Classes

Corte Madera Class: Valentina Medda - Italian for Beginners

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 1:30pm


Italian for Beginners

Eight Thursdays ( June 1st - July 20th  1:30pm – 3:00 pm PT)

 

Corte Madera in-person class

 
This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.

 

Join Valentina for a fun and communicative introduction to the Italian language. You will start from the basics, learning and practicing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate in Italian at a basic user level.
  • Engage in simple social interactions in Italian - ask and answer simple questions about familiar topics.
  • Use classroom language, greetings, expressions of salutation and courtesy, basic commands.
  • Pronounce Italian words correctly and speak with the right intonation.
  • Learn about Italian culture and the ways Italians communicate.
  • Order a cappuccino or a spritz like a pro, impressing the locals while vacationing in Italy.

Please contact us at classes@bookpassage.com if you have questions about which level class is best for you.


 

Valentina Medda was born and raised in the beautiful island of Sardinia. She holds an honors degree in Japanese studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and also earned a master’s degree in Italian Language and Literature Teaching Methodology from the International University of Siena. Valentina is a certified CELI examiner and holds preparation courses for Italian citizenship applicants. 

Valentina is very passionate about her job and truly loves being part of her students’ progress. She lives in Marin with her husband, son, and their beloved Milo rescue senior dog, Roscoe. 

 

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Store Class: Britta Stromeyer Esmail - Time to Write! A Prompt Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 10:30am


Time to Write! A Prompt Writing Workshop

Saturday - May 6th • 10:30am-12:30pm PT

Corte Madera Store • $80

 

 

Let's make time to write together. Britta will share a brief writing craft lesson and a piece of another author’s work to inspire you. She will then offer a prompt related to that lesson and you will have time to sit and write. During this two-hour workshop Britta will inspire you to stay connected to your creative mind as you work on a new prompt every 10-15 minutes. It's like speed-dating for writers (without the date!) There will be plenty of time for sharing at the end. Time to write!

 

Britta Stromeyer Esmail is the author of the award winning picture book Raina’s (UN) Happy Birthday and Finalist for the Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction 2021. She is an editor of Tuxedo Literature & Arts Journal and the associate editor for FastForward Magazine. She teaches creative writing workshops for adults and youth, grades 5-12. She holds a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Communication from American University, and is currently an MFA’23 candidate at Dominican University, CA. She is a member of and advocate for the National Writing Project Council, the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. Her second picture book, Look at Me. Who Do You See? is forthcoming in 2023. www.brittastromeyer.com

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - The Aesthetic Movement: Art for Art's Sake

Friday, May 12, 2023 - 1:00pm to Friday, May 19, 2023 - 3:30pm


THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT: ART FOR ART’S SAKE

Two Fridays ( May 12th & 19th  1:00 – 3:15 pm PT)

 

Corte Madera in-person class

 
This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.

 

Dismayed by what they considered terrible Victorian taste, a group of artists resolved to banish historicism, moralizing messages, and art that was frankly ugly to create art that was simply beautiful with no underlying meaning. They adopted the word Aesthetic to describe their goals.  

Major figures in the movement were:

  • James Mc Neill Whistler 
  • Frederic Lord Leighton 
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (who had survived his connection with the Pre-Raphaelites)
  • Alfred Moore 
  • G. F. Watts
  • Aubrey Beardsley
  • architects E.W. Godwin and Christopher Dresser. 

They adopted the slogan "Art for Art's Sake," a phrase originally coined in France by Theophile Gautier. Supporting the ideals of the movement were outspoken critics Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. As an attack against the Industrial Revolution and mass production, Aestheticism understandably evolved into something called the Arts and Crafts Movement, led by William Morris and Philip Webb. 

We will look at paintings, furniture, decorative objects and architecture, especially two houses, that of Lord Leighton and that of William Morris and a room by Whistler.

 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Creating a Compelling Protagonist

Friday, July 21, 2023 - 9:00am


A Special Mystery Writers Conference 2023 Pre-Conference Class

Creating a Compelling Protagonist:
Making The Reader Care

Friday July 21st, 9:00 – 11:30 am PT

 

Corte Madera in-person class

 
This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.

 

A crime fiction editor once told me that when she reads a manuscript, she’s looking for a protagonist so compelling that readers will care about what happened to that character before the book opens and what’s going to happen to that character after the book ends. That character’s journey should be transformational so that by the end of the novel, they are changed in some fundamental way. And what makes the transformation matter is often some experience in that character’s past that motivates them to “get it right this time.”

In this workshop, we’ll walk through the process of planning and developing a compelling main character--from coming up with a name to finding those details that ignite their first appearance. We’ll also explore elements such as: how to use character to drive a narrative voice, how to deepen viewpoint, and how to develop compelling character relationships and conflicts.

