Writing Classes

Class: Julia McNeal - Backstage Tips for Writers: Creating Memorable Characters (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday June 8 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $150

Believable, compelling characters with nuanced authentic voices and internal drive turn a good story into a great one. In this workshop, you will learn Julia’s unique character-creation technique and come away with a set of tools that work. 

Julia McNeal (Law & Order; Magic Theatre) has appeared in numerous plays and films. Her acclaimed, distinct method for Playing Multiple Characters has been used by actors and performers for years; she is excited to finally be bringing it to authors. Both returning and new students are welcome.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Fall)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
photo of Anjali Andrea Alban

Four Sundays: Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 15 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $270

This class is closed. Use this link to sign up for Andrea's spring Writer's Tribe class, which will begin in March.

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Tuition includes Anjali’s RE-Vision Guide and a signed copy of Anya’s War.  

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

 

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Spring)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: May 7 - June 25 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $360

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

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

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Creating Memorable Characters (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2019 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

 

Creating Memorable Characters

Where do these people come from? This workshop will step through the process of planning and developing memorable characters: from coming up with names to finding those telling details that ignite the character’s first turn on the stage. How to use character to drive narrative voice, dialogue, action, and setting. And how to create a character web in which characters play with and off one another, providing the conflict that fuels a page turner.

Hallie Ephron is the bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me; There Was an Old Woman; and most recently, You’ll Never Know, Dear. Her latest novel, Careful What You Wish For, will be published in August, 2019. She is an award-winning crime fiction book reviewer, she wrote the “On Crime” column for the Boston Globe for ten years, and she teaches writing at a variety of workshops around the country.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Task of Justice (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2019 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The Task of Justice: Staging the Thematic Backdrop in Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Fiction

Given that evil abides by no rules, how do the forces of justice stand a chance? How the lawman hero rises to that challenge without succumbing to evil himself is known as the Task of Justice, and it lies at the heart of all great mystery-crime-thriller stories. In this pre-conference workshop, award-winning author and conference co-chair David Corbett will lead students through an exploration of this problem in its various incarnations—e.g., the Tainted Hero, the Noble Villain, the Moral No Man’s Land—with specific attention to how to present the hero’s challenge in each of the three main sub-genres: Mystery, Crime, and Thriller.

David Corbett worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is the author of several novels including Done for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), and his latest, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Write & Sell Children's Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Sat., June 1 • 10:00am - 12:30pm • $95

This workshop will introduce you to what you need to know about writing and publishing, including finding a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book. The workshop covers the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Betsy Graziana Fasbinder - Moving from Page to Stage (includes book)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am

Two Day Workshop • Sat., May 18, 9:30am - 5:00pm • Sun., May 19, 9:30am - 1:00pm • $150

This class has been canceled.

Skilled public speaking is an invaluable part of every writer’s platform. This two-day interactive workshop will help you develop the skills and confidence to engage and captivate listeners and to bring your most authentic and polished self to audiences of any size. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a licensed therapist and has been a public speaking trainer and coach for more than 20 years. Included in the workshop fee is a copy of the instructor’s newest book: From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diana Toledano & Victoria Rock - Creating Chapter Books (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sat., June 15 • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $75

Chronicle Books editor Victoria Rock and illustrator Diana Toledano will share their behind-the-scenes experience on creating a chapter book, from manuscript to editing to illustration to publication! We’ll also cover tips and tricks on creating powerful chapter books, and answer frequently asked questions.Topics will include: series potential, the difference between chapter books and early chapter books, character consistency, how to create a strong cover, etc.

As a special treat, we'll have a pitch contest! The winner will be able to submit a query to agent Teresa Kietlinski, of Bookmark Literary. The agency is currently closed to submissions from authors, so don't miss this opportunity!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (March)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 5-Apr. 30 • 6:30-8:30pm • $360

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

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

CANCELLED: Class: Melanie Vetter - The Power of Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sunday March 31, 2019 • 2 - 5 pm  • $90

Please note: This class has been cancelled

Do you want more meaning in your life? More gratitude? Deeper connections with the people you care about? Our stories have the power to deliver all that. Melanie will show you how to write your life through the power of story—how storytelling helps you find meaning, deepen gratitude, and get closer to people who matter most (maybe even heal relationships). At the end of the workshop, Melanie will take you step by step through writing a powerful gratitude letter to someone you care about. Come find and share your story!

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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