Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Jan/Feb 2020)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • $360

Prerequisite: You must have taken either “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book!” offered by Leslie Keenan.

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience helping writers complete their books. She knows the most frequent reasons writers get stuck and can help writers discover how to get back in flow and write effortlessly again.

What Students Are Saying about Leslie Keenan

“If it weren’t for Leslie Keenan’s courses at Book Passage, I would never have written a word of fiction, and I would never have been published. To this day, I still use the tools she gave me for understanding my process, finding my voice, and fighting my fears.” – Tammy Kaehler, author of Dead Man’s Switch, Poisoned Pen Press

“Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer.” – Student, “Is There a Book in You?”

“Truckloads of useful information and inspiration.” – Harvey Hyman

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 12:00pm
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Six Wednesdays: Mar. 11 - Apr. 22 (no class: 4/8) • 12:00-2:00pm • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Higher Intermediate Italian

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:15am
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Six Wednesdays: Mar. 11 - Apr. 22 (no class: 4/8) • 9:15-11:15 am • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Italian Conversation (New!)

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:00am
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Six Fridays: Mar. 13 - Apr. 24 (no class: 4/10) • 10:00am-12:00pm • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Telling Your Story

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Six Thursdays: Feb 20, 27 & Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Tuition: $250

Creating on your feet, out loud, is a powerful way to explore and expand your “voice” as a writer or a storyteller. Award-winning actor/writer/director Corey Fischer uses free-writing exercises, theatre games, and prompts for group sharing in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering, shaping and performing a particular personal story. In the final class, participants will share their stories with a small, invited audience. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories – on the page or on the “stage.”

Corey Fischer, co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre (1978-2012), has been creating and teaching theatre over 50 years. He views autobiographical storytelling as a much-needed way to open imagination and memory and to nurture community.

What Students Say About Corey Fischer

“Corey Fischer is an amazing teacher.  I took his workshops in storytelling, performance, and improvisation whenever I could. Each time my mind opened, my body became more energized and limber, my spirit and imagination expanded – always in an atmosphere of safety, human connection, and enjoyment. I highly recommend Corey as an extraordinary teacher for anyone seeking to express their creativity, find their storytelling voice, and have a lot of fun along the way.” -- Jonathan D. Greenberg, Executive Director, Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Stanford Law School

“With humor and heart, Corey guides you to the wild, unknown parts of your creativity.  He is a teacher not to be missed: a man with a lifetime of experience, an insightful perspective, and a gentle and supportive approach. He grounds you as you leap into the unknown, and expertly helps you shape what you bring back from your explorations.” – Naomi Stein, writer, performer

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Intermediate/Advanced Italian Literature

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:00am
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Six Wednesdays • Jan 8 – Feb 12 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $200

We will read Una Mutevole Verità by Gianrico Carofiglio, in which Marshal Pietro Fenoglio of the Bari Carabinieri, a northern Italian transplant from Torino, finds himself investigating a murder case that seems straightforward. Except that the main subject, to whom all clues point, doesn’t have the slightest motive for committing the crime! Only the perseverance and the singular investigative style of Fenoglio will reveal the truth of the case which often hides behind the most discounted evidence. Students are asked to read the first twenty pages of the book in advance of the first class meeting.

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Say It in French: Intermediate/Advanced (Jan-Feb 2020)

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 2:30pm
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Eight Mondays: Jan 6 – Feb 24 • 2:30–4:30 pm • $280

These custom-designed sequential courses are for students who wish to become more fluent and self-confident in speaking and writing French, expand vocabulary, understand and participate in casual conversations, and better comprehend the French way of life.

Anne Marie Lebas is a native of France who has taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She teaches with great enthusiasm and energy and creates a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level.

What Students Are Saying about Anne Marie Lebas

"Anne Marie is an excellent teacher. She highlights so many common mistakes and explains things in a new way that really works. [We have] plenty of time to talk, learn, and learn cultural and other details of French life. I love the structure and the way Anne Marie teaches. This is perfect!" - AC

"Good course material, challenging, good pace, great teacher!" - JJ
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Beginning French (Jan-Feb 2020)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 2:30pm
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Eight Tuesdays: Jan 7 - Feb 25 • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm • $280

These ongoing sequential courses are for students who have very little knowledge of French. Students work to build a strong foundation of grammar, vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation, and short conversations. Classes motivate students to continue their study of the language.

Anne Marie Lebas is a native of France who has created a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level in the Bay Area for over 20 years. 

What Students Are Saying about Anne Marie Lebas

"Anne Marie is an excellent teacher. She highlights so many common mistakes and explains things in a new way that really works. [We have] plenty of time to talk, learn, and learn cultural and other details of French life. I love the structure and the way Anne Marie teaches. This is perfect!" - AC

"Good course material, challenging, good pace, great teacher!" - JJ

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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Six Wednesdays: Jan. 15 - Feb. 26 (no class: 2/19) • 12:00-2:00pm • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Higher Intermediate Italian

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:15am to 11:15am
photo of italian teacher alessandra beraldi

Six Wednesdays: Jan. 15 - Feb. 26 (no class: 2/19) • 9:15-11:15 am • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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