Classes

Corte Madera Class: Susan & Neil Silverman - Travel Photography with your iPhone

Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 10:30am

A Deep Dive into iPhone Camera & Photography

Saturday, March 16, 2024
10:30AM -2:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $155

 CLASS IS FULL. JOIN THE WAITLIST HERE. 
 

 

Want to become a pro with your smartphone camera? This hands-on workshop will set you on that path. Combining discussion and demonstration with the iPhone Camera, Susan and Neil Silverman will share their photography experience with you.

We will discuss the technical aspects of the phone settings and will also inspire and mentor on how to MAKE a great photo, not just take a snapshot. The phone cameras are powerful devices and we will share tips on how to make the most of it. This will be an interactive class that will teach you the intricacies of creating and saving photos that you’ll want to share, print, and will help preserve memories of special people, events, and journeys.

Part One: Getting Started

  • Gaining control over your camera with basic settings, compositional considerations

Part Two: Diving Deeper

  • Controlling the camera for more control of exposure, focus, shutter speeds, choice of lenses

Part Three: Going All In 

  • Panoramic, close up photography, portraits, filters, videos

Part Four: Wrapping It Up

  • Artistic considerations, some great apps for fine tuning images and creativity

 

* 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.

 

 

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

Corte Madera Class: Susan & Neil Silverman - A Deep Dive into iPhone Camera and Photography

Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

A Deep Dive into iPhone Camera and Photography

Saturday, October 14, 2023
10:30AM -2:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $155


 

 

Want to become a pro with your smartphone camera? This hands-on workshop will set you on that path. Combining discussion and demonstration with the iPhone Camera, Susan and Neil Silverman will share their photography experience with you.

 

We will discuss the technical aspects of the phone settings and will also inspire and mentor on how to MAKE a great photo, not just take a snapshot. The phone cameras are powerful devices and we will share tips on how to make the most of it. This will be an interactive class that will teach you the intricacies of creating and saving photos that you’ll want to share, print, and will help preserve memories of special people, events, and journeys.

 

Part One: Getting Started

  • Gaining control over your camera with basic settings, compositional considerations

Part Two: Diving Deeper

  • Controlling the camera for more control of exposure, focus, shutter speeds, choice of lenses

Part Three: Going All In 

  • Panoramic, close up photography, portraits, filters, videos

Part Four: Wrapping It Up

  • Artistic considerations, some great apps for fine tuning images and creativity

 

* 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.

 

 

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

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Paul Gauguin and Les Nabis: Prophets of Modernism

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 1:00pm


Paul Gauguin and Les Nabis, Prophets of Modernism

Two Fridays - March 1 and 8, 2024
1PM-3:00PM PT

Corte Madera Store

$120 for both, $65 for one session

 

 

 

 

In 1889 a group of artists calling themselves Nabis (the Hebrew word for Prophets) abandoned Impressionism and Academic painting calling for a new art. 

It all began in Pont Aven where Paul Gauguin encouraged his disciple Paul Serusier to paint Le Bois d’Amour or The Talisman and Maurice Denis issued his famous dictum that a painting need no subject, as it was an arrangement of colors on a flat surface. Out went linear perspective and in came bold flat colors. 

In 1891 Eduard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Maurice Denis established themselves in Paris, soon joined by more artists: Ker Xavier Roussel, Paul Ranson, Felix Vallotton, August Cazalis and others. All employed bold colors, distinct outlines, and a disregard for perspective. 

We will study their works and learn of their supporters: poets, critics and journalists. Vuillard and Bonnard were labeled “Intimists.” We shall see why this was so. They all embraced the idea of Art as Decoration and some created huge wall paintings, thus abolishing the difference between Art and Craft and - we could say - returning painting to its origins on walls. In spite of their common goals, their subject matter varied greatly. This is where the fun of looking begins!

 



Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

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

Corte Madera Class: Monica Wesolowska - Writing Picture Books

Sunday, November 5, 2023 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm


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

Sunday, November 5th
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 2024 class, Writing Picture Books: Drafting and Deepening. Details coming soon.

 

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

Online Class: Joe Ide - Writing the Killer Crime Novel

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm


WRITING THE KILLER CRIME NOVEL

or How to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published

Tuesday, October 17th
6:00PM - 7:15PM

$50

Online via Zoom

 

 

Author of the award-winning and bestselling IQ series, Joe Ide, joins Book Passage for this one-night course.

 

Topics this class will cover:

• Discuss storytelling: the ingredients that make one story compelling and another fall flat.

• Learn Joe’s methods for creating dynamic characters and dialogue that’s

sharp, smart and entertaining.

• Introduction to his approach to building action scenes, as well as the basics of rewriting.

• Publishing field: the gatekeepers, who they are and what they expect.

• What publishers are looking for and what they’ll reject out of hand.

• Discussion of money: advances, royalties, movie and TV options.

• He’ll answer practical questions like: I’m about to write a 300-page novel; how do I start? Prologue or no prologue? I’m stuck. What do I do now? How do I write twists and turns? What am I looking for when I’m rewriting? How do I develop my “voice”?

 

 

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. His first novel, IQ, won the Anthony, the Shamus and McCavity awards, and were nominated for the Edgar, the Barry, the New Blood Dagger, and the Strand Critics awards, and it was selected as One of the Year’s Best Books by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Time Magazine. Joe’s Phillip Marlowe novel, The Goodbye Coast, is one of Apple’s Best Books of the Year for 2023, and the Washington Post said his latest IQ book, Fixit, was “superb.”

Joe lives in Santa Monica with his wife, and their Golden Retriever, Jolly.

