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Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Cordoba: The Ornament of the World

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 1:00pm


Cordoba: The Ornament of the World
Two Fridays (June 3rd & 10th, 1:00-3:00pm PT)

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.

 

First in a series of lectures on the Convivencia , the 800 years when Muslims, Jews and Christians co-existed in relative harmony in Southern Spain. (Later lectures will focus on Toledo, Seville and Granada.)

Cordoba was first a Roman town, then a Christian Visigothic City, then was conquered by the Muslim invasion in 711.  But how did it become the most populated and cultured city in Medieval Europe and its Caliph the head of the entire Islamic World? The rather romantic story begins in Damascus with the Ummayad dynasty and is enriched by happenings in Baghdad. We will study the developments that created a city with paved streets, street lighting, underground sewers, advanced agricultural methods, new crops and exotic plants, to say nothing of its enormous libraries and the proliferation of literature, especially poetry.

Most tourists who visit Cordoba come on day trips to see the Mosque/Cathedral, which is fantastic in every respect. We will imagine ourselves there for at least two days to visit the Juderia - especially the Caleja de las Flores - and the Synagogue - the splendid Alcazar Real where the Christian Monarchs lived for eight years – as well as the flower-filled patios that are open to annual tours and competitions, the gorgeous Palacio de Viana and, most importantly, the ruins of Azahara Medina, the huge palace and garden complex just outside the city.

It was a 10th C Saxon nun who, hearing from travelers of the splendor of Cordoba, dubbed it The Ornament of the World.

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 Tama Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Elizabeth Kracht - How to Find a Literary Agent

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 11:00am

Saturday, June 11 • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm • $95 • LIVE VIA ZOOM

With the arrival of hybrid- and self-publishing, not every writer needs a literary agent. However, for those writers who plan to traditionally publish, most large publishing houses require that a writer have an agent to submit their work. But how do you know if working with an agent is even right for you and your work? In this workshop, taught by a literary agent, you will learn everything you need to know about literary agents, including whether working with one is right for you. After a brief introduction on what a literary agent is and does, the workshop will cover resources for finding a literary agent and how to find the one right for you and your work, as well as submission do’s and don’ts and the most important things to consider when submitting to a literary agent. This workshop will be interactive with plenty of time for questions and answers. www.elizabethkracht.com

Patrons who would like to attend all three of Elizabeth Kracht's classes may register at a discounted rate of $245 using the link below:

Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - Convivencia: Toledo - City of Three Cultures

Friday, June 17, 2022 - 1:00pm


Convivencia: Toledo - City of Three Cultures

Two Fridays ( June 17th & 24th,  1:00 – 3:00 pm PT)

 

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.

 

Spectacularly sited, Toledo is blessed with important vestiges of her role as the spiritual capital of Spain: Two exquisite and historically important Synagogues, a Sephardic Museum, the intriguing Mosque de la Luz, an Arab fortress, the Gothic Cathedral's virtual gallery of paintings and its famous Transparente, San Roman church housing a Visigothic museum housing colorful murals.  El Greco is everywhere! -- in several churches, his house/museum, the Tavera hospital, and the Museum of Santa Cruz. Visit the spectacular Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and study Mozarabic book illustrations created in nearby monasteries. In this time of disquieting xenophobia it is enlightening to reflect on the possibilities of tolerance as we learn about the cooperation among the scholars of Toledo's School of Translators: Jews, Muslims and Christians.

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 Tama Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Elizabeth Kracht - How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 11:00am

Saturday, June 18 • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm • $95 • LIVE VIA ZOOM

A book proposal is a document that nonfiction writers (including memoirists) must have if they plan to gain interest in their project from a literary agent and/or editor. In this workshop, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht will break down the many working parts of the book proposal. Though some sections of the book proposal may be straightforward, other sections require a different perspective, such as seeing through the lens of a marketing professional or publicist. Through this workshop you will learn not only the required sections of the book proposal, but also the correct perspective from which to approach each section. This workshop will be interactive with plenty of time for questions and answers. www.elizabethkracht.com

Patrons who would like to attend all three of Elizabeth Kracht's classes may register at a discounted rate of $245 using the link below:

Elizabeth Kracht - Self-Editing for Fiction and Memoir Writers

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 11:00am

Saturday, June 25 • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm • $95 • LIVE VIA ZOOM

Over the course of her career as a literary agent, Elizabeth noticed that many manuscripts being rejected suffered similar, easy-to-solve problems. As a result, she began keeping a list of these problems, hoping to one day share this feedback with writers struggling to understand rejections. Based on her book The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript, this workshop will cover more than 50 points for consideration before submitting to an agent, editor, or indie publisher, such as how to sharpen dialogue and prose, improving characterization, complicating plot, and much more. This workshop will be interactive with plenty of time for questions and answers. www.elizabethkracht.com

Patrons who would like to attend all three of Elizabeth Kracht's classes may register at a discounted rate of $245 using the link below:

Online Class

Mystery Writers Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Managing Viewpoint in a Mystery Novel

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 9:00am


Managing Viewpoint in a Mystery Novel
Friday, August 5th | 9:00 - 11:30am

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.

 

Mystery and thriller writers are in the business of misdirection, surprising the reader with plot twists, revealing secrets, and creating tension with unanswered questions, all the while playing fair. In this workshop we'll talk about how POV relates to story (the sequence of events that actually took place in your fictional world) and plot (the order in which it's revealed to the reader). Careful management of viewpoint is key to making it all work. 

Topics will include figuring out whose story it is. Deciding which character(s) will get to narrate. First person or third? Single or multiple narrators? Handling narrator-to-narrator shifts. Shifting from near to far. What about omniscience? The problem with “head hopping” and how to avoid it. How to manipulate viewpoint to reveal (or hide) backstory. How to write an "unreliable narrator" and still “play fair." How to deepen viewpoint. 

Participants are encouraged (not required) to bring a chapter from their work in progress for in-class exercises. 

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron, Edgar Award finalist and five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, writes books she hopes readers can’t put down. Her newest suspense novel, Careful What You Wish For (August, 2019), with its echoes of Marie Kondo life-changing decluttering tips, explores the relationships built by professional organizers and their clients — showing just how easily the lines between professional and personal can be blurred. In it, Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. Sometimes she find herself wondering if he sparks joy.

51 Tama Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 9:00am

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. 18-21, 2022 • Corte Madera • 30th 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 30th 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.

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