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Write-a-Thon: Stop Talking, Start Doing, Have Fun!

Five Mondays,  Jan. 21-Feb. 18, 7-9:30 pm  
$215 members/$245 others    Berkeley

Special “Combo” Option: Take this class together together with Erich Origen’s GRAPHIC NOVEL class and get two five-week classes for the price of a nine-week class. Discount available ONLY if you sign up for the combo, not if you sign up for the two five-week classes separately!

Up and at ’em! It’s time. For you. To get going. Now. You’ve read about writing. You’ve thought about writing. You’ve talked about it, dreamed about it, bladdity bladdity blah. But when are you going to bite the bullet and just do it? Not merely once in a blue moon, but regularly, with — you know — some modicum of discipline and determination.  How about now? Or if not right this minute, how about Sunday night, Oct. 7th, from 7 to 9:30 pm? Sure, it’s not easy to commit. But do it anyway. What the hell. You only live once. (And if you get more writing practice, maybe you’ll do better at avoiding clichés such a “bite the bullet,” “once in a blue moon,” “what the hell” and “you only live once.”)

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Summer Classes Listed by Day of the Week (San Francisco & Berkeley)

 

SAN FRANCISCO & BERKELEY

NOTE: The list below is currently being updated to show all summer classes.

The update will be done by June 1st.

SATURDAYS

San Francisco:

I Want to Write BUT: A Kick in the “But” Class…for YOU?  – Jane Underwood
July 13: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

Intro to Poetry: Finding Your Comfort Ground – Ben Jackson
July 20: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

Lurking in the Shadows: Dangerous Women, Bad Boys, & Twisted Sisters – Katia Noyes
July 27: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

Tiny Kingdoms: Writing and Publishing the VERY Short Story – Andy Touhy
Aug. 3: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

Historical Fiction: Facts & Fibs Combined–What Fun! – Jess Wells
Aug. 10: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

Full-Tilt Prose: Let Your Sentences Soar!Katia Noyes
Aug. 17-Sept. 21 (5 weeks, skip Aug. 31): 2-4:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Memoir Writing: Mine and Refine Your Memories – Kathleen McClung
Aug. 24-Sept. 28 (5 weeks, skip Aug. 31st ) 10:30 am-1 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Berkeley:

Creative Writing: Delving Deeper – Elaine Beale
June 1-29 (5 weeks): 10:30 am-1 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Writing Funny For Blogs, YouTube or…What’s That Other Thing? – PRINT! (And Getting Paid For It, Too!)– Stan Sinberg
June 1-29 (5 weeks): 2-4:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Inspiring the Muse: A Day to Jumpstart Your Writing – Elaine Beale
July 13: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

Turn Your Hard-Won Wisdom into a Self-Help or Personal Growth Book – Ruth Schwartz
July 20: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

TBA – TBA
July 27: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

TBA – TBA
Aug. 3: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

TBA – TBA
Aug. 10: 10 am to 4 pm ($95 members/$110 others)

TBA – TBA
Aug. 17-Sept. 21 (5 weeks, skip Aug. 31): 10:30 am-1 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Fabulous Fiction: Mysteries, Thrillers, Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy & More – Nick Mamatas
Aug. 17-Sept. 21 (5 weeks, skip Aug. 31) 2-4:30 pm $215 members/$245 others

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SUNDAYS

San Francisco:

Writing Children’s Picture Books: More than Just Child’s Play – Shirin Bridges
July 14-Aug. 11 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Daily Write Round Robin: Community, Creativity, Commitment – Jane Underwood
July 21 (mandatory attendance) and Sept. 22 10:30 am-1 pm (plus every day online between meetings) $195 members/$225 others

Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art – Ben Jackson
Aug. 18-Sept. 22 (5 weeks, skip Sept. 1st) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Persistent Poets: Fearless Poets Continuation Class – Julie Bruck
Aug. 18-Jan. 5 (6 meetings: Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 5) 2:30-5 pm  $365 members/$395 others

Berkeley:

Starting Your Novel: Begin at the Beginning – Samuel Sattin
June 2-30 (5 weeks) 2-4:30 pm   $215 members/$245 others

Intro to Fiction: You Can’t Build a House without a Foundation – Junse Kim
July 14-Aug. 11 (5 weeks) 2-4:30 pm    $215 members/$245 others

TBATBA
July 14-Sept. 15 (9 weeks, skip Sept. 1st) 7-9:30 pm   $365 members/$395 others

TBA – TBA
Aug. 18-Sept. 22 (5 weeks, skip Sept. 1st) 2-4:30 pm   $215 members/$245 others

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MONDAYS

San Francisco:

Starting Your Novel: Get a Foothold on Your Project – Karen Bjorneby
June 3-July 1 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

