Writing Classes

Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Pt. Reyes (Pt. Reyes)

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00pm
$120 conference alumni*, $170 general public

Join acclaimed National Geographic and BBC Travel travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George will demonstrate the art of finding a story, focusing on its relevant details, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping views. Activities will include a short writing assignment. The group will gather over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and roundtrip transportation provided.

* Conference Alum means you have previously attended a Book Passage conference

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50 (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Saturday November 3 • 2:00 - 6:00 pm • $110

**Please call 415 927-0960 to register, or register in person at Book Passage in Corte Madera**

 

In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase of life – a new chapter.  Are you wondering: What’s next? Am I living the life I want to live - my best life?  How do I create an exciting and meaningful future?  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy, fulfilling future.

Lynn Ryder is a personal coach, facilitator, and leadership trainer.  She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lary Kirchenbauer - Writing Tools for the Digital Age (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm

Two Thursdays; Nov. 1, choice of Nov. 8 & 15, 2018 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $175

Writing Tools for the Digital Age

Introduction

Writing required a hand-held instrument for thousands of years. Priests copied the Bible by tediously copying another Bible, line by line, before Gutenberg lightened their burden.

More than 500 years later, the personal computer created the next major revolution (no offense to the typewriter, but you don’t see many of them any more. Today, we are blessed with thousands of digital writing tools, but our writing isn’t as simple as typing words on a page. 

If you’re still using MS Word or another traditional word processing program for all of your writing, this class will create the same revolution in your writing process as Gutenberg’s printing press did for the priests.

Word Processing Isn’t Enough

Fortunately, whether you're blogging, freelancing or writing a book, there are hundreds, probably thousands, of applications providing valuable tools that can be personalized to your specific writing process, strengthen your writing platform, and make your writing flexible, portable and secure.

They include some of these features:

  • Research notes
  • Writing notes
  • Outlines
  • Mind Maps
  • Annotation
  • Editing
  • Timelines
  • Bibliographies
  • … and much more.

By integrating a variety of these tools,  I can help you build an arsenal of proven tools that will make you a writing ninja very quickly.

It will also give you a much deeper and richer writing environment so that your final product will be that much more powerful and compelling.

Class Structure

This class takes place in two, 2 hour sessions.

The First Session

The class is structured in this manner so we can initially review a series of proven programs to support your writing process. It is likely that each student will discover different tools that work best, so we’ll discuss some of the key features of various applications and how they can be integrated into your writing process.

The Second Session

The second session is scheduled to give you time to explore some of the applications discussed in Session 1 … on your own so you can determine which ones will fit into your writing process. Most applications have free trials, and wherever possible, I’ll arrange discounts for purchase when you’ve chosen an application that will help you. In any case, most of these tools are inexpensive and their value will easily exceed their cost.

  • If you want to move quickly following the first class, I’d suggest taking the second class one week later.
  • If you need more time, you can wait an additional week or two (depending on when you enroll) for the second session.

Each of the second sessions will be the same. There will be plenty of time to discuss your findings, explore additional features and to answer your questions about how to fit different applications into your writing process.

You will also be provided with my contact information and a private users group so I can help you between sessions and after the classes are finished.

November Schedule

For November, 2018, the first session will be on Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

The second session can be scheduled either one week or three weeks after the introductory session:

  • Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
  • Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

If you want to become a more efficient and effective writer, make all of your research and writing notes easily accessible and incorporate tools like mind maps, outlines and timelines into your writing process, join me and take your writing to the next level.

P.S. While most of the applications we’ll discuss will work on both the Apple and PC platform, a few of them will be for Apple only devices, but with PC equivalents.

 

About Lary

I've been writing professionally for more than 30 years. For many years, I wrote a weekly column for major city newspapers, including an affiliate of the New York Times. I have also written fiction and nonfiction pieces, published e-books and have been writing an active blog at Exkalibur.com for almost 10 years. I am just now finishing my first novel.

I have been an ardent student of writing tools and applications since I bought my very first Apple Computer more than 30 years ago. I have tried, tested and extensively used hundreds of applications. I can save you countless hours of exploration and help you immediately establish a productive and powerful writing environment.

