Class: Melanie Vetter - Write Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

Thursday May 17 • 6:30 pm-8:30pm • $60

Writing your life —two pages at a time—using universal themes such as family, career and work, and spirituality. Priming questions will help evoke memories of events and people. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an enjoyable way to gain a growing appreciation of your life and the lives of others, as well as put the past into perspective. Narrative storytelling is a wonderful way to learn about yourself, and has been shown to enhance the writer’s sense of meaning. This introductory class will include creative exercises, writing tips, writing, and sharing of stories. All levels of writing experience (from no experience to expert) are welcome and encouraged to join.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday May 19 • 10am-4pm • $120

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**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anthony Wright - Critical Thinking in Times of Polarization, Goblins, and Trolls (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Three Wednesdays; May 23 - June 6  • 7 pm-8:30 pm • $150

Many have wondered how it was possible for the current administration to have been elected to the Presidency of the United States in 2016. Documented on-line influences are taking place in an already turbulent field of inflamed political and social polarization across the globe. A possible way forward beyond further polar responses is the rekindling and deepening of a thoughtful, mutual respect for all human beings. Join us in a three-part course on reawakening practical critical attending and emotional competence in multiple dimensions.

Anthony S. Wright, PhD is a lecturer in the philosophy department of Sonoma State University. His doctorate is in Chinese philosophy and complexity science. He has been a piano technician and radio producer, and has worked as a community and post-divorce mediator.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Beginning Italian Conversation & Review lvl 2 & 3 (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:30am

Eight Thursdays; May 24 - June 14, 2018 • 11:30 am-1:30 pm • $135

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Erin Byrne - Your Writing Palette (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Wednesday May 30 • 6:00pm - 8:00 pm • $60

Our writing can be brightened with techniques, styles, and flourishes of other genres. 

During this one-session class taught by author Erin Byrne we will dip our pens into fiction, nonfiction, travel, memoir, film, poetry, and journalism to add vivid hues to our writing styles and enliven our prose.

All writers welcome from emerging to widely published, all genres as well.

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper  film.  Erin’s travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays have won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and an Accolade Award for film.  She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage, Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.  Her screenplay, Siesta, is in pre-production in Spain, and she is working on a novel set in the Paris Ritz during the occupation, Illuminations. 

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Marilyn Chase - Freelance Bootcamp: Reporting, Writing and Pitching Your Nonfiction Stories (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday June 2nd • 10am-4pm • $110

Join us June 2 for a one-day workshop on reporting and writing nonfiction articles and proposing them for publication.  No prior experience is necessary. Just bring your curiosity, interest in reporting facts, joy in storytelling – and a notebook! 

Marilyn Chase is a former reporter and columnist at The Wall Street Journal, who is now teaching journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.  She is the author of “The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco,” (Random House, 2003), and is now writing a life story of the San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa due out in Spring 2020.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

Sunday June 10 • 2pm-6pm • $110

In our 50's, 60's and 70's, we begin a new phase of life.   It’s important now to address the opportunities and fears of retirement and aging.  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 and fulfilling future.   

Lynn Ryder work as a facilitator, career consultant, corporate trainer, and University Lecturer. She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Karen Benke Four-Day Summer Writing Camp for Kids (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:30am

Monday June 18-Thursday June 21 • 9:30 am - 12:30pm • $375

Summer Creative Writing Adventure
For Boys and Girls Ages 9-12

If you like to fool around with words and play on—and off—the page, this camp is for you!  In its fourth summer, this interactive creative writing “play-shop” is for kids who want to inspire 
and surprise themselves (and others)!  We tip words and connect broken bits of overheard conversation, black-out poems and fill-in 100 word stories.  We make magic word tickets
and homemade envelopes. Play with similes, metaphors, personification, and juxtaposition too. Come prepared to leave a trail of clues en route to the big blue box where we mail our
creations into the wider world. Limited to 20 participants.  Snacks, stamps, all writing materials, and take-home prompts included.

Karen Benke is the author of three popular books on creative writing, RIP THE PAGE! LEAP WRITE IN! and WRITE BACK SOON! Adventures in Letter Writing.
She has worked as a Poet in the Schools and is the founder of The Writers Nest, located in the Mill Valley Lumber Yard. A new book, RIP THE PAGE! An Action-Packed Adventure will be published in March, 2019 by Shambhala Publications.

**Please Specify Child's Name When Registering**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood & the Aesthetic Movement (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; June 22 & 29  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $80

Twelve years ago the FAMSF arranged an exhibition: The Cult of Beauty. To explore this late Victorian phenomenon, we’ll look at a show entitled Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters opening at the end of June. To provide background let's look at the origins of the PRB, the Gothic Revival, connections to the Arts and Crafts movement, the Japonisme of Whistler, Burne-Jones, William Morris; Wm. Hollman Hunt; Dante Gabriel Rosetti, John Everett Millais and, of course, Oscar Wilde.  

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

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Sonoma (Sonoma)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $170 for general public

Class begins and ends at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Round-trip transportation provided.

Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in Sonoma. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this historic town together and the gather details and themes for a written passage about their experience. The group will reconvene over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. By the end of the day, participants will return with an appreciation of the craft and potential of travel writing. Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.


Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 9-12, 2018 • Corte Madera • 27th Annual
World’s Premier Conference for Travel Writers & Photographers

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 27th year, this four-day conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers. Optional evaluations of participants’ work are available. The conference begins with a big opening dinner and includes breakfast and lunch buffets each day.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925