Class: Silvia Iannelli - Intermediate/Advanced Full Immersion Italian

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, March 14 • 1:00-5:00 pm • $120
Must register by March 7. Minimum of 6 students. 
Topics that will be covered: il periodo ipotetico, il verbo "fare," il condizionale con il congiuntivo, le congiunzioni.  
Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Memoir Workshop

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
4 Mon.: Jan. 26-Feb. 16 • 6:00-8:00pm • $120
Jasmin Darznik offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on interviewing family members and managing the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. An award-winning writer and teacher, Jasmin received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Good Daughter.

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Four Mondays: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of…a brilliant, idiosyncratic, still-best-selling look at San Francisco, by a writer who walked almost every block; a masterful first novel about two sisters, the seductive artist who paints their portrait, and intricate secrets about the three—and art—that emerge decades later; the special 25th-anniversary edition of a wonderfully entertaining travelogue, updated with musings on how both Nepal and travel writing have changed; and a new collection, at long last, of 14 engrossing, adventurous tales by a much-lauded short-story writer.
January: Gary KamiyaCool Gray City of Love
February: Tracy GuzemanThe Gravity of Birds
March: Jeff GreenwaldShopping for Buddhas
April: Molly Giles, All the Wrong Places

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 3-Apr. 21 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200
“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 37th year.

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Phenomenon of the Self-Portrait

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Four Fridays, March 27-April 17 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140


From its origins in Medieval scriptoria to the compulsively repetitive images of Egon Schiele and Cindy Sherman, we study this important genre of painting.  What was the artist's intention? Self reflection a la Montaigne? The Status of the artist? Illustration of an aesthetic idea? Comments on society? Why do some artists paint so many "selfies" and other artists so few? Case studies include Durer, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Hogarth, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Picasso, Robert Arneson and Andy Warhol.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

Class: Kerrin Meis - Botticelli to Braque: Exciting Works from the National Galleries, Scotland

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Three Fridays, March 6-20 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110

An in-depth discussion of form and meaning in some of the most iconic images in Western art on view from March 7 to May 31 at the de Young museum. Masterpieces by Veronese, Velazquez, Vermeer, Raeburn and Watteau as well as Botticelli's Virgin Adoring the Christ Child are complemented by superb examples of the genius of Claude Monet and Georges Braque. We will discuss the provenance of these works as well. Participants are invited to arrange a field trip with Prof. Meis.

Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 16 • 11:00-4:00 pm • $125 (with copy of Writing from the Senses)
In this workshop, we'll use sensory prompts to help us tap into memory and story for vivid imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura's book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. We'll practice awareness of the five senses, plus motion and intuition — and learn how to write about the senses in our authentic voice. This workshop includes creative writing exercises and feedback, along with meditation to awaken awareness, spark creativity and make our writing come alive.
For writers of all levels.
Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Discover Your Legacy

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, March 21 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $85
Explore creative ways to envision the next phase of your life. In this experiential workshop, we'll use writing, discussion, meditation and other techniques to help you uncover what brings you a sense of purpose. 
Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.

Class: Mary Edwards - Jump Start Your Art Career

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 14 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $50

Where are you in your art career?  How do you take the next step? The workshop will explain how current trends in the art world affect you.  We will explore four principles that guide the careers of successful artists.  Materials include a checklist to guide you, a ladder of exhibition opportunities, and a list of key local resources.

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach who works exclusively with artists and other creative people.

Class: Dianne Jacob - Writing Food Blogs & Cookbooks

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Four Wednesdays, Feb. 18-Mar. 11 • 6:00-8:00pm • $150

Have your friends been telling you to write a cookbook? Want to express your love of food and cooking in a blog? In this class, we’ll discuss how come up with a great cookbook idea, how the cookbook publishing industry works, and whether self-publishing is an option. You’ll also learn how to start a food blog and keep it going. Templates make it easier than ever to blog today, and give you a way to build great content and an audience. 

Dianne Jacob is a speaker and teacher on food writing, and author of the award-winning book Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir and More and co-author of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas. She has blogged on food writing for six years at


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