Writing Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Jan/Feb 2020)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $360

Prerequisite: You must have taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book!” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience helping writers complete their books. She knows the most frequent reasons writers get stuck and can help writers discover how to get back in flow and write effortlessly again.

What Students Are Saying about Leslie Keenan

“If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears.” – Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man’s Switch, Poisoned Pen Press

“Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer.” – Student, “Is There a Book in You?”

“Truckloads of useful information and inspiration.” – Harvey Hyman

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Telling Your Story

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
photo of actor, storytelling teacher Corey Fischer

Six Thursdays: Feb 20, 27 & Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Tuition: $250

Creating on your feet, out loud, is a powerful way to explore and expand your “voice” as a writer or a storyteller. Award-winning actor/writer/director Corey Fischer uses free-writing exercises, theatre games, and prompts for group sharing in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering, shaping and performing a particular personal story. In the final class, participants will share their stories with a small, invited audience. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories – on the page or on the “stage.”

Corey Fischer, co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre (1978-2012), has been creating and teaching theatre over 50 years. He views autobiographical storytelling as a much-needed way to open imagination and memory and to nurture community.

What Students Say About Corey Fischer

“Corey Fischer is an amazing teacher.  I took his workshops in storytelling, performance, and improvisation whenever I could. Each time my mind opened, my body became more energized and limber, my spirit and imagination expanded – always in an atmosphere of safety, human connection, and enjoyment. I highly recommend Corey as an extraordinary teacher for anyone seeking to express their creativity, find their storytelling voice, and have a lot of fun along the way.” -- Jonathan D. Greenberg, Executive Director, Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Stanford Law School

“With humor and heart, Corey guides you to the wild, unknown parts of your creativity.  He is a teacher not to be missed: a man with a lifetime of experience, an insightful perspective, and a gentle and supportive approach. He grounds you as you leap into the unknown, and expertly helps you shape what you bring back from your explorations.” – Naomi Stein, writer, performer

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:30pm

Saturday January 18, 2020  • 12:30am - 3:30pm • $75

This class helps you strengthen and refine your vision for your nonfiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have 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 are failing to gain traction? With her 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 seasoned writing coach and teacher who has published three books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Finding Your Story

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 10:00am
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Sunday, January 19 • 10:00-4:00 pm • Tuition: $150

“Stand-up storytelling” invigorates the imagination, reclaims memories, and inspires the body’s own creativity. Award-winning actor/ writer/director Corey Fischer will share a variety of exercises in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering a particular personal story that needs to be told. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories and expand their expressive range.

Corey Fischer, co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre (1978-2012), has been creating and teaching theatre over 50 years. He views autobiographical storytelling as a much-needed way to open imagination and memory and to nurture community.

What Students Say About Corey Fischer

“Corey Fischer is an amazing teacher.  I took his workshops in storytelling, performance, and improvisation whenever I could. Each time my mind opened, my body became more energized and limber, my spirit and imagination expanded – always in an atmosphere of safety, human connection, and enjoyment. I highly recommend Corey as an extraordinary teacher for anyone seeking to express their creativity, find their storytelling voice, and have a lot of fun along the way.” -- Jonathan D. Greenberg, Executive Director, Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Stanford Law School

“With humor and heart, Corey guides you to the wild, unknown parts of your creativity.  He is a teacher not to be missed: a man with a lifetime of experience, an insightful perspective, and a gentle and supportive approach. He grounds you as you leap into the unknown, and expertly helps you shape what you bring back from your explorations.” – Naomi Stein, writer, performer

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Nov/Dec 2019)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
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Five Tuesdays: Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $225

Prerequisite: You must have taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book!” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience helping writers complete their books. She knows the most frequent reasons writers get stuck and can help writers discover how to get back in flow and write effortlessly again.

What Students Are Saying about Leslie Keenan

“If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears.” – Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man’s Switch, Poisoned Pen Press

“Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer.” – Student, “Is There a Book in You?”

“Truckloads of useful information and inspiration.” – Harvey Hyman

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop: Publishing & Marketing Children's Books (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, January 26, 2020 • 10:00am - 3:00pm • $125 (Path to Publishing members); $175 (General public) • Lunch included

  

This one-day seminar explores aspects of writing and publishing for children. Children’s books require a particular sensibility as they must appeal to both the child and the person buying the book, be that their teacher, librarian, caretaker, or parent. Each of those audiences requires something a little different to be satisfied. We will gather for coffee, rolls, and introductions beforehand, and then we will break for lunch (which is included). The entire program will allow lots of time for questions.

Topics include:

Introduction to the Path to Publishing program
The description by Path to Publishing manager Nancy Fish will focus on services for writers of children’s books.

