Writing Classes

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

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

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (August 2019)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:30pm
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Four Tuesdays: Aug 13 - Sept 3 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $180

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires that you have previously taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Leslie Keenan is an writing instructor, coach, and editor with over 30 years of experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

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

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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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

Class: The Craft of Writing Memoir with Connie Josefs (4-Class Series) (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am
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Four Classes • Saturday, Aug 17, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • Sunday, Aug 18, 10am - 1pm & 3 - 6pm • $350

Use this button to register for all four classes at a reduced cost, or use the links below to register for classes individually.

We all have life stories to tell. But how do we write about personal experience in a way that will engage a reader? This series of four, half-day workshops focuses on the craft of writing memoir. Each workshop will provide concrete tools and strategies for transforming memory into compelling narrative. Class format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. The 4-class series 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

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - The Way They Were - Writing Believable Characters in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95 

Use this link to register for The Way They Were: Writing Believable Characters, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I write to discover what I know.” ― Flannery O'Connor How do we get the people we know onto the page? When writing memoir, it’s all too easy to take our characters for granted because we know them. Complexity develops in characters as we discover them, moment by moment. This workshop will provide tools to help memoir writers reach beyond the familiar and craft characters in vivid and memorable detail.

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

Class: Connie Josefs - You Had To Be There - Writing Scene in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

Use this link to register for You Had To Be There - Writing Scene in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.” —Virginia Woolf  Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the immediate experience of a story. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? This workshop will examine the varied effects of scene and exposition in memoir and explore how they are used effectively to bring personal experience to the page.

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

Class: Connie Josefs - The Shape of Time in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
photo of Connie Josefs

Sunday, August 18, 2019 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm • $95

Use this link to register for The Shape of Time in Memoir, or use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the 4-class series.

“You don’t look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that... Nothing goes away.” —Margaret Atwood  Time can be one of the the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence.

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

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Task of Justice (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2019 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The Task of Justice: Staging the Thematic Backdrop in Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Fiction

Given that evil abides by no rules, how do the forces of justice stand a chance? How the lawman hero rises to that challenge without succumbing to evil himself is known as the Task of Justice, and it lies at the heart of all great mystery-crime-thriller stories. In this pre-conference workshop, award-winning author and conference co-chair David Corbett will lead students through an exploration of this problem in its various incarnations—e.g., the Tainted Hero, the Noble Villain, the Moral No Man’s Land—with specific attention to how to present the hero’s challenge in each of the three main sub-genres: Mystery, Crime, and Thriller.

David Corbett worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is the author of several novels including Done for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), His latest is Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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