Classes

Jewelry Making Workshop with Silverwork Studios

Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 12:00pm

 

Jewelry Making Workshop

Sunday, April 28, 2024
12pm-3pm 
Corte Madera Store
$125 includes all materials

REGISTRATION CLOSED

 

 

 

Learn to create and solder a stunning sterling silver ring from dozens of designs and gemstones. No prior experience necessary. Participants will choose a stone and be guided through light metalsmithing and soldering to produce a ring uniquely their own. You will leave with a new piece of jewelry to wear or give as a gift. Students will also learn to custom stamp their own leather bookmark, a special offering just for Book Passage book lovers. Join us for this fun, creative afternoon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silverwork Studios is a partnership between co-founders, Amy Fitzgerald and Kelly Konis, both of Marin. Amy and Kelly have been best friends since they met on the high school swim team in Amarillo, Texas. They share a passion for art and showcase artists both young and old in their gallery-like studio. Silverwork Studios donates 1% of profits to art programs for local school children. Learn more at silverworkstudios.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos credited to Silverwork Studios.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Italian: Elementare 1 with Valentina Medda

Friday, April 5, 2024 - 10:30am


Italian: Elementare 1

with Valentina Medda

Eight Fridays
April 5 - May
 24, 2024

  10:30am – 12:00 pm PT

Corte Madera - $350

 

 

For students who have completed all beginner classes at Book Passage, or for new students with previous basic grammar knowledge of the Italian language. New students: It is recommended that you reach out to the instructor before registering for a free language assessment via Zoom to ensure proper class placement.

In Elementare 1, students will further develop their Italian language skills, focusing on the following:

  • Engaging in social interactions in Italian.
  • Topics this term will focus on shopping, family, celebrations, food recipes, and more.
  • Weekly acquisition of new vocabulary and common expressions.
  • Reading simplified Italian short stories to improve pronunciation, comprehension, and to review grammar

Textbook: Dieci A1 (Alma Edizioni). Texts can be ordered online, by phone (415) 961-7860, or purchased in person at:
Libreria Pino
1501 Grant St.
San Francisco

 

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

Writing Picture Books with Monica Wesolowska

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 2:00pm


Writing Picture Books:
The Rules (and How to Break Them) 

Sunday, April 14, 2024
2:00PM - 5:00PM

$115

Corte Madera Store

 

 

How hard can it be to write for children? As it turns out, children’s picture book writing has rules that can be challenging. Fortunately, constraint can actually foster creativity. (Look at what Dr. Seuss did. When asked to write a book using 100 simple words, he found “cat” and “hat” and wrote The Cat in the Hat. And with that subversive book, he transformed reading for generations of children!) 

 

In this class, you will learn some of the rules for writing a picture book for publication today. You will also be encouraged to play around with those rules, unleashing your own unique creativity. 

 

Here is what the class will cover: 

  • A brief history of picture book writing 
  • The expectations of the publishing world today 
  • Craft elements including characterization, point of view, and plot 
  • Writing exercises to practice what you learn 
  • A chance to share what you are working on 

 

This class can be followed by Monica’s 6-week picture book class, Writing Picture Books: Drafting and Deepening, starting in fall 2024.

 

Monica Wesolowska is the author of two recent children’s picture books. Leo + Lea (illustrated by Kenard Pak) won an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. Elbert in the Air (illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey) was praised by The New York Times as being “effervescent…whimsical and relatable.” She’s also written for adults, including the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life (named a “Best Book of the Year” by The Boston Globe and Library Journal). For over two decades, Monica has taught creative writing around the Bay Area and she works one-on-one with clients as an independent editor.

 

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

Italian: Beginner 1 with Valentina Medda

Friday, April 5, 2024 - 12:30pm


Italian: Beginner 1

Valentina Medda

Eight Fridays
April 5 - May 24, 2024

  12:30pm – 2:00pm PT

Corte Madera - $350

 

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.

Textbook: Dieci A1 (Alma Edizioni). Texts can be ordered online, by phone (415) 961-7860, or purchased in person at:
Libreria Pino
1501 Grant St.
San Francisco

 

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

Advanced Italian Online Spring 2024 with Wendy Walsh

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 9:30am

ADVANCED ITALIAN

April 18 - May 30, 2024
7 Thursdays
9:30am -11:00am Pacific Time

Hosted via Zoom

 REGISTRATION CLOSED* 

* 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. Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 

 

Join teacher Wendy Walsh for a seven-week online course aimed at advanced students. The class will continue to work on il modi infiniti: l'infinito, il gerundo, il participio passato.