 

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron, Edgar Award finalist and five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, writes books she hopes readers can’t put down. Her newest suspense novel, Careful What You Wish For, with its echoes of Marie Kondo life-changing decluttering tips, explores the relationships built by professional organizers and their clients — showing just how easily the lines between professional and personal can be blurred.

 

Read more about the 2023 Mystery Writers Conference here.

 

 
 

 

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - “Under the Radar” Art Museums In America

Friday, April 14, 2023 - 1:00pm


“UNDER THE RADAR” ART MUSEUMS IN AMERICA

Two Fridays ( April 14th & 21st  1:00 – 3:15 pm PT)

 

Corte Madera in-person class

 
This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.

 

On our endless search for great art in unexpected places, we can find some in our own backyard and others in cities better known for more famed attractions. 

In this class we will visit the some of the following:

  • The astonishing Crocker Museum in Sacramento
  • The Cantor Center at Stanford, including the Rodin Sculpture Garden and the Anderson Collection
  • The Timken Museum in San Diego
  • The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena
  • The Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles with lunch there at Alice Water's LULU
  • The Meadows Museum at SMU in Dallas housing the largest collection of Spanish and Latin American art in the country
  • The Blanton Museum at the University of Austin including Ellsworth Kelly's monumental AUSTIN  
  • The Sydney and Walter Besthoff  Sculpture Garden in New Orleans 
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, exhibiting on a 66-acre estate one of the preeminent collections of art in America spanning Western and non-Western Art from Ancient times to the 21st century 
  • The Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis with its outstanding collection of porcelains, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings displayed in elegant galleries and a park-like garden for which one must bring one thing: time!

 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - World Expos: Art and Culture

Friday, March 10, 2023 - 1:00pm


World Expos: Art and Culture

Two Fridays ( March 10th & 17th  1:00 – 3:15 pm PT)

 

Corte Madera in-person class

 
This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.

 

What was the purpose of these costly International Expositions? Which were successful, which not, and why? What architecture and monuments remain? 

Art historian Kerrin Meis will take you on a tour of the most intriguing of these extravaganzas beginning with three hosted by the July Monarchy in Paris in the 1840s. Also special attention given to:

  • Prince Albert's brainchild, the International Exhibition in London in 1851 held in Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace
  • The Expo Universelle in Paris in 1855 which had to compete with Courbet's Pavilion of Realism
  • the disaster of the Expo in Vienna in 1873, and the fantastic Paris Expo in 1889 celebrating all kinds things including the Tour Eiffel
  • The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893
  • the Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco in 1915 
  • the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville in 1929-30

Some of these affairs offered interesting developments in painting, sculpture and music  and some left behind spectacular architecture and other monuments. When did the Saxophone get introduced? Where was the original Ferris Wheel? What paintings were exhibited in 1915? What was the influence of Japan on these European festivals of progress? Learn all of this and more in Kerrin’s March offering.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Anne Lamott - Why Write, What to Write, and How to Write

Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 1:00pm

 

 

Saturday, May 13th 2023

Online • 1:00-4:00pm PT • $75

Note: If you are not available to attend live, a recording will be available for all who have purchased this class.

RESERVE YOUR TICKET NOW  

 

 


Join us for a workshop with Anne Lamott. Whether it’s your first or you’ve never missed one, you will walk away with new information and inspiration.

Workshop Description
Writing is hard, and the process mysterious. Why do we write when it can be so painstaking, and the voices in our heads say we’re kidding ourselves, and no one will want to read what we have written, and publication is a long shot?

Why? Because we can’t not write. We don’t feel we are living up to something deep inside when we don’t get out stories, memories, and visions down on paper.

And how do we even know where to start, and what to write, and how to write?

These are some of the things I’ll be talking about in this workshop, as well as answering questions, and cheering you on.

 


Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hallelujah Anyway; Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; and Operating Instructions. She is also the author of seven novels, including Hard Laughter, Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, Anne is a longtime friend of the Book Passage family.

 

Anne Lamott photo courtesy of Sam Lamott

Class: Jenny Jedeikin - Learn to Create Your Own Selfie Comic Strip (No drawing involved!)

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 10:30am


4 Saturdays, April 15th - May 6th, 2023

Corte Madera Store • 10:30am-12:00pm PT • $195


 

 

 

If you’ve ever fantasized about creating your own graphic comic strip, but haven’t mastered drawing, this class is for you. The graphic narrative form is becoming an increasingly popular medium in our visually-oriented digital world. Thanks to digital technology, people can create their own comic strips by putting photos through a filter. 

