Writing Classes

Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Write & Sell Children's Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Sat., June 1 • 10:00am - 12:30pm • $95

This workshop will introduce you to what you need to know about writing and publishing, including finding a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book. The workshop covers the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Manage Your Creative Career (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Sat., June 1 • 1:30–4:00 pm • $95

Who says writers have to starve? When writing for passion, you should also get paid. This lecture will teach you the important aspects of managing a creative business career. You will learn the techniques that creative professionals use to treat their work as a business: setting clear objectives, effective marketing, considering new opportunities, strategic negotiation, and finding ways to create lucrative income by leveraging their efforts.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.

 

 

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

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.

The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121572
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2013

Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Secrets of Narrative Nonfiction: Getting Started, Getting Published (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
photo of Pamela Feinsilber

Three Mondays: June 3, June 10, June 17 • 7-9 pm • $125

This class has been cancelled.

Whether it’s in a memoir, biography or other work, the best nonfiction writing—what’s become known as narrative nonfiction—tells a story, using the same techniques you’ll find in fiction. Students in this class analyze and practice these techniques, including characterization, scene setting, dialogue, description, and point of view. Now that hybrid and self-publishing are so common, we'll focus on how to publish and market your work as well. Guests from the writing and publishing world will join us.

Pamela Feinsilber is a longtime editor of fiction and nonfiction by both established authors and new writers. A mentor and editor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, she has helped many writers turn not-there manuscripts into well-received books. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julia McNeal - Backstage Tips for Writers: Creating Memorable Characters (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday June 8 • 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. In this workshop, you will learn Julia’s unique character-creation technique and come away with a set of tools that work. 

Julia McNeal (Law & Order; Magic Theatre) has appeared in numerous plays and films. Her acclaimed, distinct method for Playing Multiple Characters has been used by actors and performers for years; she is excited to finally be bringing it to authors. Both returning and new students are welcome.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diana Toledano & Victoria Rock - Creating Chapter Books (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sat., June 15 • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $75

Chronicle Books editor Victoria Rock and illustrator Diana Toledano will share their behind-the-scenes experience on creating a chapter book, from manuscript to editing to illustration to publication! We’ll also cover tips and tricks on creating powerful chapter books, and answer frequently asked questions.Topics will include: series potential, the difference between chapter books and early chapter books, character consistency, how to create a strong cover, etc.

As a special treat, we'll have a pitch contest! The winner will be able to submit a query to agent Teresa Kietlinski, of Bookmark Literary. The agency is currently closed to submissions from authors, so don't miss this opportunity!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$125 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $175 for general public

Class begins and ends at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Round-trip transportation provided.

 

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and travel photography in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00 am for a discussion of travel photography, and then take the ferry to San Francisco to photograph and document one of the city’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods in North Beach. The group returns to Book Passage to review their day’s work. Digital cameras are recommended so that participants can get instant feedback at the end of the day. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 8-11, 2019 • Corte Madera • 28th Annual
World’s Premier Conference for Travel Writers & Photographers

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 28th year, this four-day conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers. Optional evaluations of participants’ work are available. The conference begins with a big opening dinner and includes breakfast and lunch buffets each day.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Candace Rose Rardon - The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $170 for general public

 

Travel sketching not only helps us create rich, vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a powerful, meaningful way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator Candace Rose Rardon for a day of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone and develop your sketching skills, or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this workshop. The morning will begin at Book Passage in Corte Madera with a classroom-based sketching workshop and series of demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors. After lunch, Rardon will lead participants on the Larkspur Path to downtown Larkspur, where the group will sketch on-location together. By the end of the day, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels. Lunch will be provided.

Candace Rose Rardon is a writer, illustrator, and visual storyteller whose work has appeared on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site, Longreads, BBC Travel, and in Lonely Planet travel anthologies, among others. In addition, her website Moment Sketchers has received a bronze Lowell Thomas Award for best travel blog, and she earned an MA in Travel Writing from Kingston University in London. Conference alum.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 8-11, 2019 • Corte Madera • 28th Annual
World’s Premier Conference for Travel Writers & Photographers

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 28th year, this four-day conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers. Optional evaluations of participants’ work are available. The conference begins with a big opening dinner and includes breakfast and lunch buffets each day.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$125 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $175 for general public

Class begins and ends at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Round-trip transportation provided.

 

Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00am and takes the ferry to the historic Ferry Building, while discussing how to find, research, and write travel stories. They continue to S.F.’s lively North Beach, where after a short tour they are let loose to find their own stories before meeting for lunch to discuss what they found. Participants will write a short piece based on the day’s discoveries. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 8-11, 2019 • Corte Madera • 28th Annual
World’s Premier Conference for Travel Writers & Photographers

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 28th year, this four-day conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers. Optional evaluations of participants’ work are available. The conference begins with a big opening dinner and includes breakfast and lunch buffets each day.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
photo of Connie Josefs

Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

 


“Get the narrator and you’ve got the piece.” —Vivian Gornick The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of our lives and illuminates shape, forward movement, tone and theme. How do we find the right voice to tell our story? In this workshop, we will explore the concept of narrator as persona, a construct that emphasizes certain parts of ourselves and omits others. We will also explore the assets and liabilities of writing in first person. 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers - particularly older writers - to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

Use the link below to register for the 4-class series,The Craft of Writing Memoir, at a reduced price of $350. Includes:

  • Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Aug 17   10am - 1pm
  • The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Aug 17     3pm - 6pm
  • You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Aug 18  10am - 1pm
  • The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Aug 18    3pm - 6pm

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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