Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There A Book In You?

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

4 Fridays • Sept. 20 - Oct. 11 • 10:00-12:00pm • $155




Learn what it takes to get a book from the first glimmer of an idea into publication.


Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., Oct. 19 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

This class has been postponed - call (415) 927-0960 for details 

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader. 



Class: David Corbett - Character Spines & Story Lines

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat. Nov. 23, 10:00-4:00pm & Sun., Nov. 24, 10:00-1:00pm, $165



Aristotle believed that plot was the most important and difficult challenge the writer faced. But by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero’s fortunes. Character and structure are inextricably linked, and it is through structure that most of a story’s meaning is imparted. In this two-day class and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the architecture of story, when properly understood, deepens our understanding of character, and how integrating character with story helps the writer avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering. Special attention will be paid to individual student projects, with the goal of fashioning a strong narrative arc for each student’s work-in-progress.




Class: Luke Barr - Cavallo Point Hands-on Cooking

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
Registration (Book Included): $125 per person
• 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Please note: onlines sales for this event are now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

This is a dynamic hands-on cooking class with a menu inspired by M.F. K. Fisher’s time in Provence, 1970. Guests will be making food for the evening as well as hearing the author discuss his book, Provence 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard & the Reinvention of American Taste. Luke Barr, grand nephew of MFK Fisher, tells the story of the memorable weeks in the hills of Provence with culinary greats M.F.K. Fisher and her friends, Julia Child and James Beard. Through a combination of journals, never before revealed letters, research, and interviews, comes a story that shares conversations, meals, debates and philosophies from culinary legends who influenced food in America. Luke Barr is an editor at Travel and Leisure.


Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718341
Availability: Special Order
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 22nd, 2013

Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France.

Class: Leslie Keenan - Ongoing Class for Writers

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Eight Thursdays: Sept. 5-Oct. 24 • 6:30-8:30pm • $320

Restricted registration - please call for information 

Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward.  


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Class for Writers

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 6:30pm
Eight Tuesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $320
Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Keenan provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed. Restricted registration – call for information.

Workshop: Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. - Five Levels of Attachment

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Co-Sponsored by A Band of Women

Tickets: $45 in advance, $50 at the door (book not included)
Corte Madera store - 1:00-3:30 pm

We have all unwittingly made agreements about how we choose to live our lives and what we believe our personal truths are. But what we may not realize is that each one of these agreements represents an attachment, a limiting filter on who we think we are, and what the future could hold. We call these attachments “knowledge” without ever questioning if that knowledge is necessarily true for us. The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom For a Modern World ($18.95) by don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. is a guide to understanding how we have developed our belief structures and how to go about re-evaluating—or even severing—these harmful attachments.

Register now for this limited space workshop! Teaching the principles found in The Four Agreements and The Five Levels of Attachment, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. will teach you how to:

·         Become aware of how you confuse “who you are” with “what you know”

·         Gain awareness of how your attachments have created your reality

·         Stop creating your identity based on the opinions and judgments of others around you

·         Let go of the fear of what you are without your beliefs

·         Make New Agreements that are more in line with your true Authentic Self

Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is a Nagual, a Toltec Master of Transformation.  He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage and is the son of don Miguel Ruiz.  By combining the wisdom of his family’s traditions with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, he now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom.



The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World (Studies in Early Modern Cultural) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938289088
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hierophant Publishing - March 1st, 2013

Accessible and practical, Ruiz's exploration invites us to look at our own lives and see how an unhealthy level of attachment can keep us trapped in a psychological and spiritual fog. He then invites us to reclaim our true freedom by cultivating awareness, detaching, and discover our true selves.

Class: Leslie Keenan - Ongoing Class for Writers

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

2 Thursdays: Aug. 1 & 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $80



Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

POSTPONED - Class: Victoria Zackheim - Mining for Gold in the Personal Essay

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Sat., Aug. 24 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40

This class has been postponed - call (415) 927-0960 for more information

In this workshop, students will study the components of personal essay through lecture and writing exercises and will learn how to structure and craft creative nonfiction in a way that is both joyful and rewarding. Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and has edited five anthologies. She wrote the documentary "Where Birds Never Sang", now airing on PBS.  

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

4 Mon.: Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, & Dec. 16 • 7:00-9:00pm • $95



Participants will meet and share an intimate conversation with the authors of a gripping look deep into 1960s and '70s San Francisco; a vivid, intimate tale centered on an intrepid world traveler and her personal baggage; a raucous yet art-learned mystery, by a "sweetly demented" author, in which Toulouse-Lautrec and his sidekick seek Van Gogh's murderer; and a fascinating novel starring a princess in 16th-century Iran, negotiating court politics and tribal animosities with her closest advisor, a eunuch. Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant, and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post and 

Reading List: 

September: Season of the Witch, David Talbot ($14.00)

OctoberContents May Have Shifted, Pam Houston ($14.95)

NovemberSacre Bleu, Christopher Moore ($16.99)

DecemberEqual of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani ($17.00)



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