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About Kathryn K.

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Writing is one of the most important elements of your life. It can be an extraordinary experience. I will teach you to write from your own experiences and feelings. This will allow you the freedom to bring stories to fruition you never knew you had. The writer inside of you will shine! Let go of the struggle... let’s write!

About Kathryn
Kathryn K
I am happy to be offering committed actors, singers and speakers private classes and vocal performance sessions including technique for film, stage, on camera, audition technique, monologue and scene study, script analysis and sessions that educate actors and singers about working in the entertainment industry. I coach in person and online. I want my students to be working actors and performers and they are.
I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television Artists and Actors Equity Association, a Critics Circle Award Winning Actor and I am a working artist. I am committed to helping artists experience their craft in a supportive, safe and challenging environment. I am really nice.
I am most influenced by Stanislavsky and Lee Strasberg.
I am a Method coach. I have also studied at HB Studio in NY
C and feel an actor will lead me to what works for them.
I also work extensively with many people who are in other industries. I teach communication skills using tools that actors use. It is extremely effective.
I am here to help you delve into your creativity in a supportive and joyful way.
My students are committed to exploring their craft of acting, singing performance, songwriting and screenwriting. Most land agent representation. They have booked many roles, too many to name, but here are a few, HBO's, Thirteen Reasons Why, WestWorld, Blue Jasmine, Touching Home, and productions at Equity theatres throughout the country and countless National commercials. Most have joined SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity and I encourage this.
When you study acting / singing performance w/ me you'll learn how to navigate the business because you must know how.

Auditions!!
They are definitely the most difficult and nerve wracking part of being an actor or singer, right? Booking work means your audition has to be as good as opening night.
Auditioning is about preparation and preparation takes consistent support. Look, showbiz is not a business about being alone. Artists thrive when working together. We are a collaborative bunch and collaborating to make sure you're ready and organized for your auditions makes sense.
Stop trying to muscle through this necessary step alone. No one who works consistently does that! They ask for help. ASK FOR HELP!!
Solidify your acting choices so you don't have to worry about them the day before your audition. Know your prep so you can internally drop into it when the casting director says, "Whenever you're ready."
Have your music material and performance choices prepared ahead of time.
BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
Work with me when your agent sends you your sides so you show up READY. Know your lines. It's OK if your struggling with memorization.
Let's figure out How YOU memorize.
Let me coach you for online audition submissions.
If we are working virtually I will coach while you are taping yourself to submit your online audition. It works!
Let me collaborate with on script analysis in order for you to you understand your material before you audition.
Take your work seriously so you bring your most intelligent and inspiring work to the audition rooms.
You'll be bringing the agents, casting directors, directors, producers and writers the inspiration they crave regarding their beloved projects. Do that and you're gonna book.
I know you can work and I can't wait to make it happen with you.  
About Kathryn
Kathryn is a member of the Sag-Aftra and Actors Equity and BMI and is a Critics Circle Award Winner.
Kathryn has worked with such legends as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ben Vereen, Word Baker, who directed the first a one-act version of “The Fantastics” and then the historic two-act show, Sandy Duncan, Loretta Lynn, Flip Wilson. She studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and HB Studio in New York City.
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Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching
Music Performance - Technique and Performance- songwriting

