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

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:00am

Seven Fridays; Oct. 5 - Nov. 16, 2018 (no class September 27) • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $220

In this course, 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 lived there until she was 5. Spanish was her first language, yet she also studied abroad in Mexico and majored in Spanish Translation at the University of Maryland. She later received her Master’s in Secondary Spanish from The Johns Hopkins University. She was a teacher for 8 years and is currently tutoring in Marin. She is looking forward to teaching Spanish courses to the community and welcomes everyone.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Personal Essay & Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:00am

Saturday October 6 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm • $125

Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material and approach it from new angles. This workshop includes instruction, in-class writing, and feedback.  

Laura Deutsch leads writing retreats from CA to Italy and has taught at UC Berkeley, SFSU and Dominican. Her writing has appeared in MORE magazine, the LA Times and elsewhere. She helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives.

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Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Four Sundays: Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, & Nov. 18, 2018 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $260

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps, and includes a signed copy of ANYA’S WAR.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

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Class: Kerrin Meis - The Art of Northern Spain (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Oct. 12 - 26 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $120

Study the Art and Architecture of Visigothic Oviedo, Romanesque, Catalonia as well as monasteries and Cathedrals on the pilgrimage road including the frescoes and Royal tombs of Leon. Compare the work of Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Special attention to the Cathedral of Santiago.

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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Janis Cooke Newman - Writing and Mindfulness (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday October 13 • 10am-4pm • $150

Studies show that practicing mindfulness can lower stress, improve health, strengthen our relationships and increase our overall sense of happiness. But did you know mindfulness can also make you a more creative and skillful writer?

During this daylong retreat, writers will participate in short, guided meditation sessions designed to feed their writing, i.e. being present to experience, connecting with the body, accessing emotion. These will be alternated with prompted bursts of free writing and sharing of in-session work. Students will also receive instruction on how to develop an ongoing writing and meditation practice.

This retreat is intended to show writers how to use the practice of mindfulness to deepen their writing skills and generate new work. It is open to writers of all genres and levels, and to both seasoned meditation practitioners, as well as those who have never meditated before. 

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of a memoir and two critically acclaimed novels. She has completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn mindfulness training program, and has attended numerous mindfulness and meditation retreats at Green Gulch and Spirit Rock in Marin, and Against the Stream in San Francisco. 

**Class fee includes lunch and a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go There You Are**

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The time-honored national bestseller, updated with a new afterword, celebrating 10 years of influencing the way we live.

When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date.

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Class: Wendy Walsh - Intermediate Italian 1 (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:45pm

Eight Mondays; Oct. 15 - Dec. 3 • 12:40 - 2:25 pm • $275

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Class: Wendy Walsh - Intermediate Italian 2 (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:45am

Eight Tuesdays; Oct. 16 - Dec. 4 • 8:45 - 10:30 am - $275 

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Thursdays; Oct. 18 - Dec. 6 (no class Nov. 22) • 9:00 am - 11:00 am • $245

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Gary Gach - Autumn Leaves: How to Haiku (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

Saturday Oct. 20 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $60

It's no secret. Haiku is the most universal poetic format of our time. Celebrate autumn with one of Book Passage University’s classic courses. We’ll start out with basic haiku recipes. Then enjoy a brief haiku walk. As a capper, we’ll engage in a haiku workshop (playshop), sharing our discoveries. It’s amazing how many haiku are embedded in everyday life. Family-friendly – recommended for writers and non-writers of all ages (8–108)!

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder - From Page to Stage (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday October 27, 2018 • 10:00 am- 5:00 pm • $100

Moving From Page to Stage: A Workshop on Essential (and Super Simple) Public Speaking Skills for Writers 

Writers hear all the time about how important it is to create a “platform” to make your work visible in the world. Nobody tells you that it’s YOU that will have to stand on that platform and speak in public. 

You—whatever your genre, style, and publishing path—are the most essential element of your writer’s platform. It makes sense to invest some energy into 

This hands-on, interactive workshop will give you the skills, tools, practice, and feedback you need to bring your best, most confident and authentic self to audiences of any size. Whether your goal is to inform, inspire, or simply to entertain, you’ll learn to design what you want to say as well as how you want to say it. 

In this workshop, you will: 

•    Discover your personal strengths and challenges in public speaking and learn simple delivery skills that help you be your natural, authentic best in front of audiences of any size

•    Eliminate distracting habits, instead learning to move and speak with intention and impact

•    Gather techniques for managing nervousness, and transforming nervous energy into powerful presence

•    Utilize your skills to engage and captivate listeners and engage their emotions, curiosity, and passion

•    Learn a simple and efficient method for designing content that is customized for every type of event

•    Transform public speaking into storytelling by employing the devices and techniques you already know for your writing

•    Learn how to separate your inner critic from your inner coach by privately viewing your own recordings and applying objective evaluation techniques 

•    Practice an effective method for handling challenging questions, and challenging people during talks or interviews, and learn to defend your ideas without appearing defensive.

•    Develop an action plan for continued growth. Public speaking, like writing, is a skill that isn’t mastered in a day, but can develop for a lifetime. You’ll leave knowing what your next steps are for continued growth.

•    Gain confidence, in an atmosphere of fun, support, and camaraderie.  

Every participant should bring:

•    A fully charged smart phone or pad with enough memory space to record several videos throughout the day
•    A phone charger
•    Ear buds or headphones for listening to recordings. 

Included in the workshop fee is a copy of the instructor’s newest book: From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is an award-winning novelist and memoirist, a licensed therapist, and a public speaking coach who has empowered speakers from the reluctant to the downright phobic in Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. She now shares her expertise in coaching public speaking in her new book, From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers. Reach her at 

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In this accessible, straightforward book, seasoned author Betsy Graziani Fasbinder offers readers the why, what, and how of public speaking, along with exercises and resources to support ongoing learning.

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