Corte Madera Class: Lauren Winters West - Rehoming Your Stuff: Finding the Next Highest Good for Your Unwanted Items

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

Rehoming Your Stuff:
Finding the Next Highest Good for Your Unwanted Items

Thursday, October 26, 2023
10:30AM -12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $80



Led by Lauren Winters West, founder and chief expert organizer of Next Highest Good Professional Organizing, this interactive class will offer creative ways to rethink, reframe and re-home your unwanted items. Filled with resources, recommendations, real life stories and clear next steps, you will come out of this session with direction and inspiration that will increase your awareness about small actions that lead to big impact.

Lauren Winters West is a Professional Organizer, Zero Waste Expert and the Founder and CEO of Next Highest Good Professional Organizing. She works with clients across all life stages, in the Bay Area and beyond, to create spaces that maximize healthy, sustainable living and productivity, with a focus on zero waste living. After two decades of holding various positions, including a Music Video Producer, Marketing Executive at a Fortune 500 company, and Non-Profit Executive Director, she understands the power of a well-organized space for mental clarity as well as productivity. Next Highest Good is a member of the Good Future Design Alliance, Green Business Network California, Plastic Pollution Coalition and The National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals. She is endlessly thankful to live with her husband, son and cat just blocks from the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.


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

Corte Madera Class: Lucy Wahl - Managing Paper in a Digital World

Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Managing Paper in a Digital World

Thursday, October 19, 2023
10:30AM -12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $80


Do you struggle with accumulating piles of paper that never seem to stop growing? This class is for you!

Even in our digital world, our homes overflow with pieces of paper: from household bills to kids’ artwork to conference handouts. Professional organizer Lucy Milligan Wahl will walk you, step-by-step, through the exact process she uses with her clients to create a system to stop you from drowning in paper. 

NOTE: This class will include hands-on work and dive deep into the details, so bring that bag/box/pile of paper that has been stressing you out and we'll tackle it together!

Lucy Milligan Wahl is the founder of LMW Edits, a San Francisco-based boutique professional organizing company founded in 2014. Lucy is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and its Bay Area chapter, holding certificates in Essentials of Organizing and Residential Organizing, as well as a 2023 NAPO Business Stamp of Approval. Lucy got her start in nonprofit fundraising, and giving back is still a huge part of her life. When she’s not organizing, Lucy serves as the Board Chair of CounterPulse, a performance art incubator in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, and volunteers as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Palisades Tahoe. Lucy holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Andrew, and rescue pitbull, Pippa.


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

Corte Madera Class: Laura Barker - Declutter Your Camera Roll: How to Organize Photos on Your iPhone

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 10:30am

Declutter Your Camera Roll: How to Organize Photos on Your iPhone

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
10:30AM -12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $80





* Registration limited to 20 participants *


Are you overwhelmed with the ever-increasing mass of photos on your iPhone? 

We all know the struggle of snapping pics left and right, only to end up with chaos in our camera rolls and the endless scrolling to find specific shots.

In this class, you will learn how to declutter and organize the photos on your iPhone so you can easily find, enjoy and share them. A curated camera roll will also save you time and frustration while freeing up storage space.

In this course you will learn: 

  • how to assess and sort through your photos and say goodbye to duplicates and blurry shots. 
  • how to create albums and folders like a pro, so you can easily find those adorable pics of little ones or those fun vacation snapshots. 
  • the magic of tagging and labeling your photos. Imagine effortlessly searching for specific pics just by typing a keyword.  
  • bonus: some fancy AI-powered features that can do some of the organizing for you. 
  • how to maintain your picture-perfect camera roll. No more clutter creeping back in! 

Bring your iPhone with the latest update installed and get hands-on help decluttering and organizing your photos and videos.


Laura Barker is a lifelong photographer and a professional Photo Organizer with a passion for preserving stories through photos. She enjoys teaching others how to curate their photos and believes every family should have their best photos organized in an accessible, searchable collection where they can easily be found, shared and enjoyed. 

