Writing Classes

Class: Allison Landa - Writing From the Edge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday March 30 , 2019 • 10 am - 4 pm  • $125

Life proliferates at the continent’s ragged edge, where sunlight illuminates the water and a wide variety of species flourishes. Such is the case with writing, which grows most vivid at the roughest spots. Together we’ll explore ways to connect with what lies within and bring it to the surface through the power of the written word. This will take the form of in-class reading and writing prompts as well as group discussion.

Allison has published personal essays in publications including - The Guardian US, The Washington Post, & The Huffington Post. She studied writing at St. Mary's College of California, where she earned an MFA, and has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Julia and David White Artists' Colony.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - The Power of Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sunday March 31, 2019 • 2 - 5 pm  • $90

Do you want more meaning in your life? More gratitude? Deeper connections with the people you care about? Our stories have the power to deliver all that. Melanie will show you how to write your life through the power of story—how storytelling helps you find meaning, deepen gratitude, and get closer to people who matter most (maybe even heal relationships). At the end of the workshop, Melanie will take you step by step through writing a powerful gratitude letter to someone you care about. Come find and share your story!

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.  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: Karen Benke - Rip ALL the Pages! Half-Day Adventure of Hiding & Finding Creative Writing for 3rd/4th/5th Graders (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:45am

Saturday April 13th, 2019 • 9:45 am - 12:45 pm • $125

For 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders

We’ll create poems and stories to hide during this adventure, using Rip ALL the Pages! 52 Tear-Out Adventures for Creative Writers (Roost Books/Shambhala, 2019).
WARNING: Pages will get ripped and destroyed in this workshop. The only requirement: a fast moving pen and a willingness to surprise yourself. All materials, postage, snacks, instruction included.

** Adventure limited to 15 kids.**

Karen Benke is the author of the Rip the Page! Leap Write In! Write Back Soon! and Rip ALL the Pages!  Contributors to the series include Neil Gaiman, Wendy Mass, Annie Barrows, Avi, Lemony Snicket, and many other writers for kids and kids at heart.  The founder of The Writers Nest, located in a former lumber mill, she leads writing playshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, and internationally.

Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590308127
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Published: Roost Books - July 27th, 2010

Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page!

Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch and Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind Mind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611800159
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Published: Roost Books - April 2nd, 2013

Invite your jittery mind into quiet slips of timed or untimed writing experiments that are designed to encourage your timid heart to forge forgotten feelings and entice your shy-self to make friends with emerging emotions.

Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611802689
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Published: Roost Books - September 22nd, 2015

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards—an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Brian Martens - Ignite Your Creativity (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, April 27, 2019  • 10:00 am –1:00 pm • $80

In this workshop, we’ll explore creativity through poetry, nature, and perception.
Learn how to tap into your own creative genius and how to nurture your own special gifts.

Brian's Workshop offers new information and clarity about being in the Creative “Zone” and also how to stay in the “Zone”. It offers the basics of where creativity comes from and, for those who have spent a lifetime creating, it offers new ways of looking at this precious commodity of creation. New research on focus and the creative process will be shared. There will be an experiential session as well as a group discussion where participants will be able to offer their insights from their years of experience. This will be a valuable sharing of the creative process.

Guidelines for the Workshop: 2 hours

- Introduction, and Poem
- My story of Creativity with Pottery, writing and poetry
- Discussion of Creativity, creative tension, focus, declaration
- Experiential session, choosing an object in nature
- Group discussion/sharing of individual creative prompts
- Creativity commitment
- Closing, Haiku or poem

Brian Martens was a Pond Farm student in the 1970s. Brian studied “The Four Fold Way” with Cross-cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien Ph.D for 7 years, received a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Sonoma State University (SSU) in 2009, and received an MA in Organization Development from SSU in 2011. His passion is writing and poetry.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday May 5, 2019 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

Your manuscript (no longer than 10 pages) must be sent to David Corbett by April 28th at midnight.

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

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

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., May 11 • 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.

**Please note this class is non-refundable. Store credit available if notified by May 4th, 2019**

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor - September 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:

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213586
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

“Anne Lamott is my Oprah.” —Chicago Tribune

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Almost Everything and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it.

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525537441
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2018

From Anne Lamott, the New York Times-bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow, comes the book we need from her now: How to bring hope back into our lives. Fantastic inspiration for the new year.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Betsy Graziana Fasbinder - Moving from Page to Stage (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 5:00pm

Two Day Workshop • Sat., May 18, 9:30am - 5:00pm • Sun., May 19, 9:30am - 1:00pm • $150

Skilled public speaking is an invaluable part of every writer’s platform. This interactive workshop will help you develop the skills and confidence to engage and captivate listeners and to bring your most authentic and polished self to audiences of any size. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a licensed therapist and has been a public speaking trainer and coach for more than 20 years. Included in the workshop fee is a copy of the instructor’s newest book: From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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: 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 • $150

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, and more!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925