Writing Classes

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Out of This World! Writing Workshop: Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat. October 29 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

It’s a far-out, jet-propelled day of creativity and imagination. Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin well-known travel writer, editor and author of award-winning novels in a day of world building, plotting and adventure into new literary realms. 

Bring manuscript and project ideas to troubleshoot, discuss and dissect.
 
Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is the author of award-winning books of long and short fiction and editor of twelve anthologies. She has judged numerous literary competitions, led workshops all over the world, and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathleen Hill - Easy Food and Travel Writing (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am

Sunday, September 18, 2016 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75

Get Published Writing about Your Neighborhood or Your Wildest Adventure. Having written 36 food and wine lovers’ guides to wine regions of the West Coast, Kathleen Hill shows how to turn your adventures into fun food and travel writing.

Hill spent last Fall at a French chateau as writer-in residence and has written for National Geographic TravelEdible Marin & Wine Country, and many others. She is currently Food & Wine Editor for the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 9:30am

3 Fridays: Sep. 23, 30, Oct. 7 • 9:30 - 11:00 am • $75

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and an everyday balancing act that is ripe for story. We will hear from mom-authors, mom-publishers and mom entrepreneurs. There will be writing exercises, prompts and sharing. Consider the salon a gathering for the exchange of ideas, and a place for the woman who has a story to tell.

Toni Piccinini is an editor at Narrative Magazine, contributor to The Women’s Eye and the author of The Goodbye Year, a mom-oir mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Plotting Your Mystery (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 6:00pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 2 - 23 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm • $165

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. Corbett guides students through the various elements: the unique detective (and his/her will to justice), the “informative” victim, the unexpected killer, and the puzzling murder. 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. He co-chairs the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Stunning Sentences (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, January 19, 2019  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

You’ve got a great story, but do you have great sentences? In this class, you’ll learn about right-branching, mid-branching, and left-branching sentences. You’ll learn how to write suspenseful sentences, and sentences with rhythm and sound, which can be hard-hitting or as soft as a spring-scented wind. You’ll learn how to write a long sentence and one with precise imprecision. The class is applicable to all genres, fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Nina Schuyler's novel, The Translator, won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: Jan. 10 - Mar. 7, 2017 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $360

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires having taken earlier intro writers classes such as “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book.”

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She provides advice on the best way to get each project published, gives names of agents, editors, publishers and printers and provides a whole range of help. This is the perfect opportunity to get started on your book. Keenan has been in publishing for over 20 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer and teacher.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

5 Tuesdays: July 5 - Aug. 2 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $225

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires having taken earlier intro writers classes such as “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book.”

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She provides advice on the best way to get each project published, gives names of agents, editors, publishers and printers and provides a whole range of help. This is the perfect opportunity to get started on your book. Keenan has been in publishing for over 20 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer and teacher.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer’s Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: October 2, 16, 30 & November 13 • 4:00 - 7:00pm • $240

 

**Registration is now closed, thank you for your support!**

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, inspiration, and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, and page-turning plots. The mission of this interactive, university-level workshop is to deepen the art and craft of fiction writing. Submission strategies to agents and editors will be covered.

Requirements: Must have completed a picture book manuscript or the first 25 pages of a novel. Must be able to send, receive, open, and print emailed documents (Pages or Word)

A big thanks to Andrea for the encouragement, motivation, insights, and craft lessons. She made us better writers. I could go on and on,
but I intend to do so on the acknowledgment page of my first book
. —Donna Hemmila

Andrea’s class is an extraordinary gift of her time, talent, and understanding. She is the quintessential “cheerleader” for the creative spirit.—Jacqueline Texier

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers in how to prepare submissions to editors and agents.Alban runs the popular “Writer’s Tribe” groups at Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:30am

8 Tuesdays: May 10 - June 28 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $320

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Completion of either of Leslie’s beginners’ classes is a prerequisite for this class.

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.” Author Eve Pell says, “Your help was really valuable since it stopped me from feeling utterly overwhelmed... I knew how to make a plan, and that’s what made the difference.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Amanda Conran - Write a Book in a Week for Kids (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 9:00am

One Week: July 18 - 22nd • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm • $325

Develop a great plot and write with a team that will create a book in one week! Amanda Conran worked with the group of young writers at Book Passage that produced the highly successful Dragon Mist. You can join with her and learn the elements of story telling while having a lot of fun. (All materials provided) 

Amanda Conran is the author of the newly released middle-grade novel The Lost Celt. She is a freelance editor, as well as a children’s book consultant, book talker, and children’s book club facilitator for Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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