Classes

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Beginning French (March-April 2020)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: March 3 - April 21 • 2:30-4:30 pm • $280

These ongoing sequential courses are for students who have little knowledge of French. Students work to build a strong foundation of grammar, vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation, and short conversations, and to motivate students to continue their study of the language.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sunny McMillan - Soul Digger

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:00am

This class has been canceled

You know you have a purpose…but you are not totally clear on what that is. You feel called to more…but you aren’t sure how to get there. You know your soul has a plan for you…but you want to hear its guidance more clearly. Sound familiar? It can be so easy to forget that you are, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it, a spiritual being having a human experience. And it can be frustrating and overwhelming to feel called to something greater, but not know where to begin. The good news is that the spiritual being inside, your soul, contains the map to your best destiny, as well as everything you will need to follow it. You just have to learn how to hear it - and how to act on it, even when what you are called to do or be scares you.

Enter Soul Digger™: An engaging, experiential workshop where we will cover:

  • How to hear the voice of your soul
  • How to recognize your true purpose
  • How to bravely take your purpose into the world and live a soul-driven life

Weather permitting, we will be doing a short hike - with coconuts - but more on that later!

Sunny Joy McMillan, JD, is a recovering attorney, a practicing master life coach, and the author of Unhitched: Unlock Your Courage and Clarity to Unstick Your Bad Marriage. As the host of Sunny in Seattle, a weekly live radio show that airs on Fridays from 9-10am Pacific on Alternative Talk 1150AM KKNW in Seattle and 103.3FM KPCA in Petaluma, Sunny has conducted over 200 live radio interviews with leaders in the field of science, spirituality, and mind/body/spirit wellness. Her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Best Self Magazine, as well as Anita Moorjani’s Hay House Radio show, Explore the Extraordinary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Intermediate/Advanced Italian Literature (April-May)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 10:00am

Six Wednesdays: April 22 - May 27 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $200

Please note – This class is now scheduled to begin 3 weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

In honor of the late, great Andrea Camilleri, we will read one of his early works, La Stagione della Caccia, which takes place in Sicily in the 1880s. It is a precursor to his later Montalbano series. It provides a look at Sicily of the 1880s plus a basis for the nascent genre of detective novels in that area. Students can simultaneously watch a YouTube film of this work. Students are asked to read the first twenty pages of the book in advance of the first class meeting.

Kathy Freschi has taught Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Wendy Walsh Advanced Italian (April-May) 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 9:00am

Eight Thursdays: April 9-May 28 • 9:00- 11:00 AM • $290

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Wendy Walsh High Intermediate Italian (April-June) 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:45am

Eight Tuesdays: April 7- June 2 (No Class May 26) • 8:45-10:30 AM • $290

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Wendy Walsh- Low Intermediate Italian (April-June)

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 12:45pm

Eight Mondays: April 6- June 1 (No class May 25) • 12:40-2:25 pm • $290

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language, and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John J. Geoghegan - How to Get Your Book Published

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, February 9 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $75

How to Get Your Book Published is designed to help writers improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. The three hour course will cover:

  • How to identify the right literary agent, editor, or publisher for your project
  • What publishers, editors, and literary agents look for in a submission
  • Which genres offer the best prospect for getting published
  • Understanding the economics of publishing, being a literary agent, or author
  • How to write a query letter
  • How to write a non-fiction book proposal
  • How to format your manuscript
  • What a standard industry book contract looks like
  • 5 rookies mistakes first timers make
  • And much more

John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, he has worked as an editor and writer in both the magazine  and newspaper industries. John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times Science section, The Wall Street JournalThe San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space, and American History magazine and other publications. He is also the author of, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, “a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account,” and, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Book Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss. Additionally, John shepherded into production, co-wrote, and served as technical consultant on Japanese SuperSub, a one-hour documentary for PBS television that the New York Times called, “consistently fascinating history.” His third, non-fiction book, When Giants Ruled the Sky, is under contract to The History Press and due in bookstores 2021.

"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 8 commercially published novels

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, May 3 • 1:00-5:00 pm • $110

In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase of life – a new chapter.  Are you wondering: What’s next? Am I living the life I want to live - my best life?  How do I create a joyful and meaningful future?  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy, fulfilling future.  Lynn Ryder, a personal coach for people over 50, is a former human resources consultant and trainer She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Mock Caldecott

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Sunday, January 19 • 2:00-4:30 pm • $20 • Led by Ariel Richardson

Please note: This class is currently at capacity.

What is a Mock Caldecott?

The Caldecott Medal is the most important award given to illustrated children’s books, presented each year by the American Library Association. This afternoon of wine and discussion will cover the criteria by which the Caldecott committee judges books for this prestigious award, and offers a fun, hands-on experience as we discuss and vote on some of the year’s best illustrated books.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE * PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS

Attendees must complete the reading ahead of time. The reading list is available on our website and will be emailed to participants who register for the program. All books will be available for purchase at Book Passage.  

Ariel Richardson is an Editor in Children's at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She primarily edits board books, picture books, and formats / novelty, working on titles like Bunny Slopes, This Is How We Do It, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets, and Masha and Her Sisters. She loves books with a global perspective, books about religious literacy and intersectionality, books that celebrate the power of the imagination, and books that push the boundaries of traditional bookmaking. She’s a children’s bookseller in her spare time, and has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Tim Lea - Writing for Television: A View From the Inside and How to Get There

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday, January 25 • 1:00-5:00 pm • $110

Playwright, director, television writer and producer Tim Lea provides insights on a wide variety of topics from finding an agent, sample script writing, staffing, pitching stories and shows, and what to expect in your career trajectory. The class will consist of two sections – an overview of the state of the industry and the process of breaking in, and an introduction to a hands-on process for getting your first script written, read, and produced in Hollywood. Tim has worked on numerous television shows including CSI:NY, Law and Order, Criminal Intent, and Flash Forward.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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