Writing Classes

Class: Cara Black - We'll Always Have Paris: Constructing an International Setting

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., May 31 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

Paris can be an exacting muse. Are you looking to perfect the subtle touches necessary to evoke the City of Light, or are you keeping your characters closer to home? We will explore techniques that bring the setting alive as a character in your work, incorporating history, social mores, and local culture and cuisine. We will develop tools for researching, enhancing and
weaving in sensory details to bring your reader to a specific place and time.

Cara Black is the author of fourteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She is a member of the Marais Historic Society and received the Médaille de la Ville de Paris for contribution to French culture last year.

 

Class: Molly Giles - Short Story Repair

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., May 10 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120

This is your chance to fix short stories that are “almost there”—the little heartbreakers that are still not exactly right. 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.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

CANCELLED: Class: Terri Glass - Gepetto's Workshop: For the Essayist, Memoirist, or Poet

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

This class has been cancelled - for further information, please call (415) 927-0960

Like the toymaker, we enter the workshop of our imaginations to carve out something that will come to life. We will tinker with our imaginations and play with many forms—perhaps elongating your lines into prose, shortening your piece into poetry, or playing with sound in metric verse.

Terri Glass has been actively teaching creative writing to both children and adults in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools.

 

Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat. June 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150

**Please note date change**

Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems—what’s essential and what isn’t, how to balance inner life against action and dialogue, how to create variety and contrast among the characters, how to use setting to enhance the narrative—can be solved by referring to the context of the story.

David Corbett, author of The Art of Character, leads students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissons from each student in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

Manuscripts must be submitted by June 16

 

Class: Laura Deutsch - Passing on the Pearls: Personal Essay and Memoir

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Four Thursdays • April 3-May 1 (No class April 17) • 3:00-5:00 pm • $160

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories, and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material, approach it from new angles, and find the pearls. Includes instruction, in-class writing and feedback. Deutsch’s book Writing from the Senses will be published in May. Her work has appeared in the L.A. Times, MORE magazine, Eating Well, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. She has taught writing at UC Berkeley. “Laura was terrific — organized and original, a generous and talented teacher. This is one of the best classes I’ve taken,” says one student.

Class: Toni Piccinini - Motherhood on the Page

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Apr. 5 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

Motherhood is messy, funny, sad, and layered with reflection. A mother’s story—from Plath to Bombeck—demands to be told. With an eye to craft, we examine mom blogs, essays on motherhood, and “mom” in fiction. Consider the class a threshold for the woman who doesn’t know where to start, but knows that she wants to. There will be writing exercises, prompts, and sharing. Toni Piccinini is the author of The Goodbye Year, a mash-up of letting go and stepping forward.

 

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Erotica: Writing Sexy Stuff

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., May 31 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

 

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Location, Location, Location

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Apr. 26 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

All the world is a stage, and so is the narrative that frames your characters. Whether it’s poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction, a well-conveyed sense of place is key. Jump on a magic carpet to other places and times in this one-day workshop.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Making a Scene

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Mar. 22 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

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.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit.

 

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Six Fridays.: May 9-June 20 (no class June 13) • 10:00-12:00pm • $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 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.”

 

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