“Combo” Class: Intro to Fiction with Junse Kim, followed by Starting Your Novel with Karen Bjorneby)
July 15-Sept. 23 (skip Sept. 2; 10 weeks for same price as a 9-week class) 7-9:30 pm   $365 members/$395 others

Intro to Fiction: You Can’t Build a House without a Foundation – Junse Kim
July 15-Aug. 12 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Starting Your Novel: Get a Foothold on Your Project – Karen Bjorneby
Aug. 19-Sept. 23 (5 weeks, skip Sept. 2) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Berkeley:

Discovering Your Poetry: Uncover the Gems Alison Luterman
 July 15-Aug. 12 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others 

TBA – TBA
Aug. 19-Sept. 23 (5 weeks, skip Sept. 2) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others 

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TUESDAYS

San Francisco:

Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals – Jenny Pritchett
July 16-Sept. 10 (9 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $365 members/$395 others

Berkeley:

Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs – Alison Luterman
July 16-Sept. 10 (9 weeks) 7-9:30 pm $365 members/$395 others

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WEDNESDAYS

San Francisco:

Playwriting 101: A Crash Course in Writing for the Theater & Beyond – Patricia Cotter
May 29-June 26 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm $215 members/$245 others

Intro to Personal Essays: Telling Your Real Life Stories – Jenny Pritchett
July 17-Sept. 11 (9 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $365 members/$395 others

Berkeley:

“Combo” Special: Raw Writing & Intro to Creative Writing – Andy Touhy and Elaine Beale
July 24-Sept. 25 (10 weeks, same price as a 9-week class) 7-9:30 pm  $365 members/$395 others

Raw Writing: Generating New Material  – Andy Touhy
July 24-Aug. 21  (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm $215 members/$245 others

Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals  – Elaine Beale
Aug. 28-Sept. 25  (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm $215 members/$245 others

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THURSDAYS

San Francisco:

Honing the Art of Storytelling: Fiction Workshop – Andy Touhy
July 18-Aug. 15 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm    $215 members/$245 others

Fearless Poetry Workshop – Julie Bruck
Aug. 22-Sept. 19 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm  $215 members/$245 others

Berkeley:

Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals – Elaine Beale
May 30-June 27 (5 weeks) 7-9:30 pm $215 members/$245 others

The Fiction Gym: Strengthening Your Writing in a Workshop Setting – Cary Groner
July 18-Sept. 12  (9 weeks) 7-9:30 pm   $365 members/$395 others

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FRIDAYS

San Francisco:

Honing the Art of Storytelling: Fiction Workshop Continuation – Andy Touhy
Aug. 16-Jan. 10 (Six months: Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10) 7-9:30 pm  $365 members/$395 others

Novel Writing Continuation Workshop: Don’t Stop Now! – Karen Bjorneby
Aug. 23-Jan. 17 (Six months: Aug. 23, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 17) 7-9:30 pm  $365 members/$395 others

Berkeley:

Beyond the First Draft: Works-in-Progress – Jess Wells
July 19-Dec. 6 (Six months: July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6) 7-9:30 pm  $365 members/$395 others

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SPECIAL PAYMENTS OPTION

Jess Wells: Beyond the First Draft: Works-in-Progress (fiction)

Six Fridays, July 19-Dec. 6 (monthly meetings: July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6) 7-9:30 pm, plus online interaction between meetings   $365 members/$395 others   Berkeley
Testimonials for Jess    

CLASS CLOSED 

Note: This class is especially appropriate for (but not limited to) students who have taken any of Jess’s other classes.

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Shirin Bridges: Writing Children’s Picture Books – More than Just Child’s Play

Shirin Photo 9.18.155 Saturdays, August 13 – September 17, 10:30am-1pm  Berkeley
Skip September 3
$215 members/$245 others   
Student Testimonials

Picture books can do more than captivate and entertain—“they can change a child’s life,” says Shirin Yim Bridges. But getting published in this competitive genre is more than just child’s play.

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Ruth Schwartz: Writing Dangerously: Breaking Taboos, Taking Risks, Wrestling with Paradox

Saturday Nov. 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others     Berkeley
Student Testimonials

“I’m so glad I took the ‘Writing Dangerously’ class. I have been writing nonstop on formerly taboo topics ever since. Talking about it with others gave me the permission to tell my own stories.”—Recent Student

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Testimonials & Reviews for Doug Goetsch

Here are testimonials from Doug’s students at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, where he has taught for a dozen years. Also, at the end, are a several rave reviews in praise of his poetry.

“Douglas Goetsch is a born teacher. He brings a vast array of examples to every point. He is energetic about life, words and people. He was thoroughly organized in every presentation. Now to practice what he set before us…”
– Anne Gleason, Cincinnati, OH

“His expertise, knowledge and experience seemed phenomenal. His in-class humor, direction and exercises stimulated excellent discussion, creativity and production of new material… Doug did a great job adapting to my needs and working through problems individually.”
– Stuart Schurtz, Mason City, IA

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