Individual consultations with Angie Alban
Fine-tune Your Fiction
Comprehensive manuscript evaluation* plus 60 minute phone consultation • Hosted via Zoom or phone
* (first 10 pages of a novel or one 32-page picture book)
Angie invites you to submit the first 10 pages of your novel in manuscript format (see guidelines of submission below) or one picture book manuscript. She will illuminate the excellence in your story as well as provide written prescriptive feedback for creating quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Your consultation includes a 60-minute discussion by phone or Zoom.
Manuscript format: Use 12-point Times New Roman, double spaced. Pages should be numbered consecutively. The default margin settings that appear in Microsoft Word are acceptable, but if you are setting margins manually, use a 1-inch margin on each side of the page, 1/2 inch top and bottom.
Angie Alban is a critically acclaimed novelist and picture book author, and founded the Writer’s Tribe at Book Passage in 2010. Her debut novel, Anya’s War, was an American Library Association Honor Book and short-listed for China’s Panda Award. Her picture book, The Happiness Tree, a Florida Children’s Book Award nominee, is regularly performed by school drama departments throughout the United States and Canada.
Individual consultations with Pamela Feinsilber
Get That Book Started, Polished, or Finished
30 min consultation • Hosted via Zoom, or phone and email • $75
Do you have an idea for a novel or work of nonfiction but aren't sure how to continue? Do you have a finished draft and need big-picture comments on theme, structure, pacing, plotting, characterization, description, etc.? Are you ready for line and copy editing? Not sure? Set up a half-hour consultation to discuss how to proceed. The $75 fee will apply to whatever level of editing you need, from getting started to getting to the finish line. That can include advice on self-publishing.
Pamela Feinsilber has been with our Path to Publishing program from the beginning. After years as a senior editor at San Francisco magazine, she became a freelance book editor, working with both longtime and first-time authors. For more information, see pamelafeinsilber.com.
Individual consultations with Don George
Polish Your Prose: A Personal Consultation to Take Your Story to the Next Level
Hosted via Zoom • $250
In this one-on-one consultation, Don will read your manuscript of up to 3,000 words and offer specific guidance and feedback, including comments on structure, evocation and development of theme, and strengths and infelicities of style. Manuscripts can be non-fiction stories, essays, works of fiction, or chapters of a book. The consultation will include written editorial suggestions and a 50-minute story discussion by Zoom.
Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of How to Become a Travel Writer, the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. Don has also edited 12 acclaimed literary travel anthologies, including The Kindness of Strangers and Tales from Nowhere. He has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com, and Global Travel Editor at Lonely Planet. He is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel. Don has taught travel writing in the MFA programs at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University. He is the co-founder and chairman of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.
Individual consultations with Nina Schuyler
Developing Your Story: A Personal Consultation
Hosted via Zoom • $150
Now what? You’ve taken your story as far as you can and can’t see how to fix it. Should it be told in first person? Third? Nonlinearly? Nina Schuyler will read up to 3,000 words of your nonfiction, essay, fiction, or memoir. She will look closely at structure, deepening character, tension, endings, imagery, point of view, and other craft elements. You also can provide questions about your draft that you’d like answered. She’ll meet with you for 45 minutes to discuss her suggestions and provide you with written feedback.
Nina Schuyler teaches creative writing in the graduate program at the University of San Francisco. Her next novel, Afterword, will be published in 2023. Her novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her book, How to Write Stunning Sentences, is a bestseller. Her short stories have been published by Zyzzyva, Fugue, Gold Man Review, Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. She writes a column about style in writing for Fiction Advocate.
Individual consultations with Britta Stromeyer Esmail
Customized Writing Support
1 hour consult online or in person, Plus detailed written feedback
Corte Madera Store or Zoom
Let this be the moment you realize your dream of taking your writing to the next level. Share your ideas and up to 10 pages of story drafts (long or short fiction) and Britta will help you discover what's working, what’s not working, and how to progress toward fixing it. Grab a coffee or cup of tea at Book Passage or meet via Zoom.
Britta is the author of the award-winning children's book Raina’s (UN) Happy Birthday and the upcoming picture book (2023) Look at Me. Who Do You See? Britta’s short fiction was a Finalist for the Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction 2021. She is an editor for Tuxedo Literature & Arts Journal and a former assistant editor for FastForward Magazine. She teaches creative writing workshops for adults and kids grades 5-12. She holds an M.A. in International Communication from American University, a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University and is currently an MFA'23 candidate at Dominican University. She is a member of the National Writing Project Council, the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge.