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Karen Bjorneby: Finding Your Story

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.14Saturday Oct. 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others       Cancellation/Refund Policy 
Student Testimonials.

Do you want to write, but you’re not sure what to write about? Do you have so many different ideas you can’t figure out which one to settle into? Do you get excited about an idea one day and the watch that fizzle out the next? Do you have an idea but you’re not sure if it’s big enough or important enough to become a story or an essay or novel or a memoir?

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Elaine Beale: Inspiring the Muse: A Day to Jump-Start your Writing

Saturday Oct. 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others  
Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Elaine

Had a difficult time making time to write even though you know you want to? Perhaps you feel uninspired or don’t quite know what it is you want to write about. Or maybe you need a boost to your creativity that will help your words flow.

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

inst-junsekFive Sundays, Oct. 4th-Nov. 1st, 2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$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 instructor Junse Kim. “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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Junse Kim & Elaine Beale: Combo: Intro to Fiction/Starting Your Novel

inst-junsekelainebeale8250910 Sundays, Oct. 4-Dec. 13 (skip Nov.29)  2-4:30 pm  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy  

COMBO SPECIAL: First 5 weeks: Intro to Fiction with Junse Kim; second 5 weeks: Starting Your Novel with Elaine Beale. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class. This combo is considered to be one class when it comes to our cancellation/refund policy. So please read the policy. Thank you!

Ben Jackson: Combo Special: Journaling & Poetry

Ben Jackson10 Sundays, Oct. 4-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29), 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: First 5 weeks: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art; second 5 weeks: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class. This combo is considered to be one class with one starting date (in relation to our cancellation/refund policy). Please read the policy. Thank you!

Ben Jackson: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Ben JacksonFive Sundays, Oct. 4-Nov. 1, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley  
$215 members/$245 others    
Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: Journaling/Poetry

“I still have that navy blue hardback journal that my mom gave me for Christmas when I was ten,” says Ben. “After writing my first few entries, I was hooked. Years later, when I started writing a long sequence poem about my twin brother, I mined through journal entries all the way back to early adolescence in order to understand the recurring themes in our relationship.

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

inst-junsek5 Mondays, Oct. 5th-Nov. 2nd, 7-9:30 pm  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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Junse Kim & Karen Bjorneby: Combo: Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

 

inst-junsekKaren Bjorneby 9.4.1410 Mondays, Oct. 5th-Dec. 7th, 7-9:30 pm   San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy

SPECIAL COMBO: First half: Intro to Fiction with Junse Kim; second half: Starting Your Novel with Karen Bjorneby. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class. This combo is considered to be one class when it comes to our cancellation/refund policy. So please read the policy. Thank you!

 

Terrel Seltzer: Screenwriting: The Fun Beginning, the Dreaded Middle, the Dynamic End

Nine Mondays, Oct. 5-Nov. 30, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley 
$365 members/$395 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Terrel

“In this class we’ll look at each of the three acts of a well-structured, emotionally fulfilling screenplay,” says instructor Terrel Seltzer.

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Alison Luterman: Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs

Alison_BannerNine Tuesdays, Oct. 6th-Dec. 8th (skip Oct. 27), 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley 
$365 members/$395 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Alison      

In this class you will plunge into the personal themes that make your real life stories uniquely yours. In the first half of this class, instructor Alison Luterman give you writing exercises carefully designed to elicit the undertones and overtones that elevate events and anecdotes into the realm of art. In the last half of class, Alison will guide you through workshopping and refining the pieces you have begun.

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Cary Groner: Fiction Workshop: Build and Refine Your Storytelling Skills

8 Wednesdays & 1 Friday (Note: All dates are on Wednesdays except for Oct. 30 which is a Friday: Oct. 7, 14, 30, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16)  7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy   
Testimonials for Cary

When we read good stories they tend to endure in our hearts as touchstones that enrich our understanding of the world. “We’ve all had the experience of reading something we like and wondering how the author developed such a breathtaking idea, with such compelling characters, and brought it to fruition,” says Cary. “Those of us who admire good writing, and want to write ourselves, naturally wish to develop those skills. But without feedback from others it’s hard to escape the echo chamber and get a fresh perspective on our work.”

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David Hill: Fiction Workshop: Honoring Our Finest Impulses

David Hill copyNine Wednesdays, Oct. 7th-Dec. 9th (skip Nov. 25th) 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others      Cancellation/Refund Policy

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. -- Henry Miller

“A writer should never leave a workshop feeling crestfallen or defeated. It takes a great deal of courage to begin writing at all, and it can at times feel like a lonely journey,” says David Hill. “A successful workshop is one in which every participant walks away with a better understanding of the elements of storytelling, feeling energized and eager to continue.

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Julie Bruck: Fearless Poetry Workshop

Nine Thursdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10 (skip Nov. 26) 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy   
Testimonials for Julie

This workshop is intended for people who want to jump start their poetry practice and to keep the engine oiled. You’ll do plenty of writing and reading, and have lively discussions  about both the craft and the process of poetry.

