Kids & Teens Classes

Kids' Workshop: Elizabeth Singer Hunt - Secret Agent Training Manual (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Codebreaking 101 (45 minutes)
Do you know a wannabe junior secret agent? If so, then this is the workshop for them! During this interactive 45-minute workshop, Elizabeth Singer Hunt will guide children through the basics of secret agent codebreaking. They will learn how to disguise messages in plain sight and develop simple ciphers. For 3rd - 5th graders. Note, children must be strong spellers.

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the bestselling author of the award-winning Secret Agent Jack Stalwart chapter book series, the new Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart sequel series, and The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages.​ ​

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Limited spaces are available for this free workshop. To sign up, email cdoornbos@bookpassage.com or call 415 927 0960 ext 402 and leave the name of the future secret agent who will attend the workshop and the contact number of their grown-up.

 

The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages: A Companion to the Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart Series Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781602863392
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - July 25th, 2017

Want to learn how to make and break TOP SECRET messages like a real spy? If so, this book is for you In this exciting, award-winning nonfiction companion to the debut series SECRET AGENTS JACK AND MAX STALWART, readers ages 8 - 12 years old can learn behind-the-scenes codebreaking and spy skills.


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: 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: 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

Laura Stampler - Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies (San Francisco)

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

Special Young Adult Readers Event!

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies -- a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume…

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take? Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days. There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job...right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

 

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481459891
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - July 19th, 2016

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn't lied about being a dating expert on her resume...


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Amanda Conran - Write a Book in a Week for Kids (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 9:00am

One Week: July 18 - 22nd • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm • $325

Develop a great plot and write with a team that will create a book in one week! Amanda Conran worked with the group of young writers at Book Passage that produced the highly successful Dragon Mist. You can join with her and learn the elements of story telling while having a lot of fun. (All materials provided) 

Amanda Conran is the author of the newly released middle-grade novel The Lost Celt. She is a freelance editor, as well as a children’s book consultant, book talker, and children’s book club facilitator for Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jeffrey Halford - Songwriting: Three Chords and the Truth (Intermediate/Advanced) (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 1:00pm

4 Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm • $160

Ages 10 to 99 Welcome!

This class by acclaimed Bay Area singer/songwriter Jeffrey Halford will cover the spectrum of writing lyrics, melodies and brainstorming creative and personal song ideas. Learn how the seed of an idea can blossom with your stamp of originality. The class will cover folk, blues and R&B, including pop hooks, riffs, progressions and poetry. We'll explore the pantheon of the best in work songs, protest songs, story songs, train songs, fight songs, groove songs and unrequited love songs. There are no rules. Class size will be limited to foster interaction and Q&A.

Texas-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Jeffrey Halford has shared the stage with such luminaries as Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos and Greg Allman, to name only a few. LA Weekly wrote, "I am here to place Halford in the pantheon of songwriters with John Prine, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty." In 2011, Halford won best songwriter at the LA Music Awards. Visit his website at jeffreyhalford.com.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jeffrey Halford - Songwriting: Three Chords and the Truth (Beginner) (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 11:00am

4 Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm • $160

Ages 10 to 99 Welcome!

This class by acclaimed Bay Area singer/songwriter Jeffrey Halford will cover the spectrum of writing lyrics, melodies and brainstorming creative and personal song ideas. Learn how the seed of an idea can blossom with your stamp of originality. The class will cover folk, blues and R&B, including pop hooks, riffs, progressions and poetry. We'll explore the pantheon of the best in work songs, protest songs, story songs, train songs, fight songs, groove songs and unrequited love songs. There are no rules. Class size will be limited to foster interaction and Q&A.

Texas-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Jeffrey Halford has shared the stage with such luminaries as Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos and Greg Allman, to name only a few. LA Weekly wrote, "I am here to place Halford in the pantheon of songwriters with John Prine, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty." In 2011, Halford won best songwriter at the LA Music Awards. Visit his website at jeffreyhalford.com.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bethanie Murguia - Cockatoo, Too (Corte Madera)

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 11:30am

In Cockatoo, Too, two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more Can they all can-can? They can The cockatoos and toucans join together for a dance and ask the reader: "Can you can-can too?" Bethanie Deeney Murguia's fabulous book combines fantastically funny wordplay with lush, vibrant illustrations that will make readers want to can-can along.

Bethanie Deeney Murguia is the author and illustrator of Zoe Gets Ready; Buglette, the Messy Sleeper; and Snippet the Early riser. She lives with her family in Sausalito, California.

Cockatoo, Too Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499801026
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Bee Books - January 5th, 2016

Who can can-can? Find out in this hilarious book that features cockatoos, two more cockatoos, and tutued toucans too

Cockatoo.

Cockatoo two?

Cockatoo, too?

Two cockatoos

Two cockatoos, too?

Cockatoo tutus


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke - Get-Ready-for Poetry-Month Workshop for 3rd - 5th Graders (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 12:30pm

Sat., March 26 • 12:30-2:30 pm • $45

 We'll play with haiku, tanka, haibun forms of poems and create a group narrative using visuals off postcards for prompts.

Karen Benke has pens poems-on-the-spot and leads creative writing adventures for kids and kids-at-heart both privately and, for many years, with the California Poets in the Schools program. She is the author of a poetry collection, Sister, and three popular non-fiction books to inspire even the most reluctant to reach for a pen, Rip the Page!, Leap Write In!, and her newest Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing. She prefers snail mail but can be reached via her website karen@karenbenke.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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