About Kathryn and Music
KATHRYN K is a soulful singer and prolific songwriter.
You can find more about Kathryn's music and her life story, which has allowed her to be of service to many, in national and local media, including: The Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, Broadway World, Reader's Digest, NPR, The Gil Gross Show, The Montel Williams Show, and The Mancow Muller Show, NPR and Woman Magazine, UK.
Kathryn has released a video and CD with Multi - Grammy winning producer and drummer, Narada Michael Walden, Tarpan Records in Marin County, Ca. Walden says, "Kat is bringing the message of hope, light, love and faith to people's lives." Walden says. "I am proud of her and her divine mission."
Gil Gross, Host The Gil Gross Show –Radio, ABC "I have loved Kathryn's music from the day I first heard her sing, but even being a fan of her recordings did not prepare me for seeing her perform live. She is a great live performer holding her audience willing captives to each turn of a melody and the drama of every lyric. She more than sings. She inhabits a song and involves each member of the audience in its drama, joy or sorrow. There are performers for whom a performance is a night out. When Kathryn performs it’s a lifetime shared with us in a single evening. If you want to merely hear some tunes, there are many people who will do. If you want a real experience in music, there is Kathryn.
Kathryn's latest show is being created with director David Ford (Marsh Theatre) and Kevin Gerzevitz and her concerts features a who’s who list of world-renowned musicians: Gerzevitz and Grammy-Nominated Bassist, Michael Manring; Album of the Year Winner, Trumpeter, Jeff Oster; Master Percussionist, Joe Venegoni; Guitar Virtuoso, Tom Lattanand; Critically Acclaimed Pianist, Kelly Park; Celebrated Flutist, Barbara Else; and from the Steve Winwood Band, Brazilian-born Drummer, Celso Alberti.
Kathryn has played a variety of venues, including the renowned Yoshi's Oakland Jazz Club, the Bitter End and Symphony Space in New York City, the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, the Plush Room and the Fairmont in San Francisco, as well as Mill Valley's premier showcase, the Throckmorton Theatre, Theatre on the Square, the Beacon Theatre, Great American Music Hall,The Mint, The Fairmont, to name a few. She has Cd's at all outlets.
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Kayla P. December 7, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
Perfect! Exactly what we are looking for! Kathryn understands how to bring out the best in a performer. First session went great! Looking forward to more growth and success with Kathryn's instruction! Thank you Kathryn!
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Elvira November 30, 2018
· Speech · Online
It was my first lesson with Kathryn. We are going to "sculpt" my pitch, presentation & how I talk about my artwork. So far it was great! I'm looking forward to more sessions with Kathryn!
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Morgan K. September 19, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
The sweetest. She makes you feel so comfortable. This was my first time acting and she totally squashed all of my nerves the minute it started!
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About Andrew F.

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If you are a beginner interested in pursuing fiction or non-fiction writing as a hobby or career or if you are someone who is needing help with working ideas for a class, I can help! Also, I help individuals with editing and revising as well as with developing ideas from scratch or further develop ones an individual already has in mind! I do not look to contribute anything directly to your work (unless desired). Instead, I help with processing ideas and with creating an outline to help you structure your work. Further, I help individuals with creating and developing their 'writing voice.' Throughout the process, I gently provide objective feedback and discuss where improvements should be made. I understand that inspiration is a precious thing that must be incessantly nurtured; therefore, I also help with maintaining good momentum.

I am been inspired by and influenced by various writers of fiction and nonfiction, including Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley,Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, ...

About Andrew
*In order to avoid an awkward schedule, I have limited my availability to a few evenings during the week. However, I am open to working another time that may work best for you.*

I have experience working with people individually and in groups, as an undergrad Psychology intern, a cognitive skills trainer, a counseling student, an adjunct instructor and an academic coach. As an undergrad intern, I worked with elementary school children as a tutor and a mentor. As a counseling student, I have worked with various populations, from grade school students (grades 4-8; making healthier choices) to adults (stress, anxiety, career decisions, bereavement, etc.) to older adults in hospice care. I have facilitated psycho-educational groups with individuals suffering from a mental illness as well. Lastly, I worked with college students at a local u
niversity as an academic coach. In this role, I helped students process concerns and create goals regarding developing time management skills, coping strategies for anxiety, study skills, information processing and motivation. These experiences have helped me gain a continually growing understanding of facilitating the learning process with individuals and with groups.

I teach student development classes (critical thinking, motivation theory, study strategies, time management, stress management, etc.) at a local community college, I teach an upper-level educational psychology course (views of learning, motivation, the memory process, memory strategies, critical issues in education, etc.) at a local university, and I work as an academic coach at another local university.

