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“…what a great community of writers…”

Dear Jane,

Thank you for the great party Saturday, and congratulations on the fifth anniversary of  The Writing Salon [note from Jane on Jan 1st, 2014: We are now about to celebrate our 15th anniversary!]. The readings were fabulous and hilarious. What a great community of writers you have collected–I am inspired anew. I intend to take another class in the near future, although due to time and money constraints it won’t be this session, sorry to say.

In the meantime, is it possible to get copies of any of the readings from Saturday night? I am thinking in particular of those by Dale Bentson, Jeff Kennedy, Kari Kiernan and Will Walker, these being the ones that almost caused me to pass milk through my nose. (And I wasn’t even drinking milk.)

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“…Maureen is a terrific memoir teacher…”

Jane,

Maureen is a terrific memoir teacher. She’s quite intelligent, thoughtful about the writing and the experiences represented, and sensitive to each person in a very patient way. . . .She’s able to balance helpful directives/comments about writing in general along with specific comments to an individual writer. The class structure she uses has been very useful to me: using carefully chosen examples/excerpts from other writers (she’s very well read in this genre) to illustrate a particular way of writing memoir. She then assigns that approach for the following week. She’s also a very good writer herself. She’s also quite open about using her own experiences as examples, and she’s clearly had quite a range of them.

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Into the Deep with Judy Reeves

I loved the class. Judy was professional, knowledegable and generous with guidance and inspiration. The writing exercises were useful. The reading aloud always helps. The tips and techniques were solid and I felt she had a good, grounded base of experience to share. She came with us to lunch and was very approachable and down to earth.

The time passed quickly and I would have loved to keep going on. I would attend other workshops by her at the Writing Salon. Her teaching style is inspiring, encouraging and sent me away wanting to write. Always a good sign! The class was a great value. I really felt I got my money’s worth.
Thanks!

Sarah Scott

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“…thank you, Writing Salon, for being here…”

Dear Jane,

Thank you for the wonderful letter you sent about process or publication. I would also like to thank you for being truly interested in every one of the people who take classes at The Writing Salon, whether currently in a class or perhaps someone who has taken them in the past.

I always felt (and feel) supported in my process at the Salon, with the incredible teaching staff and the feelings of comraderie that build up among the students as well.

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“…I would have loved to keep going on…”

I loved the class. Judy was professional, knowledgable and generous with guidance and inspiration. The writing exercises were useful. The reading aloud always helps. The tips and techniques were solid and I felt she had a good, grounded base of experience to share. She came with us to lunch and was very approachable and down to earth.
The time passed quickly and I would have loved to keep going on. I would attend other workshops by her at the Writing Salon. Her teaching style is inspiring, encouraging and sent me away wanting to write. Always a good sign! The class was a great value. I really felt I got my money’s worth.
Thanks!

Sarah Scott

“…Keep me on your mailing list!”

Thanks for the ongoing info about the Writing Salon. And thanks to you for having the guts to start and sustain your appreciated community service (and business)! Keep me on your mailing list!

Gregory

“…writers are catching on to the Writing Salon…”

Thanks for the inspiring quotes; they arrived at a good time as my project was drifting, with me being a little uneasy in my commitment to it. Great to hear that interest in your labor of love persists and writers are catching on to the Writing Salon and the community of writers it embraces. Warmest wishes for a relaxing Thanksgiving….maybe we’ll catch up at one of the Jan. classes.

Barb

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After teaching Writing and Literature for more than four decades, I’ve been delighted to find community with other writers through The Writing Salon in both San Francisco and Berkeley.  Even from my home on the Peninsula, the workshops and classes have been well worth the trip.

Theresa Lebeiko, Ph.D.

Open House 1999

Open House April 2002

Dianne Jacob: Food Writing

Dianne,

I’d like to thank you personally for the perspective-rich session at the Writing Salon in SF this month, as well as the benefit of your brilliantly distilled experience in “Will Write for Food.”

Rather than feeling discouraged by my lack of credentials, I’ve come away energized with the possibilities of new – and focused – directions. About the form of the project (considering a memoir with recipes complementing the anecdotes). About the mode of (self) publication. About marketing the publication.

I’d say you are as gifted a teacher as you are a writer. When I have a draft, I hope you will allow me to engage you for some editing advice. I have no doubt it will be as insightful – and encouraging – as your teaching and writing.

Thank you again.
-Susanna Mould

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“…I highly recommend her class!”

Dear Jane,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed taking Personal Essays on Saturdays from Suzy Parker. Not only is she a fun and funny person, but she is extremely knowledgeable. Her classes were well organized with a lot of variety. We always started with a warm-up which got the creativity flowing and she provided copies (usually crappy ones–ha!) of a variety of writing types which tied to the topic we were writing about at the time.

Suzy pushed me in directions I may not have thought about with my writing, and I appreciate that shove. She gave good feedback on critiques and was generous with her sources, and encouraging in her efforts to get us to publish, publish, publish. She is a down to earth person, and we all felt very comfortable in the writing group, mostly because she made is so easy to be there. The time flew by each Saturday…I’ll miss it this coming week. I highly recommend her class!

Maren Smith

” … a tremendous help for me.”

Hello Jane,

I took Janice Cooke Newman’s Getting into Print class in January. It was a tremendous help for me. Just the sheer amount of information on places to submit too was worth the tuition fee. The tips on how and when to submit articles was also invaluable. Janice was certainly an expert in the subject and taught the class in an interesting and engaging way.

I have recommended this class to others and would definitely take a class with Janice or another at the Writing Salon again myself.

Hope this helps. Thanks for your email.
Tony Phillips

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