Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Intermediate Italian

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 9:00am to Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 12:00pm

8 Tuesdays: September 19 - November 7, 2023

Hosted via Zoom • 9:00-10:30am PT • $295


Please contact Wendy Walsh at to receive syllabus and class information.

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


Online Class

Corte Madera Book Group: Jennifer Carson - Contemporary Classics

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 10:30am to Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 12:30pm

Book Group: Contemporary Classics

September - December, 2nd Tuesday of the month

4 Tuesdays, 10:30AM-12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store




Professional book group facilitator Jennifer Carson will lead this group in reading recent literary fiction with exceptional promise. Precious few novels become "classics," but the chosen books represent some of today's strongest literary voices. In addition to requiring craft excellence, the list is chosen to include a wide variety of styles and a broad range of subjects. Jennifer aims to facilitate stimulating, engaged, and elevated discussions that bring forth fresh insights about each month’s book.


Books to be read:

  • Trust by Hernan Diaz (September) 
  • The Years by Annie Ernaux (October)
  • Intimacies by Katie Kitamura (November)
  • Booth by Karen Joy Fowler (December)



Jennifer Carson is an author, literary critic, book group facilitator, physicist, and the founder of To the Lighthouse. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Science, Six Hens Journal and Barnes & Noble Review. She has just completed her first novel, The Savage Path, and is represented by Stephanie Cabot at Susanna Lea Associates.

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

Corte Madera Class: Louann Brizendine - The Female Brain through the Lifespan

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

The Female Brain through the Lifespan

Saturday, September 30

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Join bestselling author and neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine for a half-day workshop about the female brain. Learn about how the female brain is formed, the teen girl brain, the brain during pregnancy, hormones and mood during the menstrual cycle and perimenopause, and the transformation of the female brain after menopause. Discover the inner-working, possibilities, and opportunities that women are offered over their lifetimes.




Dr. Louann Brizendine (BRIZ en dine), M.D. completed her degree in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, graduated from Yale School of Medicine and did her internship and residency at Harvard Medical School. She has also served on both the faculties of Harvard University and University of California at San Francisco. She founded the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at UCSF. Her NY Times best seller: The Female Brain and its follow-up, The Male Brain continue to be read around the world. Her new book THE UPGRADE: How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond was released on April 19, 2022.


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

Corte Madera Class: Britta Stromeyer Esmail - Interiority Complex: How to Create Authenticity on the Page

Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 10:30am

Interiority Complex: How to Create Authenticity on the Page

Saturday - October 7 • 10:30am-12:30pm PT

Corte Madera Store • $80



When we begin writing a story, a poem, or memoir, thoughts can be foggy and unclear. Identifying that elusive something in our writing can be challenging. In this class we will explore the art of discovery and delve into the power of meaningful storytelling by examining interiority as a craft tool (external reader experience) shown in literary examples and interiority as a creative tool (internal writer experience). 

Learn how to bring authentic characters to life on the page and create genuine connection with readers. The process of unveiling our fears, insecurities, secrets, and memories can be a daunting one, but is essential in establishing genuine connection with our writing.

We will study various craft techniques and explore writing exercises as gateways to authenticity on the page, whether real, fictional, or poetic. Putting words on the page, we commit to the vulnerability of honesty required to create meaningful work. We will set aside the obsession with the end result and learn to trust the writing process.



Britta Stromeyer Esmail is the author of the award winning picture book Raina’s (UN) Happy Birthday and Finalist for the Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction 2021. She is an editor of Tuxedo Literature & Arts Journal and the associate editor for FastForward Magazine. She teaches creative writing workshops for adults and youth, grades 5-12. She holds a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Communication from American University, and is currently an MFA’23 candidate at Dominican University, CA. She is a member of and advocate for the National Writing Project Council, the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. Her second picture book, Look at Me. Who Do You See? is forthcoming in 2023.


What students are saying about Britta: 

Britta was thoughtful and full of wisdom. This class was inspiring and thought provoking.  I left inspired and full of possibility!
- Rebecca R.

As the first writing class I ever took, Britta’s workshop was an excellent way to kickstart my writing efforts. The rapidly paced and diverse prompt-writing exercises were challenging, thought-provoking and fun at the same time.
- Laurie W

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

Corte Madera Class Series: Organizing in October

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 10:30am to Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 12:30pm


Organizing in October

October 5 - October 26
4 Thursdays, 10:30AM -12:30PM

Corte Madera Store - $295



Get organized in October!

This series includes all four organizing classes in the October series.

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

Corte Madera Class: Corey Rosen - Your Story, Well Told

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 1:30pm to Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 4:30pm

Your Story, Well Told - Storytelling Workshop
with the Host of “The Moth”

September 19 - October 17
5 Tuesdays, 1:30PM-4:30PM (and one Saturday)
Performance: Saturday, October 21 at 11:00am

Corte Madera Store

$380 (Includes book Your Story, Well Told)



You have great stories to tell. In this workshop, Author and Storyteller Corey Rosen (host of The Moth, BATS Improv, Author of "Your Story, Well Told") helps you to uncover your best stories, develop them in a safe and supportive environment, and then perform them in a free LIVE showcase for friends and family. All classes are taught in person in Corte Madera.


Corey Rosen is a writer, actor, visual effects producer, and storytelling teacher based in San Francisco, California. He hosts The Moth StorySlams and GrandSlams, and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, Alice Radio’s “The Sarah and Vinnie Show,” and KFOG's "The Finch Files" Podcast. Corey is a performer at BATS Improv, one of the world’s foremost centers for Improvisational Theater and is the author of “Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience.”

