Classes

Class: Wendy Walsh - Lower Intermediate Italian (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

9 Mondays: Sept. 11 – Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 9 & Nov. 6) • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $290

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julie King - How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Monday, September 11 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm • $75

Are you getting worn down by bedtime challenges, morning-rush madness, dawdling, whining, and other challenging behaviors? Do you find yourself too often resorting to threats, bribes, or raised voices? Learn practical strategies to improve cooperation and discipline, strengthen character, and enhance your relationships at home. Based on the bestseller by Faber and King, this entertaining workshop consistently receives rave reviews. Here’s what one participant said: “… immensely helpful, practical, and insightful.” Q & A session included.

Julie King has been educating and supporting parents since 1995. In addition to her work with individual parents and couples, she is a highly regarded parenting workshop leader and public presenter. Julie is co-author, together with Joanna Faber, of How To Talk So LITTLE Kids Will Listen:  A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2 – 7.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Amanda Conran - Write On! (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

Two Wednesdays: Oct. 11 & 25 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $125

**Class Post-poned. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext 230 if there are any questions**

We don’t have to write alone. Are you in the middle of your first novel or trying out a short story and would like to share your ideas? Are you struggling with a plot or a scene and want some help? Are you looking for some extra motivation to finish a project or are you interested in meeting like-minded young writers? This class will foster a small, friendly, supportive critique group in which participants will learn how to critique someone else’s work kindly and constructively and how to accept suggestions for their own work in progress. We’ll learn on the job about plot, dialogue, character development, scene structure etc. and support each other on our group journey to improve our stories and craft.

**Be prepared to submit up to 5 pages ahead of time. 6 person limit. 12-16 year-olds**

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Portugal (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

4 Fridays: Oct. 6 - 27 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $150

Portugal - Study her history and its attendant monuments  from the Celts, the Romans, the Visigoths, Moors and Spaniards and a series of fascinating rulers whose incredible palaces compete with the monasteries of the religious orders. We visit Guimaraes, Conimbriga, the vast wine district of the Douro, Porto, a city full of visual surprises, John V's Palacio Mafra, Coimbra-the University city- and finally Lisbon and the palaces and gardens at Sintra and Queluz.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Loot: Purloined Art From Nebuchadnezzar to the Met (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Nov. 3 - Nov. 17 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Who owns the world's art? There has been much discussion  about its repatriation:  from The Bust of Nefertiti to Klimt's Portrait of  Anna Bloch-Bauer What are the ethics involved? Should a museum accept and keep purloined art? Topics include The Rosetta Stone,  The Elgin marbles,The Lydian Hoard ,  the Cross of Edmund St. Bury ,frescoes from Catalonian churches, The Altar of Zeus from Pergamon and the Getty Museum scandal We will hear from both sides: from Egypt's Zahi Hawass to the UK's Neil Mac Gregor. Are the terms  Art Dealer and Fence synonymous? 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alex McNeil & Andrew Vargas Delman - Personal Essay for College Admission (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Two Sundays: Sep. 24 & Oct. 1 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $125

The college essay is a powerful tool for conveying a student’s personality while demonstrating capacities for introspection and maturity. Over two weekends, we explore the fundamentals of a great college essay—learning to recognize and avoid cliché, accessing stories that reconcile past experiences with future aspirations, and learning the art of self-evaluation and revision. The workshop is a chance for rising high school seniors to brainstorm and to begin writing their own college essays.

Alex McNeil and Andrew Vargas Delman are the founders of North Coast Prep, a tutoring and college counseling group that helps families navigate the process of applying to college with an emphasis on student health and mental wellbeing. They have extensive experience as tutors and teachers, application consultants, and writing advisors, and have written two short books—one about the “prestige trap” of college admissions, and another about their “whole person” approach to college applications.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Insider Insights & Answers (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Sat., Oct. 7 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm • $60

Once you have chosen the method of publishing for your book (traditional, self-publishing, Print-on-Demand, here's what else you need to know:

Why it takes a year -- minimum -- to publish your book, no matter which method you choose,

How you can make that year "work" for you,

How you can affect the marketing of your book, and

How you can estimate the financial success of your book.

Sorry!  Alice Acheson can't answer that last one, as each book -- and author -- is different, but the other three -- and more -- will be included in this class.  Her four decades of experience as an editor, publicist, and seller of subsidiary rights with large and small publishers and as a consultant for authors needing a mentor in the publishing process give her the experience and background for straight-forward answers.

As the title indicates, she is a bonafide insider and will supply answers to your questions about your book.

"You shared more helpful, nitty-gritty information than I've found anywhere else."
 -- Karen Wilson, Former Student

Alice B. Acheson, a consultant with decades of experience in publishing, guides clients in marketing and publishing their book, no matter the genre or choice of publisher. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books.  Her work as a publicist was recognized with a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising/Promotion/Publicity, and the The New York Times' bestseller list simultaneously has included four recipients of her publicity prowess.

