Writing Classes

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

Post-Conference Master Class: Andrea Alban - RE-Vision: Tips for Self-Editing Mastery (Corte Madera)

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

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

How do professional editors turn a manuscript into a polished work? The process of editing begins with the writers. Andrea Alban shows writers how to apply techniques of the editing trade to their own children’s manuscript. Want a picture perfect manuscript to catch that agent’s eye? RE-Vision will show you the techniques of self-editing mastery.

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 . She speaks at literary festivals, writer’s conferences, and schools. Andrea founded the Writer’s Tribe™ Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers at Book Passage.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Natasha Yim - Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Corte Madera)

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

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

Whether you write picture books or middle-grade works, narrative non-fiction has fast become a popular genre! As Core Curriculum standards integrate children’s literary works into the classroom, narrative nonfiction is an expanding market. Natasha Yim shares her techniques for writing the stories of real people into books that keep children, teachers and librarians turning the pages.

Natasha Yim is a children's author, freelance writer, and playwright. Yim’s first picture book, Otto's Rainy Day, was a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection. She went onto to write two picture book biographies for elementary age children, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Sacajawea of the Shoshone for local micro-publisher Goosebottom Books. After a nine-year publishing journey, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, a multicultural re-telling of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing and is a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection. Natasha’s latest book, The Rock Maiden, re-envisions a Chinese folk tale was released by Wisdom Tales Press this spring.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alex McNeil & Andrew Vargas Delman - Personal Essay for College Admission (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Two Sundays: Sep. 24 & Oct. 1 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $125

The college essay is a powerful tool for conveying a student’s personality while demonstrating capacities for introspection and maturity. Over two weekends, we explore the fundamentals of a great college essay—learning to recognize and avoid cliché, accessing stories that reconcile past experiences with future aspirations, and learning the art of self-evaluation and revision. The workshop is a chance for rising high school seniors to brainstorm and to begin writing their own college essays.

Alex McNeil and Andrew Vargas Delman are the founders of North Coast Prep, a tutoring and college counseling group that helps families navigate the process of applying to college with an emphasis on student health and mental wellbeing. They have extensive experience as tutors and teachers, application consultants, and writing advisors, and have written two short books—one about the “prestige trap” of college admissions, and another about their “whole person” approach to college applications.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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