Writing Classes

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Memoir

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Eight Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Mar. 26 (no class 2/26) • 6:00-8:00 pm • $295

This eight-week workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. She offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, interview family members, and manage the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter. She earned her PhD from Princeton and has received an Outstanding Faculty Award for her teaching.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., Apr. 19 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six 

Please note the date change 

You’ve written a story and you can’t wait to hear what others think. Or you’re stuck and need help. Bring your story to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and workshop leader.

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Six Fridays: Feb. 7-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 21) • 10:00-12:00 pm • $240

This class is for anyone who has a clear sense of the book they want to write, and may even have written a good portion of it, but has not been able to complete it. Class will present strategies for maintaining a consistent flow of your writing, helping you get unstuck, tips on structure and completing the project.  (for new and continuing students)


"If it weren't for Leslie Keenan's courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears."

- Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man's Switch, Poisoned Pen Press 


 "Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer."  

- Student, Is There a Book in You?         

Class: Adair Lara - How to Write Memoir

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Feb. 15 • 10:00 - 4:00pm • $105

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

Adair Lara shows all the elements of the memoir: the arc, reflective voice, scene vs. narrative, fact vs. truth, and writing about family members. She shows what it takes to get published. There will be in-class exercises. Writers of fiction and essays are welcome. A former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Lara is the author of twelve books, including Naked, Drunk and Writing, her guide to essay and memoir.





Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Building Character

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sat. Feb. 22 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, a global supernatural thriller, 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 - The Plot Thickens

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sat. Jan. 25 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
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.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, a global supernatural thriller, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit

Class: Brooke Warner - Get In Front of Your Idea

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Feb. 1 1:00-4:00pm • $60

Whether you’re traditionally published or selfpublished, a platform matters more today than it ever has. Brooke Warner explores why this is the case; the nuts and bolts of starting and/or building a platform; and why, as an author, you must get out in front of your idea long before your book is published. She is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What’s Your Book?






Class: Laura Deutsch - Mapping Out Your Memoir

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Four Thursdays Feb. 6-27 3:00-5:00pm • $160

This session is designed for those who are writing or close to finishing their memoirs. Find the “flow” in your story and discover the secrets of transforming life experiences into memoir. You’ll learn to uncover your essential material and craft it into engaging, compelling pieces. Includes instruction, in-class writing, and an opportunity to bring writing for feedback.







Class: Monica Wesolowska - Lost and Found

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

Sat., Jan. 18. 9:30-1:30pm • $65

Whatever you have lost—keys, single socks, your empathy for a nasty neighbor, your marriage, your parents, your sense of optimism in the face of loss–you can bring it back to life with words. In this class, you will read excerpts from fabulous writers working with memories, learn techniques for delving into our own, and find ways to keep working with this rich material at home.

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores motherhood, modern medicine, and grief. She has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade.





Class: Nina Schuyler - Extraordinary Prose

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Six Mondays Jan. 13 - Feb. 17 6:00-8:00pm • $220

You know those favorite sentences? The ones you wish you wrote? In this class, we’ll learn how to craft sentences that flow,
jar, create suspense, or lead your reader to an unexpected place. We’ll draw upon published work, including Faulkner, Conrad, Fitzgerald, and Woolf, and focus on syntax, rhythm, sound, diction, voice, schemes, tropes, and imagery. By the end, you’ll know the power of anaphora, asyndeton, and synecdoche.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.






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