Classes

Expressing Your Truth: Connecting with Your Authentic Voice with Britta Stromeyer

Saturday, March 30, 2024 - 1:30pm


Expressing Your Truth: Connecting with Your Authentic Voice

Saturday, October 5, 2024
11am-1pm Pacific Time

Corte Mader Store and Live via Zoom (Hybrid Class)

$80

 

* Note that for all classes held on Zoom, registration closes one day before the class begins. Same-day registrations are not available, so please plan ahead. Also, this particular online class will not be recorded and needs to be streamed live in order to attend.

 

Your voice is the essence of your writing, the key to making words come alive, and the signature that sets you apart. Authentic voices connect us. 

This class is a haven for anyone seeking to unearth and refine their genuine writer's voice, take creative risks, and witness their writer’s soul flourish. This is not just a workshop; it’s discovery and growth. 

Inspired by literary examples, you will explore a variety of styles - from narrative to poetry, enter uncharted territories of your mind and heart, and bask in the supportive embrace of fellow writers. You will learn techniques to infuse your writing with depth and emotion. Discover the freedom to express your ideas and emotions in your unique way. Watch your writing evolve and make meaningful strides. 

This class is suitable for writers of all levels and genres. It will equip you with the skills and confidence to express yourself authentically on the page.

 

Britta is the author of award-winning children’s books. Her flash fiction appears in Bending Genres Journal. She was a finalist for the Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction 2021. She is a teaching artist at Marin School of the Arts, CA, a member of the National Writing Project Council, Page Street, LitCamp, & PEN, and SCBWI. She has been a reader for the Firecracker Awards. A former editor for Tuxedo Literature & Arts & FastForward Magazine, she holds an MFA from Dominican University, CA, a Masters in International Communication from American University, and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University. www.brittastromeyer.com

 

What students are saying about Britta: 

Britta was thoughtful and full of wisdom. This class was inspiring and thought provoking.  I left inspired and full of possibility!
- Rebecca R.

As the first writing class I ever took, Britta’s workshop was an excellent way to kickstart my writing efforts. The rapidly paced and diverse prompt-writing exercises were challenging, thought-provoking and fun at the same time.
- Laurie W

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Storytelling Workshop with Corey Rosen

Sunday, August 4, 2024 - 12:00pm

Storytelling Workshop
with Corey Rosen, the Host of “The Moth”

Sunday, August 4, 2024
12PM - 2PM PST

Corte Madera Store
$75

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You have great stories to tell! In this two-hour workshop, join author, storyteller, and beloved instructor Corey Rosen (host of The Moth, BATS Improv, author of Your Story, Well Told) to explore the fundamentals of telling a good story. This interactive, fun, improv-inspired workshop will help you uncover your best stories in a safe and supportive environment.

Corey Rosen is a writer, actor, visual effects producer, and storytelling teacher based in San Francisco, California. He hosts The Moth StorySlams and GrandSlams, and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, Alice Radio’s “The Sarah and Vinnie Show,” and KFOG's "The Finch Files" Podcast. Corey is a performer at BATS Improv, one of the world’s foremost centers for Improvisational Theater and is the author of “Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience.”

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

Italian for Travel with Valentina Medda

Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 12:30pm


Italian for Travel

Valentina Medda

Three Thursdays

 July 11, 18, & 25, 2024

  12:30pm – 2:30pm

Corte Madera - $175

 

Our three-session traveler's class is perfect for those planning a trip to Italy. You will learn essential language skills and cultural insights to make your trip smoother. You’ll be able to order your spritz before dinner, ask for directions, reserve a taxi or a table at a restaurant, check-in at the hotel or Airbnb, purchase tickets to a museum, or indulge in some serious shopping in Milan...and much more! Don't miss out on this opportunity to make your Italian adventure more immersive and unforgettable.
 

