Classes

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, & Jan. 15 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Nobel Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

September 18
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World (Camões Prize)

October 16
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women (Kirkus Prize)

November 20
Ohran Pamuk, Snow (Nobel Prize-winning author)

December 18
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Mann Booker Prize)

January 15
Amos Oz,  Judas (German International Prize)

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This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, & Jan. 15 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Camões Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

September 18
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World (Camões Prize)

October 16
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women (Kirkus Prize)

November 20
Ohran Pamuk, Snow (Nobel Prize-winning author)

December 18
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Mann Booker Prize)

January 15
Amos Oz,  Judas (German International Prize)

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This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - Deepening Connections: Legacy Letter Writing Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 10:00am

Sat., February 3 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75

**Class closed, please call 415 927-0960 with any questions**

Legacy Letters allow you to share wisdom, traditions, values, blessings and love with people special to you. They are tangible objects, things people can return to again and again—and they do. If you hear Legacy Letters and think of wills or estates, there’s more to it than that. Legacy Letters don’t have to be connected to wealth or even end of life. Legacy Letters are for any time you want to deepen a connection with someone special in your life. With Legacy Letters, you can pass on special family stories and traditions, recognize major milestones such as a wedding, a birthday or a graduation in a meaningful way, share the stories and reasons behind gifts to others, and know you have said what is important. In this workshop, I will show you how to write your own Legacy Letters in four easy steps and you will have the opportunity to write one your self.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:45am

Six Wednesdays; May 2 - June 6 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $190

FOR INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students of Italian
On the eve of Ferragosto, Milan is hot, smoggy and deserted. Acting on the special request of a friend and because his boss is on vacation, Il Vice Commissario Ambrosio begins an investigation of two deaths, mysteriously tied together by similar people and unclear motives. This “giallo” is second in a series of other detective novels by Renato Olivieri, all taking place in Milan and all resolved by Ambrosio. We will read the book and answer prepared questions. 

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Improve Your Italian Through Music (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am

Four Tuesdays July 10 - 31 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $95

Listening to foreign-language songs is a great way to boost your language learning. In this class we will listen to a variety of Italian popular songs and use them as a tool for increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills, and reinforcing grammar. No singing, only listening! For students at or above an intermediate level. 

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in Point Reyes (Point Reyes)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
$120 for Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Please note: this class is now sold-out.

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, he will demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin County’s most scenic open spaces, coming together over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers. The Society of American Travel Writers named him “Travel Photographer of the Year” four times, and in 2016, he was voted “Wine Photographer of The Year” by an international panel of judges. He has contributed to over 40 books and worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Point Reyes (Point Reyes)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
$120 for Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Sold out. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about waitlist availability. 

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust and of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. He’s the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast and The Kindness of Strangers. Don George writes the monthly "Trip Lit" column for National Geographic Traveler, and edits the BBC Travel’s literary travel column, “Chance Encounters.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Writing the Wave (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

Writing the Wave: Investigation, Suspense, Action, Reflection

Typically, mystery novels unfurl in accelerating waves of establishing narrative (often investigation), building to suspense, building to action, resolving reflection, and then thrusting forward to the next wave. In this workshop we’ll examine each element of this “ISAR” wave, and learn how to construct scenes that end with a hook, grab readers, and move the story forward. Topics include: dissecting the waves in a mystery/thriller; strategies for writing investigation; strategies for writing suspense; strategies for writing action; strategies for writing reflection; hook and grab scene structure; writing the waves across a book length work, modulating the pace, building to a dramatic climax, and resolving in a final coda.

Hallie Ephron is a bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me; There Was an Old Woman; and most recently, You’ll Never Know, Dear. She is also the mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of screenwriters, she grew up with her famous writer sisters, Nora, Delia, and Amy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Deeper Mystery (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The crime-mystery-thriller genre is often thought of as principally a form of entertainment, but it is also a great deal more. In this pre-conference class, award-winning author and conference co-chair David Corbett guides students through a number of techniques and thematic considerations to reach deeper into the material of their stories. The goal is to reach the more meaningful and dramatically powerful elements within the genre. Topics will include moral argument and the Unity of Opposites, the will to justice vs. the will to power, realism (and its limits), the elusive nature of truth, what is a just society, individual freedom vs. social responsibility, Satanic Villains vs. Monsters, and (as Conrad put it) man’s “miserable ingenuity in error.”

David Corbett worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is the author of several novels including Done for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), His latest is Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Amanda Conran & Darcey Rosenblatt - Jumpstarting the Creative Process for Young Writers

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 9:00am

5 Days; Monday August 14 – Friday August 18, 2017  • 9 am – 12 pm • $325

Beginning Your Novel - Do you plan to write a novel someday? Start now! Spend the week with two local authors learning the basics of fiction writing. We’ll cover world building, character development, plotting and how to write dialogue and action scenes. We’ll talk about how to get started, stay organized and how to feed your creativity. Learn how to share the stories that are in your head. Open for ages 9 - 13years.  **Space is Limited**

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.

Darcey Rosenblatt is the author of The Lost Boys, Henry Holt, August 2017. She writes for middle grade and teenage people because she believes at that age stories can be life changing – they were for her.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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