Classes

Class: Leslie Keenan - Is There a Book in You

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 29 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

Learn techniques for gaining confidence and develop a clear sense of your book. Leslie Keenan provides advice on the best way to get your book published, suggesting agents, editors, publishers and printers. This is the opportunity to get your book started. A student wrote, “Leslie is inspiring, compassionate and has a natural gift for creating a safe place for a writer. She’s like a living life preserver.”

Leslie Keenan has been in publishing for 28 years as an editor, agent, publisher, writer, and teacher. She has helped hundreds of writers find and complete their writing projects. 

Participation in this course or "You Can Complete That Book" is a pre-requisite for enrolling in Leslie's Master Writers series. This is the only pre-requisite course that will be offered prior to her March Master Writers group that begins March 3.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish March-April 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:30am

Seven Fridays: March 20 - May 8 (No Class 4/17) • 10:30 am- 12:30 pm • $245

Students will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining “core” grammar. New students with a general confidence are welcome to join.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish (Continuing) March-April 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:30pm

Seven Thursdays: March 19 - April 30 • 12:30- 2:30 pm • $245

Students will continue to practice the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel, and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they learn to feel confident speaking Spanish. Note that this course is not intended for people new to Spanish. Cyretta Chaput offers a beginning Spanish course for those who have never studied the language. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Cyretta Chaput - Beginning Spanish - January 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am

Seven Thursdays: January 9 - February 27 (No Class 2/20) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $245

Students will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel, and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. Appropriate for students brand new to Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler- How to Write Stunning Sentences

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am

Two part series: Saturday, Feb. 1 & 8 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm • $130

What kind of sentence captures anxiety? Thought? A reminiscent narrator? A feeling of euphoria? Exhaustion? The style of the sentence–the diction, imagery, syntax, rhythm, and sound–isn't frivolous decoration, but content. By the end of this class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Writing Award. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and named a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. She's also the author of the bestseller, How to Write Stunning Sentences.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julia McNeal - Five Ways In To Character

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 14 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • $150

Believable, compelling characters turn a good story into a great one. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, if you want to understand your characters more fully, make them distinct, nuanced and believable, this class is for you. Professional actor Julia McNeal (Law & Order; A.C.T; Magic Theatre) has created a unique technique for bringing characters deeply and fully to the page. You’ll practice and come away with a set of 5 specific tools that work to create characters with authentic voices, unique physicality, persuasiveness and depth.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joan Gelfand - You Can be a Winning Writer: The 4 C's of Successful Authors

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:00pm

Four Wednesdays: February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $150

The 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence

Why are some authors catapulted to success while others take forever? Learn the secrets of how you can become a successful author in four sessions. Topics include: What are the four C’s and how can you make them work for you? What are your writing challenges? What is a book proposal and who needs one? What is the difference between a non-fiction and a fiction proposal? Does poetry need a book proposal? Will also cover query letters, identifying agents and publishers and what to do once your book is published.

Tuition includes a copy of Joan's book You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Elementary Italian (March-April 2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:00am

Six Tuesdays: March 10 - April 21 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $225
Prerequisite: 40 hours of prior classes

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at several language institutions in England, as well as classes arranged through the Italian General Consulate.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kay Taylor - An Intro to Soul Centered Astrology

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 28 • 10:00 am- 4:00 pm • $150

Do you want to understand more about astrology than your Sun sign? Perhaps you already know something about planets and signs but would like to know more about how to put it all together in a soul centered, dynamic way? This workshop will walk you through the Evolutionary Astrology method to understand the meaning of planets, signs, aspects and houses and how they all work together. A key goal of life is synthesis and integration of our diverse inner parts. Astrology is the road map of this journey.

You will learn:

  • Planets as parts of self or the people who show up in your life
  • Aspects: how planets work together or not
  • Don’t accept mediocre: The low, medium and evolved expressions of each sign
  • How “houses” show up as reality or projections
  • Practical tips for working with the Sun and the Moon
  • Everything you need to know about Mercury retrogrades
  • How karma and reincarnation show in the chart
  • How time cycles predict turning points in life
  • Key life changes: Saturn return, Uranus midlife crisis, and more…
  • Relationship astrology--who are you compatible with? And how to heal challenging relationship patterns
  • Different styles of astrology — and how to pick a great astrologer

At the end of this day you will be able to understand the basics of astrology with a positive, empowered approach. Astrology describes our fate; with wisdom and knowledge we can skillfully exercise our free will.

Kay Taylor, author of Soul Path Way, is a consulting astrologer, teacher and writer, integrating Evolutionary Astrology, intuitive guidance, yoga philosophy and psychosynthesis for over 35 years. She serves as Director of Education for Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA) where she co-created the Consulting Skills Training. She lectures internationally at astrology conferences and regional groups and offers complete trainings through her Soul Path School. A former writer for Astrology.com, she has contributed chapters to The Professional Astrologer (2015) and Essential Astrology (2020). ISAR CAP, NCGR II, OPA certified. Based in SF Bay area. www.kaytaylor.com

‘Kay Taylor is one of modern astrology’s best kept secrets. She is world class in skill, wisdom and articulation. Her clients range from street kids to the high and mighty. I am delighted that she has chosen to make her work more public. Don’t miss her’
Steven Forrest, author of Yesterday’s Sky, The Inner Sky

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Rome the Eternal City

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 1:00pm

Four Fridays: February 7 - 28 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $160

We study her monuments, churches, and superlative museums from the time of the Republic and the Caesars, through Early Christian Art and Architecture and on to the Renaissance of Michelangelo, Raphael and others concluding with the Baroque: Caravaggio, Carracci and the competitive Bernini and Borromini. Special attention given to Santa Costanza, Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Galleries Doria Pamphili and Villa Borghese . Of course we study St Peter's and the Vatican.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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