Corte Madera Events

Class: Kerrin Meis - Portugal (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

4 Fridays; Oct. 6 - Oct. 27, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm • $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.

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Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday Oct. 7, 2017 • 10:00am-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."

“Your Book- What’s Next? “ 

"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." 

“The Greatest Marketing Tool of All”

"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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday Oct. 7, 2017 • 2:00 pm-5:00pm • $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."

“Your Book- What’s Next? “ 

"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." 

“The Greatest Marketing Tool of All”

"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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday Oct. 8, 2017 • 10:00-4:00 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 isthe voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are themain characters? How high are the stakes?

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to davidcorbettauthor@gmail.com by October 1st

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

2 Wednesdays; Oct. 11 & 25, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm • $125

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bhu Srinivasan - Americana (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things—the inventions, techniques, and industries that drove American history forward: from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, radio, and banking to flight, suburbia, and sneakers, culminating with the Internet and mobile technology at the turn of the twenty-first century. The result is a thrilling alternative history of modern America that reframes events, trends, and people we thought we knew through the prism of the value that, for better or for worse, this nation holds dearest: capitalism.

In a winning, accessible style, Bhu Srinivasan boldly takes on four centuries of American enterprise, revealing the unexpected connections that link them. We learn how Andrew Carnegie’s early job as a telegraph messenger boy paved the way for his leadership of the steel empire that would make him one of the nation’s richest men; how the gunmaker Remington reinvented itself in the postwar years to sell typewriters; how the inner workings of the Mafia mirrored the trend of consolidation and regulation in more traditional business; and how a 1950s infrastructure bill triggered a series of events that produced one of America’s most enduring brands: KFC. Reliving the heady early days of Silicon Valley, we are reminded that the start-up is an idea as old as America itself.

Entertaining, eye-opening, and sweeping in its reach, Americana is an exhilarating new work of narrative history.

Bhu Srinivasan is an accomplished media entrepreneur whose career has spanned digital media, pop culture, technology, publishing, and financial content. Srinivasan arrived in the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, and as a child lived in the South, the Rust Belt, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife and four children.

Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563799
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2017

From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Brit Bennett - The Mothers (Corte Madera)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.

The Mothers Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize Finalist

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist
New York Public Library Young Lions Award Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Vogue Magazine Best Book of the Year


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cathy Anello & Cari Butler - How to Navigate a Happy Life (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

Saturday October 14, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm • $105

Do you dream of a happier version of your life only to “see it in a faraway future” as impossible - rather than live it in today, - right now? Are you making choices that enrich and deepen your life or do sabotage your life by making unconscious choices just to get through it? 
Each process is designed to help you design your life and uncover what is holding you back:

  • How to start and maintain a meditation practice and keep yourself mindful in the most difficult times. 
  • Daily Self-love and self-nourishment
  • Forgiveness and releasing what no longer serves you
  • Dealing with stress and how it affects you- Tools to bring you back to peace
  • Alignment with your dreams and how to bring them into your reality
  • Concrete visualization techniques and effective manifestation techniques (this will be hands on!)
  • You will leave with concrete action steps to bring about your best life.

    Cathy Anello – Author of the book Six Months to Live- Making Each day Matter and Cari Butler a Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Life Coach from Marina Del Rey, Ca and hosts of the ‘Best Life Café Radio’ show bring a Master Class/Workshop to uncover your true passions and align yourself with your Best Life.  Through experiential hands on writing and visualization exercises, this class will help you uncover what shifts are possible when you get into alignment with your true desires and passions.
Six Months to Live: Making Each Day Matter Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781504354271
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balboa Press - May 26th, 2016

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lani Muelrath - The Mindful Vegan (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

Discover how to shed old thinking patterns -- and live more joyfully with food.
 
Certified mindfulness meditation facilitator, award winning health educator, and longtime vegan advocate Lani Muelrath has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 years. In The Mindful Vegan, she teaches you how to practice mindfulness and shows how it can bring freedom and a new joy to your eating -- and living -- experience. This title will set you on a path to cultivating your capacity for genuine happiness and a more peaceful life -- in a way that is personally satisfying and aligned with your deepest values. This book is for anyone who wants to be free of frustrating and baffling eating behaviors, experience a new ease around eating, and discover their naturally healthy body and weight.
 
Stop stressing. Start living -- and eating -- mindfully. Your body and mind will thank you. 

Lani Muelrath, M.A., is an award-winning health educator, inspirational speaker and the best-selling author of three books. A longtime vegan advocate and creator of numerous health courses and wellness workshops, Lani is Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, Mindfulness Meditation Instruction, Mind-Body Specialist, and is a Credentialed Yoga Teacher. Lani has been featured on CBS TV, ABC TV, Prevention, USA Today, Huffington Post, and The Saturday Evening Post. Presenter for Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Plant Pure Nation, Complete Health Improvement Program, and guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, she created and starred in her own TV health and fitness show. Lani is Associate Faculty in Kinesioloty at Butte College where her book has been adopted as required text.  She is the author of the doctor recommended The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide to Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight, recognized by VegNews as Top Media Pick, and Fit Quickies: 5 Minute Workouts.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joan Steidinger - Writing About Women (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sunday Oct. 15, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm • $60

In this class, you will learn how to apply women’s natural responses to your female characters in fiction or nonfiction. Using the teacher’s theory on female collaboration in competitive situations, you will learn to apply a unique female perspective and create authentic female representation in writing.

Dr. Joan Steidinger, CC-AASP, is a licensed psychologist who’s written about women since her master’s thesis. Her long-term focus has been on women’s issues in workshops, presentations, writing articles and columns, and with clients. Her book, “Sisterhood in Sports:  How female athletes collaborate and compete,” takes a close look at the emotional approach many women take toward relationships.  This book won five literary awards, including a Gold Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Women’s category.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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