Lifestyle Classes

Class: Kirchenbauer - Writing Tools for the Digital Age (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:30pm

Two Wednesdays, October 3, second meeting choice of October 10 or 24th, 2018 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $175

Writing Tools for the Digital Age
Writing has required a hand-held instrument for thousands of years. Priests copied the Bible by tediously copying another Bible, line by line, before Gutenberg lightened their burden. Today, we are blessed with thousands of digital writing tools from Microsoft Word to Pages, Ulysses, Byword, Evernote ... and thousands of others. There are sophisticated outlining tools, mind maps, journals, dictation tools and a host of other applications designed to make your writing flexible, portable and secure.

So, how do you choose among the thousands of programs to streamline and strengthen your writing? Whether you're blogging, freelancing or writing a book, there are proven tools that will make your job so much easier. By integrating a variety of tools ... for planning, outlining, mapping, organizing ... and writing ... I can help you build an arsenal of proven tools that will make you a writing ninja very quickly. It will also give you a much deeper and richer writing environment so that your final product will be that much more powerful and compelling.

While most of the applications we’ll discuss will work on both the Apple and PC platform, a few of them will be for Apple devices with PC equivalents.

About Lary

I've been writing professionally for more than 30 years. For many years, I wrote a weekly column for major city newspapers, including an affiliate of the New York Times. I have also written fiction and nonfiction pieces, published e-books and have been writing an active blog at for almost 10 years. I am just now finishing my first novel.

I have been an ardent student of writing tools and applications since I bought my very first Apple Computer more than 30 years ago. I have tried, tested and extensively used hundreds of applications. I can save you countless hours of exploration and help you immediately establish a productive and powerful writing environment.

I have been teaching courses and workshops for over 30 years in a variety of subjects, and have served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. My presentations include compelling slides that have rich visual content, variety and tasteful humor to enrich the audience experience and drive home the key points in a practical and memorable way.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder - From Page to Stage (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday October 27, 2018 • 10:00 am- 5:00 pm • $100

Moving From Page to Stage: A Workshop on Essential (and Super Simple) Public Speaking Skills for Writers 

Writers hear all the time about how important it is to create a “platform” to make your work visible in the world. Nobody tells you that it’s YOU that will have to stand on that platform and speak in public. 

You—whatever your genre, style, and publishing path—are the most essential element of your writer’s platform. It makes sense to invest some energy into 

This hands-on, interactive workshop will give you the skills, tools, practice, and feedback you need to bring your best, most confident and authentic self to audiences of any size. Whether your goal is to inform, inspire, or simply to entertain, you’ll learn to design what you want to say as well as how you want to say it. 

In this workshop, you will: 

•    Discover your personal strengths and challenges in public speaking and learn simple delivery skills that help you be your natural, authentic best in front of audiences of any size

•    Eliminate distracting habits, instead learning to move and speak with intention and impact

•    Gather techniques for managing nervousness, and transforming nervous energy into powerful presence

•    Utilize your skills to engage and captivate listeners and engage their emotions, curiosity, and passion

•    Learn a simple and efficient method for designing content that is customized for every type of event

•    Transform public speaking into storytelling by employing the devices and techniques you already know for your writing

•    Learn how to separate your inner critic from your inner coach by privately viewing your own recordings and applying objective evaluation techniques 

•    Practice an effective method for handling challenging questions, and challenging people during talks or interviews, and learn to defend your ideas without appearing defensive.

•    Develop an action plan for continued growth. Public speaking, like writing, is a skill that isn’t mastered in a day, but can develop for a lifetime. You’ll leave knowing what your next steps are for continued growth.

•    Gain confidence, in an atmosphere of fun, support, and camaraderie.  

Every participant should bring:

•    A fully charged smart phone or pad with enough memory space to record several videos throughout the day
•    A phone charger
•    Ear buds or headphones for listening to recordings. 

Included in the workshop fee is a copy of the instructor’s newest book: From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is an award-winning novelist and memoirist, a licensed therapist, and a public speaking coach who has empowered speakers from the reluctant to the downright phobic in Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. She now shares her expertise in coaching public speaking in her new book, From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers. Reach her at 

From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Simple Public Speaking Tips for Writers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631524639
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - August 7th, 2018

In this accessible, straightforward book, seasoned author Betsy Graziani Fasbinder offers readers the why, what, and how of public speaking, along with exercises and resources to support ongoing learning.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925