Class: Diane Conway - Brainstorming Your Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:30pm

Saturday, January 18, 2020 • 12:30am - 3:30pm • $75

This class helps you strengthen and refine your vision for your nonfiction book or memoir. You have the idea for your book and have done a fair amount of writing, but the concept is still fuzzy? You can’t grasp exactly what your book is about and so you are failing to gain traction? With her experience in developmental and concept editing, Diane Conway will help you brainstorm your core idea. In this supportive class you’ll discover how a clear focus is key to writing that flows.

Diane Conway is a seasoned writing coach and teacher who has published three books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Allen Klein - The Lighten Up Book (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

If you liked Healing After Loss by Martha W. Hickman and Together is Better by Simon Sinek, you’ll love The Lighten Up Book.

Allen Klein is the world's only "Jollytologist". As a keynote speaker and bestselling author, he has mastered the art of choosing the right quote at the right time. In The Lighten Up Book, he has gathered his favorite wise words to help readers power their lives with the positive. We have all weathered a lot of storms in recent times, literally with hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and what seems like unrelenting strife in our daily discourse. We all need reminders of what we truly value in our life—family, friendship, community, leadership, service, helping others.

As inspirational as it is instructive, The Lighten Up Book is a treasury of moving and meaningful sayings that spurs readers to live life to the fullest. Readers can take this encouraging book on the go to get a quick shot of inspiration at any time, or they can select one quote every day for in-depth thought and meditation. However readers choose to use these uplifting and inspiring quotes, they all have the potential to be life-changing.

The Lighten Up Book offers endless encouragement. The quotes in this book will help you to:

  • Feel inspired
  • Recover from grief and loss
  • Get back up after a hard day knocks you down
  • And much more!
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Valerie Caccia - How to Eat a Millennial .. One Byte at a Time (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 3:00pm

Bay Area brunches, private plane lunches & the Contessa Ghibli await in How to Eat a Millennial...One Byte at a Time, a hilarious, imaginative and insightful start up book taking on the most creative generation of all time: the Millennials! Armed with a rotary phone and gluten, and with the help of friends and family from each generation, ranging in ages from 1 to 106 years old, Valerie Caccia reminds the modern world how to respectfully laugh at itself with everyone in it.

Valerie Caccia is a Wine Country based real estate salesperson, comedy writer and humorist. Born and raised in San Francisco, she lives in Sonoma, California with the greatest of Great Pyrenees, C.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell - First Cut (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 4:00pm

First Cut follows San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, who makes a chilling discovery when a suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover-up. But as Jessie digs deeper, she faces unexpected pushback from her superiors and pressure to stay in her lane, close the case and move on.

For Jessie, San Francisco was supposed to be a fresh start, a chance to escape her troublesome past in Los Angeles. Instead she finds herself overworked and underpaid, working in a dingy morgue and living under the fog in a cramped converted cable car. Now, despite warnings from her colleagues and threats from her boss, she is determined to find the truth.

As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to a plot involving opioid traffickers and San Francisco’s shifting terrain of tech start-ups. Autopsy means “see for yourself,” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all—even if it means the next corpse on the slab could be her own.

Judy Melinek, M.D. was an assistant medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and as CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She and T.J. Mitchell met as undergraduates at Harvard, after which she studied medicine and practiced pathology at UCLA. Her training in forensics at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner is the subject of their first book, the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Judy Melinek.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Wise for Corey Fischer- Finding Your Story

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 10:00am

Sunday, January 19 • 10:00-4:00 pm • Tuition: $150, proceeds to benefit Corey Fischer's medical expenses 

Please note: This class has been cancelled.

“Stand-up storytelling” invigorates the imagination, reclaims memories, and inspires the body’s own creativity. This day will include of a variety of exercises in a safe and supportive setting. Each student will be guided in discovering a particular personal story that needs to be told. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories and expand their expressive range. No prior experience necessary. 

Corey Fischer was originally scheduled to teach this workshop. He is recovering from surgery and unable to teach. Nina Wise, who is a longtime friend who co-taught with Corey for many years, is stepping in to teach this workshop as a benefit to help pay Corey's medical expenses.

The founder of Motion Theater®, an original form of autobiographical improvisation, Nina offers performances and trainings in this unique form of authentic self-expression. She has performed custom-designed improvised works at theaters, think tanks, conferences, medical institutions, and political events around the world.

As an artist and teacher who specializes in innovation, she has coached numberous individuals and teams in creativity, the cultivation of presence, stress reduction, communication and leadership. In addition, authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield, Wise teaches Buddhist practice at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and other spiritual centers worldwide.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ben Moon - Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

When Ben Moon moved from the Midwest to Oregon, he hadn’t planned on getting a dog. But when he first met the soulful gaze of a rescue pup in a shelter, Ben instantly felt a connection, and his friendship with Denali was born. The two of them set out on the road together, on an adventure that would take them across the American West and through some of the best years of their lives. But when Ben was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 29, he faced a difficult battle with the disease, and Denali never once left his side until they were back out surfing and climbing crags. It was only a short time later that Denali was struck by the same disease, and Ben had the chance to return the favor. Denali is the story of this powerful friendship that shaped Ben and Denali’s lives, showing the strength and love that we give and receive when we have our friends by our side.

Ben Moon is an adventure and lifestyle photographer turned director and filmmaker who uses his intuitive sensibilities to bring individuals and their stories to life: from climbing and surfing images, to music videos, to behind-the-scenes moments and narratives. For more than seventeen years his work has been featured in the esteemed Patagonia catalogs, where he seeks to capture the beauty and authenticity of people challenging themselves everywhere, from the sheer rock walls of Yosemite to fifty-foot waves in the Pacific Northwest.

Because Ben is also a rock climber, surfer, and adventurer, his insights into the subjects he photographs are tangible. He takes this ability to connect with others a step further in his ongoing black-and-white portrait project called Faces, in which each individual’s inner beauty is revealed in a disarming and intimate manner. Founded in 2014, his production company, Moonhouse, is a platform for collaborating with friends and other creatives who similarly want to bring thoughtful stories to life on-screen. The 2015 short film Denali told Ben’s own deeply personal story about his battle with colorectal cancer and his relationship with his beloved dog Denali, who passed away from cancer a decade after Ben recovered from his. The film continues to touch new audiences online and at film festivals worldwide. Another short, Grizzly Country, documents the ecowarrior and grizzly bear activist Doug Peacock. Ben’s most recent short films include Offseason, which features his close friend Daniel Norris, an ace lefty pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, who lives in his van in the off-season and who hopes to inspire others to slow down and live more simply. Ben now lives in Pacific City, Oregon, where he explores the nearby dunes of Cape Kiwanda and shores of the Pacific Ocean with his pup, Nori, who has strikingly similar facial markings to Denali, and shares many of his finer personality traits.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925