Writing Classes: Publishing How-Tos

Corte Madera Class: Angie Alban - The Writer’s Tribe

Sunday, January 7, 2024 - 1:30pm

The Writer’s Tribe

3 Sundays
January 7, February 11, March 10
, 2024
1:30PM -4:30PM

Corte Madera Store - $295



Welcome to the Writer's Tribe!

Join this monthly group to bring your writing to the next level. Angie shares tips and tools to elevate your fiction craft and guides the group through a powerful revision process. The goal is self-editing mastery.

Learn to:

  • give and receive honest feedback
  • develop compelling characters your readers will adore
  • craft page-turning plots with satisfying twists and cliffhangers
  • render vivid settings you can see, smell, taste, and touch in your imagination
  • write snappy dialog that zings off the page 

* Tuition includes: Angie's RE-Vision Guide: How to polish your manuscript in 18 easy steps (updated 3rd edition)

* Committed writers are encouraged to register. Before the first meeting, you will submit the first 10 pages of your manuscript and a list of pressing questions.


Angie Alban is an editor and story coach and the author of nine books, including her critically acclaimed YA novel, ANYA'S WAR. She is a popular speaker at literary conferences, book festivals, and schools. Angie founded the Writer’s Tribe at Book Passage in 2010. 



What students say about the Writer’s Tribe:

The Writer's Tribe is a creative space to bring your work in progress. Angie's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these gatherings the highlight of my month. Angie is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from her invaluable critiques of your own work, but the in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. 
—Nina Vincent, author of Sliding Into Home

Without Angie and the Tribe, my writing would not have been good enough to publish. I have learned so much from Angie, and gained a wonderful friend and advocate in the process. I also have a new community of friends and supporters—a true gift.  
—Kara Navolio, author of Maggie Discovers the Rainbow and Everybody Can Dance


Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Corey Rosen - Your Story, Well Told

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - 1:00pm

Your Story, Well Told - Storytelling Workshop
with the Host of “The Moth”

January 10 - February 7, 2024
5 Wednesdays, 1:00PM-4:00PM (and one Friday)
Performance: Friday, February 9 at 4:00pm

Corte Madera Store

$380 (Includes book Your Story, Well Told)


Returning Your Story, Well Told students, register here:


You have great stories to tell. In this workshop, Author and Storyteller Corey Rosen (host of The Moth, BATS Improv, Author of "Your Story, Well Told") helps you to uncover your best stories, develop them in a safe and supportive environment, and then perform them in a free LIVE showcase for friends and family. All classes are taught in person in Corte Madera.


Corey Rosen is a writer, actor, visual effects producer, and storytelling teacher based in San Francisco, California. He hosts The Moth StorySlams and GrandSlams, and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, Alice Radio’s “The Sarah and Vinnie Show,” and KFOG's "The Finch Files" Podcast. Corey is a performer at BATS Improv, one of the world’s foremost centers for Improvisational Theater and is the author of “Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience.”

Corey’s book - Your Story, Well Told - is included with class registration.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Book Group: Luisa Smith - Mysteries Abroad winter2024

Friday, January 12, 2024 - 10:30am

Book Group: Mysteries Abroad

January - April, 2nd Friday of the month

4 Fridays, 10:30AM-12:00PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store




There is no better way to learn about a country than to explore the parts that are hidden from most tourists -  the hidden streets and alleyways where crimes occur, following the investigators unique to each locale. 

This book group will read a crime fiction book from a different country each month, deciphering what themes in crime fiction cross borders, as well as the unique spin on the formula that comes from each place. 


BOOKS TO BE READ (available for purchase at link in titles below):



Luisa Smith is the Buying Director of Book Passage, where she has worked for over 25 years, and editor-in-chief of Penzler Publishers which includes the mystery fiction imprints Mysterious Press and Scarlet. She grew up surrounded by books as her father is the bestselling author, Martin Cruz Smith and her mother was an English teacher. A childhood filled with books has resulted in a lifelong love of every aspect of the book world, but the mystery genre holds a particularly special place in her heart.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Zoom Book Group: Travel Literature, hosted by Michael Shapiro, with live appearances by Pico Iyer, Frances Mayes and Tim Cahill

Saturday, January 13, 2024 - 10:15am

Book Group: Travel Literature, hosted by Michael Shapiro
with live appearances by Pico Iyer, Frances Mayes and Tim Cahill

Second Saturday of the month, 10:15AM to 12:00PM
Four classes:
Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13

Live via Zoom - $150



This book group, which will meet the second Saturday of each month over Zoom, will review modern classics from four titans of travel literature: Tim Cahill, Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes and Pico Iyer. We will explore best-sellers such as Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” and Mayes’ “Under the Tuscan Sun” — and lesser known but equally rewarding books, including Tim Cahill's anthology “Pass the Butterworms” and Pico Iyer’s transcendent, “The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise.” Tim, Frances, and Pico will all be joining the discussion of their respective books for a portion of that session.

