Class: Karen Benke - Creative Writing Camp for Kids (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:30am

2 Sessions: Dec. 20 & 21, 2016 • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm • $105

For 4th, 5th and 6th Graders

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  

Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590308127
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Published: Trumpeter - July 27th, 2010

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

Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch & Surprise Your One-Of-A-Kind Mind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611800159
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Published: Roost Books - April 2nd, 2013

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.

Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611802689
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Published: Roost Books - September 22nd, 2015

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sandra Kierulff - Intermediate French (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 2:00pm

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning Conversational German

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 9:00am

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban: Writer's Tribe Winter Semester (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, & Feb. 26 (no class Feb. 19) • 4:00 - 7:30 pm • $240

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Monet: Masterpeices of His Early Years

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Tuesdays: Jan. 10 & 17, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

8 Tuesdays: Jan. 10 - Mar. 7, 2017 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $360

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - Advanced Spanish

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 1:00pm

8 Thursdays: Jan. 12 - Mar. 2, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $250

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Wendy Walsh - Higher Intermediate Italian

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 8:45am

7 Tuesdays; Jan. 17 - Feb. 28, 2017 • 8:45 - 10:30 am • $250

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:45am

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie McAndish King- Writing Sexy Stuff

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925