Journalist, writer and “selfie” comic strip artist Jenny Jedeikin will teach students how to produce their own personal narrative stories in this four-session class. Using digital technology, participants will invent comic strips that tell poignant and whimsical stories about their lives. Students will be introduced to the format, write narratives for their stories, learn to take and edit photos for comics, and put their ideas together to create their first original comic strip. 

LEARN TO CREATE YOUR OWN SELFIE COMIC is designed to teach writers and creatives of all levels how to tell their stories using photographs, dialogue, interior voice, and narration to complete a comic strip. 

The four part class will include:

  • Introduction to the form of graphic narrative strip
  • In class generative writing exercises to explore content for your story
  • Tips on how to create photographs and gather images 
  • Techniques for putting the elements of your strip together using simple software
  • Guidance on how to refine and edit your comic to engage an audience

This class is open to all levels of writers and will include in-class exercises to amplify the creative process and dive into self expression. 

PLEASE NOTE: This class requires students to download easy-to-use $30 software. Students must have access to computers at home. Laptops are not necessary, but students who own laptops have the option to bring them into class for additional support. 


Jenny Jedeikin is a writer and editor with experience both in current online media platforms as well as national magazines, TV, and radio. Her column in Rolling Stone Magazine was the first to give national exposure to such topics as Generation X and body piercing. In her stint as a Segment Producer/Writer for MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show, she lent her perspective to the (now legendary) host’s first foray into television. As a stand-up comedian in New York City, Jenny appeared performing original material on Comedy Central. She has published personal essays and created graphic stories in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Advocate, Spiralbound, Pacific Sun, North Bay Bohemian, SF/Arts, Whole Life Times, The Bold Italic, Curve Magazine and Narratively. As a freelance writer, her contributions have won three MarCom awards, and two Hermes Creative awards. Jenny’s comic strip, “Just Living Jenny” is published on Substack.

See a sample of Jenny’s comic strip work here: Swan Song.

 

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John J. Geoghegan - Writers’ Workshop

Sunday, April 16, 2023 - 10:30am


8 Sundays, April 16th - June 11th, 2023 (No class on 5/28)

Corte Madera Store • 10:30am-1:30pm PT • $295


 

 

BOOK PASSAGE LOVES WRITERS!

If you are one of the many writers in the Bay Area who are looking for a safe and encouraging writing community designed to help improve your writing skills, Book Passage's WRITERS WORKSHOP is for you. Open to writers of all levels, Book Passage's WRITERS WORKSHOP provides writers with an opportunity to read an excerpt from their current writing project and get immediate feedback from fellow writers. The workshop is moderated by experienced author, journalist, and teacher John J. Geoghegan. He ensures that everyone gets a chance to participate, and that comments are both constructive and reasonable. So come spend Sunday mornings with a community of writers and get feedback and inspiration while sipping coffee and enjoying a delicious pastry from our cafe.

 

John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City when it was the largest publisher in the U.S. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space and numerous other publications. He is also the author of three non-fiction books including: "Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and its Plan to Change the Course of WWII" (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, "a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account;" "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak, and Redemption" (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Booth Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss; and "When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Rigid Airship" (The History Press, 2022). His next book, "White Elephant Technology: 50 Crazy Inventions That Should Never Have Been Built And What We Can Learn From Them" is due out from The History Press in fall 2023.

 

What students are saying about John J. Geoghegan:

"As a writer, I’ve benefited from John’s wisdom through four books. A master at understanding how to meet reader expectations, John zeroes in on a writer’s intention, applauds what's going right, and nails that unnecessary bit of exposition or missed opportunity to drive the story forward."
—K. M., author of eight commercially published novels

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera Class)

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 10:30am to Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 12:00pm
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Eight Wednesdays • March 8 - May 3 (no class Apr 12) • 10:30am - 12:00pm • $350

 

Bienvenidos! Join Victoria for a Spanish class for those with some experience and comfort with the language. Students will work towards fluency by reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation.

 

To participate in the Intermediate Spanish class, students should:

  • know how to conjugate regular and irregular verbs in the present tense
  • understand ser vs estar and when to use (this is a hard one so not looking for perfection)
  •  understand beginning concepts of how to use the preterite and imperfect past tenses 
  • how to read and write simple to more complex paragraphs/stories 

 

Also see Beginning Spanish class listing here Read More>>

Please contact us at classes@bookpassage.com if you have questions about which level class is best for you.

 

Victoria Einhorn has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a Master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years. 

What Students Say about Victoria Einhorn 

Thank you for this ongoing Spanish Class!! Victoria is a delightful teacher, knowledgeable and approachable – a great combination. We all chat after class and agree that Victoria has pushed us along successfully to another level and that we are feeling more confident. – VSD, current student

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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