As the information above may suggest, I hold education to such a high, passionate regard. It is what promotes a healthy, well-informed society. As an auto-didactic learner, I believe that everyone has the ability to learn anything one desires. It is a matter of how one approaches it. Therefore, my approach is one that is peculiar to each of the individuals I work with.

I present concepts with the idea that the combination of experience, discourse, and meaning-making is the key to learning. This aside from my teaching tools based on the views of learning. With an aversion towards cookie-cutter approaches, I maintain an open mind to my invariably evolving approach of sharing knowledge and insight with others. This comes with my continual seeking of growth in the art of teaching with consideration of the process of learning. Further, I strive to create a warm, positive atmosphere that allows one to feel comfortable with making mistakes, with making progress and with being themselves. Fundamentally, this is my approach to working with people.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING: Using my insight gained as a counseling student, I am happy to offer my personal development coaching service. In this role, I help individuals develop their path of change, making sure motivation and focus is well-maintained. I provide a judgment-free and understanding atmosphere for one to reflect and process concerns as well as work towards making personal changes (e.g. self-actualization, career, anxiety management, lifestyle, life changes) from an existential perspective. I believe that such a space should be available for everyone, so I am especially happy to provide it.

My approach to personal development coaching is based on my therapeutic orientation called Gestalt Therapy (GT). The underlying idea of GT is that awareness is the key initiator of change. Awareness allows one to discern where such things as anxiety, unhappiness, ambivalence, etc. stem from. I believe that it is important for every human being to go through such a process so that peace and awareness within brings peace and awareness to the outer world. I am inspired by and influenced by the ideas of Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology- particularly the Psychological Types) and Carl Rogers (Client-Centered Therapy). I help facilitate the process in a genuinely humane, empathic and professional manner. If interested, please, see the details I have provided under Life Coaching. I work with grade school students and adults. I am absolutely loyal to the idea of confidentiality; therefore, I ensure that information of anybody I work with is not at risk of being shared with a third party.

ACADEMIC COACHING/STUDY SKILLS: Using my passion for education and my insight gained in my few years (so far) immersed in the world of education, I help students (grade school and college) develop areas of their academic life needing improvement. As suggested above, I help students develop time management, learning strategies, coping strategies for anxiety, and motivation (i.e. help them to see the value of learning). Though it is a valuable tool, it is presently not a service that is offered at most schools in the area.

WRITING: As a lover of reading and writing, I understand the value of expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas. As a writer, my focus is on creative writing (mostly short stories presently) and essays. Given my undergraduate and postgraduate experiences, I have written many academic papers, in APA format and in MLA format. I edit and revise papers as well as help individuals develop their writing voice, develop their ideas, develop an approach to structuring writing, maintain consistency with writing and provide genuine feedback. Beyond that, my help with writing is limited to the goals of the the individual.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS: I strive to maintain a positive collaboration with those I work with. I believe this is one of the most important parts of the process. Also, I promote the idea of Soul. To me, Soul is any sincere display of passion. With Soul, we perform in a most genuine and graceful way. I personally believe that whether one is playing the piano, writing a story, living life, singing, giving a speech or anything (necessarily peaceful), one should do it with Soul.

LASTLY, I am open to: Going beyond my travel radius, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; working with multiple students, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; meeting at a public place that is convenient, if it is preferred; and meeting at a student's location, depending on the preferred time and the distance.

I mentioned everything that is above so that it may be known and understood. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions about any of the services I provide, my approach or anything!

PEACE BE WITHIN YOU
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Lacey S. August 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient
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Justine J. June 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very professional, friendly and informative. Andrew is patient and keeps my daughter interested. Thank you Andrew for making piano lessons for my daughter the best experience ever!
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Katherine Booth January 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Andrew is very patient and friendly
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About Larry P.

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Writing, whether it is creative or for essays and/or research, has structure to it - We will discuss the structure of what writing needs to be done, as well as the best way to go about doing it.

