Classes

Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Winter)

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 2:00pm
photo of Anjali Andrea Alban

Four Sundays: Jan 5, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $260

This class has been canceled because of the teacher's scheduling conflict. We hope you will register for the spring session instead.

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Spring)

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:00pm
photo of Anjali Andrea Alban

Four Sundays: Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 7 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $260

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

Anya's War Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250073525
Availability: Special Order
Published: Square Fish - March 29th, 2016

Anya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai, believing that China will be a safe haven from Hitler's forces. At first, Anya's life in the Jewish Quarter of Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree: she has crushes on boys, fights with her mother, and longs to defy expectations just like her hero, Amelia Earhart.


The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780312370176
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 2nd, 2008

This celebration of one of Earth's most precious resources embraces the beauty of trees and brings them to life with attributes sure to resonate with readers of all ages: peace, generosity, love, and happiness. With a detailed index of state trees, THE HAPPINESS TREE is a welcome reminder that everything good begins right here.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Discovering Germany from the Danube to the Baltic Sea

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Three Fridays: Nov 1, 8 & 15 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $110

Kerrin Meis invites you to visit castles like Heidelberg, Wurzburg, and Neuschwanstein and historic cathedrals bursting with famous sculpture and stained glass - Bamberg, Magdeburg, and Ulm - followed by a thorough examination of  the important collections, from ancient to contemporary, in leading museums in Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg (this is very important!), and Dresden. Wilkommen!

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

What Students Are Saying about Kerrin Meis

I love that Kerrin discusses little known sites and anecdotes. She makes you want to get out your map and go off the beaten path. Recently we knew the Jeopardy answer “What is the Stone of Scone?” because of her!!! Kerrin is magic. – Vikki D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - American Expatriate Artists: Copley to Cassatt

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Three Fridays: Oct 11, 18 & 25 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $110

Was it the lure of Europe that was irresistible or was it lack of opportunity at home that prompted artists to live abroad?  We begin with John Singleton Copley in the eighteenth century and end our survey with Mary Stevenson Cassatt. We analyze the work of Copley, Benjamin West  and Gilbert Stuart, moving on with a certain luxury of detail to the work of James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler. We then look at John Singer Sargent--especially the fascinating works beyond portraiture, a number of American artists captivated by Venice and Cassatt's affinity with Degas, Manet and the French Impressionists.

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

What Students Are Saying about Kerrin Meis

I love that Kerrin discusses little known sites and anecdotes. She makes you want to get out your map and go off the beaten path. Recently we knew the Jeopardy answer “What is the Stone of Scone?” because of her!!! Kerrin is magic. – Vikki D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Paul - The Constitution and the Imperial Presidency 

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:30pm
photo of Joel Richard Paul. law professor, Constitution, author

Five Thursdays: January 16 - February 13 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • $260 (Materials included)



There’s probably no topic that is more on the minds of Americans than this one: what is the scope and limit of the power residing in the presidency? Joel Richard Paul is a Professor of Constitutional Law at UC Hastings, and he is the right person to guide us through this often harrowing topic. Professor Paul was one of the teachers in our class on the U.S. Constitution in 2017 as well as our class earlier this year, A Closer Look at the First Amendment. He is also the author of two provocative works of history: Unlikely Allies and Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times.

What are the topics? They’re practically pulled from the headlines:
• The election of the president
• The president’s powers in foreign affairs & war
• The president’s powers as chief executive
• The president’s privileges and immunities
• The removal of the president

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594484872
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - November 2nd, 2010

Look out for Joel Paul’s new book, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times


Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525533283
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 19th, 2019

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jerry Frohmader - Swinging into the Fabulous 50s!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of composer, performer, teacher Jerry Frohmader

4 Tuesdays: Jan 7 - 28 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $125

From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging, but with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, Country Music, Rhythm and Blues, and Cool Jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, “String of Pearls”, to “Harbor Lights”, “The Tennessee Waltz”, “All Shook Up”, “Blueberry Hill”, as well as Brubeck’s “Take Five”, “Only You”, by The Platters, and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”. Includes live, recorded music and video.

An accomplished musician, Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. He has designed music for multimedia projects and the web, and he  produces music for television commercials, videos and films. Jerry's depth of knowledge and enthusiastic teaching style has earned him a loyal following in Marin. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:30pm
photo of Don George, travel writer

7 Tuesdays: Jan 14 - Feb 25 • 6:30 – 9:00 pm • $425

Don George’s seven-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students also learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George literally wrote the book on travel writing — Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing, the best-selling travel writing guide in the world — and has been a travel writer and editor all his professional life. He chairs Book Passage's annual Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Modernism: Matisse to Mondrian

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Three Fridays: Sep 20, 27 & Oct 4 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $110

In the late nineteenth century, artists became less reliant on nature and more interested in art for art's sake. A debate about the role of art in society ensued with Schoenberg declaring that nothing done for a purpose was art, and Picasso claiming that art was a weapon with which to attack the enemy. We will study the ideas behind Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Italian Futurism, the Russian Avant-Garde, de Stijl , and Die Neue Sachlichkeit.

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

What Students Are Saying about Kerrin Meis

I love that Kerrin discusses little known sites and anecdotes. She makes you want to get out your map and go off the beaten path. Recently we knew the Jeopardy answer “What is the Stone of Scone?” because of her!!! Kerrin is magic. – Vikki D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anjali Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe (Fall)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
photo of Anjali Andrea Alban

Four Sundays: Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 15 • 2:00 pm - 5:00pm • $270

This class is closed. Use this link to sign up for Andrea's spring Writer's Tribe class, which will begin in March.

Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel.

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty with a mission to develop self-editing mastery. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, snappy dialog, and page-turning plots.

Tuition includes Anjali’s RE-Vision Guide and a signed copy of Anya’s War.  

Anjali Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including The Happiness Tree and Anya’s War. She edits manuscripts and coaches writers on preparing submissions to editors and agents.

What Students Are Saying about Anjali Andrea Alban

 

What I most appreciate about Anjali is her optimism and support. She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. I appreciate her honesty and the writing exercises she prescribed to find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Anjali as my story midwife! —Allison Fragakis, Author

Anjali Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. Anjali is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing. —Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist

Anjali's class has improved my writing beyond my greatest expectations. Not only does the Writer's Tribe help strengthen your craft, but in providing feedback to one another, you learn 12 times the amount of helpful advice...and make friends in the process. I am looking forward to coming back! -- Megan Pickett

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$125 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $175 for general public

Class begins and ends at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Round-trip transportation provided.

 

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and travel photography in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00 am for a discussion of travel photography, and then take the ferry to San Francisco to photograph and document one of the city’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods in North Beach. The group returns to Book Passage to review their day’s work. Digital cameras are recommended so that participants can get instant feedback at the end of the day. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 8-11, 2019 • Corte Madera • 28th Annual
World’s Premier Conference for Travel Writers & Photographers

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 28th year, this four-day conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers. Optional evaluations of participants’ work are available. The conference begins with a big opening dinner and includes breakfast and lunch buffets each day.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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