Writing Classes

Class: Melissa Cistaro- Mapping Your Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays: April 26th, May 3rd, May 24,  & May 31 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $220

Finding a structure can be one of the biggest challenges of writing a memoir. How do you choose what to put in your story and what to leave out. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a series of visual “memory maps” specifically for your story. We will use these personal maps as a tool for writing narratives that are both emotional and compelling. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Materials provided.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and national publications. She also works as an event coordinator at Book Passage and has taught memoir writing classes in the Bay Area and beyond.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hillary Homzie - How to Write for Tweens (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday April 28 • 10am-1pm • $75

 In this workshop, we’ll learn techniques for writing for tweens, what works and what doesn’t work. Additionally, I’ll present some emotional, physical, social, and moral milestones that you should know about. Phew! It’s a lot but it’s also so much fun. Additionally, it’s a growing market. I’ll also share with you the mistakes that I’ve made, so you don’t have to! 

Hillary Homzie has published five novels for tween girls, including The Queen of Likes, and her sixth book, Apple Pie Promises, is forthcoming in October. Additionally, she has published chapter books, including the forthcoming series Ellie May. Booklist wrote that Hillary: “captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities.” Hillary writes for the popular middle grade blog, The Mixed of Files of Middle Grade Authors, and teaches in the MFA program at Hollins University, where she loves to mentor other writers.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

Sat., May 12 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385480017
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - September 1st, 1995

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times
Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author:


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Help, Thanks, Wow, Hallelujah Anyway and Almost Everything, Lamott's long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

Thursday May 17 • 6:30 pm-8:30pm • $60

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Janis Cooke Newman - Writing and Mindfulness (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday May 19 • 10am-4pm • $120

Studies show that practicing mindfulness can lower stress, improve health, strengthen our relationships and increase our overall sense of happiness. But did you know mindfulness can also make you a more creative and skillful writer?

During this daylong retreat, writers will participate in short, guided meditation sessions designed to feed their writing, i.e. being present to experience, connecting with the body, accessing emotion. These will be alternated with prompted bursts of free writing and sharing of in-session work. Students will also receive instruction on how to develop an ongoing writing and meditation practice.

This retreat is intended to show writers how to use the practice of mindfulness to deepen their writing skills and generate new work. It is open to writers of all genres and levels, and to both seasoned meditation practitioners, as well as those who have never meditated before. 

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of a memoir and two critically acclaimed novels. She has completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn mindfulness training program, and has attended numerous mindfulness and meditation retreats at Green Gulch and Spirit Rock in Marin, and Against the Stream in San Francisco. 

**Class fee includes lunch and a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go There You Are**
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Erin Byrne - Your Writing Palette (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Wednesday May 30 • 6:00pm - 8:00 pm • $60

Our writing can be brightened with techniques, styles, and flourishes of other genres. 

During this one-session class taught by author Erin Byrne we will dip our pens into fiction, nonfiction, travel, memoir, film, poetry, and journalism to add vivid hues to our writing styles and enliven our prose.

All writers welcome from emerging to widely published, all genres as well.

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper  film.  Erin’s travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays have won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and an Accolade Award for film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage, Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.  Her screenplay, Siesta, is in pre-production in Spain, and she is working on a novel set in the Paris Ritz during the occupation, Illuminations. 

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Marilyn Chase - Freelance Bootcamp: Reporting, Writing and Pitching Your Nonfiction Stories (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday June 2nd • 10am-4pm • $110

Join us June 2 for a one-day workshop on reporting and writing nonfiction articles and proposing them for publication.  No prior experience is necessary. Just bring your curiosity, interest in reporting facts, joy in storytelling – and a notebook! 

Marilyn Chase is a former reporter and columnist at The Wall Street Journal, who is now teaching journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.  She is the author of “The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco,” (Random House, 2003), and is now writing a life story of the San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa due out in Spring 2020.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50 (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

Sunday June 10 • 2pm-6pm • $110

In our 50's, 60's and 70's, we begin a new phase of life.   It’s important now to address the opportunities and fears of retirement and aging.  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy and fulfilling future.   

Lynn Ryder work as a facilitator, career consultant, corporate trainer, and University Lecturer. She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Sonoma (Sonoma)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $170 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 Sonoma. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this historic town together and the gather details and themes for a written passage about their experience. The group will reconvene over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. By the end of the day, participants will return with an appreciation of the craft and potential of travel writing. Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 9-12, 2018 • Corte Madera • 27th 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 27th 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: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in Sonoma (Sonoma)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $170 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 Sonoma. Holmes will demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants will explore the town together and then go off on their own to find photographic inspiration. The group will meet later on to share their work and discuss what they have learned. and to discuss their work. This interactive group will provide the tools for learning the travel photography craft. Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 9-12, 2018 • Corte Madera • 27th 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 27th 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