Class: Connie Josefs - You Had To Be There: Writing Scene in Memoir

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 10:00am
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Sunday, January 12, 2020 • 10:00am – 1:00pm • $95 

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“I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.” — Virginia Woolf  
Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the immediate experience of a story. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? This workshop will examine the varied effects of scene and exposition in memoir and explore how they are used effectively to bring personal experience to the page.

Connie Josefs Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

While the classes can be taken individually, Connie has found that the workshops were most valuable for people who did the full series. There’s a momentum that builds and it’s a bit tricky for new folks to join in, particularly after the first day. 

The 4-class series includes:

  • Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Jan 11   10am - 1pm
  • The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Jan 11   2:30pm - 5:30pm
  • You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Jan 12  10am - 1pm
  • The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Jan 12  2:30pm - 5:30pm

Register for the 4-class series: 

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection, and content. She has a beautiful way of corralling the group and keeping people on track in a caring way. In addition, she has to hear people share some of their worst moments and traumas and respond with feedback on the writing, instead of as a therapist or friend. She’s truly brilliant in how she manages these delicate, intricate dynamics.” – Erin P.

"Connie was very clear & specific as to each segment she taught, answered questions thoughtfully and well AND had us do writing exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience. I only took one class – I wish I had taken all four!" – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - The Shape of Time in Memoir

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 2:30pm
photo of Connie Josefs, craft of writing memoir instructor

Sunday, January 12, 2020 • 2:30pm – 5:30pm • $95 

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“You don’t look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that... Nothing goes away.” — Margaret Atwood  Time can be one of the the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence.

Connie Josefs Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who has worked extensively with writers to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Writers Conference, and Santa Monica College. She has also been a writer and story analyst for film and television.

While the classes can be taken individually, Connie has found that the workshops were most valuable for people who did the full series. There’s a momentum that builds and it’s a bit tricky for new folks to join in, particularly after the first day. 

The 4-class series includes:

  • Who’s Talking? The Narrator in Memoir                                            Sat Jan 11   10am - 1pm
  • The Way They Were • Writing Believable Characters in Memoir     Sat Jan 11   2:30pm - 5:30pm
  • You Had To Be There • Writing Scene in Memoir                              Sun Jan 12  10am - 1pm
  • The Shape of Time in Memoir                                                             Sun Jan 12  2:30pm - 5:30pm

Register for the 4-class series: 

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection, and content. She has a beautiful way of corralling the group and keeping people on track in a caring way. In addition, she has to hear people share some of their worst moments and traumas and respond with feedback on the writing, instead of as a therapist or friend. She’s truly brilliant in how she manages these delicate, intricate dynamics.” – Erin P.

"Connie was very clear & specific as to each segment she taught, answered questions thoughtfully and well AND had us do writing exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience. I only took one class – I wish I had taken all four!" – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:30pm
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7 Tuesdays: Jan 14 - Feb 25 • 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 also learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George literally wrote the book on travel writing — Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing, the best-selling travel writing guide in the world — and has been a travel writer and editor all his professional life. He chairs Book Passage's annual Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Serena Wolf - The Dude Diet Dinnertime (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm

The author of The Dude Diet is back with 125 crowd-pleasing recipes to hack the daily dinner dilemma.

In her cult-classic The Dude Diet, chef and recipe developer Serena Wolf dared go where no healthy living cookbook had gone before: into the realm of dude food. From wings and nachos to burgers and pizza, Serena offered clean(ish) junk food makeovers that inspired dudes everywhere to put down the takeout menu and pick up a spatula. Now, The Dude Diet Dinnertime gives those same hungry dudes—and their families—dozens of drool-worthy main course dishes.

In The Dude Diet Dinnertime, Serena gives you 125 foolproof recipes to satisfy every craving and please every member of the family. With soon-to-be classics like Super Sloppy Josés, Turkey Reuben Patty Melts, Chicago Dog Baked Potatoes and Chicken Parm Quinoa Bake, Serena shows comfort food fanatics and picky eaters alike how to get a delicious, nutritious, and filling dinner on the table without a fuss—and sometimes in 30 minutes flat.

