Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:30am

8 Tuesdays: May 10 - June 28 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $320

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Completion of either of Leslie’s beginners’ classes is a prerequisite for this class.

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.” Author Eve Pell says, “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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Amanda Conran - Write a Book in a Week for Kids (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 9:00am

One Week: July 18 - 22nd • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm • $325

Develop a great plot and write with a team that will create a book in one week! Amanda Conran worked with the group of young writers at Book Passage that produced the highly successful Dragon Mist. You can join with her and learn the elements of story telling while having a lot of fun. (All materials provided) 

Amanda Conran is the author of the newly released middle-grade novel The Lost Celt. She is a freelance editor, as well as a children’s book consultant, book talker, and children’s book club facilitator for Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lonner Holden & Jim Baldwin - Writing from Nature Within You (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Sunday, August 21 • 12:00 – 3:00pm • $60

Our evolutionary path was defined by adapting to our environment through sensory feedback with the natural world. This interaction with nature produced neural hardwiring which gave birth to symbolic expression: creation made us, so we became creators. In this class, we will engage in direct sensory experience of natural elements which can release powerful, immediate and new imagery from the ancient body, enriching creativity. Connect with your most essential, sensory self. Take home into your writing sensory awareness practices that deepen your expressive connection with yourself, others and nature.

Lonner Holden has been writing most of his life and is a published poet. Fusing traditional nature connection practices, Ecotherapy and healing arts, he guides others on their well-being and creative path.

Jim Baldwin is a published poet and editor of Modern American Poetry for The Great Books Foundation. He taught English literature and writing for 37 years, and is a wilderness vision quest leader. He has been writing most of his life as well.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melissa Cistaro - Writing the Healing Story (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sunday, June 19 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • $60

How do we put together the pieces of our past and find the courage to craft our narrative truths? In this workshop we will talk about the writer’s journey and the transformative power of telling our stories. Through in-class writing exercises and discussion, we will explore memory and the art of writing brave.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir Pieces of My Mother. She works as a writing mentor and event coordinator at Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alan Rinzler - What a Developmental Editor Can Do for You (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:45pm

Saturday, June 4 • 9:00 – 11:00 am • $60

Developmental Editors work with an author on core story concept, narrative arc, characterization, dialogue, visual description, literary style, and reader takeaway. This class shows you how to find a developmental editor, how to work with one, and how they can help you get published. 

Alan Rinzler was the developmental editor and publisher for Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter Thompson, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler and others, while holding executive editorial positions at Simon and Schuster, Holt, Bantam, Grove Press, and Rolling Stone. He now works as a consulting developmental editor with private clients.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:00am

Sunday, July 10 • 10:00am – 4:00pm • $105

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan knows the reasons most writers get stuck, and she can help them get back in the flow again. Students will leave with a strategy for completing their book. Also covered is advice on the best way to get a book published, with suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

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.” Author Eve Pell says, “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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

6 Wednesdays: Oct. 5 - Nov. 16 (no class 10/12) • 6:30 – 8:30pm • $240

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leslie Keenan knows the reasons most writers get stuck, and she can help them get back in the flow again. Students will leave with a strategy for completing their book. Also covered is advice on the best way to get a book published, with suggestions for agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

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.” Author Eve Pell says, “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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You? (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Wednesdays: Jan. 24-Feb. 14, 2018 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • $160

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She gives advice on how to get the book published and gives names of agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

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.” Author Eve Pell says, “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.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - Brainstorming Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday January 20, 2018  • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $50

Let two writing coaches help you strengthen and refine your vision for your non-fiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have probably done a fair amount of writing, but the concept is still fuzzy. You can’t grasp exactly what your book is about and so you spin your wheels, failing to gain traction. With their experience in developmental and concept editing, Diane Conway will help you brainstorm your core idea. In this supportive class you’ll discover how a clear focus is key to writing that flows.

Diane Conway is a Book Midwife and the author of four books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?  

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 11:00am

Sat. August 6 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm • $125

Price includes a copy of Laura Deutsch's Writing for the Senses.

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material and approach it from new angles. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback. 

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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