Classes

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in Point Reyes (Point Reyes)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
$120 for Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, he will demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin County’s most scenic open spaces, coming together over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers. The Society of American Travel Writers named him “Travel Photographer of the Year” four times, and in 2016, he was voted “Wine Photographer of The Year” by an international panel of judges. He has contributed to over 40 books and worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
$120 for Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust and of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. He’s the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast and The Kindness of Strangers. Don George writes the monthly "Trip Lit" column for National Geographic Traveler, and edits the BBC Travel’s literary travel column, “Chance Encounters.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Writing the Wave (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

Writing the Wave: Investigation, Suspense, Action, Reflection

Typically, mystery novels unfurl in accelerating waves of establishing narrative (often investigation), building to suspense, building to action, resolving reflection, and then thrusting forward to the next wave. In this workshop we’ll examine each element of this “ISAR” wave, and learn how to construct scenes that end with a hook, grab readers, and move the story forward. Topics include: dissecting the waves in a mystery/thriller; strategies for writing investigation; strategies for writing suspense; strategies for writing action; strategies for writing reflection; hook and grab scene structure; writing the waves across a book length work, modulating the pace, building to a dramatic climax, and resolving in a final coda.

Hallie Ephron is a bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me; There Was an Old Woman; and most recently, You’ll Never Know, Dear. She is also the mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of screenwriters, she grew up with her famous writer sisters, Nora, Delia, and Amy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Deeper Mystery (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The crime-mystery-thriller genre is often thought of as principally a form of entertainment, but it is also a great deal more. In this pre-conference class, award-winning author and conference co-chair David Corbett guides students through a number of techniques and thematic considerations to reach deeper into the material of their stories. The goal is to reach the more meaningful and dramatically powerful elements within the genre. Topics will include moral argument and the Unity of Opposites, the will to justice vs. the will to power, realism (and its limits), the elusive nature of truth, what is a just society, individual freedom vs. social responsibility, Satanic Villains vs. Monsters, and (as Conrad put it) man’s “miserable ingenuity in error.”

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

Class: Amanda Conran & Darcey Rosenblatt - Jumpstarting the Creative Process for Young Writers

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 9:00am

5 Days; Monday August 14 – Friday August 18, 2017  • 9 am – 12 pm • $325

Beginning Your Novel - Do you plan to write a novel someday? Start now! Spend the week with two local authors learning the basics of fiction writing. We’ll cover world building, character development, plotting and how to write dialogue and action scenes. We’ll talk about how to get started, stay organized and how to feed your creativity. Learn how to share the stories that are in your head. Open for ages 9 - 13years.  **Space is Limited**

Amanda Conran is the author of The Lost Celt, Goosebottom Books, 2016. She's also a children's book specialist, booktalker and the Ink book club facilitator at Book Passage.

Darcey Rosenblatt is the author of The Lost Boys, Henry Holt, August 2017. She writes for middle grade and teenage people because she believes at that age stories can be life changing – they were for her.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Rita LeRoy - Sustainable Gardening for Kids

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 10:00am

 Sat., July 15, 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $45

Ages 8-12 welcome!

Topics for this class include include building healthy soil with the help of earthworms, composting, when to plant vegetables, why to plant flowers, and the importance of pollinators. Children will create a miniature worm box and plant seasonal vegetables and flowers in containers to take home. The instructor will have live specimens of a variety of critters for the children to enjoy seeing and learning about.

Rita LeRoy, best known as “Farmer Rita” has been the Farm Keeper at Loma Vista Farm for 27 years, where she teaches the students about gardening, composting, livestock, and nature. She was a 4-H leader for 25 years. Her college education includes a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in education. In her free time she is frequently found in the wilderness, documenting and learning about the amazing interconnection of all living organisms.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays: Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15 & June 12, 2017 • 1:00-3:00pm • $125

 

 

 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

 

BOOK LIST:

February 13

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen (Pen/Hemingway Award)

March 20

Han Kang, The Vegetarian (Man Booker International Prize)

April 17

Ali Smith, How to Be Both (Women’s Prize for Fiction, Costa  Novel and Goldsmiths Awards)

May 15

Don  Delillo, Libra (Irish Times International Fiction Prize)

June12

Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling (International Dublin Literary Award )

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: Mar 6- Apr 24 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200

 


“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures.

Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays) (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays: Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9, June 13, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

February - Marilynne Robinson - Lila  Picador, 272 pages

March - Anuradha Roy - Sleeping on Jupiter  Graywolfe, 256 pages 

April - B.A. Shapiro - The Muralist Algonquin, 368 pages

May - Tom McCarthy - Satin Island  Vintage, 208 pages           

June - Joyce Carol Oates - The Man Without a Shadow  Ecco, 384 pages

Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


Sleeping on Jupiter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India


The Muralist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

-Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist.- --The Washington Post

-B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world.- --Entertainment Weekly


Satin Island Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year


The Man Without a Shadow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062416100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 3rd, 2017

In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays) (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Fridays: Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 14, May 12, June 16, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

 

February - Marilynne Robinson - Lila  Picador, 272 pages

March - Anuradha Roy - Sleeping on Jupiter  Graywolfe, 256 pages 

April - B.A. Shapiro - The Muralist Algonquin, 368 pages

May - Tom McCarthy - Satin Island  Vintage, 208 pages           

June - Joyce Carol Oates - The Man Without a Shadow  Ecco, 384 pages

Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


Sleeping on Jupiter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India


The Muralist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

-Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist.- --The Washington Post

-B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world.- --Entertainment Weekly


Satin Island Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year


The Man Without a Shadow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062416100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 3rd, 2017

In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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