Classes

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Eight Wednesdays; February 28-April 25; 4-6 pm (no class April 11) • 3:30-5:30pm • $250

 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 thought the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German for Travelers (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays; Mar. 2 - Apr. 27 (no class Mar. 30) • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Significant Others (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 2, 9, and 16 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

CREATIVE COUPLES IN WESTERN ART HISTORY: INTIMACY AND INSPIRATION
A close look of the works and lives of artists who inspired each other  from Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter to Julia Kleinhans Mathews and Arthur Mathews. Was their most brilliant work created while they were together or was parting company  an opportunity for growth?  We study Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Sonia Terk- Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, and others all considered in the context of the artistic  milieu in which they worked.

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke - Creative Writing Adventure for Kids (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am

Saturday March 3 • 9:30 am - 12:30pm • $140

A Creative Writing Adventure for 4th/5th/6th graders who want to dive deep into playing with words on and off the page. We eavesdrop for dialog, swap images, tip words, mash-up stories, create envelopes, stash letters, hide poems, wander far into our dreaming-doodling imaginations, and replenish ourselves with snacks and laughs and new ways to surprise
ourselves with a pen + paper.  All materials included.  

**Writing Adventure limited to 20 young writers.**

** Please specify your child's name when you register**

Karen Benke is the author of three popular books that inspire a love of creative writing: Rip the Page! Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing…along with the forthcoming Rip ALL the Pages Journal. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer’s Odyssey One-Day Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Saturday March 3 • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm • $75

Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This one-day workshop explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are on now, and through a series of writing exercises and practices that provide a map to guide you along through inspiration and perspiration to the final stages of the publishing adventure.

Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, a documentary filmmaker, a frequent writer for television and radio, as well as a frequent leader of mythic tours and writing workshops in Greece. As a founding mentor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, Cousineau has helped over 100 writers navigate the metamorphosis that is reshaping the book world.

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Huston Smith (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - January 8th, 2012

Focusing on the sacred and transformative aspects of our journeys, the author resurrects the art of pilgrimage as a spirit-renewing ritual that leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.


Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573242998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

Following in the footsteps of Joseph Campbell's injunction to 'follow your bliss', Cousineau gives readers the fuel to continue their journey to find passion in all areas of their lives. He offers a multitude of stories, ideas and exercises to inspire those on their way to a more creative life.


The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780962654893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer’s Odyssey (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:30pm

4 Sundays March 4-25 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $240

Have you ever felt as if you were wandering aimlessly with your writing, lost in the labyrinth without a clue how to get home again? Take heart! This four-week class explores the uncanny parallels between the writing life and Homer’s Odyssey by helping you visualize your work as a mythic journey. This intensive but entertaining approach will help you identify which stage you are on now, and is designed to help guide to the next stage of your writing through a series of writing exercises, practices, movie clips, ample group discussion, and one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Themes to be explored are: The Call, Mentors and Muses, the Monster in the Labyrinth, The Beauty of the Real Work, The Cool Fire, and Bringing Home the Boon.

Phil Cousineau is the author of over 30 books, including the bestseller The Art of Pilgrimage, and the award-winning Stoking the Creative Fires, a documentary filmmaker, a frequent writer for television and radio, as well as a frequent leader of mythic tours and writing workshops in Greece. As a founding mentor in Book Passage’s Path to Publishing program, Cousineau will also offer insights into the transformations that are reshaping the book world.

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Huston Smith (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - January 8th, 2012

Focusing on the sacred and transformative aspects of our journeys, the author resurrects the art of pilgrimage as a spirit-renewing ritual that leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.


Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573242998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

Following in the footsteps of Joseph Campbell's injunction to 'follow your bliss', Cousineau gives readers the fuel to continue their journey to find passion in all areas of their lives. He offers a multitude of stories, ideas and exercises to inspire those on their way to a more creative life.


The Oldest Story in the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780962654893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sisyphus Press - July 12th, 2017

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sandra Kierulff - Conversational French (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 2:00pm

Eight Mondays; March 5 - May 7 (no class Apr.  2 & 16) • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • $265

Conversational French, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary for travelers, as well as a review of useful grammar structures through lively discussion, readings and songs.

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte,” a French course aired on KQED radio. 

She lived and worked in France for several years and holds degrees in French and Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: March 5-April 23 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200

To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week. Widely published local poet and author John Hart edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Hinds - How to Promote Your Book (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

Thursday March 8, 2018• 6:00 pm - 7:30pm • $60

An interactive presentation by Diane Hinds

How To Promote Your Book is a talk aimed at the independent writer.  

Entertainment PR expert Diane Hinds recognised that so many writers who followed the less traditional routes lacked media coverage, reviews, and improved sales.

How To Promote Your Book guides writers through the process of devising  their personalised campaigns, with comprehensive information regarding research, targeting the audience, creating the key message, as well as ‘writing a press release and learning about distribution.  Writers will learn how to achieve these advertising and marketing elements in an affordable way, delivering to the target audience, sound public relations through a well-thought-out campaign.

Diane has delivered this popular talks to literary festivals, libraries and universities throughout the UK, to the California Writer’s Group in Victorville, San Diego Writers’ Guild and more in California. Her clients include the Irish singing sensation Nathan Carter, international & New York Times bestselling writer Anne Perry and Annie Machon, and she has promoted Jermaine Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Lesley Garrett CBE, Nigel Kennedy to name a few.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German for Travelers One-Day Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Saturday March 10 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm • $120

This one-day course teaches you to have instant rapport when traveling to Germany. While most of the business conducted by foreigners in Germany is in English, Germans appreciate their guests making an effort to speak their language. You’ll learn enough German to carry on a simple conversation with anyone.
You’ll learn
-    Greetings and good-byes
-    Introductions
-    The verbs sein (to be) and haben (to have)
-    Polite requests
-    Numbers from 0-1 million
-    Telling time (including official or military time)
-    The present tense of regular verbs
-    Word order and forming questions
-    The days of the week
-    The past tense of sein
-    Pertinent vocabulary
 

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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