Book Passage Presents

On Writing

with Anne Lamott

A Live Workshop

Recorded and broadcast, Saturday, August 8, 2020.

“This workshop is a chance to spend three hours together where I can tell you everything I know about writing—from getting started to publication.

I’ll discuss how to get some work done every day, sticking with it, coming up with a god awful first draft, and sticking with it till you have something you can be proud to share.

I hope you’ll join me.”

                                         Anne Lamott


Register once and get full access to the complete archive of On Writing, with Anne Lamott.

Receive a personal note from Anne, with specific recommendations for books that have made a difference in her own writing.

This live, three-hour workshop is designed for:

  • Writers thinking about getting started, who are contemplating their first draft
  • Writers discovering the habits and practices they need to stick with their efforts, and who are interested in learning what works for others.
  • Writers working on revisions, and who are eager to learn some essential strategies and approaches
  • Writers with work ready for publication, who want to know more about the process and what they can expect.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about how Anne Lamott approaches her craft and thinks about her own efforts.





Live Workshop

About Anne

Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus.  But armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthless honesty, Lamott converts her subjects into enchantment.  Actually, she writes about what most of us don’t like to think about.  She wrote her first novel for her father, the writer Kenneth Lamott, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.  She has said that the book was “a present to someone I loved who was going to die.”  In all her novels, she writes about loss – loss of loved ones and loss of personal control.  She doesn’t try to sugar-coat the sadness, frustration and disappointment, but tells her stories with honesty, compassion and a pureness of voice.  As she says, “I have a lot of hope and a lot of faith and I struggle to communicate that.”  Anne Lamott does communicate her faith; in her books and in person, she lifts, comforts, and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing.

Anne is the author of seven novels, Hard LaughterRosieJoe JonesBlue ShoeAll New PeopleCrooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds. She has also written several bestselling books of nonfiction, including, Operating Instructions, an account of life as a single mother during her son’s first year; Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son; and the classic book on writing; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. She has also authored several collections of autobiographical essays on faith; Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith,  Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, and Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. In addition, she has written, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential PrayersStitches; A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair,  Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, Hallelujah Anyway; Rediscovering Mercy and her most recent book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Her next book will be Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage (March 9, 2021, Riverhead).

Anne has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock has made a documentary on Lamott, entitled “Bird by Bird with Annie” (1999).  Anne Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

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Anne’s 2017 TED talk, 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing has been viewed more than 5 million times.

Frequently Asked Questions

On Writing is a live workshop, offered only to registered attendees on Saturday, August 8, 2020. In the weeks preceding August 8, we’ll share details about the way to join this live session. We’ll also record and archive this workshop so that attendees have the chance to return to it after the session concludes.

You can join this workshop via laptop, phone, or personal computer, so long as you have a good internet connection. We’ll provide you the rest, including the workshop-specific URL that only attendees receive to join the session. You’ll receive this link, together with other welcome materials, closer to August 8th.

On Writing is a chance to spend time learning about writing with Anne Lamott, and to discover the essential things Anne has learned for herself about writing and the writing process. A couple of weeks before the workshop begins, we’ll send a note with some thoughts to help make the most of this session. That’s all you’ll need to make the most of your workshop.

There are no required readings, but if you’re curious about the way Anne thinks about writing we recommend her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. You might also check out Anne’s TED talk, which is embedded in the page above, or some of Anne’s other wonderful books.

The receipt you receive via email immediately after you register is all you need to know you’re set for the upcoming workshop.

About a week before the event date, we’ll send you a Save-the-Date reminder.

And the morning of the workshop, we’ll send you a personalized email with easy instructions for accessing the live workshop. This email will also provide all the details you need for viewing the workshop archive in the days following the live event.

Registration ensures that you join the live workshop on August 8, 2020 and gives you extended access to the archive of this session for 15 days – until Saturday August 23rd.

If for some reason your plans change and you can’t make the live session, we’ve got you covered:

An archive of this workshop will be available for 15 days following the live session. You can view this full archive any time during this period – as often as you like.

If you’d like a refund, we’ll instead credit the card you used to register for the session. Please send a note to, and we’ll confirm receipt as soon as we see it (We don’t need your credit card info – just your email address and date of purchase.)

There are two things to know:

  • Unfortunately, we can only accept cancellations and refunds up to 72 hours before a scheduled session.
  • There is sure to be a lapse in time between the time we refund your order and the time a corresponding credit appears on your credit card statement. So that you’re not left waiting and wondering, we’ll contact you as soon as we’ve processed the credit in our system.

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