Writing Classes

POSTPONED - Class: Louise Nayer - Transforming Pain Through Writing Memoir

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sun., Aug. 17 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85

Class has been postponed - call for further information


Transform difficult memories into captivating writing. Exercises will help with sensory detail, scene vs. summary, time shifts, and voice. You will leave class with a body of work and the courage and confidence to continue writing. Louise Nayer, author of Burned: A Memoir, has taught creative writing for 40 years.



CANCELLED - Class: Susanne Pari & Sheila Gordon - Together Stories

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $40

This class has been cancelled. Please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further details

The idea behind “Together Stories” is deliciously simple and wonderfully addictive: using storytelling to forge a bond between the young and the old. Learn how to create a collaborative story using a sequential back-and-forth method via email. Writing a story with a child is a unique way to gain insight into a child’s thoughts—and the kids love it! Susanne Pari is a novelist, essayist, and author of The Fortune Catcher. Sheila Gordon was one of the original organizers the Kidney Foundation Authors Luncheon. She has written a Together Story with her granddaughter Emily.





Class: Elizabeth Stark Powers - Dialogue That Works

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Aug. 24 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60



“Speech is what people do to each other.” Brilliant examples of published dialogue will inspire your best writing. This class will discuss text, subtext, and the key roles of silence, gestures, actions, and setting.

Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.



Class: Elizabeth Stark Powers - Crafting Unforgettable First Pages

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60



You only have a couple pages to hook your prospective agent, editor or reader. Detailed edits and a technique checklist make your opening stand out from the slush pile.

Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.



Class: Ethel Rohan - Fiction Writing Uncovered

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Jan. 11 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

Please note that the date has changed

This workshop focuses on the basic craft elements of fine storytelling: plot, character, point of view, setting, imagery, dialogue, description, pacing, voice, and theme. After deconstructing the skill-set of some brilliant authors, participants will write from prompts, beginning a novel or short story which they will then read and discuss with fellow participants.

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone.


POSTPONED - Class: Ethel Rohan - The Brilliance of Brevity

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sun., July 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

This class has been postponed - please call us at (415) 927-0960 for further information

This workshop focuses on crafting concise narratives for writers of both fiction and creative non-fiction. The class reads and examines successful short stories and essays in order to learn the art of selectivity in writing.

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone.


Class: Audrey Ferber - Stories from Life

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., July 20 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60



Transform the stories of your life into fiction! We’ll practice accessing memory, mining our family myths for their dramatic potential, and creating memorable characters from the people we know. Audrey Ferber’s fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies. She teaches writing at UC Extension.


POSTPONED Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: This class has been postponed. Contact Esme at erabin@bookpassage.com for information on future classes with Laura.

Sat. June 29 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85

Sensory prompts help you tap into your best material, enriching memory and story with imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura’s upcoming book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page again. For all levels.


Class: Leslie Keenan - Ongoing Class for Writers

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Three Thurs.: July 11 - 25 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session

Limited to 10—Restricted registration; call (415) 927-0960 for information

Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the supportive of other writers and Keenan’s guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. Limited to ten participants—Restricted registration; call for information



POSTPONED - Class: Mary Edwards - Jump Start Your Art Career

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $50

Class is postponed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further information 

What's going on in the art world?  What are galleries and museums looking for now?  What makes the Bay Area a unique place for artists?  This workshop will help emerging and established artists learn the basic business strategies required for success.  Topics include:  how to create an artist-friendly business plan, how to think like an entrepreneur, and how to use professional networks to advance your career.  

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs.  She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, graphic artists, and other creative people.  Mary has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught workshops and classes for artists throughout the Bay Area.


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