Finding where you fit in children’s literature
How to identify what age range you’re writing for depending on your voice, writing style, and subject matter, with writing coach and author Amanda Conran.

Writing a captivating book for teachers, parents, and kids
Children’s librarian Rebecca Jelen and Book Passage children’s bookselling specialist Clare Doornbos will discuss how to enchant each of the audiences you must satisfy to have a successful children’s book.

Self-marketing primer
Elizabeth Singer Hunt will share many of the strategies she used to catapult her Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series into multiple languages and millions of copies sold. She’ll explain how to build a relationship with your reader, how to publicize your book, and how to generate author awareness in the community. 

Connecting with teachers and booksellers
Successful classroom presenter author Meera Sriram and children’s bookselling specialist at Book Passage Clare Doornbos will share how they present to teachers, how they got into those teachers’ classrooms, and what they did once they got there.

The business of children’s book publishing
Long time children’s publishing exec and consultant Lara Starr fills in the blanks in the labyrinthine process of children’s books publishing

For questions and additional information, contact: Nancy Fish at ptp@bookpassage.com

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Faculty

Amanda Conran
When Amanda Conran is not writing her own children’s books or working as a freelance editor, she is a children’s book specialist, school book fair booktalker and children’s book club facilitator at Book Passage. The Lost Celt is her first middle grade novel.
Clare Doornbos
Clare Doornbos has been a bookseller for 20 years and is a specialist in children’s books. She has created and run literary events for kids from tiny preschool story times to a theater full of John Green fans. Clare is slated to be the new kids book buyer for Book Passage.
Nancy Fish
Nancy Fish is the Manager of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program and the former Publicity Director for HarperCollins Publishers. She has over three decades of publishing experience.
Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the author of twenty adventure books for children including the award-winning ‘Secret Agent Jack Stalwart’ chapter book series. This 14-book series has been translated into multiple languages, sold millions, and was recently optioned for TV.
Rebecca Jelen
Rebecca Jelen is the greatly beloved and highly innovative librarian at Kent Middle School. School libarians play a key role in children’s literature, and Jelen is one of the best.
Meera Sriram
Meera Sriram enjoys writing for children, teaching early literacy, and advocating for diverse books. Meera’s debut children’s book was The Yellow Suitcase and her next picture book, A Gift for Amma, comes out in Fall 2020 from Barefoot Books.
Lara Starr
Lara Starr is a publishing and public relations professional with a specialty in children’s books. She’s arranged hundreds of author events at bookstores, schools and libraries and placed authors and illustrators at prestigious national festivals and conferences.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Winter)

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 2:00pm
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Four Sundays: Jan 5, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $260

This class has been canceled because of the teacher's scheduling conflict. We hope you will register for the spring session instead.

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Manuscripts and students must be accepted by the instructor. 

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Spring)

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:00pm
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Four Sundays: Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 7 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $260

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Manuscripts and students must be accepted by the instructor. 

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julia McNeal - Techniques for Writing Compelling Characters

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am
photo of Julia McNeal, writing teacher, actor

Saturday, November 9 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $150

Believable, compelling characters with nuanced authentic voices and internal drive turn a good story into a great one. An actor for over 30 years, Julia McNeal (Law & Order; Magic Theatre) has developed a distinct technique for creating multiple characters that works superbly for writers to get unique, believable voices onto the page. You’ll come away with a set of specific tools to use - that work every time - to create characters your readers can really invest in. 

What Students Are Saying about Julia McNeal

"Julia is a very sincere and effective instructor. The tools and approach she presented were totally new to me and helped me see writing in a new light. The topics covered and the takeaway lessons FAR exceeded my expectations. I'll be using the tools Julia taught for a LONG time.” – -- Dick D.

"The class was great! It really gave me lots of inspiration and ideas to work with." -- J. Henderson

"Lots of good writing exercises to develop our ability to create different characters. Julia is an excellent instructor and motivator." -- Frances D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book!

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am
photo of Leslie Keenan, writing coach, editor

Saturday, November 16 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $150

Have you started a book but haven’t been able to finish it? Leave this class with a strategy for completing your book! Leslie Keenan has 30 years’ experience helping writers complete their books. She knows the most frequent reasons writers get stuck and can help writers discover how to get back in flow and write effortlessly again. Leslie also provides advice on the best way to get a book published and suggests agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with a proven track record of getting writers across the finish line. 

What Students Are Saying about Leslie Keenan

“If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears.” – Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man’s Switch, Poisoned Pen Press

“Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer.” – Student, “Is There a Book in You?”

“Truckloads of useful information and inspiration.” – Harvey Hyman

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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