Creative Writing: Delving Deeper

Five Saturdays, June 1-29  10:30 am-1 pm 
$215 members/$245 others     Berkeley
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There’s a lot of fun to be had in creating writing, but developing your writing skills also requires learning about craft. This class is ideal for those who’ve taken an introductory class in creative writing and want to learn more. It’s also a great place for folks who’ve so far focused only on one genre.

“We’ll use the various genres to focus on specific skills,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “We’ll look at language and imagery through the lens of poetry. We’ll focus on voice via memoir. We’ll discuss character development by looking at short fiction. And we’ll examine dialogue and story structure through the lens of the novel and screenplay.

“The beauty is that all these skills are critical to a writer no matter what his or her genre. It will help everyone to further develop their craft.”

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Writing Funny For Blogs, YouTube or…What’s That Other Thing? – PRINT! (And Getting Paid For It, Too!)

Five Saturdays, June 1st-29th, 2-4:30 pm
$215 members/$245 others      Berkeley

Has anyone ever told you that you’re funny and that “You should write that stuff down?” No? Then maybe you shouldn’t take this class.  But if the answer is “Yes,” or you’re convinced you’re surrounded by humorless numbskulls who wouldn’t recognize a punch line if it hit them in the ‘nads, then come on down!

In this class you’ll learn how to come up with funny premises “on demand,” where to get humorous ideas (I have the secret email address), how to inject humor in “serious” pieces, a half-dozen formulas for writing jokes, and how to apply these tools whether you’re writing for a magazine, blog, or making a YouTube video.

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Sam Sattin: Starting Your Novel: Begin at the Beginning

Alice Portraits 1057 croppedFive Sundays, Aug. 18-Sept. 22 (skip Sept. 1st)   2-4:30 p.m.
$215 members/$245 non-members    Berkeley


Starting a novel is a historical source of headache for budding writers. Where do you begin? What constitutes a good idea? What strategies should you keep in mind when you start clicking away?

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Ben Jackson: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In

Saturday Feb. 15th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
$95 members/$110 others    San Francisco
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Whether you are new to poetry or you are looking for deeper immersion into the art form, this class will show you a variety of ways to appreciate, learn from, and fall in love with both the reading and writing of poetry.

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Patricia Cotter: Playwriting 101: Taking the First Step

Saturday Jan. 30th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy
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How do you begin writing when you don’t even know where to start? Many writers begin their play, and then find themselves losing steam after only a few pages. Usually it’s because they aren’t quite clear about what or who they are writing about. So, then the million dollar question is: “What is your play about?”

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