Classes

Class: Diane Conway - Brainstorming Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday January 20, 2018  • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $50

Let two writing coaches help you strengthen and refine your vision for your non-fiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have probably done a fair amount of writing, but the concept is still fuzzy. You can’t grasp exactly what your book is about and so you spin your wheels, failing to gain traction. With their experience in developmental and concept editing, Diane Conway will help you brainstorm your core idea. In this supportive class you’ll discover how a clear focus is key to writing that flows.

Diane Conway is a Book Midwife and the author of four books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?  

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

Saturday January 20, 2018  • 2pm-6pm • $110

In our 50's, 60's and 70's, we begin a new phase of life.   It’s important now to address the opportunities and fears of retirement and aging.  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy and fulfilling future.   

Lynn Ryder work as a facilitator, career consultant, corporate trainer, and University Lecturer. She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 12:45pm

Eight Mondays; Jan. 22 - Mar. 19 (no class Feb. 5) • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $275

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: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You? (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Wednesdays: Jan. 24-Feb. 14, 2018 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • $160

Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She gives advice on how to get the book published and gives names of agents, editors, publishers, and printers.

Leslie Keenan is an experienced writing instructor. One published student says, “If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction.” Author Eve Pell says, “Your help was really valuable since it stopped me from feeling utterly overwhelmed... I knew how to make a plan, and that’s what made the difference.”

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Thursdays; Jan. 25 - Mar. 22 (no class Mar. 8) • 9:00 am - 11:00 am • $275

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: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar. 26. April date TBA • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $95

In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. We’ve had wonderful conversations with Daniel Handler, Elizabeth McKenzie, Yiyun Li, T.J. Stiles, Anthony Marra, Tom Barbash, Elizabeth Rosner, T. Geronimo Johnson, Adam Hochschild, Joyce Maynard, Natalie Baszile, and many others.

Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post.

JANUARY
The Walking - Laleh Khadivi
FEBRUARY
King of Cuba - Cristina García
MARCH
Still Time - Jean Hegland
APRIL
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg
 Such Small Hands - Andres Barba, Adam Levy and Ashley Nelson Levy, Transit Books
 

The Walking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608194377
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 25th, 2014

Saladin Khourdi has always known he will leave Iran. He spends his days in the cinema, dreaming of Hollywood stars in swimming pools. For his older brother, Ali, Iran is their home, their history. But both will have to leave, when the 1979 revolution leads to a killing in their mountain village.


King of Cuba Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476725666
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 8th, 2013

A "darkly hilarious" (Elle) novel about a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge by the National Book Award finalist Cristina Garcia, this "clever, well-conceived dual portrait shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island" (Kirkus Reviews).


Still Time Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781628728217
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Publishing - October 17th, 2017

"A moving, beautiful story about what persists and what doesn't, about what can be repaired and what can't." --Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves


Swallowing Mercury Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492044
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

"Achieves a form of literary alchemy that mesmerizes."--The New York Times


Such Small Hands Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

The Guardian Best Books of 2017

"Every once in a while a novel does not record reality but creates a whole new reality, one that casts a light on our darkest feelings. Kafka did that. Bruno Schulz did that. Now the Spanish writer Andres Barba has done it with the terrifying Such Small Hands."--Edmund White


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 8:45am

Eight Tuesdays; Jan. 30 - Mar. 27 (no class Feb. 27) 8:45 - 10:30 am

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: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French Lvl 2 (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:30am

Eight Tuesdays; Jan. 30 - Mar. 27 (no class Mar. 6) • 10:35 am - 12:35 pm • $265

Review of advanced grammar, discussions on current issues. Students will read the contemporary French novel “Jules” by Didier Van Cauwelaert.

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne. She has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French Lvl 1 (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 1:00pm

Eight Tuesdays; Jan. 30 - Mar. 27 (no class Mar. 6) 2018 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $265

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne. She has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:30pm

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 30 - Mar. 6, 2018 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $350

Don George’s six-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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