Led by Michael Shapiro, longtime travel writer and Book Passage teacher, the group will discuss what makes these books so compelling and will examine the techniques that each writer uses to engage the reader. We will pull back the curtain and share ideas about what makes great travel writing.


Books to be Read (all available for purchase at links in titles below):
Jan 13:   A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Feb 10:  Pass the Butterworms, by Tim Cahill

Mar 9:    Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes
Apr 13:  The Half Known Life, by Pico Iyer

Author visits: The authors of each, with the exception of Bill Bryson, will join for 30-45 minutes of the discussion of their book, probably during the last part of the class.


Michael Shapiro is the author of "The Creative Spark" (Solas House), winner of a 2021 Independent Publishers Book Award. Among the authors he interviewed for that book: Barbara Kingsolver, Pico Iyer and Amy Tan. He’s also the author of "A Sense of Place," a collection of conversations with travel writers such as Paul Theroux and Jan Morris. A longtime journalist, Shapiro writes for National Geographic, Sierra, AFAR, and the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has written travel features and reviewed books. He's taught several classes at Book Passage and has been a member of the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference faculty for more than 20 years.



Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Joel Richard Paul - What is an American?

Saturday, January 13, 2024 - 10:30am

What is an American?

Four Saturdays, January 20 - February 10
10:30AM -12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $325 (book included)



Who is an American? That is a question raging in our body politic today. Do we believe in citizenship as a birthright?  Is the United States a “Christian” country? Why do some Americans fear they are being replaced by immigrants?

At the founding of our republic, America was an idea, not a reality. People considered themselves “New Yorkers” or “Virginians” rather than “Americans.” It would take decades before our identity as Americans took root. 

By the 1830’s, there were competing ideas of American national identity. Jacksonian populists argued that only white Christians could be American, while Daniel Webster and Lincoln believed that it was the Constitution that made us Americans. 

This class is about these competing ideas of American identity in the nineteenth century, how they shaped events leading to the Civil War, and the disturbing echoes of that debate in our own time.

* No prior knowledge of law or legal history is required. Reading material will be provided. 
* The book Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism, by Joel Richard Paul is included in the class price.

Joel Richard Paul is the Hon. Raymond Sullivan Professor at the University of California Law School, San Francisco where he teaches constitutional law and history. He has also taught on the law faculties of Berkeley, Yale, the University of Connecticut, Leiden University (Netherlands), and American University. His most recent books are INDIVISIBLE: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism, WITHOUT PRECEDENT: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times, and UNLIKELY ALLIES: How a Merchant, a Playwright and a Spy Saved the American Revolution, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post.




Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Mitchell Rossi - An Introduction to News Writing

Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 1:30pm

An Introduction to News Writing

3 Saturdays
 January 20,  January 27,  & February 3, 2024

1:30PM -3:00PM

Corte Madera Store - $115



Whether you are an aspiring reporter or simply eager to polish your editorial skills, join journalist Mitchell Sam Rossi as he shares his insight and experiences from a forty-year career writing for various news organizations and monthly periodicals. 

During this three-part workshop, Mitchell will illustrate the distinctive techniques of news gathering and article structure.  Discussions will highlight the Five Ws, the Inverted Pyramid format, and how to create factual stories that do not feel heavy-handed.  

 The 90-minute sessions will cover:

  • ways to find compelling stories
  • developing reliable sources
  • how to apply long-established news practices to your writing.  
  • interviewing techniques and the essential fact-checking processes.  
  • creating their leads and initial paragraphs with in-class exercises
  • the ethics of news reporting
  • objectivity versus opinion, fairness and balance, and how accuracy and clarity are the cornerstones of good news writing
  • how news bureaus determine what is or is not a newsworthy story
  • how to be sure your story ideas reach the printed page.

While discussions will focus on the fast-paced world of news reporting, the skills and techniques covered in class can be applied to a range of markets and will expand every writer’s toolbox.  



Mitchell Sam Rossi is a journalist, author, and award-winning screenwriter. Over his forty-year career, he has written about environmental issues, community development, travel, automobiles, and technology. For fifteen years, Mitchell was a reporter and associate editor at the Los Angeles Times Calendar Section. An avid traveler and photographer, he holds a B.A in journalism and an M.P.W. in professional writing, both from the University of Southern California. Mitchell is a member of P.E.N., Left Coast Writers, and California Writers Club.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Valentina Castro - Learn to Crochet

Sunday, January 21, 2024 - 2:00pm

Learn to Crochet

3 Sundays
January 21 - February 4, 2024

2:00PM - 4:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $245



This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to crochet! 