About Larry
***My Takelessons Blog Posts:***
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My name is Larry, and I was born and raised in Chicago and now call the Phoenix, AZ metro area home. I have a Master's Degree in Education (Higher Ed. and Curriculum Development). I have a Tutoring and Educational Consulting business of my own, working with excellent education partners like Takelessons.

My tutoring business is geared towards middle, high school,and college students, and my specialization is geared in four areas:

1) The Humanities: History (U.S., European, and World), English, Literature (with a special passion for all things Shakespeare), and Social Studies (including American Government and Political Science).

2) Papers: Research papers (and how to do the
research for them), essays, creative writing - including citation & formatting.

3) Drama (the Theatre kind of drama, not life drama): Acting, directing, staging, analysis, including Shakespeare.

4) Test Prep: ACT, SAT, PSAT, ISEE, TACHS

***My Promise to You***

I will treat you like an individual - that means that we'll find out how YOU learn best, and we'll work that way. I don't teach memorization. I teach by asking and answering questions, as well as providing information.

***My Expectation of You***

That you will come with an open mind, come with questions, and a willingness to learn and have fun.

***Lesson Details***

*The Humanities*
The reason so many people go screaming into the night when confronted with lessons in things like history, or government, or English for that matter, are all the names and dates to memorize. I don't teach that way. We begin with things you want (or need) to know. From there, we cover how those things affected other things, It's a huge world out there, and how we got here from where we started is a wonderful and complicated trip. History doesn't happen in a vacuum, and we learn who we are by knowing where we come from.

*Papers*
Obviously I won't write your paper for you, but I will show you how and where to start your research (and how to sort it as well). I will also proof-read for grammar and/or organizational errors and show you how to structure it in general terms.

*Drama*
I have acted, I have directed. From the community to professional levels. We will talk about character creation, about staging, about working with your director as well as your fellow actors. We will mostly brainstorm, and you will be able to experiment in vision as well as technique.
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Chanda S. January 14, 2019
· History · Online
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Conglin December 15, 2018
· History · Online
Hello,Mr Paulin!I’ve been waiting in the classroom for a longtime and didn’t see you,so I left the classroom.Would you mind to write me a not on what happend?
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Evan December 1, 2018
· Acting · Online
Larry is an experienced director and actor. He is very good at what he does and he is very easy to work with
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About Marcel M.

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I can teach writing in English as well as in German.

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Bill S. November 17, 2018
· Gardening · In home
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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About Tom C.

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There are many aspects and areas of writing. What is Yours? Whether it be essay writing, speech writing or technical writing, I am here to help.

About Tom
Greetings and welcome!

Whatever your learning goals, dreams and aspirations, I am here to explore and partner with you to accomplish, achieve, enjoy and celebrate your learning objectives with you.

I have experience working in the social services and public sector much of my career as a social worker and advocate, and I've assisted adults with special needs and people seeking to improve their lives to get the help and support they needed to empower themselves to leading more fulfilling and contributing lives.

I've worked as a team member in a variety of medical and mental health settings, as a social work professional.

I also have experience volunteering with children in a variety of way, including tutoring, mentoring and encouraging youth.

I look forward to getting acquainted with you, and exploring together a possibl
e excellent match for your learning needs, goals and interests!

-Tom

Quick note on my passion for learning as a way of life ~

As a passionate lifelong learner, researcher, educator, tutor and coach, I embrace an unbounded curiosity of wonder and never ending exploration of an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific methods of learning, and acquiring knowledge that extend far beyond my university studies, into living my life highly engaged in as much experiential (first person) learning as possible. I love asking fresh, invigorating, boldly curious, audaciously barrier-busting, status-qua daring questions, as I feel passionately that, as Dr. Albert Einstein shared, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."
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I have extensive experience helping students develop effective writing and library research skills, including implementation of APA Style. I hold a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. The focus of my dissertation was the impact of education on Latino students from a representative bureaucracy perspective. The retrospective study centered on determining to what extent Latino representation in governance influence Latino students’ graduation rates in public high school in two counties in New York. My writing and research interests include teachers-as-researchers, examining ethnic identity, biculturalism, development of children of color, social and cultural theory, Latino and Afro-Latino studies, race and ethnicity (with a focus on Afro-descendants in and from Latin America), urban sociology, education policy, educational leadership, Culturally-Responsive Teaching, and transition to college initiatives.

