By Marjie Kemper
As a long-time Designer Member of AFCI, I appreciate the value of teaching and taking classes. I’ve taught in-person classes for many years at many different venues, from small mom & pop shops, to a major retail chain, to AFCI’s annual conference when it was the Craft & Hobby Association MegaShow. I’ve also taught online for Craftsy.com and I’ve self-hosted my own online courses. Through a combination of in-person classes and the wonder of the internet, I’ve been honored to teach over 7,000 students over the last six years.
Over the years, many of my students and peers have asked how I was able to establish myself as a teacher in all of these venues. This often recurring question caught my attention and prompted me to create an intensive 4-week course where I teach people how to teach their passions, whatever they may be.
What is Teaching Your Passion™?
Teaching Your Passion™ is a 4-week online course that is chock full of everything you need to learn to teach classes live and online. I take you through all the steps necessary to determine what to teach and where to teach it. We cover finding and evaluating teaching opportunities, pitching your ideas to stores and event organizers, getting hired and getting paid, dealing with travel and transportation issues, classroom management and logistics, and much, much more.
What’s in the course?
This course consists of 15-modules jam packed with everything I wish I’d known when I started teaching nationwide and online six years ago. I share my exact systems, strategies, and scripts. This isn’t fluff… it’s tried and true. It’s exactly what I’ve done to land teaching gigs in small shops and major retail stores, at retreats and conventions, and online.
How about videos and tech?
I teach technical things like how to make videos, how to create graphics, and how to use social media to promote your classes and events. I’ve included content calendars, planning strategies, and lots of checklists. I’ve also included loads of videos and worksheets as well as resources showing what systems and products I use on my courses.
What about live interaction?
You’ll enjoy a private Facebook group for communication, strategizing, and networking. I will personally be active in the group every day for the whole four five weeks, and I hope you will, too! You can access the course on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You don’t need to sign on at any specific time…. work at your own pace! Since I am checking in every day, I can answer your questions regardless of the time you post them.
When does the course start?
Teaching Your Passion™ starts on Monday, November 5. It’s normally a 4-week course but this time I am spreading it out over 5 weeks, so that those who live in the USA can have a week off during Thanksgiving Week.
Here’s what some of my prior TYP students say about the course:
“Taking this class is a must if you plan on teaching your craft. Marjie gives you the best instructions. She really helps you put everything into perspective. Instructional materials are awesome! This class went above and beyond my expectations.” [Angela Huggins ~ New Jersey]
“I have successfully and with less stress taught my first 3-hour live class, all thanks to Marjie Kemper’s Teaching Your Passion™ course! Marjie has thought of everything in this very extensive and thorough class. She’s broken everything down to bite-size nuggets of knowledge so you never feel overwhelmed.” [Carole Monahan ~ Connecticut]
“Marjie’s manner is upbeat, encouraging, supportive, and inclusive. I benefited from her vast experience. The interaction with Marjie and other students allowed us to share what had worked for us and what we needed help with. And Marjie was able to answer our specific questions and share ideas related to our fields of interest, which will, I am sure, make our teaching better. She made new techniques seem easy, something very valuable to me.” [Marilee McKelvey ~ Massachusetts]
“Marjie simplified social media and how to use all the various platforms easily. This class gave me the tools I need to grow my art instruction business quickly and easily.” [Karlene Schoonover ~ Texas]
“Marjie has inspired me to go forward with teaching. I have not been so motivated in several years! This class was full of information, and process. I learned what I need and what can be shelved. The class was incredible and for once I feel empowered. I wish I could bring Marjie home to live in my studio.” [Mary Ellen Maney ~ Massachusetts]
What is the AFCI Member Benefit?
AFCI members save $50 using code AFCI at checkout.
How Do I Sign Up?
Registration is now open and closes when the course begins on Monday, November 5. Sign up here. Be sure to use the special AFCI member benefit code for $50 savings!