We will learn the basic stitches and techniques that form the building blocks of crochet, as well as how to read a pattern. Students are encouraged to practice at home in-between classes, and will learn to put together their collection of tools and notions. 

By the end of the class, students should have at least one completed project to feel proud of, and have the skills to continue their crochet journey.

* Materials included in class fee.



Valentina Castro has been crafting for as long as she can remember, learning the basics of knitting and crochet at the age of nine. She has a BFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts. Since 2017, she has co-created the fiber arts zine Storied Stitches with her best friend. Valentina is passionate about sharing the joys of crafts and creating a space where people of all walks of life can feel included and empowered by engaging in a creative, tactile art. 

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Virtual Class: Jenny Jedeikin - Write About Your Life in a Comic Strip

Monday, January 22, 2024 - 6:30pm

Create Your Own Selfie Comic Strip
(no need to draw!)

4 Mondays, January 22 - February 12
6:30pm-8:00pm PT

Zoom - $250





Former Rolling Stone journalist, humor writer and comic strip artist Jenny Jedeikin will teach students how to produce their own personal narrative graphic stories in this virtual four-session class. 

When we express our lived experience through the lens of humor we expose ourselves as imperfect narrators. Writing which reveals our pain and vulnerability can often be a healing way to work through personal challenges - past and present. Discover your authentically funny voice in this engaging workshop, where you will be led through a series of generative writing exercises to create a personal comic strip, using words and pictures from your every day life. 

No experience is required to participate.
PLEASE NOTE: Class requires students to download easy-to-use $30 comic strip software between the first and second class. 


Jenny Jedeikin is a writer and editor with experience both in current online media platforms as well as national magazines, TV, and radio. Her column in Rolling Stone Magazine was the first to give national exposure to such topics as Generation X and body piercing. In her stint as a Segment Producer/Writer for MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show, she lent her perspective to the (now legendary) host’s first foray into television. As a stand-up comedian in New York City, Jenny appeared performing original material on Comedy Central. She has published personal essays and created graphic stories in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Advocate, Spiralbound, Pacific Sun, North Bay Bohemian, SF/Arts, Whole Life Times, The Bold Italic, Curve Magazine and Narratively. As a freelance writer, her contributions have won three MarCom awards, and two Hermes Creative awards. Jenny’s comic strip, “Just Living Jenny” is published on Substack.

See a sample of Jenny’s comic strip work here: The Ex Guest



Praise for Jenny’s class: 

"A fresh and exciting approach to storytelling.  This is a unique and fun class. I can’t say enough great things about Jenny. She was able to have us dig deeper into ourselves and bring out the richness of our stories. She was a wonderful teacher and created a very safe space for everyone."
— Jenn E.

"Excellent class! We were encouraged to develop a strong story and do a lot of deep thinking. I appreciated the writing exercises, watching our stories develop narratively, and the emphasis on staying in the moment in our storytelling!"
— Jane M.


Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Online Class: Jennifer Carson - Read (Virginia Woolf) Like a Writer

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 5:00pm


Read (Virginia Woolf) Like a Writer

Session 1 (Mrs. Dalloway): January 24 - February 14, 2024
Session 2 (To the Lighthouse): February 21 - March 13, 2024

4 Wednesdays per session, 5PM-6:30PM

Online via Zoom
$225 for 1 session
$395 for both sessions



The more we bring an analytic eye to others’ work, the more possibilities open up in our own. In this course, we’ll closely read two classic novels by Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse

SESSION 1: Set in London one ordinary Wednesday in mid-June shortly after the end of WWI, Mrs. Dalloway shows us a society trying to find its footing after a devastating war. The novel established a new mode of storytelling, named “stream of consciousness” at the time, and is recognized today as a masterful use of point of view and interiority. 

SESSION 2: To the Lighthouse’s three sections are set before, during, and after WWI and span one day, ten years, and one day, respectively. The novel extended and complicated Woolf’s mastery of her new stream of consciousness style and added an element of time dilation to her prose. 

We’ll read each book in four sessions over four weeks, for a total of eight weekly sessions, delving into various craft aspects, such as point of view, dialogue, setting, and characterization. Pencil in hand, we will take on key paragraphs, excavating practical techniques in the process. You'll leave with new tools for close-reading your own and others’ work. 

So that we’re on the same page, literally, we’ll read the same edition of each book. The book to be read are:

  • Mrs. Dalloway, Norton Critical Edition, edited by Anne Fernald
  • To the Lighthouse, unabridged version with a forward by Eudora Welty



Jennifer Carson is an author, literary critic, book group facilitator, physicist, and the founder of To the Lighthouse. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Science, Six Hens Journal and Barnes & Noble Review. She has just completed her first novel, The Savage Path, and is represented by Stephanie Cabot at Susanna Lea Associates.