As the founder of, Laura helps those overwhelmed with their mass of photos and videos. A Bay Area native, Laura grew up in a large family in Orinda, went to school at UCLA and then developed her passion for photography while living in Florence, Italy.  Laura resides in Alameda and has two grown daughters who appreciate being able to pull up any photo from their childhood on demand from their phone.


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

Corte Madera Class: Liza Algar - Getting Organized 101

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

Getting Organized 101

Thursday, October 5, 2023
10:30AM -12:30PM Pacific Time

Corte Madera Store - $80


For the first in our Organized in October series, join Liza Algar, Certified Professional Organizer, to learn more about the nuts and bolts of organization.  

Are you ready to get organized? This is the perfect place to start. This class will cover:

  • an overview of the benefits of getting organized. 
  • tips on how to declutter and downsize, starting with the process
  • what to do with the stuff you don’t want 
  • how to better organize what you keep 

Through a series of questions and prompts, Liza will help you to determine your organizational style, articulate your vision for your space, and walk you through the process to get there. Liza will also share tips on how her less-is-more philosophy can help you manage your time and improve productivity. And of course, there will be lots of time for Q&A!

Liza Algar is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) and member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals), currently serving on the Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Liza’s goal is to help people live better. By getting rid of excess stuff in your home or office and organizing your space, she turns chaos into calm. Whether going through a transition like downsizing, moving, or just overwhelmed by clutter and paper, she helps people reclaim their space, and set up systems to improve functionality, productivity, and well-being. As a bonus for Book Passage customers, Liza is a former publishing executive, and loves to talk about organizing books and styling bookshelves!

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

Corte Madera Book Group: Luisa Smith - Mysteries Abroad

Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 10:30am to Thursday, December 14, 2023 - 12:30pm

Book Group: Mysteries Abroad

September - December, 2nd Thursday of the month

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

Corte Madera Store




There is no better way to learn about a country than to explore the parts that are hidden from most tourists -  the hidden streets and alleyways where crimes occur, following the investigators unique to each locale. 

This book group will read a crime fiction book from a different country each month, deciphering what themes in crime fiction cross borders, as well as the unique spin on the formula that comes from each place. 


Books to be read include:



Luisa Smith is the Buying Director of Book Passage, where she has worked for over 25 years, and editor-in-chief of Penzler Publishers which includes the mystery fiction imprints Mysterious Press and Scarlet. She grew up surrounded by books as her father is the bestselling author, Martin Cruz Smith and her mother was an English teacher. A childhood filled with books has resulted in a lifelong love of every aspect of the book world, but the mystery genre holds a particularly special place in her heart.

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

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Impressionism: The International Movement

Friday, September 8, 2023 - 1:00pm to Friday, September 22, 2023 - 3:15pm

Impressionism: The International Movement
From Australia to Northernmost Scandinavia

Two Fridays - Sep 8 and Sep 22, 2023 
1PM-3:15PM PT

Corte Madera Store

$120 for both, $65 for one session




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.


We are familiar with Impressionism in France and how artists took up painting en plein-air to capture the fleeting moment, recording with rapid brushwork the changing effects of  light, weather and time of day. In this class, we will see how artists in other countries embraced the same idea with gorgeous results, reflecting the particular light, landscape and traditions of their country. 

  • We begin with Australia viewing the masterpieces of the holy trinity of Australian Impressionists: Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, and Arthur Streeton. 
  • We look at what happened in Belgium and Holland, where a tradition of outdoor painting went as far back as Rubens and van Ruisdael, reflected in the work of Emile Claus, Theo van Rysselberghe and Jan Toorop.
  • We will witness the explosion of Impressionism in Italy - the works of Giuseppe de Nittis, Giovanni Boldoni and others. 
  • Spain boasts two of the finest Impressionist painters: Mariano Fortuny and the almost legendary Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. 
  • We will study the phenomenon of the Nordic version of Impressionism, especially the work created at the Artists' Colony of Skagen at the tip of Denmark: Peder Kroyer, Anya Anker and colleagues. 
  • In Sweden we will spend some time with Anders Zorn, the nation's master painter.  