 

 

Online Via Zoom

Corte Madera Class: Judy Reeves - From Moments to Memoir

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm


From Moments to Memoir

Saturday, December 2nd
2:00PM - 5:00PM

$105

Corte Madera Store

 

 

Our lives are filled with moments, large and small, from which we emerge a different person. The memoir is made up of such moments, one revealed and then another, as the memoirist seeks answers. In this workshop, we’ll embark on expeditions to discover, uncover, and recover those moments of change in our lives. Our next step will be to explore those moments, looking for connections and links that, when woven into a memoir, tell a story both personal and universal. The workshop will include capturing these moments and memories through brief free-write exercises. 

No experience is required to participate and all writers are welcome.
 

Judy Reeves is an award-winning writer and teacher whose books include "A Writer’s Book of Days" (named "Best Nonfiction" by the San Diego Book Awards and a “Hottest Books for Writers” by Writer’s Digest); "Writing Alone/Writing Together"; "The Writer’s Retreat Kit"; and "Wild Women, Wild Voices." A long-time teacher of creative writing, she previously taught at UCSD Extension and has led community-based writing practice groups for thirty years. She teaches at writing conferences internationally and at San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit literary center she co-founded. Her memoir "When Your Heart Says Go," will be released in October 2023. Judy lives and writes in San Diego, amid bulging bookshelves and an ancient Underwood typewriter that claims its own social media fan base.

 

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

Online Class: Connie Josefs - The Memoir Series

Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 10:00am to Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 1:00pm

 

The Memoir Series

October 7 - October 28
Four Saturdays, 10am - 1pm PST

Online via Zoom • $375

 

 

 

We all have life stories to tell. But how do we write about our lives in a way that will engage a reader? This series focuses on the craft of writing memoir. Each class provides concrete tools and strategies for transforming memory into compelling narrative. Format includes reading, discussion and writing exercises. Class size is limited.

Class 1: The Narrator
How do we find the right voice to tell our story? The narrator’s voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of life and illuminates style, tone and point of view. In this class, writers explore strategies for creating compelling narrators.

Class 2: Scene and Exposition
Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into a moment-to-moment experience of a story. But how do we know when to move from scene to exposition? In this class, writers learn how scene and exposition are used effectively to create engaging memoir.

Class 3: Writing Believable Characters
How do we get the people we know onto the page? In memoir, we often take characters for granted because we know them. This class helps memoir writers reach beyond the familiar and craft characters in vivid and memorable detail.

Class 4: The Shape of Time
In memoir, we view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? This class explores how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence.

 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and memoir coach. She leads workshops in memoir and memoir-based fiction and has taught at the University of New Mexico, Southwest Writers, The Taos Writers Conference and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, “E-33: Writings from Emeritus.” She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University LA and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. More at www.conniejosefs.com.

 

 

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection,
and content. – Erin P.

"Connie was clear and specific, answered questions thoughtfully and had us do writing
exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work
on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience." – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove
many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

Online Class

Italian: Beginner 2 with Valentina Medda

Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 1:30pm


Italian: Beginner 2

with Valentina Medda

Eight Thursdays

April 4 - May 23, 2024

  1:30pm – 3:00pm PT

Corte Madera - $350

 

 

For students continuing from Beginner 1 or new students with a basic knowledge of Italian.

In Beginner 2, you will continue to learn Italian grammar and practice speaking, reading comprehension, listening, and writing in order to:

  • Communicate confidently in Italian at a basic user level.
  • Engage in simple social interactions in Italian, including asking and answering questions about familiar topics.
  • Talk about yourself, your work, and your preferences.
  • Confidently book, order, and pay at a bar or restaurant in Italy.
  • Describe a house, review a hotel and its services, and ask for assistance.
  • Enjoy a short story in simplified Italian to improve your pronunciation and comprehension skills.

PREREQUISITE: Have taken Italian Beginner 1 or have some basic knowledge of Italian. Please contact us at classes@bookpassage.com if you have questions about which level class is best for you.

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

Corte Madera Class: Valentina Medda - Italian: Beginner 3

Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 11:30am


Italian: Beginner 3

with Valentina Medda

Eight Thursdays
January 18 - March
 7

  11:30am – 1:00 pm PT

Corte Madera - $350

 

 

For students continuing from Beginner 2 or new students with a basic knowledge of Italian.

In Beginner 3, you will further develop your Italian language skills, focusing on the following:

  • Communicate in Italian at a basic user level.
  • Engage in simple social interactions in Italian, including asking and answering questions about familiar topics.
  • Describe places, ask for and give directions, discuss habits, interests, and hobbies, express likes and dislikes, agree and disagree, and make, accept, or decline invitations.
  • Expand your vocabulary.
  • Read a short story in simplified Italian to improve your pronunciation and comprehension skills.

Books: Dieci A1 (Alma Edizioni)

 

PREREQUISITE: Have taken Italian Beginner 2 or have some basic knowledge of Italian. 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

Corte Madera Class: Victoria Einhorn - Spanish Beginner 2

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 10:30am to Wednesday, December 20, 2023 - 12:00pm
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Six Wednesdays • November 8 - December 20 (No Class November 22)

10:30am - 12:00pm • $265

 

Join Victoria for a continuing introduction to Spanish, for new and former students. You will learn the basics of the language through reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation

 

The Beginning Spanish class includes:

  • letter pronunciation
  • ser vs estar
  • building vocabulary
  • interrogative words (dónde, cuándo etc)
  • feminine vs masculine articles, nouns and adjectives 
  • building conversation
  • working on present tense conjugations and uses

 

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 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

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

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