A two-session creative writing camp for those interested in playing on and off the page with similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, convincing dialog, poem-making, story-sketches and MORE. We'll draw from prompts using Rip the Page!and Leap Write In!and will craft and hide notes using Write Back Soon!The workshop is limited to 20 students, and all materials included.
Karen Benke is the author of Rip the Page!,Leap Write In!, and Write Back Soon! A long-time Poet in Schools, she's the creator of The Museletter and currently runs The Writer's Next where she pens her imaginative writing adventure books and assists other writers in starting/finishing book projects. Visit her at www.karenbenke.com.
Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and unstick old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, and favorite words; adventurous and zany prompts to leap from; dares and double dares to help you mash up truths and lies into outrageous paragraphs; and let
Invite your jittery mind into quiet slips of timed or untimed writing experiments that are designed to encourage your timid heart to forge forgotten feelings and entice your shy-self to make friends with emerging emotions.
Connect to your friends through "handwritten" notes, cards, letters, and postcards an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.
8 Mondays; Jan. 2- Feb. 27, 2017 (no class 2/20) • 2:00pm - 3:30pm • $250
Review of grammar structures (past, future, conditional, and subjunctive tenses) through lively conversation, readings and songs. Texts: ‘Grammaire en dialogues’ with CD, Niveau Intermédiaire and ‘Grammaire Progressive du Français’
Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, Adult Education and was the instructor and author of "French à la Carte," a French language course for adults aired on KQED radio. She was a teacher and director of Elan Français, a French language program for young students offered in many schools in Marin. She lived in Paris, France for several years and holds degrees and California Teaching Credentials in French and Spanish.
8 Fridays; January 6 - February 24, 2017 • 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.
Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog.
*Prerequisite: Must have written a picture book or first 25 pages of a novel to submit over course of 4 sessions.*
Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.
A preview of the exhibition opening in February at the Legion of Honor--The first ever study devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet during the first phase of his long career featuring over 60 paintings: portraits, still-life and genre from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872 when he settled in Argenteuil. Influences from Eugene Boudin and the painters of Barbizon School -- how he absorbed and transformed them-- as well as challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro and Renoir with some highly original results.
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.
Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. This class requires having taken earlier intro writers classes such as “Is There a Book in You?” or “You Can Complete That Book.”
Leslie Keenan teaches techniques for gaining confidence as a writer and developing a clear sense of what your project is about. She provides advice on the best way to get each project published, gives names of agents, editors, publishers and printers and provides a whole range of help. This is the perfect opportunity to get started on your book. Keenan has been in publishing for over 20 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer and teacher.
9 Tuesdays: Jan. 17 - Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 14), 2017 • 10:45 am - 12:45 pm • $285
We will read the gripping but redemptive novel Piu' Alto del Mare, by Francesca Melandri about the aftermath of "Gli Anni di Piombo" in Italy. A story about the many victims of the Italian terrorist movement, 1968-1982 and the complex politics of the times. Serious readers only please!
Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
Laurie McAndish King is the co-editor of the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories and poems series.