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David Hill: Fiction Workshop and other Fiction-Related Classes

David was a great facilitator with a very positive, generous spirit that cultivated the same in the students. His suggestions for development, of the specific pieces under consideration, and for us generally as writers, were thoughtful, insightful, eloquent, and inspiring.

I intend to take this same 9-week course again as soon as possible, and hope very little will change. David was very good at seamlessly introducing topics of craft and style into the workshop process.

I gained a great deal of self-knowledge about my writing style and how it reads to others. Significantly increased confidence to share my work. And two decent story drafts!

Erin Wolthausen

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As a novice writer, I didn’t know what to expect from David’s 9-week fiction workshop. And what I took away from the class was invaluable. I learned a great deal fiction writing and received some direct hands-on encouragement on how to make my writing better.

The element of the class that was especially helpful for me was workshopping my work as well as reading and offering feedback on other class members’ works. As the weeks progressed, I found I was a better reader, and more importantly, the feedback I received was constructive, encouraging and motivational. David did an excellent job at folding in concepts he had presented during the class through commenting on the writing we were workshopping.

David’s gentle manner in leading the class was spot-on. He is approachable, encouraging, challenging, honest and authentic.I’ve gained a lot more motivation to continue writing!

Thank you!
David Ferguson

David Hill: From Life to the Page – Crafting Stories from Our Own Experiences

David Hill copy1 Saturday, October 1, 10am-4pm   
$130 members/$145 others     
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“Nothing needs to happen to a writer’s life after they are twenty. By then they’ve experienced more than enough to last their creative life.” – Flannery O’Connor

“Our own experiences provide us an abundance of source material for writing,” says instructor David Hill. “But where to begin? How do we identify those charged moments from our pasts, and more importantly, how do we give shape to those events on the page in a way that captures their essence and provides a dynamic and engaging literary experience?”

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Ploi Pirapokin: Speculative Fiction: A Magical class for the (Un)Real

Authorphoto3Five Saturdays, Feb. 27-March 26, 2-4:30 pm     Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others     Cancellation/Refund Policy

I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in, and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining. — Octavia Butler

“The act of writing fiction is lying; you write about people who never existed and events that never happened,” says Ploi. “Whether it’s science fiction or fantasy or mystery stories or high-brow art, all those things are essentially untrue. But it has to have a truth at the core of it all.”

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