Classes

Class: Kate Rider - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

8 Wednesdays; Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 2017 • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm • $250

Kate Rider has an M.A. in Italian Literature from San Francisco State University and has taught Italian at Dominican University. Her classes are fun and relaxed, with an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

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), 2017 • 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.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:00am

9 Thursdays; Sept. 7-Nov. 16 (no class Nov. 2 & Nov. 9), 2017 • 19:00 am - 11:00 am • $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

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

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

Class: Sandra Kierulff - Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:30am

6 Mondays; September 11 - Oct. 23 (no class Oct. 9) 2017; •10:30 am-12:00 pm • $225

Conversational French, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary for travelers, as well as a review of useful grammar structures through lively discussion, readings and songs.

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte,” a French course aired on KQED radio. 

She lived and worked in France for several years and holds degrees in French and Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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) 2017 • 12:40pm - 2:25 am • $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, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm • $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: Graciela Pera - Beginning Continuing Spanish (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:00am

7 Wednesdays; Sept. 13-Oct. 25, 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $235

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:00am

6 Thursdays; September 14-Oct. 26 (no class Oct. 12), 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $225

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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