Busting through Writer’s Block

elainebeale82509Saturday, Oct. 17th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     San Franciscoregister_off-70x18
$95 members/$110 non-members

ATTENTION: This class is no longer open. Please don’t register for it.

Writer’s block.  It’s the curse of even the most experienced writer and stops beginners before they’ve even put a word on the page.  We may believe that we want to write, but instead we find ourselves rearranging the spice rack, repainting the kitchen, sorting our sock drawer.  Or perhaps we do actually get down a few sentences, but we don’t like what we’ve written or even if we do, we don’t think anyone else will be interested in what we have to say.  Or we just feel uninspired, in need of an infusion of energy.

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Humor Writing – Transforming life’s disasters into laughter

pamelabass21 Nine Weeks, 7-9:30 p.m. San Francisco
$335 members/$365 others (this class is not currently scheduled)

Have you ever noticed that your most neurotic traits make for funny stories? Have you found yourself laughing over past personal disasters? In this class you’ll explore ways to craft these tales into prose. “Director Mike Nichols once said, ‘The great thing about being an artist is that for most people a shitty day is just a shitty day, but for us it’s all material,'” notes instructor Pamela Bass. Class members will explore the writings of funny writers such as Anne Lamott, David Sedaris and Jazmin Darznik. You’ll also do in-class and take-home writing exercises, to be shared and discussed in a supportive way.

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Magazine Writers Roundtable


Friday, Nov. 20th, 7-10 p.m.  San Franciscoregister_off-70x18
$35 members/$45 non-members

You’ve taken the magazine writing class (or maybe you haven’t), and you’re out there, trying to make it all work: seeking ideas for articles, finding markets for your pitches, putting together query letters, and dealing with editors — before, during and after assignments. Have questions? Want a little advice? Curious about how other people are doing it? Feel like exchanging ideas about what’s working and what’s not? Read the rest of this entry »

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