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

Italian Conversation, Advanced Beginner with Valentina Medda

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 10:30am


Italian Conversation: Advanced Beginner

Valentina Medda

Five Fridays
June 7, 14, 28 and July 12, 26

  10:30am – 12:00pm

Corte Madera - $220

 

Join Valentina for a fun and communicative approach to Italian. This conversation class is for students who have completed Beginner 4 and up at Book Passage, or Italian learners with an advanced beginner proficiency. Students will find this 5-week Italian course a great opportunity for vocabulary enrichment and reinforcement of previously acquired knowledge. During our 5 weeks together, students will put their Italian language skills into practice, through conversation, listening, and a variety of hands-on learning activities, including role-playing scenarios, group discussions, and fun games.

Please note: Students must have familiarity with the passato prossimo (the simple past tense) to enroll in this class!

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

Italian Conversation, Lower Beginner with Valentina Medda

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 10:30am


Italian Conversation: Lower Beginner

Valentina Medda

Six Thursdays
June 6, 13, 27 and July 11, 18, 25, 2024

  10:30am – 12:00pm

Corte Madera - $265

 

Join Valentina for a fun and communicative introduction to the Italian language. This 6-week Italian course caters to students at a lower beginner proficiency level seeking additional practice opportunities. Students will focus on conversation, listening, and various hands-on learning activities. These include engaging in role-playing scenarios, participating in group discussions, and enjoying interactive games.

This class does require some previous knowledge of Italian, since the focus will be on conversation not grammar. If you would like to join the email list for future upcoming beginning Italian classes that require no previous experience with the language, please join the notification list here. For questions about which level class is best for you, please contact us at classes@bookpassage.com.

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

American Mahjongg Coached Play with Kim Nash

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

 

American Mahjongg Coached Play

Corte Madera Store • $45

Wednesday: May 29, 2024
1:00PM-3:00PM

 REGISTRATION CLOSED 

 

This session is perfect for those who have recently learned Mahjongg, are wanting a refresher, or just want some guidance to become more familiar with the 2024 NMJL card. This will be a supportive and patient group for beginner/advancing-beginner players. You may be playing individually or in pairs depending on registration. We will follow NMJL official Rules, and those attending should have taken a beginning class or know the game basics.

The instructor will provide feedback and supervised play to help with:

  • Game set up & dealing
  • Finding a hand – 2024 card strategies
  • The Charleston – selecting tiles to pass with more ease
  • Gaining confidence and flexibility throughout the game.

If you are not familiar with the basics or have not taken a beginner class, please click here to be put on a waitlist for future beginner classes.

 

Kim Nash Kim learned American Mahjong (NMJL card) about 10 years ago and was quickly hooked on the game’s historic lore, ability to connect people and keep her mind nimble. She is a certified Oh My Mahjong Teacher and member of the Mahj Life Instructor Guild. She has been teaching small groups in the SF Bay Area over the last two years. Learn more about Kim: www.mahjonmymind.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corte Madera Store
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA

Phil Cousineau - Writing Down the Country: On the Road Research

Thursday, August 8, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


A Special Travel Writers and Photographers Conference 2024 Pre-Conference Class

Writing Down the Country:
On the Road Research

Thursday, August 8th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

Corte Madera in-person class

 

 

 

Join author and storyteller, Phil Cousineau, in the venerable art of what correspondents used to call "writing down the country," which combines avid on-site research with scintillating prose. Cousineau will explore ways of traveling to thoroughly gather the background for your travel stories, novels, and scripts. Featuring slides from his own travels, writing prompts and exercises, this class will demonstrate the joy and exhilaration of travel writing that aims to capture the spirit of the places you are visiting. 
 
Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller, TV and radio host. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics--from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

 

Read more about the 2024 Travel Writers and Photographers Conference here.

 

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

Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue with Anoop Judge

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 5:00pm

Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue

Two Thursdays, June 20 and 27
5:00PM -7:00PM

$125

Online via Zoom
Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 

 
* Note that for all classes held on Zoom, registration closes at noon the day before the class begins.  Same-day registrations are not available, so please plan ahead.

 

In this two-day workshop, students will explore how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir).

Meeting 1, Character: Characters are the heartbeat of any story. Through them, we can explore and make sense of the world. During our first meeting, we will explore the tools you need to develop a variety of compelling characters with their own storylines and adventures. Learn to create a protagonist you can’t wait to meet.

