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The Inside Story: A Creative Lab for College-App Essay Writers and Caregivers

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 - 4:00pm


The Inside Story:

A Creative Lab for College-App Essay Writers and Caregivers

Tuesday, August 13, 2024
4:00PM-5:30PM Pacific Time
Online via Zoom

$65

 
 
 

 

 

Join us for this unique workshop offered in partnership with Hillside Writing designed for college applicants and their caregivers! By the end of this workshop, participants will learn how to turn a memory into a scene and eventually into a meaningful story. To get readers to connect with your story, you first have to connect with it yourself, with a readiness for discovery. By engaging in this process alongside their student, caregivers will be able to provide positive support at home, and perhaps get inspired as well! As one parent remarked, “I was blown away by this teaching — it made me want to write my own college-application essays all over again, which is saying something!”

Why think about this during summer? Isn't summer for taking a break? During summer, students are free from academic and extracurricular demands. They have more mental space for reflection and creativity. Once their senior year begins in the fall, students must focus on finalizing their applications while also taking some of their most demanding courses. Students may also have college-specific supplement essays to write. The Creative Lab focuses on the central writing project of the "Common App" essay, around which students write their supplement essays. By starting this process during summer, students and their caregivers can experience less tension or conflict and develop a clear path forward. We hope you'll join us!

 

Allan Reeder is the founder of Hillside Writing. He began his literary career apprenticing under novelist John Irving, whom he assisted through several sentence-by-sentence revisions of a 1,000-page manuscript. The encounters with the writer’s practice led Allan to editorial posts at The Atlantic and DoubleTake magazines and into the sentence-making of a wide range of professional fiction and nonfiction writers. Finding a special satisfaction in encouraging the creative process, Allan subsequently turned to the classroom to teach while earning a master’s degree at the renowned Bread Loaf School of English.

For fourteen years he taught and mentored young writers at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Massachusetts, where he founded an international magazine for high school poets, story writers, essayists, and playwrights. Over the past decade at Hillside, Allan has built a team of practicing writers driven by a love of story, curiosity about human experience, and a shared belief in the growth a writer encounters through pursuit of a creative project.

 

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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.

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Summer Reads Book Group with Karen Secrist

Sunday, July 28, 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.

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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

CLASS IS FULL. JOIN THE WAITLIST!
 

 

 

 

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

Summer Success for Parents and Caregivers of Tween and Teenage Girls with U4U Teen

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 6:30pm

 

 

Summer Success for Parents and Caregivers of
Tween and Teenage Girls

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
6:30PM-7:30PM Pacific Time

Hosted via Zoom • $40
Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 

 REGISTRATION CLOSED* 

 

* 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. 

 

Teen girl mental health statistics are at crisis level. U4U Teena Marin-based organization focused on boosting adolescent, self-identified girls, will lead this special workshop designed to help parents and caregivers support their tween or teen through a successful summer of fun, safe screen time, and healthy personal development. This workshop will help you identify and understand the challenges that tween and teenage girls may be facing.
 
Session will include:
  • Discussions of key developmental changes facing adolescent girls and how you can support them through these changes.
  • Tips to help her close out the school year successfully.
  • Social media impacts on adolescent girls and how to help her best manage screen time / smart phones / social media this summer.
  • Tips, tools, and activities to support her through a healthy summer of fun and personal development.
You will leave the workshop with:
  • A summer development plan worksheet: a guide to foster and help her develop key skills, including confidence, conflict management, emotional regulation, and executive functioning.
  • A screen time and social media plan worksheet: best practices and key areas to help foster her healthy use of screens and smart phones. Includes a contract for you and her to complete together as a guide, as well as tips to ensure successful implementation and success. 
  • Confidence, clarity, and empowerment to support your tween or teenager effectively. 

 

Ila Panik Marchetta  is the founder of U4U Teen and brings 25 years as an innovation and growth consultant with expertise in change management as well as an MBA from London Business School. She has spent over 10 years monitoring and researching best practices to support girls. In 2008 she developed and launched U4U in the UK to test proof of concept, positively influencing 600+ teen girls within the first 6 months of trial. She has conducted over 100 interviews with teen girls, their parents, and the professionals who support them. Ila has two daughters, has spent 7 years as a Girl Scout troop leader, 5 years as a girls basketball coach, and has many years training girls in dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Etchevers is a school psychologist and has worked with students from K-12th in a variety of educational settings. She has facilitated social emotional learning groups and provided counseling services across diverse student groups. She understands child development and recognizes what a challenging time the teen years can be for many. Her goal is to help girls navigate through the maturing process by helping them to become strong, confident, and positive individuals. Jessica volunteers extensively in her children's schools and has served on several boards. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Cal Poly and a Masters in Education from Alliant University as well as a Pupil Personnel Services credential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

U4U’s offerings and programs are developed by a team committed to adolescent development including psychologists, a nutritionist, and experts in growth mindset, environment, change management, culture, and mindfulness. Learn more at U4U Teen.

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