Classes

Class: Ying Compestine - How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:30pm

Saturday, May 16 • 1:30-4:00 pm • $75

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You can also register for this class along with Ying's AM class "How to Sell Children's Books" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- How to Write & Sell Children's Books

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16 • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm • $75

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You may also register for this class combined with Ying's PM workshop "How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book" for a combined discounted price here.

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

POSTPONED • New Date TBD • 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

Please note: This class has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced shortly.

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

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:00am

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Six Tuesdays: March 31 - May 12 (no class 4/7) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $225
Prerequisite: 40 hours of prior classes

Please Note: This class is now scheduled to begin three weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

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

POSTPONED: Class: Kay Taylor - An Intro to Soul Centered Astrology

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:00am

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

CANCELLED: Class: Kerrin Meis - Rome the Eternal City

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This class has been cancelled. We hope to announce a rescheduled date later this year.

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

CANCELLED: Class: Kerrin Meis - The Art of Islam: From the Dome of the Rock to the Taj Mahal

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This class has been cancelled. We hope to announce a rescheduled date later this year.

Four Fridays: March 6-27 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $160

The arts of Islamic civilization from the seventh to the seventeenth century when its heartlands were the pivots of transcontinental trade. Besides madrasas, caravansaries, mosques and luxury palaces we study calligraphy (perhaps the most highly regarded art form in Islam) and the art of the illustrated book. Explore the desert palaces of Jordan and Israel, the Ummayad mosque in Cordoba, the Mamluks in Cairo, the Timurids in Central Asia, the Ottomans in Constantinople, the Safavids in Persia, the Nazarids in Al-Andalus (The Alhambra), concluding with Mughal India.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Say it in French Int/Adv (March, April 2020)

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Eight Mondays: March 9 - April 27, 2020 • 2:30-4:30 pm • $280

Note: This class was previously listed as taking place on March 2-April 20. The dates are now one week later: March 9- April 27. 

These custom-designed sequential courses are for students who wish to become more fluent and self-confident in speaking and writing French, expand vocabulary, understand and participate in casual conversations, and better comprehend the French way of life.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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