Writing Classes

Class: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday September 22 • 10 am - 12 pm • $60

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

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.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. 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

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, & Feb 18 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

**Registration Full, Spring Session Still Available**

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.

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

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

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: March 18, April 8, April 29, & May 20, 2018 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

**Registration full, please call 415 927-0960 with any questions**

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.

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

Class: Diane Conway - Flash Fiction (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday November 4, 2017  • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $50

 

Flash Fiction is fun and fast, whether you write for your own entertainment or wish enter flash fiction contests, this class will get you going.   Free writing liberates the mind and is a great way to banish writer’s block. Both these writing styles will free you from dreaded procrastination and perfectionism. We’ll do lots of timed writings and share them with the class.  

Diane Conway is a Book Midwife, writing coach, developmental editor and has three published books.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cara Black - Villains & Villainesses (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Sun., Nov. 5 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm • $75

S/he is the character we love to hate, villains as the architect of your crime novel. In this workshop you’ll learn techniques on creating and writing a memorable villain who orchestrates the plot of your story. 

Cara Black writes the Aimée Leduc investigations set in Paris. Murder in Saint-Germain is the latest in her NYTimes bestselling series. Cara lives in San Francisco with her husband, son and dog. She’s a co-chair of the Book Passage mystery conference and received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for contributions to French culture. She gets to Paris whenever she can.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Your Novel: From Start to Finish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays: Oct. 22 - Nov. 19 (no class Oct. 29) • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $240

David Corbett, an award-winning author and Book Passage teacher, is offering this 4-week course at the request of recent students.

It covers the whole gamut of novel-writing:

Week 1: Finding the Compelling Story Idea and Maximizing its Potential

Week 2: Creating and Developing the Character Web

Week 3: Building Plot from Character

Week 4: Putting It All Together - Scene Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Voice. Specific student works-in-progress, will be fleshed out, analyzed, and strengthened as the course progresses.

The class will be aimed at all levels of writing competence, from novice to advanced.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - Nonfiction Writers Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

 

Path to Publishing Workshop: Nonfiction Writers Workshop
$75 for Path to Publishing Members • $150 for Non-Members
Saturday, March 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Writers of Nonfiction
Join us for a day of discovery on the ins and outs of nonfiction writing in both traditional and nontraditional publishing. the emphasis will be on the particular challenges and opportunities for writers in the vast field of non-fiction writing. The day will be filled with professional panels and direct expert advice provided by the Mentors of Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program.

Panels & Presentations

  • An Introduction to the Publishing World
  • Writing Your Proposal
  • The (Non-Spooky) World of Ghost Writing
  • What Agents Look For
  • Polish to Perfection: Editing & Designing
  • Marketing and Promoting Your Work

Presenters
Bob Cooper has won several writing awards and has worked as an editor for national magazines. He serves as a line editor for the Path to Publishing Program, paying attention to every detail from spacing and word-choice consistency to proper punctuation and hyphenation.

Jan Johnson Drantell cofounded RedWheel/Weiser publishing house and has many years experience publishing, editing and acquiring non-fiction books. She spearheaded a cooperative publishing arrangement in New York and is the founder of an author-driven imprint, Turning Stone Press.

Josh Floyd presents IngramSpark®, an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers the same fully integrated print and digital products and global distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers to the indie-publishing community.

Candice Fuhrman's West Coast literary agency represented high quality literary fiction and non-fiction subjects including twelve New York Times bestsellers from clients including Patricia Garfield, Rabbi Michael Lerner and Mehmet Oz. Fuhrman works with up and coming authors to meet their career goals.

Laurie McAndish King is an award-winning travel writer, editor and photographer whose stories have aired on NPR and have been published in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Marin Magazine.

Linda Jay is a book manuscript copy editor and a promotional writer with decades of experience. Her career began at traditional publishers, and she now works with indie authors and writes marketing copy for both corporations and individuals.

Pamela Livingston, MA, MFA, is an experienced writer and book consultant who heads the Book Passage’ Path to Publishing program and the annual Children’s Writers’ Conference, She is also the owner of Goosebottom Books publishing company.

Bill Petrocelli is the co-owner of Book Passage. He is the author of two works of fiction books as well as two non-fiction books, including Sexual Harassment on the Job: What It is and How to Stop It. His new novel is Through the Bookstore Window.

Andy Ross opened Andy Ross Literary Agency after owning the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California, for 30 years. He represents books in narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion,  children’s books, young adult fiction, literary fiction, & cooking.

Jim Schubin, aka “The Book Alchemist,” draws upon his years of graphic design experience to design and customize print-ready and online format books. He is an Ingram-Spark specialist with years of experience in formatting books.

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
photo of David Corbett

Sunday June 2, 2019 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

This class is closed.

Your manuscript (no longer than 10 pages) must be sent to David Corbett via classes@bookpassage.com by midnight on May 26.

Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems—what’s essential and what isn’t, how to balance inner life against action and dialogue, how to create variety and contrast among the characters, how to use setting to enhance the narrative—can be solved by referring to the context of the story. David Corbett, author of The Art of Character, leads students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions from each student in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

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

Post-Conference Master Class: Craig Frazier - The Illustrated Voice (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Craig Frazier presents the theories and processees behind “visual thinking” and how they are integrated into the nature of the assignments he produces for his clients and his own works. He illuminates the step-by-step process and rationales behind visual presentation decision making, from the doodle phase through the printed book. He will take time to discuss participants’ projects and portfolios.

Craig Frazier is a designer and illustrator. His work is recognized internationally for its wit, optimism and simplicity. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Craig has created seven postage stamps for the USPS. He has published several children’s books including Stanley Goes for a Drive (Chronicle Books 2004), Trucks Roll! (Simon & Schuster 2007), Hank Finds Inspiration (Roaring Brook Press 2008). Craig is currently completing two books, Sitting and Going (Harper Collins Fall 2018). Craig runs the blog http://36pages.com reviewing his favorite picture books.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Mina Witterman - Fictionalize Your Memories (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Letting readers experience your story as if they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist is one of the writer’s most difficult tasks. It requires you to pen the protagonist’s emotions down believable, heartfelt and true. An excellent way to learn this type of evocative writing is to bring your own memories to a story. But there is always the urge to stay too close to the truth, so you need to create a healthy distance between you and your memories. This class explores ways to use your own experiences and memories without getting caught in the ‘that’s not how it happened’ snare.

Mina Witteman is a children’s author of dark YA and adventurous MG, picture books and short stories, Witteman writes in both English and Dutch. Boreas en de vier windstreken/Boreas and the Four Winds, her latest MG, is the third book in the highly praised Boreas series (Boreas en de zeven zeeën/Boreas and the Seven Seas; Boreas en de duizend eilanden/Boreas and the Thousand Islands). She has a Dutch little golden book out: Mia’s Nest (Spanish edition: El nido de Mia), and over 40 short stories in magazines and read-aloud anthologies. Witteman is a university trained and seasoned freelance editor (Master Book Editing, University of Amsterdam), a coach to budding writers, and an accredited Creative Writing Teacher. She is the International Published Authors’ Coordinator for the SCBWI. Previously, she was the Regional Advisor for SCBWI The Netherlands and Chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Dutch Authors Guild.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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