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Elaine Beale: Intro to Creative Writing: Fun with the Fundamentals

Nine Thursdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10 (skip Nov. 26)  7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy     
Testimonials for Elaine

“Everyone is talented, original and has something important to say,” states Brenda Ueland at the beginning of her celebrated book, If You Want to Write. “I happen to agree with Ueland,” says Elaine Beale. “And when I teach at The Writing Salon, I see her assertion proved again and again. Students write such beautiful and amazing pieces. And most of them never considered themselves writers before. But by simply making the time to write and to learn about the craft they find that they are, in fact, talented and have something original and important to say.”

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Kate Montgomery: Intro to Screenwriting: Story Design Workshop

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

Saturday Oct. 10th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Kate

“Got an idea for a movie or TV show? Great! So what do you do next?

“Roll up your sleeves and start mapping out your story,” says Kate. “Turn that idea into an outline — your design — of a story that will be built on carefully crafted conflicts and well-timed surprises that lead to a satisfying resolution.

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Jane Underwood: Daily Write “Round Robin”: Creativity, Community, Commitment

Two Sundays, 10/11 (mandatory for newcomers) & 12/13, 10:30 am to 1 pm, plus daily online writing (facilitated by Jane) between meetings;  $195 members/$225 others  
San Francisco
Testimonials for Jane     Cancellation/Refund Policy

The imagination is like a muscle: The more you use it, the better it performs and the quicker you get ideas of higher caliber.—Dean Koontz

“And the more you use your writing muscles,” says Jane, “the more you tone and strengthen them. In the Round Robin, you practice writing every day, just as piano students practice scales and swimmers do laps. The only difference is that the Round Robin is more fun.”

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Ben Jackson: Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

Ben Jackson(1)Nine Tuesdays, Oct. 13-Dec. 15 (skip Dec. 1st)  7-9:30 pm   San Francisco
$365 members/$395 non-member
Testimonials    Cancellation/Refund Policy

In this beginner’s course, you’ll be introduced to creative nonfiction (i.e., personal essays/memoirs), fiction, and poetry.  Ben Jackson will give you writing prompts to spark your imagination and to draw out stories. In fun and instructive exercises, you’ll explore craft basics such as developing compelling characters and creating believable dialogue.

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Cary Groner: Fiction Workshop Continuation

6 Fridays (monthly), Oct. 16-March 4 (10/16, 11/13, 12/11, 1/8, 2/5, 3/4) plus online activity between meetings, 7-9:30 p.m. $365 members/$395 others   Berkeley  
Cancellation/Refund Policy   Testimonials for Cary        

Those who’ve taken beginner fiction classes typically face a common challenge: how to keep the momentum going. Often the best way to do that, and to create a significant body of work–whether a short-story collection or a novel—is to join an ongoing workshop. This course is structured as a classic workshop in which students critique each other’s work in a supportive environment.

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Lisa Alpine: Travel Writing: If You Can Live It, You Can Write It!

Saturday Oct. 17th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others   

Testimonials for Lisa    Cancellation/Refund Policy

Do you love to travel? Keep a travel journal? Why not take the next step and turn your daily scribbles into well-crafted, memorable narratives that entice readers, family, and friends?   You can do this by learning two things: 1) how to improve your storytelling abilities, and 2) how to market your work.

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Kate Montgomery: Conjuring Better Characters

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

1 Saturday Oct. 17th, 10 am to 4 pm   Berkeley
$95 members/$110 non-members     Cancellation/Refund Policy
Student Testimonials

Any story is only as good as its weakest character. A good story has an appealing hero. A great story has a remarkable hero, a memorable villain, and supporting characters that stick with us forever. This workshop will focus on how to develop truly unforgettable characters. You’ll learn how to craft a compelling hero, a formidable antagonist, and a mix of lively surprising supporting players who feel three dimensional even if they’re only in the story briefly.

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Alison Luterman: The Narrative Poem: Telling the News Without Losing the Lyric

Alison_Banner1 Saturday Oct. 24th, 10 am to 4 pm    San Francisco 
$95 members/$110 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Alison      

William Carlos Williams said “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” In this workshop, using model poems, writing from prompts and exercises, we’ll work on combining the news of our poems with the lyrical music that carries them from the brain to the heart. Syntax, voice, juxtaposition, and surprise can all help the narrative poem stay a poem, with the nimbleness and loft that a good poem has, while still conveying important real-world information. There will be ample time to write and share what we’ve written in class with the group, but we will not be workshopping previously-written poems.

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Jenny Pritchett: You Should Write that Down!

jennypritchettSaturday Oct. 24th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

You’ve been thinking about writing, but haven’t taken a writing class since college, or you’ve never taken one at all. Maybe you write a lot of emails, which you find strangely satisfying, or when you tell your friends stories, they say, “You should write that down!”

