Class: Lary Kirchenbauer - Writing Tools for the Digital Age (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm

Two Thursdays; Nov. 1, choice of Nov. 8 & 15, 2018 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $175

Writing Tools for the Digital Age


Writing required a hand-held instrument for thousands of years. Priests copied the Bible by tediously copying another Bible, line by line, before Gutenberg lightened their burden.

More than 500 years later, the personal computer created the next major revolution (no offense to the typewriter, but you don’t see many of them any more. Today, we are blessed with thousands of digital writing tools, but our writing isn’t as simple as typing words on a page. 

If you’re still using MS Word or another traditional word processing program for all of your writing, this class will create the same revolution in your writing process as Gutenberg’s printing press did for the priests.

Word Processing Isn’t Enough

Fortunately, whether you're blogging, freelancing or writing a book, there are hundreds, probably thousands, of applications providing valuable tools that can be personalized to your specific writing process, strengthen your writing platform, and make your writing flexible, portable and secure.

They include some of these features:

  • Research notes
  • Writing notes
  • Outlines
  • Mind Maps
  • Annotation
  • Editing
  • Timelines
  • Bibliographies
  • … and much more.

By integrating a variety of these tools,  I can help you build an arsenal of proven tools that will make you a writing ninja very quickly.

It will also give you a much deeper and richer writing environment so that your final product will be that much more powerful and compelling.

Class Structure

This class takes place in two, 2 hour sessions.

The First Session

The class is structured in this manner so we can initially review a series of proven programs to support your writing process. It is likely that each student will discover different tools that work best, so we’ll discuss some of the key features of various applications and how they can be integrated into your writing process.

The Second Session

The second session is scheduled to give you time to explore some of the applications discussed in Session 1 … on your own so you can determine which ones will fit into your writing process. Most applications have free trials, and wherever possible, I’ll arrange discounts for purchase when you’ve chosen an application that will help you. In any case, most of these tools are inexpensive and their value will easily exceed their cost.

  • If you want to move quickly following the first class, I’d suggest taking the second class one week later.
  • If you need more time, you can wait an additional week or two (depending on when you enroll) for the second session.

Each of the second sessions will be the same. There will be plenty of time to discuss your findings, explore additional features and to answer your questions about how to fit different applications into your writing process.

You will also be provided with my contact information and a private users group so I can help you between sessions and after the classes are finished.

November Schedule

For November, 2018, the first session will be on Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

The second session can be scheduled either one week or three weeks after the introductory session:

  • Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
  • Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

If you want to become a more efficient and effective writer, make all of your research and writing notes easily accessible and incorporate tools like mind maps, outlines and timelines into your writing process, join me and take your writing to the next level.

P.S. While most of the applications we’ll discuss will work on both the Apple and PC platform, a few of them will be for Apple only devices, but with PC equivalents.


About Lary

I've been writing professionally for more than 30 years. For many years, I wrote a weekly column for major city newspapers, including an affiliate of the New York Times. I have also written fiction and nonfiction pieces, published e-books and have been writing an active blog at for almost 10 years. I am just now finishing my first novel.

I have been an ardent student of writing tools and applications since I bought my very first Apple Computer more than 30 years ago. I have tried, tested and extensively used hundreds of applications. I can save you countless hours of exploration and help you immediately establish a productive and powerful writing environment.

I have been teaching courses and workshops for over 30 years in a variety of subjects, and have served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. My presentations include compelling slides that have rich visual content, variety and tasteful humor to enrich the audience experience and drive home the key points in a practical and memorable way.



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Class: Kerrin Meis - Chasing Color and Light in Provence and the Riviera (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 2 & 9 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Artists from the Impressionists to Matisse and Picasso were captivated by the light of the South of France. Van Gogh at Arles, Cezanne at Aix- en- Provence, Renoir at Cagnes- sur- Mer, Monet at Antibes, Raoul Dufy, Pierre Bonnard, George Braque, Andre Derain  all succumbed. We will pay special attention to Nice and St. Paul de Vence, the Musee Matisse and the Chagall Museum as well as the Maeght Foundation.  

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

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Saturday November 3 • 2:00 - 6:00 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: Don George - Travel Writing in Pt. Reyes (Pt. Reyes)

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00pm
$120 conference alumni*, $170 general public

Join acclaimed National Geographic and BBC Travel travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George will demonstrate the art of finding a story, focusing on its relevant details, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping views. Activities will include a short writing assignment. The group will gather over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and roundtrip transportation provided.

