Writing Classes

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

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

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday April 30 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $105

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She provides advice on the best way to get each project published, gives names of agents, editors, publishers and printers and provides a whole range of help. This is the perfect opportunity to get started on your book. Keenan has been in publishing for over 20 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer and teacher.

A student recently wrote, "Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer. She's a living life preserver. I've taken several classes at BP and this is the best!"

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Complete Your Book This Year (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, June 11 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $50

Do you have a manuscript you’ve been working on, and you are ready for a deeper commitment? Is it time to get it done, for real? In this class you will learn how to create a flexible, working time plan to complete your book this year. Based on Leslie Keenan’s work with time management and with writers, she skillfully gives you all the tools you need to set up your plan without squelching your creativity in the process.

“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.”- Eve Pell, author, Love, Again.

You can’t plan creativity, you can only allow it, but you can create a framework in which it will thrive.

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

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, April 9 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • $85

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 leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Discover Your Legacy (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, April 2 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • $85

Explore creative ways to envision the next phase of your life.  In this experiential workshop, we'll use writing, discussion, meditation and other techniques to help you uncover what brings you a sense of meaning and purpose. 

Laura Deutsch leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jenny Bitner - The Art of Flash Fiction (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 12 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

In this one-day class learn to craft very short stories (under 1,500 words) and also micro fiction (100 word stories). Learn the difference between prose poetry and flash fiction and how to create stories with plot, character and dramatic change in a short format. Bring your laptop or notebook. We will also look at online markets for publishing flash stories.

Jenny Bitner has an MFA from the University of Virginia. Her fiction has been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Sun and PANK magazine. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Historical Fiction (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:30pm

4 Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18, & 25 • 1:30 - 3:30pm • $175

A practical and easy-to-follow class for any aspiring author who wants to break into the historical fiction genre. Through prompts, workshops, and feedback, we'll cover plot, characterization, research, the techniques of story-telling, getting a publisher, and much more. Let the your imagination run wild, remember how it was in times of old, and start developing the skills to take your stories out into the world.

Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Good Daughter.

 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: January 5 - March 1 (no class 2/15) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $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 There a Book in You' or 'You Can Complete that Book') 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.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Bergman - So You Think Your Life's a Movie? And How to Sell It (Corte Madera)

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., April 16 • 10:00am-4:00 pm • $150

This class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists or anyone who wants to learn to get to the story fast!  We will learn the nuts and bolts – the industry accepted three-act structure of a film including plot points, subplots, character and dialogue that works. You will learn the elements of a good scene and leave ready to write your own movie and put it on its feet.

Linda Bergman is a screenwriter by trade, having written twenty-two films, five of which she produced. Her work includes Matters of the Hart, The Jessica Savitch Story and The Pearl Buck Story. Her films have been nominated for an Emmy, and the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award.  She has taught at Brown, Yale and Antioch Universities and is the author of So You Think Your Life’s A Movie – Ten Steps to a Script That Sells.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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