Classes

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King- Writing Sexy Stuff

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
 
*Class rescheduled. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 230 if you have any questions.*
 
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.  

Laurie McAndish King is the co-editor of the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories and poems series.

 

 
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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - American Impressionism

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Tuesdays: Jan. 24 & 31, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

Study the birth of the movement in the United States with special emphasis on William Merritt Chase who, in 1886, was the first major American artist to create Impressionist canvases. He was followed by Willard Metcalf, Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman, Edmund Tarbell, Frank W Benson, Cecilia Beaux , Frederick Frieseke, Childe Hassam and others all of whom demonstrated a unique personal style while embracing light, color , vigorous brushwork and real-life subjects.  

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.

 
 

Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $85

 

In this workshop, we'll use sensory prompts to help us tap into memory and story for vivid imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura's book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. We'll practice awareness of the five senses, plus motion and intuition — and learn how to write about the senses in our authentic voice. This workshop includes creative writing exercises and feedback, along with meditation to awaken awareness, spark creativity and make our writing come alive.

For writers of all levels.

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and PsychologyToday.com. Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique is the voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are the main characters? How high are the stakes? (Manuscripts and synopses must be submitted by January 22nd.)

David Corbett is the award-winning author of The Art of Character and five novels, including The Mercy of the Night and Blood of Paradise.

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Book Group: Pam Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Pamela Feinsilber’s Meet the Author Book Group Four Mondays
Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, Apr. 24, 2017 • 7:00‐9:00 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, Mary Roach, Anthony Marra, Adam Hochschild, Yiyun Li, Tom Barbash, Natalie Baszile, David Talbot, Joyce Maynard, and many others.

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor and freelance writing consultant. Former arts editor at San Francisco magazine, she blogs about the arts for Huffington Post.

 

JANUARY - T.J. Stiles - Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

FEBRUARY - Lucia Berlin (Stephen Emerson, editor) - A Manual for Cleaning Women

MARCH - Ruth Galm - Into the Valley

APRIL - Bich Minh Nuyen - Pioneer Girl

 

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780307475947
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - October 25th, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History


A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin.


Into the Valley Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616957100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Press - July 12th, 2016

Ruth Galm's spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, traces the drifting path of a young woman as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety.


Pioneer Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126225
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 27th, 2015

A powerful and wholly original American saga. "San Francisco Chronicle"


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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 31 - Mar. 7, 2017 • 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.

 

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Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 11:00am

Saturday, February 4, 2017 • 11:00am - 4:00pm • $105

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material and approach it from new angles. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.  

Laura Deutsch leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Four Mondays: Feb. 13, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12, 2017 • 1:00-3:00pm • $125 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. 
 

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.

Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Shortlistedfor the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris ashis recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour.


The Vegetarian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


How to Be Both Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307275257
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - October 13th, 2015

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Financial Times


Libra Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140156041
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 1991

From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and Zero K


The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632747
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

Don't miss Juan GabrielVasquez's new novel REPUTATIONS, available September 2016
* National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

*Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of theNew York Times Book Review
* Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others


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Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evenings)

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Five Mondays: Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15 & June 12, 2017 • 7:00-9:00pm • $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.

 

 
 
The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632747
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

Don't miss Juan GabrielVasquez's new novel REPUTATIONS, available September 2016
* National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

*Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of theNew York Times Book Review
* Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others


Libra Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140156041
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 1991

From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and Zero K


How to Be Both Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307275257
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - October 13th, 2015

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Financial Times


The Vegetarian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Shortlistedfor the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris ashis recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour.


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.

**Reading List Coming Soon**

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