I have been teaching courses and workshops for over 30 years in a variety of subjects, and have served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. My presentations include compelling slides that have rich visual content, variety and tasteful humor to enrich the audience experience and drive home the key points in a practical and memorable way.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Gary Gach - Autumn Leaves: How to Haiku (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

Saturday Oct. 20 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $60

It's no secret. Haiku is the most universal poetic format of our time. Celebrate autumn with one of Book Passage University’s classic courses. We’ll start out with basic haiku recipes. Then enjoy a brief haiku walk. As a capper, we’ll engage in a haiku workshop (playshop), sharing our discoveries. It’s amazing how many haiku are embedded in everyday life. Family-friendly – recommended for writers and non-writers of all ages (8–108)!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., May 11 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

This class is now sold out. Please call 415-927-0960 x230 to inquire about a wait list.

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

**Please note this class is non-refundable. Store credit available if notified by May 4th, 2019**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class (CWC Conference Participants Only): Andrea Alban Manuscript Workshop Afternoon (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

Please note: This class is for Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference participants only. Limited to 8 Participants. $125 per participant.

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"The art of fiction is crafted in the revision,” according to author and editor, Andrea Alban, founder of THE WRITER’S TRIBE™. In this dynamic workshop, children's writers will learn how to revise with a focus on quintessential characters, page-turning plots, and the exact right word and elegant sentence. This session guides writers to practice self-editing mastery. Each writer will receive a copy of Andrea’s mini-book called RE-Vision: How to polish your story in 18 easy steps.

Instructions: Writers submit by email a picture book manuscript or the first 20 pages of a novel to Andrea by Friday June 15 at 8 p.m. to andreaalban@me.com. Bring 8 copies of your manuscript to the session, and up to five pressing questions about your book.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class Registration: Natasha Yim - Manuscript Workshop

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Please note: Limited to 5 Participants. $125 per participant.

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Whether you write picture books or middle-grade works, narrative non-fiction has fast become a popular genre! With expanded Core Curriculum standards integrating children’s literary works into the classroom, narrative nonfiction is an expanding market. Natasha’s own works have taken biographies and mythology into the classroom and she will share her techniques for writing the stories of real people and items of historical interest into accessible works that keep children, teachers and librarians, turning the pages.

**Bring a nonfiction manuscript and 5 copies for group critique**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class (CWC Conference Participants Only): Andrea Alban Manuscript Workshop Morning(Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:00am

 

Please note: This class is for Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference participants only. Limited to 8 Participants. $125 per participant.

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"The art of fiction is crafted in the revision,” according to author and editor, Andrea Alban, founder of THE WRITER’S TRIBE™. In this dynamic workshop, children's writers will learn how to revise with a focus on quintessential characters, page-turning plots, and the exact right word and elegant sentence. This session guides writers to practice self-editing mastery. Each writer will receive a copy of Andrea’s mini-book called RE-Vision: How to polish your story in 18 easy steps.

Instructions: Writers submit by email a picture book manuscript or the first 20 pages of a novel to Andrea by Friday June 15 at 8 p.m. to andreaalban@me.com. Bring 8 copies of your manuscript to the session, and up to five pressing questions about your book.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Character of Crime (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2018 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The Character of Crime: Creating the Character Web in Crime, Mystery/Detective and Thriller Fiction

In this pre-conference lecture and workshop, award-winning crime novelist David Corbett will guide students in exploring the key roles that make crime fiction work, with specific focus on the specific demands of the three major subgenres of crime fiction—mystery/detective, crime, and thriller—and an emphasis on maintaining dramatic tension, creating moral complexity, and avoiding cliché.

In particular, students will learn:

  • How to create strong, compelling protagonists who push the action forward and serve the story’s theme—instead of victims of circumstance, intrepid boy scouts, ciphers, stiffs, or sleepwalkers.
  • How to create equally compelling opponents or villains who aren’t just another iteration of Lucifer or the Creature from the Black Lagoon—with the purpose of gaining an understanding that the hero’s only as compelling as his enemy, that evil must be justified to be dramatically interesting, and that there’s “no beast so fierce” as man.
  • How to create secondary characters—from Watsons to wheelmen to femmes fatales to sympathetic heavies—who elicit nuance and subtlety from the main characters, flesh out the values in conflict in the story, create moral complexity through ‘four-corner conflict,” serve the hinge points of the plot, and bring to life the story world.

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), His latest is Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Four Sundays: Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, & Nov. 18, 2018 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $260

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps, and includes a signed copy of ANYA’S WAR.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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