Classes

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am

Ten Thursdays; Jan. 17 – Mar. 28 (no class Feb. 21), 2019 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $325

In this course, participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining "core" grammar.  By the end of this course participants will feel confident communicating in Spanish. 

Victoria Einhorn has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from William Smith College and a Master’s degree in education from New York University. She has lived in Salamanca, Spain where she attended the University of Salamanca for a year. She has taught preschool in Manhattan, New York, first grade in the San Francisco public schools, and a Spanish bilingual third grade class in Texas. She now teaches Spanish as an enrichment class.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:00am

8 Fridays; January 18 - March 15 (no class Feb. 15), 2019 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $265

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Stunning Sentences (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, January 19, 2019  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

You’ve got a great story, but do you have great sentences? In this class, you’ll learn about right-branching, mid-branching, and left-branching sentences. You’ll learn how to write suspenseful sentences, and sentences with rhythm and sound, which can be hard-hitting or as soft as a spring-scented wind. You’ll learn how to write a long sentence and one with precise imprecision. The class is applicable to all genres, fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Nina Schuyler's novel, The Translator, won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; January 21, February 25, March 25, & April 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

**Reading list TBA**
In this long-running book group, we spend the first hour discussing a book we've just read and the second hour conversing with the author. We've had fascinating discussions with local authors such as Yiyun Li, Elizabeth McKenzie, T.J. Stiles, Daniel Handler, Andrew Sean Greer, Anthony Marra, Adam Hochschild, Cristina Garcia, Elizabeth Rosner, T. Geronimo Johnson, Mary Roach.... Now four more excellent authors will be joining us.

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant at feinsilber@comcast.net.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:30pm

Seven Wednesdays: Jan. 23 - Mar. 13 (no class Mar. 6), 2019 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $425

Don George’s seven-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

**Space Limited**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Claude Monet and Architecture (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; January 25 & Feb 1, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

The FAMSF has surveyed his early work and is now exhibiting his late paintings. We will focus on the highly successful middle years at Argenteuil and abroad: London, the Netherlands, France and Italy- his confrontation, not only with nature but with architecture.

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: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing and Publishing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday January 26, 2019 • 10:00 - 2:00 pm • $120 

 This workshop will teach you how to get your book published and into the hands of readers. The world of publishing is changing rapidly, and each change brings new challenges.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is almost uniquely qualified to help writers get through these issues, because she has successfully written and published books through several channels—from major publishers to self-publishing. She is a poet, travel writer, a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She is the founder and leader of Left Coast Writers.

 

 

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Mura - Lessons from a Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • $75

In the first half-hour of this class, we’ll briefly explore the issues, skills and knowledge involved with writing about race, and the need for such instruction with all students, regardless of their race. In the last two and a half hours, we’ll explore the basics of narrative construction in fiction and memoir. Topics will include the irreconcilable conflicts, the use of lies, the structures of myth and the three-act play, and the author as the Devil tempting her characters. Students will be given pre-class assignments and readings.

David Mura is a memoirist, novelist, poet, and literary critic. He is long recognized as a master teacher at writing programs like VONA, the Loft, and the Stonecoast MFA. He has written the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire and two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity.
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Tissot: The Non-Impressionist (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; February 8 & 15, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

James Jacques Joseph Tissot was a French artist  best known for his paintings of fashionably dressed women in elegant settings first in France, then in London. Friendships with Morisot, Degas, and Manet had little influence on his style which is highly descriptive & realistic. We will study his life and career, including his affair with Kathleen Newton, & his late works embracing Biblical Subjects including a Life of Christ.

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: Janet Stickmon - Writing Your Untold Story (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 9, 2019  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • $75

Ever feel like there's a story inside of you that's dying to come out?  During this workshop, you will learn ways of wrapping words around experiences so they can come to life and be a story you can share with others.  The story you tell could become a tool for liberation...for yourself as well as for others. 

Janet Stickmon is a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College and the author of Crushing Soft Rubies—A Memoir and Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience. Essays from Stickmon’s forthcoming book To Black Parents Visiting Earth:  Raising Black Children in the 21st Century have been featured in Mutha Magazine and The Huffington Post and will be released in paperback December 2018.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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