CANCELLED: Class: Eli Brown - The Story Happens Here

10/04/2014 4:00 pm
This class has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Classes dept. at 415-927-0960 ext. 1 
 
Sat., Oct. 4 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 

The body dragged down the hallway. The urgent assignation in the janitor’s closet. The bitter argument in the pick-up truck. While plot and character tend to get most of the credit, setting carries much of a story’s weight. Exploring setting is a surprisingly effective way to develop emotional depth and tension. In this course we’ll make maps, dissect landscapes, and find clues to the heart of our narrative: loose floorboards; the odor of disinfectant; dandelions wilting on the dashboard. Eli Brown is the author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Brooke Warner - Your Outline: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

10/05/2014 1:00 pm
Sun., Oct. 5  • 10:00-1:00pm •  $50
 
 
 
Countless writers dismiss the outlining process as something far too left-brained and linear, as something that interrupts their creative flow or puts boundaries on their characters or story. In this workshop, Brooke Warner offers a new way of thinking about outlining, and structure in general. Whether you're writing a prescriptive book, memoir, or novel, outlining will (a) provide support; (b) keep you on track; and (c) help you see the forest through the trees when you're in that murky middle place. Brooke is a champion of the outlining process, and helps writers who think that structure is their enemy understand why it must be treated more like a wise sage, with something important to give. Reframing our relationship with outlining not only contains the writing process in ways that can and do feel like a warm embrace, but it also serves writers down the road when they're ready to pitch their book to agents and editors because the work of the chapter summaries---and by extension the overview and the pitch---is largely complete. If you've ever felt stuck in your writing, outlining as a way of roadmapping your book, is one of the first things that can help you break free.
 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Kerrin Meis- Modernism, Avante-Garde Art 1900-1940

10/10/2014 12:00 pm
Four Fridays: Oct. 10-31 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140
 
 
 
 
What exactly was Modernism?  From our vantage point a century later we shall be examining the avant-garde movements in the visual arts in Europe from 1900 to 1940.   Modernism had its roots in the late nineteenth century when artists began a move toward abstraction albeit in very different ways.  Increasingly less reliant on nature they were interested in art for art's sake.  We shall see that in the high period of modernism, art divorced itself from its societal moorings and withdrew, supposedly to save its creative essence, from the real world.  There were certain artists who bucked this trend toward abstraction: the Surrealists, whose notion of reality fell entirely outside traditional views of the world and the artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit who addressed the problems of Weimar society.  One of the major debates during the period was about the role of art in our society. Arnold Schoenberg once declared that nothing done for a purpose could be art, whereas Picasso remarked that art was not something to hang on a wall but a weapon with which to attack an enemy,  We will begin with the Austrian Secession; Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka and move on to Germany : The artists of Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter. We'll encounter the Fauves in France: Matisse, Derain, et al. The pioneers of Cubism: Braque and Picasso, Orphism and the Delaunays will be followed by a study of the Italian Futurists. We will pay special attention to the Women artists of the Russian Avant-Garde as well as the enigmatic, colorful visions of Marc Chagall.  We will return to Germany to see what Kandinsky and Klee are teaching at the Bauhaus, to Holland, then Paris for the artists of de Stijl: Mondrian and Van Doesburg  and at the artists of Die Neue Sachlichkeit-- Then to Paris to see what was happening between the wars.  We conclude with Dada and the beginnings of Surrealism in the work of de Chirico, Miro, and Dali.
 
Recommended Reading:
Italian Futurism 1909-1944, by Guggenheim Museum 
 
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe

10/12/2014 6:00 pm

Single Session: Sunday Oct. 12th • 4:00-6:00pm • $50

 

 

Writer's Tribe™ 

A Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers 

$180 for 4 sessions or $50 per class drop-in

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this university-level workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

 

PRAISE FOR ANDREA’S REVISION WORKSHOPS:

 

Your class is terrific -- not just your knowledge and rich understanding of how good writing works, but how you draw people along growing their own skills, and your deep presence and welcoming kindness. 

— Ann Gronvold

 

Your edits are remarkable.  The flow and crispness of the sentences are much improved (even with the little changes). You are magical.  — Bob Healey

 

Great class! I learn something valuable at every meeting. (From all the discussions, not just mine.) I really love the way you put out your thoughts, but also bounce off and expand on our thoughts. You have created more than a class. You have created a community. — Travis Darcy

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Class: Alison Berka- Begin Your Next Step: Resumes

10/18/2014 11:30 am

Saturday Oct. 18 • 9:30-11:30 am • $40

 

 

This workshop is for women ready to re-launch their careers after staying out of the workforce for a while. Whether you want a job while the kids are in school or you are already an empty

nester, you’ll need to reassess your skills and experience (both work and volunteer). Learn how to present yourself in a positive and marketable format. Alison Berka has an MBA in marketing and has successfully built a second career in development and communications.

 

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

10/18/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 18 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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