These are the highlights but we will have a look at what happened in Japan (yes!), Germany, and Austria, all while asking what traditions were being upheld, broken? What was the critical response? 

Note: American Impressionism is covered in another class at Book Passage.

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

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

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

How to Get Your Book Published

Saturday, September 30 • 12PM-3PM Pacific Time

Hosted via Zoom • $95



HOW TO GET YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED is designed to help aspiring authors improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent, acquisitions editor, or publisher. The course will cover:

  • how to identify the right literary agent, acquisitions editor, or publisher for your project
  • how to write a stand-out query letter
  • how to write a winning non-fiction book proposal
  • what publishers, editors and literary agents look for in a submission package
  • understanding the economics of the publishing industry, being a literary agent, or an author
  • publishing industry trends that you can work to your advantage
  • what a standard literary agency agreement and publishing contract look like
  • 10 rookie mistakes first time authors make
  • and much more


John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City when it was the largest publisher in the U.S. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space and numerous other publications. He is also the author of three non-fiction books including: "Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and its Plan to Change the Course of WWII" (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, "a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account;" "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak, and Redemption" (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Booth Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss; and "When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Rigid Airship" (The History Press, 2022). His next book, "White Elephant Technology: 50 Crazy Inventions That Should Never Have Been Built And What We Can Learn From Them" is due out from The History Press in fall 2023.


What students are saying about John J. Geoghegan:

"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 eight commercially published novels


Online Book Group: Alex Ullman - Contemporary Jewish American Fiction

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 6:30pm

Book Group: Contemporary Jewish American Fiction 

2nd Tuesday of the Month, September - December
4 Tuesdays, 5PM-6:30PM Pacific Time

Hosted via Zoom • $150




There is a common historical narrative about Jewish American fiction: it had its "breakthrough" moment in the mid-twentieth century, when authors like Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, and Cynthia Ozick won mainstream recognition from the American literary establishment. Though there were numerous writers working in the early part of the century--Abe Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, Henry Roth--this class will trouble this historical narrative by moving us forward rather than backward. 

In reading four novels published from the past four years, we'll ask: what makes a novel "contemporary," "Jewish" or "American" today? As we read fiction written by Jewish authors and fiction written by non-Jews about Jewish Americans, we'll attend to this tradition's most common themes--identity, assimilation, language, history. Yet, we'll also grapple with how these texts unsettle this tradition, and us.


Books to be read include:



Alex Ullman is a writer, musician, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the English department at UC Berkeley.


Corte Madera Class: Claude Convers - Blossoming Into French

Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 10:30am

Blossoming Into French

2 Saturdays, October 21 & October 28, 2023

10:30AM -12:30PM


Level: Intermediate French Speakers

Corte Madera in-person class

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.


If the idea to explore the French language through conversation and creative writing is bringing sparks to your eyes, this workshop is for you. During our two morning sessions you will have the opportunity to speak, write, share insights and listen to wonderful stories, en Français, in a way that will bring you joy, curiosity and inspiration.  


About a week before our first session you will receive your first writing prompt, it will give you time to get your words onto the page. This workshop is for intermediate French level - feel free to inquire if you are at another level. It will be a pleasure to spend this time in your company and to discover all that you have to say and write. À bientôt.


Claude Convers is a coach and teacher specializing in increasing joy, curiosity, and creativity through the French language. Originally from the French part of Switzerland, she has lived in Oakland, CA for the past 10 years. Prior to teaching she had a long international career in graphic design. She speaks French, German and English.

Her background as a Psychosynthesis practitioner has a big influence on her teaching style. She has had a personal yoga and meditation practice for over 25 years and, as an artist, poet, and dancer she continues to create, express, and explore the world in its different forms. You can easily find her sharing walks, thoughts, and food with friends all around the Bay Area, and online at and

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

Corte Madera Class: Victoria Einhorn - Spanish Beginner 3

Monday, January 22, 2024 - 10:30am

Spanish: Beginner 3

with Victoria Einhorn

Eight Wednesdays
January 24 - March

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




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.

This class follows Spanish Beginner 2.


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 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. 

photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

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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