Classes

Class: Cara Black - The Architect of Your Plot (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am

Sun. October 30 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $75

The Architect of your Plot – Let’s give Villains the respect they deserve! 
Your story owes much to the villain/esse, in fact mystery and crime fiction don’t
function without either. We’ll explore how your villain/esse orchestrates the plot, throws obstacles
in your protagonists way and how to build multi-dimensional characters you love to hate.
 
Bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc mysteries set in Paris. She
has received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, bestowed on those
supporting French culture.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Out of This World! Writing Workshop: Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat. October 29 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $120

It’s a far-out, jet-propelled day of creativity and imagination.
Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin well-known travel writer, editor
and author of award-winning novels in a day of world building,
plotting and adventure into new literary realms.
 
Bring manuscript and project ideas to troubleshoot, discuss and dissect.
 
Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is the author of award-winning books of long and short fiction and editor of twelve anthologies. She has judged numerous literary competitions, led workshops all over the world, and mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Clas: Kerrin Meis - Deciphering Degas (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:00am

2 Sundays: Dec. 4 - 11• 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Deciphering Degas : Looking at His Art to Separate Fact from Myth

Best known for his depictions of dancers, Edgar Degas is generally classified as an Impressionist although he derided "plein air " painting. Labeled a misogynist by his critics, an anti-Semite by most, a loner by his own admission, he created oddly perceptive portraits, had a penchant for the laboring classes: laundresses, milliners and prostitutes, an attitude toward composition entirely new to Western art, and a pre-occupation with blindness. What can we learn from his works both before and after his extended visit to his Creole family in New Orleans.

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: Kerrin Meis - Frankfurt am Main (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: Nov. 11 - 18 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Frankfurt am Main: The Staedel Museum and Its Neighbors

One of the most important art museums in Europe and  home to masterpieces spanning seven hundred years , the Staedel is largely ignored by American visitors to Germany. We study works from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance (Van Eyck, Botticelli)  Baroque( Vermeer, Rembrandt) , Modern (Monet, Kirchner, Picasso)  as well as its spectacular presentation of Contemporary Art (Baselitz, Richter)  in the new Garden Hall.  Visit the nearby Liebieg Sculpture Collection, the Icon Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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: Jennie Oppenheimer - Soul Collage (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 10:00am

Fri November 4 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $200

SoulCollage® is a creative, intuitive collage process full of imagination and soulful inquiry. Guided by our intuition, we’ll create a series of cards, collaging images that offer a visual narrative of our unique stories. They access our inner wisdom and give voice to many facets of our lives that want to be revealed. No art experience is necessary! We’ll make cards and step deeper into them to discover how they relate to our inner and outer world. $200 fee includes all materials for this day-long gathering. Bring your lunch.

Jennie Oppenheimer is an artist, educator and leader of SoulCollage® and mixed media art workshops. After a rich career as an Illustrator and designer, Jennie chose a path to use art process as a tool to inspire soulful investigation and self-expression. It is her passionate belief that creativity and play not only illuminate our strengths and originality but help us to discover our own unique purpose and potential.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jennie Oppenheimer - Soul Collage (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat. October 22 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $200

SoulCollage® is a creative, intuitive collage process full of imagination and soulful inquiry. Guided by our intuition, we’ll create a series of cards, collaging images that offer a visual narrative of our unique stories. They access our inner wisdom and give voice to many facets of our lives that want to be revealed. No art experience is necessary! We’ll make cards and step deeper into them to discover how they relate to our inner and outer world. $200 fee includes all materials for this day-long gathering. Bring your lunch.

Jennie Oppenheimer is an artist, educator and leader of SoulCollage® and mixed media art workshops. After a rich career as an Illustrator and designer, Jennie chose a path to use art process as a tool to inspire soulful investigation and self-expression. It is her passionate belief that creativity and play not only illuminate our strengths and originality but help us to discover our own unique purpose and potential.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning Conversational German (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays: Sept. 9 - Nov. 4 (No class Nov. 23) • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. You'll learn greetings, introductions, carrying on a simple conversation, basic grammar, and proper pronunciation. 

Hamid Emami has a master's degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice B. Acheson - Boot Camp for Writers' Conferences (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 2:00pm

Sat., Sept. 24 • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm • $60

You've heard of authors meeting their agents (or editors) at writers' conferences. How does that happen? Why begin the necessary groundwork now when West Coast conferences begin again in February? What are those needed preparations? The pre-class assignment (instructions supplied upon registration) will lead the way.

"I was overjoyed at the quality of Alice Acheson's presentation. She is knowledgeable, informative, personable and well prepared....I would have paid more...and considered it a bargain." --  Nancy Jean

Independent marketing and publishing specialist Alice B. Acheson draws on decades of experience with large/small publishers and has publicized many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice B. Acheson - 13 Steps to Finding an Agent or Publisher (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am

Sat., Sept. 24 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60

You've written the last word and eliminated all spelling and grammatical errors as well as developmental problems. Now, what steps are necessary—and when—to find an agent or publisher? The teacher's experience and copious handouts will lead the way.

Independent marketing and publishing specialist Alice B. Acheson draws on decades of experience with large/small publishers and has publicized many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice B. Acheson - Bite the Bullet (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 2:00pm

Fri., Sept. 23 • 2:00 – 5:00 pm • $60

The query letter must grab the attention of the agent and/or editor. Is there "one way" to do it? Which details must be included?  What to avoid? The pre-class assignment (instructions provided upon registration) will include an example of a successful letter. Leave the class with a clear idea how to achieve the final polish.

Independent marketing and publishing specialist Alice B. Acheson draws on decades of experience with large/small publishers and has publicized many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously).

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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