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

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: Oct. 1 - Nov. 19 • 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.

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Class: Melissa Cistaro- Mapping Your Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays: Oct. 4 - 25 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $220

Finding a structure can be one of the biggest challenges of writing a memoir. How do you choose what to put in your story and what to leave out. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a series of visual “memory maps” specifically for your story. We will use these personal maps as a tool for writing narratives that are both emotional and compelling. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Materials provided.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and national publications. She also works as an event coordinator at Book Passage and has taught memoir writing classes in the Bay Area and beyond.

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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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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. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives.

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday October 14 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • $130

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, October 7th.

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: 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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Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., May 11 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.


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ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor Books - September 1st, 1995

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times
Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author:

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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

"Anne Lamott is my Oprah." --Chicago Tribune

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Almost Everything and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it.

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