Classes

Class: Sara Bender & Cyretta Chaput - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
photos of Sara Bender and Cyretta Chaput

Eight Fridays • May 31 – July 26 (no class July 5) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $265

Participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining “core” grammar.

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. Cyretta Chaput was born in San Francisco, but moved to Mexico as a child and lived there for over 30 years. She worked for the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC and as a simultaneous translator before returning to the Bay Area. She has taught Spanish in casual settings throughout the years and tutors it as well.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Write & Sell Children's Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Sat., June 1 • 10:00am - 12:30pm • $95

This workshop will introduce you to what you need to know about writing and publishing, including finding a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book. The workshop covers the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.

 

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Class: Ying Chang Compestine - How to Manage Your Creative Career (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Sat., June 1 • 1:30–4:00 pm • $95

Who says writers have to starve? When writing for passion, you should also get paid. This lecture will teach you the important aspects of managing a creative business career. You will learn the techniques that creative professionals use to treat their work as a business: setting clear objectives, effective marketing, considering new opportunities, strategic negotiation, and finding ways to create lucrative income by leveraging their efforts.

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of 20 books including, including the acclaimed Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.

 

 

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Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Sunday June 2, 2019 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

Your manuscript (no longer than 10 pages) must be sent to David Corbett via classes@bookpassage.com by midnight on May 26.

Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems—what’s essential and what isn’t, how to balance inner life against action and dialogue, how to create variety and contrast among the characters, how to use setting to enhance the narrative—can be solved by referring to the context of the story. David Corbett, author of The Art of Character, leads students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions from each student in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

David Corbett is the award-winning author of The Art of Character and five novels, including The Mercy of the Night and Blood of Paradise.

The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121572
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2013

Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory.


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Class: Secrets of Narrative Nonfiction: Getting Started, Getting Published (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Three Mondays: June 3, June 10, June 17 • 7-9 pm • $125

Whether it’s in a memoir, biography or other work, the best nonfiction writing—what’s become known as narrative nonfiction—tells a story, using the same techniques you’ll find in fiction. Students in this class analyze and practice these techniques, including characterization, scene setting, dialogue, description, and point of view. Now that hybrid and self-publishing are so common, we'll focus on how to publish and market your work as well. Guests from the writing and publishing world will join us.

Pamela Feinsilber is a longtime editor of fiction and nonfiction by both established authors and new writers. A mentor and editor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, she has helped many writers turn not-there manuscripts into well-received books. 

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Class: Sara Bender & Cyretta Chaput - Beginning Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Eight Thursdays • June 6 – Aug 1 (no class July 4) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $265

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. 

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. Cyretta Chaput was born in San Francisco, but moved to Mexico as a child and lived there for over 30 years. She worked for the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC and as a simultaneous translator before returning to the Bay Area. She has taught Spanish in casual settings throughout the years and tutors it as well. 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Castro-Woodhouse, Ph.D. - Asia for Travelers (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Four Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27 • 7-9 pm • $200

In this 4-week series, you’ll do a “deep-dive” into Asian cultures, religions and histories, with a professor of Asian Studies as your guide! Learn about the historical backgrounds, religious traditions, cultural influences, and current political issues in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Get practical travel tips about cultural expectations, dressing appropriately, eating safely, and more. Bring your questions and travel plans – we’ll address them in this class!

Dr. Leslie Castro-Woodhouse earned her Ph.D. in Asian History at UC Berkeley, was awarded a Fulbright IIE grant to study in Thailand from 2004-05, and has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Asia since her first visit in 1987. She has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. Her book – about one of the 153 wives of Siam’s King Rama V – is currently under review by Cornell University Press.

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Class: Julia McNeal - Backstage Tips for Writers: Creating Memorable Characters (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday June 8 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $150

Believable, compelling characters with nuanced authentic voices and internal drive turn a good story into a great one. In this workshop, you will learn Julia’s unique character-creation technique and come away with a set of tools that work. 

Julia McNeal (Law & Order; Magic Theatre) has appeared in numerous plays and films. Her acclaimed, distinct method for Playing Multiple Characters has been used by actors and performers for years; she is excited to finally be bringing it to authors. Both returning and new students are welcome.

 

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Class: Diana Toledano & Victoria Rock - Creating Chapter Books (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sat., June 15 • 10:00am - 1:00pm • $75

Chronicle Books editor Victoria Rock and illustrator Diana Toledano will share their behind-the-scenes experience on creating a chapter book, from manuscript to editing to illustration to publication! We’ll also cover tips and tricks on creating powerful chapter books, and answer frequently asked questions.Topics will include: series potential, the difference between chapter books and early chapter books, character consistency, how to create a strong cover, etc.

As a special treat, we'll have a pitch contest! The winner will be able to submit a query to agent Teresa Kietlinski, of Bookmark Literary. The agency is currently closed to submissions from authors, so don't miss this opportunity!

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Steven Stein - Food and Culture Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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4 Mondays: June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • $100

“To eat well is to live well’ is a familiar saying that comes fairly close to the mark. The group continues its exploration of writers who’ve had lots to say about dining in and dining out - past and present. Newcomers welcome!

June 17
The Gourmand’s Way - Justin Spring

July 15 
An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage

August 19 
The Tummy Trilogy - Calvin Trillin

September 16 
Heat - Bill Buford

Steve Stein spent over 30 years in the food and lodging industry, and currently spends a little too much time dining around.

The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 16th, 2018

A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 and a Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2017. Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Culinary History.


An Edible History of Humanity Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802719911
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2010

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts the enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat.


The Tummy Trilogy: American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; Third Helpings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374524173
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 30th, 1994

In the 1970s, Calvin Trillin informed America that its most glorious food was not to be found at the pretentious restaurants he referred to generically as La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine.


Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400034475
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2007

A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali.


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