About Dr. D.
Greetings!

I am a dynamic educator with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the education and business fields. I have extensive experience mentoring and helping students develop research, writing, critical and creative thinking skills, as well as to establish goals and determine plans for action in both online and face-to-face formats. I am a strong oral and written communicator, with demonstrated cultural competency skills and Spanish language fluency, ready to help you with study skills, transition to college and university studies, elementary and middle school math, Spanish, ESL/ESOL, TOEFL, TEAS, MAT, reading, and writing, including attention to content, writing mechanics and implementation of APA Style.

I hold a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction. I also hold a Bachelor of Scienc
e in Technology and Management and a Master of Business Administration.

Come Back here Often to Book Tutoring, Coaching, and Mentoring Lessons with me and I will guide you towards personal, professional and academic success.

Looking forward to hearing from you...All the best,

Dr. D.
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Thuli November 13, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Great first lesson. Dr D is patient, encouraging and very interactive. Looking forward to more!
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· Common Core Math · Online
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Writing is a great way to organize thoughts and learn!

About Natalie
After graduating high school at the top of my class, I got full funding for an economics degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I was born. I was very busy in college--my extracurriculars included 2 semesters abroad (Spain, Singapore), writing an honors thesis, being a consultant to the academic advising office, and being president of an honor society; besides this I worked my butt off in classes and graduated with a 3.7.

Besides academics, I am super interested in fitness, general wellness and psychology.

I would love to talk it out with you wherever our learning interests intersect!
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Steve R. March 15, 2018
· ESL · In home
Natalie is very conscientious in her ESL tutoring services to my student-client. The student is reporting enjoying the learning process and feels Natalie is well prepared. Natalie's efforts to remain in communication with my as a third party is impressive!
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Steve Rau February 24, 2018
· ESL · In home
Competent, dependable tutor.
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Kim December 12, 2017
· Chemistry · Online
“Very helpful”
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I am a full time online English Teacher, and a previous daycare owner for 10+years. I have tutored many of preschool and elementary students, with math, reading, phonics, writing etc for years and my students academic grades have improved tremendously; within the first few lessons. My teaching philosophy, is that learning requires more than just educating someone or acquiring new knowledge. In my opinion, I feel, that it is more so rather, are entire inner and outer circle of well being; which is why my approach to teaching is from an aural, visual and curiosity perspective. Clay Patrick Bedford, once said: “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives” My teaching techniques are always challenging. However, very exciting, interesting, with a blast of fun and lots of activities; very suitable and appropriate for your child's grade level. I always assess, recognize ...

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Are you excited about learning how to crochet? Are you ready to create great gifts, crafts, projects, and more, to keep, or give away to someone special? If yes, than come learn with me! I have been crocheting for over 10years. I am very passionate, skillful, and successful in this art of work. I will teach you the basic, beginner to intermediate level concepts and techniques of learning how to crochet. I can also teach you how to finger crochet. No crochet hooks needed! How cool is that! Save money, Super fun as well!
Each session, we will focus on a skill, following a small craft, for more practice on the skill. We will move at your pace, so, no need to worry!
Remember, crocheting is a relaxing, fun, skill/technique. If you stick with me, have fun, and continue to practice over a period of time, I can guarantee, that you will eventua
lly master the skill, and off to making beautiful crafty projects fast!
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Deepa Raj January 16, 2019
· Phonics · Online
Great first class!! My daughter enjoyed learning from Ms.Cheryl..
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Becky January 3, 2019
· Crocheting · Online
Just finished another lesson with Cheryl, and am learning so many different crochet stitches and patterns. Just made a hat!! Can't wait to see what our next project is! She is such a good teacher and we have so much fun during class!!
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Becky December 18, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
I am so enjoying each lesson with Cheryl, and I am learning to crochet finally!! She is incredibly patient with me. I am left-handed and she has been able to teach me. I look forward to our lesson each week!
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Hello friends! You have stumbled upon a master-crafter of words- but let the words do the talking: My actual degree is biology, with supporting concentrations in philosophy and art. I’ve performed theater most of my life, actively write poetry, and teach sculpture as well as organic farming (permaculture), among other things.