* Conference Alum means you have previously attended a Book Passage conference


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Class: Kim Hermanson - The Power of Metaphor (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday November 10 • 10am-2pm • $100

Metaphor takes us ‘under the surface’ of our everyday consciousness, into a Deep Creative realm that lies beyond the linear mind. In this experiential class you will directly tap into your own metaphoric imagery and symbolic language, and discover the ways in which metaphor is currently influencing how you see the world, your life, and your creative work. You don’t need to be a writer to benefit from this class. Artists, teachers, organizational leaders, coaches, therapists, and others who wish to expand their ways of learning and knowing are welcome.

Kim Hermanson, Ph.D.   Founder of Doorway Sessions for Creative Breakthroughs.

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Masterpieces of European Art in the Legion of Honor (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 16 & 30 (no class Nov. 23) • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Often ignored by visitors, special exhibitions are superb examples of European art housed in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. From Medieval sculpture and painting through the nineteenth century we will look closely at works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, El Greco, Titian, Fra Angelico, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Tiepolo,  Watteau, Vigee-Lebrun, Daumier, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Rodin. We begin with the history of the institution -its founders and benefactors including Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.

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: David Kunhardt & Peter Joseph - Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday November 18 • 10 am - 1 pm • $40

This class will present up to the present realities of global warming and the changing climate, with reference to scientific and governmental conclusions, with particular reference to those changes that are already reaching self-perpetuating tipping points.
Then we will progress to the actions being taken around the globe, and close to home, to mitigate the worst of climate change, starting with the policy most likely to achieve meaningful improvement: putting a price on carbon.  
**A portion of your ticket price will be donated by Book Passage to the Citizens Climate Lobby Education Fund.**

David Kunhardt – On the Steering Committee of the Time to Lead on Climate coalition of over 20 Marin organizations.  Speaker trained by the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.  Principal of SolEd Benefit Corp.  Advisor to the Drawdown: Marin campaign. Graduate of Middlebury College and the G.W.U. Master of Urban & Regional Planning program.

Peter G. Joseph, M.D. – Group leader, Marin Chapter at Citizens Climate Lobby
Co-author, MIT Climate CoLab winning proposals for a US Carbon Price, 2014, 2015 and 2017: 
“Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend: Bending the Emissions Curve” 
Member, The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health.  Former emergency room physician, graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday December 2 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $130

**Please note Date Change from October 14th**

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique isthe voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are themain characters? How high are the stakes?

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to by Sunday, November 25th.

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

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Class: Christine O'Brien - Macro-Micro Memoir: Using Structure and Specifics to Shape Your Nonfiction (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday January 6th, 2019 • 10am - 4pm • $140

Micro Macro Memoir, Using Structure and Specifics to Shape your Nonfiction: Students focus on specifics (“micro”) such as scene, exposition, and detail, as well as structural elements, (“macro”), including premise, limiting belief and the 7 steps of story archetype, to generate useable material for their memoirs.

Christine O’Brien grew up in New York and Beverly Hills and teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has appeared in The Seneca Review and The Slush Pile. Her memoir Crave, a Memoir of Food and Longing, which Booklist calls “compelling” and a “page turner,” and Lit Hub lists as one of ten memoirs to look for in 2018, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on November 13, 2018.

Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250128836
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - November 13th, 2018

“Do you mind that I’m going to be writing a book about the fact that I was hungry?” I asked my mother. “Just tell a good story,” she replied.

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Class: Joel Paul - The Right to Speak: A Closer Look at the First Amendment (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

4 Thursdays; Jan. 10 - 31 • 6:30-8:30pm • $230

Probably no part of the Constitution has engendered more debate, controversy and passion as the right to “Freedom of Speech” under the First Amendment. Joel Richard Paul, is a Professor
of Constitutional Law at UC Hastings, and he is the right person to guide the class through this critical area of the law. Some may remember Professor Paul as one of the teachers in our class on the U.S. Constitution last fall. He is also the author of two provocative works of history: "Unlikely Allies and Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times". The class will examine some of the key Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment and look at the issues that led up to those cases as well as the consequences of those decisions going forward. (The issues are complex and always controversisal, so participants may find themselves debating the issues just as passionately as those who argued them before the Supreme Court!) 

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594484872
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - November 2nd, 2010

Look out for Joel Paul’s new book, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

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