Classes

CANCELLED: Class: Karen Benke - Rip ALL the Pages! A Creative Writing Summer “Play-Shop” for Kids

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 9:30am

July 20 - 23 • 9:30 am - 12:30 am • for ages 9-12 • $430

Please note: This class has been cancelled due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Rip ALL the Pages! A Creative Writing Summer “Play-Shop” for Kids. 

Sharpen your observations skills, dive into the deep-end of original detail, and master your own metaphors and similes.

Limited to 18 students (ages 9-12) the only requirement is a favorite pen and a willingness to surprise yourself. We’ll tip words over to find out what breathes underneath, hike for haiku, sneak around and listen—aka eavesdrop!—for dialog, explore making images to create our poems, sudden fiction, letters, and more. 

All materials and sort-of-healthy snacks included.

 

Karen Benke is the author of Rip the Page! Leap Write In! Write Back Soon! and Rip ALL the Pages! from Roost Books|Penguin Random House and translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Founder of The Writers Nest and Program Director of Creative Writing Adventures (a nonprofit program of CalPoets), she taught writing for 23 years as a California Poet in the Schools and now brings her imaginative writing "play-shops" into libraries, bookstores and art centers internationally. 

Visit her at www.karenbenke.com or creativewritingadventures.org

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Elizabeth Kracht - Developing and Editing Your Manuscript for Publication

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

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.

Sunday, April 5 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm • $125

Literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many manuscripts being rejected suffered similar, easy-to-solve problems. As a result, she began keeping a list, hoping to one day be able to share this feedback with writers struggling to understand why their work keeps receiving rejections. Based off her newly released The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript, this workshop will cover over 100 points for consideration before submitting to an agent, editor, or indie publishing, such as how to sharpen dialogue and prose, improving characterization, complicating plot, and much more. Elizabeth will also provide a Q&A segment toward the end of each hour to answer questions on individual projects, subject matter covered, and traditional publishing.

A copy of Elizabeth Kracht's The Author's Checklist is included in the registration fee.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish (April - June 2020)

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Eight Thursdays • April 16 - June 4 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $280

Students will work towards fluency by reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation.

Victoria Einhorn has a bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years. 

What Students Say about Victoria Einhorn 

Thank you for this ongoing Spanish Class!! Victoria is a delightful teacher, knowledgeable and approachable – a great combination. We all chat after class and agree that Victoria has pushed us along successfully to another level and that we are feeling more confident. – VSD, current student

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Feb - April 2020)

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Six Thursdays • Feb 27 - April 2 • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $210

Students will work towards fluency by reading, writing, addressing grammar and responding to written text. We will also engage in conversation through readings and prompts to promote organic conversation.

Victoria Einhorn has a bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years. 

What Students Say about Victoria Einhorn 

Thank you for this ongoing Spanish Class!! Victoria is a delightful teacher, knowledgeable and approachable – a great combination. We all chat after class and agree that Victoria has pushed us along successfully to another level and that we are feeling more confident. – VSD, current student

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Jerry Frohmader - The Great American Songbook: Where Have All the Tunes Gone?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Four Tuesdays; June 2 - June 23 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $125

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.

Savor the unforgettable music of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Mercer & Berlin, as we discuss the careers and musical styles of America’s most popular songwriters from the 20’s to the 60’s. Enjoy such favorites as “I Got Rhythm,” “You’re The Top,” “White Christmas,” "My Funny Valentine," "Somethings Gotta Give," as well as "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Porgy & Bess."  The class includes live, recorded music and video.

An accomplished musician, Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. He has designed music for multimedia projects and the web, and he  produces music for television commercials, videos and films. Jerry's depth of knowledge and enthusiastic teaching style has earned him a loyal following in Marin. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish March-April 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:30am

Seven Fridays: April 3 - May 22 (No Class 4/17) • 10:30 am- 12:30 pm • $245

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.

Please note – This class is now scheduled to begin 2 weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

In this class, students will become very comfortable with communicating in the past tense and using double object pronouns through conversation and practice in the  "Easy Spanish Step-By-Step" book. Students in this class already have a solid understanding of sentence structure and a basic understanding of the Subjunctive. In this session, we will focus much more on conversation and will begin to read short stories as well in order to help students feel more confident talking with others in Spanish.  

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Class: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish Continuing 3

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:30pm

Seven Thursdays: April 2 - May 14 • 12:30- 2:30 pm • $245

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.

Please note – This class is now scheduled to begin 2 weeks later than originally announced. If there are further updates, all enrolled participants will be notified.

In this class, students will continue to build upon their Spanish skills by learning more complex grammar such as the indirect & direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the past tense through conversation and with the "Easy Spanish Step-By-Step" book.  Students in this class should already have a solid understanding of verb conjugations, adjectives/adverbs and basic sentence structure.  

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: Ying Compestine- AM How to Sell Children's Books/PM Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16 AM session: 10:00 am-12:30 pm & PM session: 1:30- 4:00 pm $135

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.

Enroll in both of Ying's workshops for a discounted price. This listing is for both her AM and PM sessions. You may also register for each session individually. 

AM session: How to Sell Children's Books:

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.  

PM session: How to Edit your Work Into a Bestselling Book

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.    

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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