With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, gorgeous food photography, and Serena’s one-of-a-kind voice and humor, The Dude Diet Dinnertime offers a fun and utterly satisfying answer to the eternal question: What’s for dinner?

After graduating from Harvard in 2009, Serena followed her passion for food to Le Cordon Bleu Paris, receiving her cuisine diploma in 2011. Since then, she has put her culinary skills to work as a private chef, food writer, recipe developer, and blogger at Domesticate-Me.com.

She is currently a food contributor for ELLE.com and a member of SELF Magazine’s SelfMade Collective (an elite group of 25 influencers in the lifestyle space), as well as the former private chef for two players on the New York Giants. She also creates regular video content for her growing YouTube channel.

Serena’s writing, recipes and photography have been featured on The Huffington Post, SHAPE.com, SELF. Com, BetterHomesandGardens.com, WomensHealth.com, BuzzFeed and POPSUGAR among others. She has also appeared as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show and Martha Stewart’s Radio Show "Mostly Martha."

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Published: Harper Wave - October 29th, 2019

The author of The Dude Diet is back with 125 crowd-pleasing recipes to hack the daily dinner dilemma.

in her cult-classic The Dude Diet, chef and recipe developer Serena Wolf dared go where no healthy living cookbook had gone before: into the realm of dude food.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Joel Paul - The Constitution and the Imperial Presidency 

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Five Thursdays: January 16 - February 13 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • $260 (Materials included)



There’s probably no topic that is more on the minds of Americans than this one: what is the scope and limit of the power residing in the presidency? Joel Richard Paul is a Professor of Constitutional Law at UC Hastings, and he is the right person to guide us through this often harrowing topic. Professor Paul was one of the teachers in our class on the U.S. Constitution in 2017 as well as our class earlier this year, A Closer Look at the First Amendment. He is also the author of two provocative works of history: Unlikely Allies and Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times.

What are the topics? They’re practically pulled from the headlines:
• The election of the president
• The president’s powers in foreign affairs & war
• The president’s powers as chief executive
• The president’s privileges and immunities
• The removal of the president

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$17.00
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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Published: Riverhead Books - February 19th, 2019

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Nancy Davis Kho - The Thank-You Project (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

The Thank-You Project tells the story of the year that writer/podcaster Nancy Davis Kho wrote thank-you letters to 50 people, places, and pastimes that had shaped her, inspired her, and helped her become the person she was. The list of recipients included family and friends, of course, but soon expanded to teachers, bosses, mentors, authors, cities, hobbies and even a handful of ex-boyfriends and former friends. (Don’t worry, turns out you don’t have to mail every letter you write to yield the happiness benefits of gratitude!) It was a wholly unexpected way to find more peace during what turned out to be a trying and turbulent time and continues to yield benefits years down the road.

Using her own story as a springboard and incorporating facets from the emerging science of happiness to understand why her gratitude letters worked so well, Nancy gives practical and reassuring guidance to readers who want to start their own Thank-You Project. The book will make readers laugh, reflect, and itch to start writing their own letters to the formative people in their lives.

In her book The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time, the author gives practical and encouraging advice for readers to map out their own project, by covering the following areas:

  • Lining Up the Letters
    • Who has helped you? How?
    • Who has shaped you? How?
    • Who has inspired you? How?
  • Family First
  • Feelings for Friends
  • Lessons from Loves
  • Inspirations from Influencers
  • Praise for Places and Pastimes

Fitting for the creator of the Midlife Mixtape blog and Midlife Mixtape Podcast, Nancy ends each chapter with related music playlists to create the mood and keep the writing fires burning.

Actively appreciating the formative people, places, and pastimes in your life, past and present, can lead to a lasting increase in your happiness levels--and The Thank-You Project offers a charming, entertaining roadmap to See, Say and Savor your way there.

Nancy Davis Kho is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, US Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Toast. She covers the years between being hip and breaking one on her award-winning Midlife Mixtape blog, and on the companion Midlife Mixtape Podcast. She and her family live in Oakland, CA. Visit her at daviskho.com.

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Published: Running Press Adult - December 3rd, 2019

Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand -- and The Thank-You Project provides an easy-to-follow approach for creating more of both.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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