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Shirin Bridges: Writing for Middle-Graders & Young Adults: Improve Your Craft

Shirin Bridges8 Sundays, Oct. 25-Dec. 20 (skip Nov. 29), 7-9;30 pm   San Francisco
$335 members/$365 others   Cancellation Policy
Student Testimonials

Whether you’re limbering up to attempt your first middle grade book or almost finished with your fourth YA novel, this course will inspire you and hone the skills you need to write and edit for young audiences. Learn how to create characters with kid-appeal; create worlds with kid-appeal; make word choices that suit your genre.

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Shirin Bridges: You’ve Finished Your Book: Now What?

Shirin BridgesSaturday Oct. 31st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others   
Student Testimonials 

Are you finally ready to get your book out there? Or close enough to want to visualize the day? Whether your work is fiction, nonfiction, how-to, self-help, memoir, poetry, or an anthology, this workshop is for you. Shirin Yim Bridges, who has been published by the Big Five and has also self-published, will take you step-by-step through the “submit or self-publish?” decision process.

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Kathleen McClung: Are You Allergic to Poetry?

mcclungnew221 Saturday October 31st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others    
Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Kathleen

If your answer is yes, then this non-allergenic poetry workshop is custom-made for you. Maybe you identify as a memoirist, novelist or playwright. Maybe you find the short story a more appetizing genre.  Maybe you write code for a living. But whatever kind of writing you do, devoting a day to reading, talking about, and cooking up some poems of your own — yes, poems — can add an extra dimension of strengths, strategies, and spice to your creative projects in any genre.

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Jenny Pritchett: Flash Fiction: When Less Is More!

jennypritchett5 Saturdays: 1 Saturday night (Nov. 7, 7-9:30 pm) and 4 Saturday mornings (Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5, 19, 10:30 am-1 pm)   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy
Student Testimonials

You’ve heard it called plenty of things: flash fiction, micro-fiction, the short-short story, prose poems. But what is this delicious, quirky art form, and how do you create it?

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Patricia Cotter: Playwriting 101: A Crash Course in Writing for the Theater & Beyond

 Five Saturdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12 (skip Nov. 28), 2-4:30 pm   San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Patricia

“They are called ‘plays’ so writing them should be kind of fun. Plus, every single writing job I have landed: film, television no matter what, came out of writing for the theater,” says instructor Patricia Cotter. “It’s one of the few mediums where the writer is in charge of the story; it’s your vision and your voice. Okay, true story: A couple of years ago I wrote a one-act play which was produced in a tiny 77-seat black box theater. One night Dustin Hoffman happened to come to the show. He saw it, responded to the writing and hired me to write a film with him. That experience reinforced the belief that theater is the best showcase for a new voice. Getting your play in front of an audience is completely attainable – write a play, rent a room and invite people. It really is that easy. Okay, well you do actually have to write your play…but I can help with that.”

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Jay Ridler: Writing from the Heart: Uncovering Your Most Powerful Themes

Jay Ridler

Saturday Nov. 7th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Berkeley   
$95 members/$110 others  Cancellation Policy  
Testimonials for Jay

To write our best, we must write from the heart. But finding what subjects mean the most to us can be difficult. In this class, Jay will lead you through a series of fun, engaging, and effective exercises to help you discover and explore the deep and most compelling themes in your  life.

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Elaine Beale: Starting Your Novel: Taking the First Steps

Five Sundays, Nov. 8th-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29), 2-4:30 p.m.
$215 members/$245 others      Berkeley
Testimonials for Elaine

COMBO SPECIAL: Intro to Fiction/Starting Your Novel

Writing a novel can be a lonely business. It can also be pretty overwhelming when you’re doing it without guidance, input or support. If you want to start a novel or you’ve got a novel in progress, this class will provide you with the help you’ll need.

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Ben Jackson: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In

Ben Jackson(2)Five Sundays, Nov. 8-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29) 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley 
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: Journaling/Poetry

“Many people say they don’t ‘get’ poetry,” says Ben Jackson. “I don’t always ‘get’ it either. But I know what my body feels, I know what my mind processes, and that’s enough for me to find my way into a poem, whether I’m the author or the reader. I ‘get’ poetry in my own way. I believe you can too.

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Karen Bjorneby: Starting Your Novel: Get a Foothold on Your Project

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.145 Mondays, Nov. 9-Dec. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others       Cancellation/Refund Policy 
Student Testimonials

COMBO SPECIAL: Intro to Fiction/Starting Your Novel

You want to write a novel, or you are writing a novel, so come to this workshop where you’ll meet other people who are doing what you’re doing, or want to do. ”We’ll talk about your idea – how to make sure it has enough weight to carry a novel,” say Karen Bjorneby.

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew25 Saturdays; Nov. 14-Dec. 19 (skip Nov. 28) 10:30 am-1 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy  
Testimonials for Kathleen

Memoir is not reserved only for the rich and famous. Beautiful and haunting memoirs—books and essays—can grow out of our ordinary lives, carefully observed. Both the distant past and the not-so-long ago can be mined, remembered and re-created in writing. This class is a guide to the mining and refining process.

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