Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:30pm

Seven Wednesdays: Jan. 23 - Mar. 13 (no class Mar. 6), 2019 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $425

** Class closed, please email to be put on waitlist**


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 learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

**Space Limited**

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Claude Monet and Architecture (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; January 25 & Feb 1, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

The FAMSF has surveyed his early work and is now exhibiting his late paintings. We will focus on the highly successful middle years at Argenteuil and abroad: London, the Netherlands, France and Italy- his confrontation, not only with nature but with architecture.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing and Publishing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday January 26, 2019 • 10:00 - 2:00 pm • $120 

 This workshop will teach you how to get your book published and into the hands of readers. The world of publishing is changing rapidly, and each change brings new challenges.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is almost uniquely qualified to help writers get through these issues, because she has successfully written and published books through several channels—from major publishers to self-publishing. She is a poet, travel writer, a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She is the founder and leader of Left Coast Writers.




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Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; January 28, February 25, March 25, & April 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the translator of an Argentine writer's "brilliant" and "fascinating" travels through Patagonia, "a land where real meets surreal," as well as the authors of...a novel in which a lesbian Jew preparing to marry in 1990s San Francisco ponders how much you need to share with the one you love; a "sumptuous" fictional biography that imagines how an audacious, now famed woman became a poet in patriarchal Iran; and a "daringly original" memoir that explores identity, race, and discrimination in today's U.S.A.

Paper Is White - Hilary Zaid

False Calm - Katherine Silver, translator

Song of a Captive Bird - Jasmine Darznik

Real American - Julie Lythcott-Haims

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant at

Paper Is White Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612941134
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Published: Bywater Books - March 13th, 2018

When oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen realizes that she can't go through with a wedding until she tells her grandmother. There's only one problem: her grandmother is dead.

False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945492143
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Published: Transit Books - October 2nd, 2018

"A bold, beautiful book."--The New York Times

"A marvelous chronicle."--Publishers Weekly

Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399182334
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 5th, 2019

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny

Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a black woman in America

“Courageous, achingly honest."

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Class: David Mura - Lessons from a Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • $75

In the first half-hour of this class, we’ll briefly explore the issues, skills and knowledge involved with writing about race, and the need for such instruction with all students, regardless of their race. In the last two and a half hours, we’ll explore the basics of narrative construction in fiction and memoir. Topics will include the irreconcilable conflicts, the use of lies, the structures of myth and the three-act play, and the author as the Devil tempting her characters. Students will be given pre-class assignments and readings.

David Mura is a memoirist, novelist, poet, and literary critic. He is long recognized as a master teacher at writing programs like VONA, the Loft, and the Stonecoast MFA. He has written the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire and two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity.

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Tissot: The Non-Impressionist (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; February 8 & 15, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

James Jacques Joseph Tissot was a French artist  best known for his paintings of fashionably dressed women in elegant settings first in France, then in London. Friendships with Morisot, Degas, and Manet had little influence on his style which is highly descriptive & realistic. We will study his life and career, including his affair with Kathleen Newton, & his late works embracing Biblical Subjects including a Life of Christ.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Class: Janet Stickmon - Writing Your Untold Story (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 9, 2019  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • $75

Ever feel like there's a story inside of you that's dying to come out?  During this workshop, you will learn ways of wrapping words around experiences so they can come to life and be a story you can share with others.  The story you tell could become a tool for liberation...for yourself as well as for others. 

Janet Stickmon is a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College and the author of Crushing Soft Rubies—A Memoir and Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience. Essays from Stickmon’s forthcoming book To Black Parents Visiting Earth:  Raising Black Children in the 21st Century have been featured in Mutha Magazine and The Huffington Post and will be released in paperback December 2018.

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Class: Connie Josefs - The Shape of Time in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

Saturday, February 9, 2019  • 2:30-5:30 pm • $95

Time can be one of the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence. Format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and writing coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction writing for 25 years and has worked extensively with writers over 50 to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, The Taos Writers Conference and Santa Monica College, and has been a writer and story analyst for film and television. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, New Millenium Writings, Chokecherries and The Whole Life Times. Connie holds an MFA in fiction writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern New Mexico and provides coaching and developmental editing for new and experienced writers.

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Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50 (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday, February 10, 2019  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm • $110

In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase of life – a new chapter.  Are you wondering:  What’s next? Am I living the life I want to live - my best life?  How do I create an exciting and meaningful future?  Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy, fulfilling future.

Lynn Ryder is a personal coach, facilitator, and leadership trainer.  She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Five Tuesdays; Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May. 14, &  Jun. 11 , 2019 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Less - Andrew Sean Greer

home Fire - Kamila Shamsie

History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

What We Lose - Zinzi Clemmons

The Overstory - Richard Powers


Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

Home Fire: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735217690
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times



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ISBN: 9780802127389
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Finalist for the Man Booker Award. Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction.

What We Lose: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735221734
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Finalist
Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
California Book Award First Fiction Finalist
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Debut Novel Nominee
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction & the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize

The Overstory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356687
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light.

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