Elaine Beale: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader

Six Fridays, Sept. 6-Jan. 10 (Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Jan. 10)  7-9:30 p.m.
$365 members/$395 non-members   Berkeley
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“When we read writing we love, it transports us,” says instructor Elaine Beale.  “We travel to other places, inhabit the minds of characters vastly different from ourselves.

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Tune In to Your Inner Editor – For writers in ALL genres!

Cheryl Ossola Sunday, April 5th, 10 am to 4 pm; San Francisco
$95 members/$110 non-members

Would you like to learn how to recognize the deadwood in your copy? Do you want to write punchier sentences, free of redundancies and clunky phrasing? Does an assigned word count fill you with fear?

If you’re like most writers, you probably have trouble editing your own work. Sure, it would be nice to hire an editor every time you needed one, “but let’s face it,” says instructor Cheryl Ossola, “most of us are on our own.” So why not tune in to your inner editor? Come spend a day learning how to prune text without sacrificing content, thus making more room for all the facts and insights that give your writing power.

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Creative Writing Smorgasbord! – An introductory class


Five Tuesdays, April 14-May 12, 7-9:30 p.m.
$185 members/$215 non-members

Note: This class, as well as the “Exploring Creative Nonfiction” class, are both good general “exploration” classes. Neither  focuses on just one genre; instead, they introduce you to a sampling of different genres and/or sub-genres.

Chekhov said that writing should “hit the reader on the snout.” A metaphor, sure, but fantastic advice for apprentice writers: a reminder that art needs a unique, compelling personality. In this class, students will nibble on appetizers from all the major genres—fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and others.

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Beginnings & Endings for Poets-Delight and Wisdom!

elizabeth-perry-2Sunday, April 19th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  San Francisco
$55 members/$65 non-members

This mini-workshop may well whet your appetite for more, in which case you may want to consider Julie Bruck’s 9-week “Fearless Poetry Workshop” on Thursday evenings in SF, or Alison Luterman’s “Magpie Poetry Workshop,” also on Thursday evenings, but in Berkeley.

Robert Frost famously wrote “a poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”  After you’ve drafted a poem, how do you find the true beginning–the place where the delight begins?  And how do you know when you’ve followed the poem to a wise ending?  In this workshop, we’ll examine a generous mix of how other poets have chosen beginnings and endings for their poems.  Then we’ll look at (and listen to) our own drafts, focusing on identifying the emotional starting point for the poem and how to craft an ending that enlarges the poem’s intention without sacrificing authenticity.  You’ll need a draft of a poem that you’ve been working on and a willingness to listen to your work and the work of others with an open mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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