Textbook:  IL NUOVO UTILE E DILETTEVOLE, by Pellergrino and Ercolino. Texts can be ordered online, by phone (415) 961-7860, or purchased in person at:
Libreria Pino
1501 Grant St.
San Francisco, CA


Students may contact Wendy directly at danteista@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

 
 

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

 

Online Class

Intermediate Italian Online Spring 2024 with Wendy Walsh

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 9:00am

INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN

April 16 - May 28, 2024
7 Tuesdays

9:00am -10:30am Pacific Time

Hosted via Zoom

  REGISTRATION CLOSED  

* 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. Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 

 

Join Wendy Walsh for a seven-week online course aimed at intermediate students. The class will continue its review of relative pronouns, the present conditional, and phrasal verbs.

Textbook: GP GRAMMATICA PRATICA DELLA LINGUA ITALIANA, by Marco Mezzadri. Texts can be ordered online, by phone (415) 961-7860, or purchased in person at:
Libreria Pino
1501 Grant St.

San Francisco

Students may contact Wendy directly at danteista@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

 
 

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

 

Online Class

Nina Schuyler - Building a Story: Plot

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 11:30am

Building a Story: Plot

Two Sundays, April 14 and 21
11:30AM -1:30PM

$125

Hybrid: Corte Madera store and 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 a different approach to plot each session: the causation plot and braided or episodic plot structure.

Session 1: At our first meeting, we’ll focus on causation plot. George Saunders calls this approach “the preferred, most efficient, highest-order form of energy transfer.” Causation plot resembles how we tell a story about ourselves. We string together events to create coherence and meaning. After reading and discussing a published short story that exemplifies causation, we’ll do in-class writing, using this plot’s energies to build a story.

Session 2: Sometimes the causation plot isn’t the right form. In the second session, we’ll explore the braided or episodic plot. This plot consists of discrete events not connected causally but loosely by imagery, theme, or something else. For this session, we’ll read and discuss examples of published stories using this plot, which will prepare you for in-class writing and building your own braided story.



Nina Schuyler’s short story collection, In This Ravishing World, won the W.S. Porter Prize and the Prism Prize for Climate Literature and will be published on July 2, 2024. Her novel, Afterword, was published in 2023 and was named a Top 100 Notable Book by Shelf Unbound and a Top May Book by Alta Journal.

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

Continuing Beginner Spanish with Victoria Einhorn

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 10:30am

Continuing Beginner Spanish

with Victoria Einhorn

Eight Wednesdays
July 31 - Sept. 18, 2024

  10:30am – 12:00 pm PT
Corte Madera Store - $350

 REGISTER 

 

Join Victoria for a continuing introduction to Spanish, for new and former students. You will practice the basics of the language through reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. Students in this class are confident with masculine and feminine/singular and plural nouns and adjectives. Students build confidence in conjugating regular and irregular present tense verbs and continue to improve comprehension and communication with their growing vocabulary.

 

Also see Advanced Beginner 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 are saying about Victoria:

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

Victoria is a delight, with her superb knowledge but easy going teaching style. Not the least bit intimidating. Great fun. - Louise 

She has lots of energy is very creative and she has a sense of humor. Loved going to the class, she makes it fun with singing and games. She has excellent teaching skills. - Rica

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish with Victoria Einhorn

Monday, July 29, 2024 - 12:15pm

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

with Victoria Einhorn

Five Mondays (Mini Session)
July 29 - Aug 26, 2024

12:15pm – 1:45 pm PT
Corte Madera Store - $220

 REGISTER 

 

Join Victoria for a Spanish class for those with experience and comfort with the language. Students in the advanced intermediate class have competent comprehension and communication skills. Students should be familiar with the majority of verb tenses and rules of conjugation and when to use them. This class includes lot of conversation opportunities that promote fluency as well as reinforcing more complex grammatical skills.

 

Also see Advanced 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

Victoria is a delight, with her superb knowledge but easy going teaching style. Not the least bit intimidating. Great fun. - Louise 

She has lots of energy is very creative and she has a sense of humor. Loved going to the class, she makes it fun with singing and games. She has excellent teaching skills. - Rica

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

Advanced Beginner Spanish with Victoria Einhorn

Monday, July 29, 2024 - 10:30am

Advanced Beginner Spanish

with Victoria Einhorn

Five Mondays (Mini Session)
July 29 - Aug 26, 2024

10:30am – 12:00 pm PT
Corte Madera Store
- $220

 REGISTER 

 

Join Victoria for a continuing introduction to Spanish, for new and former students. Advanced beginners have a solid grasp of Spanish sentence structure with masculine and feminine/singular and plural nouns and adjectives.  Students in this group also have:

  • emerging confidence in conjugating regular and irregular verbs in the present tense,
  • an adequate vocabulary to have basic comprehension and get basic meaning across,
  • beginning exposure to the indirect object.

 

Also see Intermediate 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 are saying about Victoria:

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

Victoria is a delight, with her superb knowledge but easy going teaching style. Not the least bit intimidating. Great fun. - Louise 

She has lots of energy is very creative and she has a sense of humor. Loved going to the class, she makes it fun with singing and games. She has excellent teaching skills. - Rica

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

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