"Armed with all the practical information you provided including how to get past the gate keepers I am now better prepared and ready to do what I need to do to get my book to the market place." -- Nisha Zenoff, former class member

"Before I took your 'Publishing Choices' I was not clear which would be the best for my book. Your course provided the information I needed to make an informed decision."

"Sending you my homework assignment before the first class and knowing you would read it and make comments for each individual helped focus my attention and intentions." 

"Knowing that each member of the class would read my writing and offer comments was a little scary at first. However,  the atmosphere in your classes was supportive and fun while being direct and honest."

"Wow! I loved this! Writing my 30-second verbal pitch and practicing it out loud before the first class was helpful. I went from feeling unclear and intimidated to clarification and excitement." 

"There was enormous value receiving live feed back in class. Your specific comments gave me exactly what I needed to pitch my book in 30 seconds rather than rambling on." 

"I am so glad this was my first course. It gave a strong foundation for the rest of the courses. I continued to practice my pitch and integrate what I learned as the weekend progressed."

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., Oct. 7 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing their books.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  Using decades of working with all three publishing choices, the instructor shares the method that would be most appropriate for your book.

The services provided are quite different, as are the expenses. Can your book be reviewed and sold in bookstores and will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The answers to these crucial questions -- and others -- will determine the appropriate publishing route.

"[Alice Acheson's] knowledge about and reflection upon the reality of the publishing business makes her absolutely credible."
 --  Catherine Conway Honig, Book Passage student
 

Alice B. Acheson, a consultant with decades of experience in publishing, guides clients in marketing and publishing their book, no matter the genre or choice of publisher. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books.  Her work as a publicist was recognized with a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising/Promotion/Publicity, and the The New York Times' bestseller list simultaneously has included four recipients of her publicity prowess.

"Armed with all the practical information you provided including how to get past the gate keepers I am now better prepared and ready to do what I need to do to get my book to the market place." -- Nisha Zenoff, former class member

"Before I took your 'Publishing Choices' I was not clear which would be the best for my book. Your course provided the information I needed to make an informed decision."

"Sending you my homework assignment before the first class and knowing you would read it and make comments for each individual helped focus my attention and intentions." 

"Knowing that each member of the class would read my writing and offer comments was a little scary at first. However,  the atmosphere in your classes was supportive and fun while being direct and honest."

"Wow! I loved this! Writing my 30-second verbal pitch and practicing it out loud before the first class was helpful. I went from feeling unclear and intimidated to clarification and excitement." 

"There was enormous value receiving live feed back in class. Your specific comments gave me exactly what I needed to pitch my book in 30 seconds rather than rambling on." 

"I am so glad this was my first course. It gave a strong foundation for the rest of the courses. I continued to practice my pitch and integrate what I learned as the weekend progressed."

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, & Oct. 29 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Erin Byrne - Illuminated Travel (Sausalito)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

4 Wednesdays: Sept. 6- Oct. 4 (no class Sept. 20) • 6:00pm - 8:00 pm • $240

Have you ever wondered why a particular alleyway beckoned you, or a local character intrigued you, or an unusual ritual unsettled you?  On our travels we have few “light bulb moments” but writing that ignites connections between ourselves and the places, people, and cultures of the world transforms us and our readers.

Join Erin Byrne as we delve deeply into our travel experiences using the “anti-workshop method” she has taught at Shakespeare and Company in Paris and on Deep Travel trips.  The results are reflected in her books, and have inspired writers at all levels from emerging to highly published.  This process is invigorating for both new and more experienced writers.

You have taken one journey, now be ready to embark on another to bring your experience to light.  Illuminated Travel is a wild ride indeed.

*This is a four session workshop:*

Images and Impressions - Starting with an image or scene that has captivated us, we use a new process of questioning and tapping into the creative unconscious to explore it.

The Spark Inside Your Story - We probe deeper to discover and express one illuminating connection between ourselves and this place, or person, or scene, and write about it in such a way as to touch upon universal emotions and truths.

Shaping the Narrative - Using a process of pinpointing focus and fierce editing, we create pieces that both surprise and glow from within.

Reading Our Work - We prepare to perform our work, using techniques of Moroccan Master Storytellers, with whom Erin has taught.  The page now undergoes transformation to be ready for the stage.

  Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award; editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco; and writer of The Storykeeper  film.  

Erin’s travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays have won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist, and an Accolade Award for film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage, Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers. 

Erin reads and performs her work in many places around the world including exotic ruins in Morocco, underground caverns in Paris, and Bay Area venues that range from grungy to glittering. Her screenplay, Siesta, is in pre-production in Spain, and she is working on a novel set in the Paris Ritz during the occupation, Illuminations.  

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

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