Online Class

Online Class: Connie Josefs - Finding Form: Shaping Your Memoir

Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 10:00am


Finding Form: Shaping Your Memoir

Four Saturdays

February 3 - February 24
10:00AM -12:30PM PST

Online via Zoom • $375

*Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 




You’ve written a draft of your memoir… a series of essays… a few vignettes. Now what? How do you revise, organize, put it together?

Structure is more than a container, it’s a dynamic expression of voice, character and theme. This workshop examines how writers of memoir and memoir-based fiction shape their work. We will analyze the Three-Act Paradigm as well as alternative and hybrid structures, and explore how the shape of a memoir, its organizing principle, comes from inside the story. 

Class format includes reading, lecture, discussion and writing exercises.



Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and memoir coach. She leads workshops in memoir and memoir-based fiction and has taught at the University of New Mexico, Southwest Writers, The Taos Writers Conference and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, “E-33: Writings from Emeritus.” She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University LA and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. More at www.conniejosefs.com.



What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection,
and content. – Erin P.

"Connie was clear and specific, answered questions thoughtfully and had us do writing
exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work
on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience." – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove
many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

Online Class

Corte Madera Class: Joel Richard Paul - Race and the Constitution

Saturday, February 17, 2024 - 10:30am

Race and the Constitution

Four Saturdays, February 17 - March 9
10:30AM -12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $295



The issue of race continues to divide our nation. Since the founding of our republic, the Constitution and its interpretation by the Supreme Court has both reflected and shaped the struggle over racial justice. This class is a broad survey that will explore that history beginning with the drafting of the Constitution. We will discuss selected Supreme Court decisions on slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment, segregation, integration, criminal justice, and affirmative action. 

Join Joel Paul, a constitutional law professor and author, for a lively wide-ranging discussion of the legal struggle for racial justice in our country.

* No prior knowledge of law or legal history is required. Reading material will be provided. 

Joel Richard Paul is the Hon. Raymond Sullivan Professor at the University of California Law School, San Francisco where he teaches constitutional law and history. He has also taught on the law faculties of Berkeley, Yale, the University of Connecticut, Leiden University (Netherlands), and American University. His most recent books are INDIVISIBLE: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism, WITHOUT PRECEDENT: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times, and UNLIKELY ALLIES: How a Merchant, a Playwright and a Spy Saved the American Revolution, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post.


Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Book Group: Lisa Joss - First Editions Book Discussion Group 2024

Monday, February 26, 2024 - 2:30pm

Book Discussion Group: First Editions

monthly in 2024, beginning in February
3rd Monday of the month

(see scheduled meeting dates below)

3rd Mondays, 2:30PM-4:00PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store
$40 per session


The freshest new voices in literature can reflect the times in which we live and bring us the rich stories from a generation not yet widely heard from. They can be refreshing or challenging. Either way, we believe the voice is worth hearing. We highlight one novel per month and bring this title to you. To join, you read the book that we announce one month in advance, and register at the link below to join us for a discussion.

The First Edition Club has been running for years at Book Passage (read more about it below) and now we bring you a class to discuss these special books. Although you might recognize a name or two, the selections are most often the first published novels by these emerging authors and are carefully chosen for their likelihood to to become seminal works.

Examples of topics we’ll discuss:

  • In what ways are you challenged by this book?
  • Did you observe a new or different tone?
  • Is the book opening a topic previously unexpressed?

* Membership in the First Edition Book Club is not a prerequisite. However, if you would like to automatically receive a signed copy each month, you can sign up here.


The book group will meet the third Monday of the month following the shipment of the book, e.g. the discussion of the February 2024 pick will take place on Monday, March 18.

Meeting dates: Feb 26 (4th Monday due to holiday), Mar 18, Apr 22, May 20, Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16
* Register separately for each meeting you'd like to attend.



* Learn more about and register for First Editions Book Club, the monthly book subscription, here. *

Since 2003, our Signed First Edition monthly subscription service has given subscribers the opportunity to receive a delivered, hand-signed-first-edition of some of the best, most important, and noteworthy books being published today. We specialize in highlighting debut and unknown authors; to date we have identified over 90 authors who have gone on to win the most prestigious literary awards. Our past selections have included Khaled Hosseini, Yiyun Li, Amor Towles, Adam Johnson, Celeste Ng, Tommy Orange, Ocean Vuong, and so many more before they were household names. See all of our past picks here




Meet the Group's Facilitator:
As a former corporate and consulting head-of-marketing, Lisa Joss spent years writing everything from marketing and business plans to communications pieces, including advertising and product briefs for large-scale tech companies. She also wrote and developed social justice campaigns for HBO’s Toxic Hot Seat documentary for the Redford Group and the communications strategy for The Representation Project. Lisa brings an analytic mind and warm heart to discussions on the work of emerging authors.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925