discuss specific projects with this history and then discuss some of yours, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real. 

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights. An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker.

He has taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he just received a lifetime achievement award.

Some of Ken's clients include: David Guterson  ("Snow Falling on Cedars"), Tawni O'Dell ("Back Roads" - Oprah Book Club Selection and about to go into production as a feature), Willa Cather Estate (two books in development as features), Luis Bunuel Estate, Anne Perry (two series of her books in development as features and television series), worked with John Updike for 33 years, John Kerr's "A Dangerous Method" on which David Cronenberg's film is based, etc

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Catherine Flaxman - The Antagonist: Strengthening the B Story

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Sat., Oct. 3 • 10:00-1:30pm • $60

Many writers subtly (or not so subtly) identify with the protagonist in their writing. This can result in an undeveloped antagonist, a weakened B story, and a protagonist who operates as an extension of oneself. In Jungian terms, the protagonist and antagonist represent each other’s shadow side (parts we fear, disown or disallow in ourselves) and have valuable lessons to learn from each other. Specific writing exercises and a 10 step writing process will help you deepen their relationship, turn your story or memoir on its head and write from the antagonist point of view, revealing a vibrant dance of opposites between the two.

Bring two to three pages of narrative, character description or dialogue to use as a starting point.  In addition to free writes, there will be an opportunity to read aloud, receive feedback on the work, and dialogue with the presenter, a Mill Valley writer and psychotherapist, about psychological behaviors that can reveal, humanize and strengthen your characters.

Catherine Flaxman, MA, MFT, is a writer and screenwriter, who has sold screenplays (including a feature-length project to Paramount) and received two Individual Artist’s Grants from the Marin Arts Council (for fiction and for screenwriting).  A licensed psychotherapist with forty years experience in integrative psychology, Catherine is in private practice in Mill Valley CA.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

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