Writing Classes

Class: Loyd Auerbach - A Paranormal Primer for Writers (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, July 9th • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $120

Are you including paranormal encounters and psychic experiences and abilities in your stories? Are you a nonfiction author wanting to find the credible resources for the subject? Or are you simply someone interested in the spectrum of psychic phenomena?

In this extranormal overview, parapsychologist, author and speaker Loyd Auerbach will introduce you to the gold mine of real psychic/paranormal experiences, abilities and research findings that has been untapped by most in their writing and screenwriting. From ESP to Mind over Matter abilities to phenomena and reports of Survival of Death (including ghosts, hauntings, reincarnation, Near Death Experiences and more), this class will stimulate your creative flow and get your mind spinning off into wild directions. You will be provided with resources to take your own next steps, including free sources that extensively cover the range (and examples) of people's real life psychic/paranormal experiences going back to the 1800s. 

Best of all, you'll learn how to hook your readers with stories based on experiences that connect directly to their own. While directed at writers (both fiction and nonfiction), the class is open to anyone simply interested in the subject.

Loyd Auerbach, MS, is a world-recognized paranormal expert with thousands of media appearances and 9 paranormal books. He’s on faculty at JFK University and Atlantic University, President of the Forever Family Foundation, has worked with numerous screenwriters and authors, and also lectures on Pop Culture and the Paranormal.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Anyone at Any Age Can Write a Book (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:00am

Sunday, Aug. 7 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

Structure your book concept into an outline and a beginning, middle, and end.

You have a draft. You’re tired of workshops. You want to publish and sell your book to film or television.Boomer Best Seller Day Workshop will show you how to develop your book concept into a structure with a beginning, middle, and end- a premise, title, table of contents, storyboard,  logline, and how to create three-dimensional characters. Writing Aerobics will guide you from concept to title, and develop your draft for publication, television, and film.

Barbara Rose Brooker has an MFA/Creative writing. She has published fiction with William Morrow, Crossing, Simon & Schuster, and other presses. Her novel, The Viagra Diaries, is being made into a TV series. God Doesn’t Make Trash, a memoir is optioned for a six segment series for television. Her books have been translated into eleven languages. She teaches creative writing workshops at San Francisco State University Extension, and at private workshops. Her new novel, To Be Continued, a sequel to The Viagra Diaries is published on Amazon/Kindle. Her new book Writing Aerobics will be published end of 2016.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Marissa Moss- Writing Your Graphic Novel (Corte Madera)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

Sat., July 9• 1:00-4:00 pm • $80

The graphic novel is a unique blend of words and pictures, offering wide expressive possibilities for story-telling. In this workshop we explore visual narrative, pacing, character development, and the balance between text and image.

Marissa Moss has written more than fifty children's books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. She is best known for the "Amelia’s Notebook" series, now considered graphic novels, though at the time the first one came out twenty years ago, they were just “odd.” The books have sold millions of copies and been translated into several languages.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Registration: $125 ($90 for Conference participants)

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 sidekicks to gunsels 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 as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of four novels, with short fiction twice chosen for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: D.P. Lyle - Plotting the Perfect Murder (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Reigstration: $125 ($90 for Conference participants)
When your character plans and executes “The Perfect Murder,” he always, always makes a mistake or two. These errors ultimately lead your sleuth to the solution. In this session, attendees will plot the perfect murder. They will then “deconstruct” the crime while considering the many variables that make plotting a murder fun for the writer and a disaster for the antagonist. D.P. Lyle, author of Howdunit Forensics and Forensics and Fiction, discusses the perpetrator’s behavior from the social, psychological, forensic, investigative, and motivational points of view.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique is the voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are the main characters? How high are the stakes? (Manuscripts and synopses must be submitted by January 22nd.)

David Corbett is the award-winning author of The Art of Character and five novels, including The Mercy of the Night and Blood of Paradise.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jan Johnson - Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 4:00pm

Six Sundays: April 17 - May 22 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm • $495

This group will help you jump start a new project or move forward and/or revive a project you’re in the midst of.  Each week we’ll devote a portion of the time to discussing generative assignments (given the week before) that play (work) with such things as: place/setting; dialogue do’s and say what’s; character building; back story and narrative arc; (un)believable narrators. I will provide a written critique of each (maximum) three-page assignment. The second half of each meeting will be devoted to discussing participants’ works-in-progress. (We’ll do this writing school style, with participants providing copies either physically or digitally [preferred] to others the week prior.) Each participant will get at least two pieces discussed by the group. In the first session we’ll set ground rules for discussion so that writers’ get the maximum benefit out of their feedback.

Jan Johnson Drantell (aka Jan Johnson) is a publisher and editor with more than 40 years’ experience editing non-fiction and fiction books. She headed up the editorial departments at Winston-Seabury Press, HarperOne, and Tuttle Publishing. She is co-founder and was publisher at RedWheel/Weiser. She is the author of A Music I No Longer Heard: The Early Death of a Parent with Leslie Simon and of Healing Hearts: Meditations on Living with Divorce.

Members of Path to Publishing recieve a 10% Discount - please call (415) 927-0960 x1 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lael Gold - Night Muse: Deep Dreaming for Writers (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., June 25 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $140

Nighttime dreams, with their richly suggestive combinations and marvelously apt, nonlinear associations, re-form patterns and perceptions brilliantly, with unaccountable wit. In this lively, experimental dream and writing workshop, we will connect with our dreams and we will write. We will take fascinating journeys to the interior, bringing back, as much as possible, just the riches our art and our lives require. (Please bring notes on at least one dream.)  You can find a fuller description of the class on Lael's website.

"Night Muse is a fabulous class that helped motivate me to get back to my memoir.  I would highly recommend that others take it. Lael is really an amazing teacher." --Monica Haywood, Berkeley, CA

Lael Gold, Ph.D., the founder of Productive Slumber, provides individual guidance and group programs to writers and other clients worldwide. A former Mellon Fellow and award-winning writer and educator, Lael created and taught literature, film, and writing courses for over eight years at U.C. Berkeley. She delights in assisting others in deepening their connection with the smartest, most loving part of themselves. Humor and play are hallmarks of her work.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jeanne Foster - Writing Poetry (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., February 25, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $130

The question is not “How to write” but “How to try to say what you really mean.”  In this course we will be writing and revising our own poems with an emphasis on saying “what you really mean.” There will be in-class exercises, time for writing in private, analysis of texts by established writers, and roundtable discussion of our own work in an honest and respectful atmosphere.  The focus is on enabling each of us to fulfill our unique potential for writing poetry.

Both new poets and those with prior experience are welcome. 

Please bring a copy of one of your poems to show to the group.

Jeanne Foster is Professor of Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College.  Her books include A Blessing of Safe Travel, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry, Appetite: Food as Metaphor, and her most recent collection, Goodbye, Silver Sister.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe Spring Semester (Corte Madera)

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: April 10, 24, May 15, & 22 • 4:00 - 6:30 pm • $200

Class Full

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog.

*Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel to submit over course of 4 sessions.*

Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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