Anything perked your interest? Drop me a line, let’s work it out!

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Hello friends! My friends call me a polymath because I’m knowledgeable about pretty much everything! I love teaching, and have lots of experience in this area. Give me a buzz and let’s figure something out!
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Steven B. October 24, 2018
· SAT · In studio
Steven says it is going great.
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I specialize in helping people complete projects for publication, whether a book, an article, a set of poems or a memoire, you will get the feedback you needs to reach your goals.

About alisa
I started as a writer and journalist, and worked my way up as an entrepreneur publisher of city weeklies, business journals and other specialty publications for 25 years. I have had dozens of articles and cover stories published, sold a book of poems in the tourist shops in Mexico, created and wrote online B2B trade journal with 600 paid subscribers, edited journalist work for acceptance by U.S.A. Today, and book manuscripts for publication, and currently do high end content marketing for technology companies. As a teacher I can help you aim for the audience and the publisher for your work, not just create a better result.
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How to Write a Book: Advice From a Published Author

How to Write a Book: Advice From a Published Author

Is your life full of crazy ups and downs - drama, suspense, romance - mixed with colorful, over-the-top characters? Have you always wanted to learn how to write a book, but upon sitting down with only your writing medium and your mind, you're not quite sure where to start? We recently chatted with TakeLessons writing tutor and professional journalist, short story, and fiction writer Sarah B., to pick her brain and find out her advice for aspiring writers who want to know the "secrets" of … Read More

How to Write a Book: Advice From a Published Author
Is your life full of crazy ups and downs - drama, suspense, romance - mixed with colorful, over-the-top characters? Have you always wanted to learn how to write a book, but upon sitting down with only your writing medium and your mind, you're not quite sure where to start? We recently chatted with TakeLessons writing tutor and professional journalist, short story, and fiction writer Sarah B., to pick her brain and find out her advice for aspiring writers who want to know the "secrets" of
How to Avoid (and Check for) Plagiarism
With so many resources available today, the temptation to plagiarize can be strong for students. So how can you check your work to make sure you're not walking the line? Here are some tips from Fallbrook, CA tutor Sarah B.:   Copying and using the writing of others as one’s own – called plagiarism – used to be difficult, before modern computers. Today, digital text makes it easy. Copy and paste. Bingo. Perfect writing. Why not plagiarize instead of crafting original prose? Beca
What Great Writers Can Learn From Children's Books
Most experts agree: when you're learning how to write, reading as much as possible should be part of your daily life. And that means reading everything! Here, New Milford, NJ teacher Matthew H. explains what you can even learn from your favorite childhood books...   Children’s books are normally our first introduction to reading and writing. As kids, we listen to our parents, teachers, and other caregivers read aloud to us. Eventually, we read basic sentences on our own until we a
Tips for Writing a Book: How to Get Your Child's Work Published
Do you have a budding author in your home? Are you looking for tips for writing a book? Nothing is more rewarding for young writers than seeing their work in print. Your enthusiastic writer will be thrilled when all of the hard work pays off and their work is published. There are a variety of ways to get your child's work published: Create a single copy. Many parents looking for tips for writing a book with their child quickly discover that publishing a single copy is actually more afford
7 Simple Rules for Remembering Spelling
Never be stumped again! Here, New York tutor Lauren P. shares some tips to remember tricky rules and get the spelling help you need...   To preface, not every word follows a strict spelling rule. There are always exceptions and irregular forms. Therefore, keep this in mind before memorizing any of the following rules. 1) Use funny memory tools for complicated spellings There are many creative ways to remember irregular words with double letters or an assortment of vowels. The we

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