Memoir Writers Roundtable – Suggestions, support, solidarity

mcclungnew21Friday, March 12th, 7-10 p.m. San Francisco register_off-70x18
$35 members/$45 others

You’re embarked on writing a book-length memoir. You’re acquainted with the fundamentals of memoir, but perhaps you’re finding some doubts creeping in as you work on your book:  Is my story really that compelling? How do I clear away the clutter and get to the heart of my story? And how exactly am I going to end the book?

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Raw Writing – A class for generating new work


This class is not being offered next session.
$95 members/$110 non-members   Berkeley

“Not long ago I was feeling distant and unconnected from my writing,” says instructor Jamey Genna, “trying too hard to create a finished product even before I had more than a rough beginning.  I was also encountering a lot of writing friends who were stalled in their work: novelists who had written the first 50 pages and then stopped themselves by doing constant revision; short story writers who had ideas for stories but no inspiring atmosphere or time to sit down and put pen to paper.  I decided it might be time for me to: 1) put a hold on studying craft, 2) stop revising so much, and 3) get back to generating more new material.

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Exploring Your Writer’s Voice

delorenzochris.jpg This class is not being offered next session, but check out Chris’s other 1-day workshop: Writing from the Fingertips.
$95 members/$110 non-members San Francisco

Note: We also offer a 9-week version of this class, which many people take on a regular basis.  It’s an excellent class for beginners or anyone else who wants to keep generating new material while exploring their voice as a writer.

We all have “writing voices,” but often we can’t really “hear” those voices ourselves, even when others can. In this class, you’ll learn to hear what’s unique about your writing voice, jumpstart your writing, and produce new work.

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Andy Touhy: Intro to Fiction – Laying the Foundation

5 Sundays, October 2 – October 30, 2-4:30pm  
$295 members/$275 others  
Testimonials for Andy

Update: Junse Kim was originally scheduled to teach this class. Andy Touhy, long-time teacher at The Writing Salon, will now be the instructor.

“We writers too often need others to tell us that our writing is good,” says instructor Andy Touhy. “And this is where it all goes horribly wrong. We become impatient for praise, obsessed with completing a story before learning the basic skills we need to write it. It’s the equivalent of, say, an aspiring carpenter who has committed to building a beautiful house, yet doesn’t know how to hammer in a nail or saw a piece of wood.”

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing Continuation Class

3 Sundays, April 24, May 22, June 19 & online activity between meetings
2:30-5 pm   San Francisco  
$190 members/$200 others  
 Cancellation Policy   Testimonials for Kathleen

Prerequisite: Kathleen’s  5-week Memoir Writing class

Have you started your memoir but would love some ongoing guidance and encouragement? Are you wondering about ways to craft it that are indeed shapely, intense, fascinating…and publishable?

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

inst-junsek5 Mondays, April 11 – May 9, 7-9:30pm  San Francisco 
$215 members/$245 others     Cancellation Policy 
Testimonials for Junse

COMBO SPECIAL: Intro to Fiction + Starting Your Novel

“We writers too often need others to tell us that our writing is good,” says Junse. “And this is where it all goes horribly wrong. We become impatient for praise, obsessed with completing a story before learning the basic skills we need to write it.

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Books to the Sky – Writing for Children

5 Weeks, 7-9:30 p.m  Berkeley
$185 members/$215 non-members

“The greatest stories we read as children still live large in our memories,” says Lindsey Alexander. “From Charlotte’s Web to Harry Potter to Where the Wild Things Are, the books we discover as children shape us, inspire us to read on, and maybe even turn us into writers.”

If you’re eager to share a story with the next generation of readers, this workshop will help acquaint you with the basics of writing for children, stoke your creative fire, and hone your writing craft. Whether you’re interested in picture books, chapter books, or young adult novels, this class will help you to begin new projects or further develop projects that you’ve already begun. Class time will be divided between craft discussions, writing exercises, and some peer critique. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the children’s book genre — the various formats, audiences, and markets for your work. We’ll also have the opportunity for a conversation and studio tour with published author and illustrator Thacher Hurd.

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Approaching Difficult Material With Craft and Courage

5 Tuesdays, Oct. 12th-Nov. 9th, 7-9:30 p.m. Berkeley
$185 members/$215 others


Writing about physical illness, emotional pain, childhood trauma, addiction, and other difficult circumstances can present writers with some unique challenges, and also some unique opportunities.  How can we ensure that deeply personal writing will be compelling and even luminous for our readers? How can we avoid getting mired in emotional or linguistic ruts? That’s where both the craft and the courage come in!

“When we dive consciously and skillfully into personally difficult material, whatever the genre, we can deepen our ability to see and hold complexity, name truth, and, ultimately, connect with our readers – as well as with ourselves – more powerfully,” says instructor Ruth L. Schwartz.

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