Corey’s book - Your Story, Well Told - is included with class registration.

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

Corte Madera Class: Laurel Hilton - Writing Your Family History

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 - 1:30pm

Writing Your Family History

January 16 - March 12, 2024
8 Tuesdays, 1:30PM -3:30PM
Corte Madera Store - $395


January 9 - March 12, 2024
9 Tuesdays, 1:30PM -3:30PM
(this includes one extra intro class)
Corte Madera Store - $445



Writing about your family history is complex. Where do you begin? Do you need primary sources to write about your ancestors? When do you stop the research and start the writing? In this class you will learn how to think of your ancestors, living relatives or even yourself as characters in a fascinating narrative; one that will capture the essence of your family. We all have a story – even those who’ve been gone for decades or centuries.

This course will help you identify who you wish to write about, determine the shape of your story, create an outline, and examine the historical context of your ancestors’ lives. Each week we’ll build on these concepts, actively writing and receiving feedback from the instructor and members of the class. No previous writing experience necessary.



Laurel Hilton is an award-winning author and writing coach. Her work has been featured on NPR, Litquake, Listen to Your Mother, and the HerStories Project, among others. She enjoys working with emerging writers of all ages, sharing her passion for helping others explore their interest in the craft of writing.


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

Zoom Book Group: Travel Literature, hosted by Michael Shapiro, with live appearances by Pico Iyer, Frances Mayes and Tim Cahill

Saturday, January 13, 2024 - 10:15am

Book Group: Travel Literature, hosted by Michael Shapiro
with live appearances by Pico Iyer, Frances Mayes and Tim Cahill

Second Saturday of the month, 10:15AM to 12:00PM
Four classes:
Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13

Live via Zoom - $150



This book group, which will meet the second Saturday of each month over Zoom, will review modern classics from four titans of travel literature: Tim Cahill, Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes and Pico Iyer. We will explore best-sellers such as Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” and Mayes’ “Under the Tuscan Sun” — and lesser known but equally rewarding books, including Tim Cahill's anthology “Pass the Butterworms” and Pico Iyer’s transcendent, “The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise.” Tim, Frances, and Pico will all be joining the discussion of their respective books for a portion of that session.

Led by Michael Shapiro, longtime travel writer and Book Passage teacher, the group will discuss what makes these books so compelling and will examine the techniques that each writer uses to engage the reader. We will pull back the curtain and share ideas about what makes great travel writing.


Books to be Read (all available for purchase at links in titles below):
Jan 13:   A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Feb 10:  Pass the Butterworms, by Tim Cahill

Mar 9:    Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes
Apr 13:  The Half Known Life, by Pico Iyer

Author visits: The authors of each, with the exception of Bill Bryson, will join for 30-45 minutes of the discussion of their book, probably during the last part of the class.


Michael Shapiro is the author of "The Creative Spark" (Solas House), winner of a 2021 Independent Publishers Book Award. Among the authors he interviewed for that book: Barbara Kingsolver, Pico Iyer and Amy Tan. He’s also the author of "A Sense of Place," a collection of conversations with travel writers such as Paul Theroux and Jan Morris. A longtime journalist, Shapiro writes for National Geographic, Sierra, AFAR, and the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has written travel features and reviewed books. He's taught several classes at Book Passage and has been a member of the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference faculty for more than 20 years.



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

Corte Madera and Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Time and Narration

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Time and Narration

Saturday, September 23rd
10:30AM -12:30PM


Hybrid: Corte Madera store and Zoom

This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.


Unlike other mediums, writing knows how to treat time. It lets it behave the way it is, allowing it to rush forward or backward, compress or elongate. Writing lets it be its wily self. In this class, we'll look at examples of the representation of time from published work, such as Alexander Chee's Edinburgh, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Alice Munro's The Progressive of Love, and others. You'll write passages, trying out the various techniques of how to let time exist fluidly on the page.

Nina Schuyler is the author of Afterword, a novel that explores artificial intelligence, love, privacy, human-machine relationships, and women in technology. She teaches creative writing at Stanford Continuing Education and the University of San Francisco

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

The Business of Kids' Publishing with Mat Heagerty

Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 10:00am

The Business of Kids' Publishing

with Mat Heagerty

3 Sundays: July 14, 21, & 28, 2024

10AM - 11:30AM Pacific Time

Hosted 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 the day before the class begins.  Same-day registrations are not available, so please plan ahead.


You have written a children’s book… now what? Join Mat Heagerty, children’s book writer, to guide you through the wild world of getting your book published.

In this workshop, students will come away with a basic understanding of what publishing is like for children's book authors, including self-publishing, working with a small press, or working with a traditional publisher. We'll discuss querying agents, what being on submission is like, and the importance of choosing the right collaborator. 


Mat Heagerty is a comic book writer, rad dad, and all around chipper dude living in Boise, ID. He writes awesome comics like 'Lumberjackula' (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers), ‘Martian Ghost Centaur' (Oni Press ), ‘Unplugged and Unpopular' (Oni Press) & the forthcoming graphic novel 'Indoor Kid' (Oni Press 2024). Mat is currently adjunct professor at Boise State University where he teaches a course on Writing for Graphic Novels. Mat is dyslexic, and struggled in school, now he often travels the country talking to elementary and middle school students about the strengths of learning disabilities and creative collaboration. 





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