Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Class for Writers

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 6:30pm
Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $320
Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Keenan provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed. Restricted registration – call for information.

Class: Leslie Keenan - Ongoing Class for Writers

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

2 Thursdays: Aug. 1 & 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $80



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 support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

POSTPONED - Class: Victoria Zackheim - Mining for Gold in the Personal Essay

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Sat., Aug. 24 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40

This class has been postponed - call (415) 927-0960 for more information

In this workshop, students will study the components of personal essay through lecture and writing exercises and will learn how to structure and craft creative nonfiction in a way that is both joyful and rewarding. Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and has edited five anthologies. She wrote the documentary "Where Birds Never Sang", now airing on PBS.  

CANCELLED Class: Barbara Abercrombie - Writing Your Life Into Story

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For more information, contact bpclasses@bookpassage.com

Sat., Oct. 5 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40

This workshop offers what writers need most -- inspiration and encouragement. Writing exercises help yo uto get started and dig deeper into your material. Veteran writer and teacher Barbara Abercrombie is the author of A Year of Writing Dangerously, which received an award from Poets & Writers Magazine. Class fee includes a copy of her latest book Kicking in the Wall.  


Class: Tanya Egan Gibson - Beginning Creative Writing

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

4 Wed., Oct. 16-Nov. 6 • 6:00-8:00pm • $175

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

Are you excited about putting stories onto paper but intimidated by the blank computer screen? Whether you're just starting or have some writing experience, learn structures and techniques that will bring your fiction or nonfiction to life. This class will include handouts, take-home assignments, and in-class writing. Tanya Egan Gibson is the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading. 

Class: Roger Housden - Writing Wild

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Sat., Sept. 28 • 2:00-5:00pm • $65



True meaning and purpose are found in the deep current of your life. Using poetry for our prompts, we wil use writing exercises to orient ourselves towards our deeper values and aspirations. You will learn to be more aware of your original voice, come closer to the truth of your experience, and deepen your relationship with yourself.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

CANCELLED Class: Frances Lefkowitz - Recasting Family Stories

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

3 Sun., Nov. 3, 10, & 17 • 6:00-8:00pm • $150

Please note: this class has been cancelled. For information on possible rescheduling, please contact Esme Rabin at erabin@bookpassage.com

This workshop focuses on re-interpreting stories you've always been told about who you are and where you came from. We'll add layers of context and reflection to turn those stories into literature. Bring a notebook or laptop, and be ready to rewrite history. 


For examples of Frances Lefkowitz's writing, check out "Watching Sandra Be Loved By God" and two of her pieces of flash fiction here.  

Class: Frances Lefkowitz - Micro Memoir

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This class has been changed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 230 for more information

Sun., Oct. 20 • 6:00-8:00pm • $50



Writing a one-page memoir jump-starts the writing process and explores the shape that the memoir is taking. The class looks at memoirs focusing on one key character, event, or relationship; memoirs of lists; and memoirs summarizing a life. Then we'll write short exercises and learn self-editing tips.  


For examples of Frances Lefkowitz's writing, check out "Watching Sandra Be Loved By God" and two of her pieces of flash fiction here

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Memoir

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

5 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 9 • 6:00-8:00pm • $195



This five-week workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik is the award-winning author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. She offers inspiration and practical tips, including ways to get started, interviewing family members, and handling the emotional and ethical challenges of writing memoir. You will also learn how and where to market your work. Darznik received her Ph.D. from Princeton and has taught widely.

Class: Jon Carroll - Personal Essay

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sat., Sept. 28 • 10:00-3:00pm • $85



S.F. Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll shares his wit, wisdom, and essay-writing talents. This is a chance to learn personal essay writing from one of the best. One student wrote, "Carroll is witty, patient, knowledgeable, inspiring. He anticipates people's concerns in their questions and problems they can't express. Gives tons of examples..." 


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