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“Let Me Ask You a Question” – The Art of the Interview

Saturday, May 2nd, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
$55 members/$65 non-members    San Francisco

Special Package Deal: Take this afternoon Interviewing workshop along with Cary’s morning “Breaking into Magazine Writing” workshop and get a discount: $95 for members, $115 for non-members.  You must be sure to select the “Breaking into Mags/Interviewing” option when you register.

“In order to write a good magazine article, you have to do good research,” says instructor Cary Pepper. “And part of doing good research is doing a good interview. In this class you’ll learn: how to get that interview…the pros and cons of interviewing in person and by phone…how to prepare so you’re at your best… techniques for getting good quotations…how to control an interview…what to do when things don’t go as planned…how to make the most of unexpected moments…and what to do if an interview begins to go bad.

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Writers’ Round Table with Kai Carlson-Wee

1 Sunday, December 4, 2-5pm
$65 members/$75 others

Writers’ Round Table is a brand-new series at The Writing Salon that gives participants an opportunity to appreciate the work of emerging and established authors while being exposed to unique ideas about the craft of writing and the writer’s life.

From French Surrealists to the Beat Generation to contemporary slam performers, many poets have created poetry films to enhance the experience of reading a poem. With the current proliferation of media platforms like Youtube and Instagram, there are now more ways than ever to share your work with the world. In this Round Table event we will be looking at ways in which poems can be turned into films, and, conversely, how working in other mediums can enlarge and enrich our creativity. We will be talking about imagery and visualization, both on and off the page, and imagining our work through the five senses. No technical experience is necessary.

The event will be capped at 14 sign-ups, giving participants a chance to engage in intimate discussions with Kai. There will be a 15-minute break midway through the event at which time The Writing Salon will provide snacks and beverages.

Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail, forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and his work has appeared in Narrative, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review, which selected his poems for the 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, received Special Jury Awards at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival and the 2016 Arizona International Film Festival. With his brother Anders, he has co-authored two chapbooks, Mercy Songs (Diode Editions) and Two-Headed Boy (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of the 2015 David Blair Memorial Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

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