Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:30pm

 Six Wednesdays: Nov. 1 - Dec. 20 (no class Nov. 15 or 22), 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm • $240

Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don't know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Writing challenges us to face our core issues. As a result we become experts at procrastination, perfectionism, or simply making sure we are always too busy to finish. Underneath all these defenses, there is gold: the nugget of pure creativity waiting to be expressed once you learn how to make room for it to be revealed.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Erin Byrne - Illuminated Travel (Sausalito)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 28 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm • $60

Have you ever wondered why a particular alleyway beckoned you, or a local character intrigued you, or an unusual ritual unsettled you?  On our travels we have few “light bulb moments” but writing that ignites connections between ourselves and the places, people, and cultures of the world transforms us and our readers.

Join Erin Byrne as we delve deeply into our travel experiences using the “anti-workshop method” she has taught at Shakespeare and Company in Paris and on Deep Travel trips.  The results are reflected in her books, and have inspired writers at all levels from emerging to highly published.

Starting with an image or scene that has captivated us, we use a new process of questioning, tapping into the creative unconscious, pinpointing focus, and fierce editing to write pieces that both surprise and glow from within.

This is an Introduction to a four session workshop which will be offered in September.

Erin Byrne is the author of the Next Generation Indie Book Award winner for Travel and Finalist for Memoir Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cathy Rath - Enhancing Your Craft (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday Jun. 15, 2017 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $50

Starting out or nearing the end of your writing project? No worries, there’s always time to enhance your craft.  A well-written novel, short story or memoir entices us with creative characterization, consistent point of view, and memorable dialogue. Come and review the fundamentals in this interactive workshop, and then please return for the full journey in a four-week session offering.

Cathy Rath is currently a professor at SFSU and a professional writing coach.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 21 - May 16 (no class Apr. 11) • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $360

**Please contact Book Passage to register**

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: Diane Conway - Fearless Creating

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 24 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Fear can kill our ideas and stop us in our tracks. In the class you’ll summon the courage to slay the inner critic and outsmart procrastination and perfectionism.  You’ll get serious tips delivered with lighthearted laughter. 

Diane Conway, is a writing coach and Book Midwife, the author of three published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots (foreword by Anne Lamott).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melissa Cistaro- Mapping Your Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays: April 26th, May 3rd, May 24,  & May 31 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $220

Finding a structure can be one of the biggest challenges of writing a memoir. How do you choose what to put in your story and what to leave out. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a series of visual “memory maps” specifically for your story. We will use these personal maps as a tool for writing narratives that are both emotional and compelling. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Materials provided.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and national publications. She also works as an event coordinator at Book Passage and has taught memoir writing classes in the Bay Area and beyond.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Boomer Bestseller One Day Workshop (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday, Nov. 18 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75

**Class Cancelled, for more information please call 415 927-0960**

You’re 40, suddenly 60, 80, and you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know how to shape it into a publishable book, and how to submit it to Hollywood. Barbara Rose Brooker’s Boomer Bestseller Workshop, and her Writing Aerobics, will guide you from concept to writing a table of contents, synopsis, storyboard, how to write a scene, develop your characters, storyline, and all elements of craft. Come with a dream and leave with an outline and a draft!

Barbara Rose Brooker’s novel The Viagra Diaries is currently being made into a TV series. She has a MA in creative writing and regularly teaches at SFSU Olli, and at private workshops. She speaks on national TV about age and creativity.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Complete Your Book This Year (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday, March 11 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $50

Do you have a manuscript you’ve been working on, and you are ready for a deeper commitment? Is it time to get it done, for real? In this class you will learn how to create a flexible, working time plan to complete your book this year. Based on Leslie Keenan’s work with time management and with writers, she skillfully gives you all the tools you need to set up your plan without squelching your creativity in the process.

“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.”- Eve Pell, author, Love, Again.

You can’t plan creativity, you can only allow it, but you can create a framework in which it will thrive.

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: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am

 Saturday February 10, 2018 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $105


Join Jasmin Darznik in an intensive workshop to transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs.

Darznik, N.Y. Times- bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life, offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, how to interview family members, how to shape and refine your stories, and how to meet the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. Darznik holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton. 


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jordan Rosenfeld- Writing the Intimate Character

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Apr. 30, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00 pm • $105


What makes a book compelling? Unforgettable, singular characters! Jordan Rosenfeld discusses key character cues and the emotional layers necessary for character development. She takes you through a series of exercises to stretch your character building chops. She is an author of five books on writing and three novels. Jordan's freelance work has been published in The Atlantic, N.Y. Times, New York Magazine, and many more. 

Jordan Rosenfeld is the author of Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time and Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Rebecca Lawton). She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have run on The California Report, a radio news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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