Meeting 2, Dialogue: How can you best give voice to your characters? Dialogue serves many essential functions. In this meeting, we’ll examine the range of ways that great writers incorporate dialogue into their prose. You’ll also learn how to avoid dialogue pitfalls like wordiness, clunkiness, ambivalence, and wishy-washiness. 


Anoop Judge, born and raised in New Delhi, is the author of four novels, The Rummy Club which won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, The Awakening of Meena Rawat, an excerpt of which was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize, No Ordinary Thursday, and Mercy and Grace. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rigorous Journal, Lit Hub, Lumiere Review, DoubleBack Review, and the Ornament anthology, among others. Anoop calls herself a “recovering litigator” —she worked in state and federal courts for many years before she replaced legal briefs with fictional tales. She holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College of California and was the recipient of the 2021 Advisory Board Award and the 2023 Alumni Scholarship. Anoop has worked as an Instructor at Stanford University and through The Writer's Grotto in San Francisco, teaching classes on Novel Writing, and How to Plot a Novel.

Zoom
CA

Summer Reads Book Group with Karen Secrist

Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 10:00am

 

Summer Reads Book Group

 3 Sundays: June 30, July 28, and August 25, 2024

10AM-11:30AM Pacific Time

Online via Zoom
Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 
$40 each session, $110 for all sessions   

 
 
 
 
 

* Note that for all classes held on Zoom, registration closes at noon the day before the class begins. Same-day registrations are not available, so please plan ahead.

 

Nothing calls for page-turning, escape reading more than summer, so now we bring you a book group to discuss these engrossing, plot-forward reads. These books are complex enough to discuss, but breezy enough to read poolside. Summer schedules are erratic, so join us for individual sessions, or sign up for the full course. It's online so you can meet up from wherever summer travel takes you. This book group will be both informative and fun!

Session 1, June 30: Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson

Session 2, July 28: Properties of Thirst, by Marianne Wiggins

Session 3, August 25: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow , by Gabrielle Zevin (out in paperback June 25)

 

Karen Secrist is an educator, editor, dog lover, and voracious reader. She holds an M.A. in Contemporary Art from the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and a Ph.D. in Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx Literature from Duke University. She currently lives in Galicia, Spain, along the Camino de Santiago.

Online Class

Travel Photography with Your iPhone with Susan & Neil Silverman

Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 11:00am

 

Travel Photography with Your iPhone

with Susan and Neil Silverman

Saturday, June 29, 2024
11AM -3PM
Corte Madera Store - $155

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The modern-day traveler has replaced the paper journal with film, the digital camera, and now the iPhone/phone camera. You always have it with you to capture the moments, memories, and vistas of your trip. But how do you do that well?

In this workshop, we will discuss and demonstrate: the settings, filters, exposure, focus, shutter speeds, lenses (yes you do have lens choices on the phone camera), panoramas, macro and close ups, portraits, and videos. All will be presented with an eye towards creativity and compositional power and considerations.  Join us in discovering and mastering the potential of your iPhone camera for your next trip!

Note: All camera phones are welcome, but we will be demonstrating on an iPhone. This workshop is open to all ages and all levels of experience.

 

Susan and Neil Silverman are a husband and wife team who have been “captured” with photography for over twenty-five years --(teaching, leading workshops and working professionally in many venues). They have taught for the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, Gualala Art Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, Pacific Northwest Art School, Pt Reyes Field Institute, Great American Photography Workshop (GAPW), B&H Photo, PPC, PPWC, WPPI, Better Photo as well as many Photo Clubs and organizations. They have presented several podcasts and have been interviewed by several broadcasting stations. Sharing knowledge, experiences and camaraderie is as meaningful as “getting the shot”. Their work has appeared as the cover of Outdoor Photography, in Elle Magazine, der Spiegel, Sierra Club, the Cure, Audubon, Nikon World, Press Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle and many more. As photographers they realize that the light reveals itself in meaningful ways— on the camera, as a visual awakening, as an awesome moment in time and as a kindling of spirit and soul.

 

All photos credited to Susan and Neil Silverman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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