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

Seven Tuesdays, May 6-June 24 (skip 6/3) 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
$285 members/$315 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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Ben Jackson: Creating a Writing Practice

B_JacksonSaturday April 19th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m  San Francisco    CLASS OVER
$95 members/$110 others     Cancellation Policy  
Testimonials for Ben

Want to take another class with Ben? He still has openings in his Berkeley poetry class starting on April 26th: Finding a Way In

What is a ‘writing practice’? What does that mean exactly? What does it entail? Are there rules? Guidelines? Examples? Instructor Ben Jackson says, “You follow what fascinates you about your own life. You ask yourself, ‘What makes my life passionate, singular, intriguing?’”

In this workshop Ben will lead you through writing exercises designed to engage the senses and help you tap into your reservoirs of memory and imagination—reservoirs you may not even know you have.

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Junse Kim & Elaine Beale: Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

elainebeale82509Ten Sundays, April 20-June 29 (skip May 25) 2-4:30 pm  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy

First half of the class: Intro to Fiction with Junse Kim; second half of the class: Starting Your Novel with Elaine Beale. It’s a special deal (10 weeks for the price of a 9-week class)!

Jenny Pritchett: You Should Write that Down!

jennypritchettSaturday April 19th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley    CLASS OVER
$95 members/$110 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

Note: Missed this class?  You may want to check out Jenny’s Raw Writing class. Or consider Andy Touhy’s class: I Want to Write BUT. Or: call Jane at 415.609.2468 for further suggestions. 

You’ve been thinking about writing. But maybe you 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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Jenny Pritchett: Raw Writing: A Class for Generating New Material

jennypritchettFive Thursdays, April 24-May 22, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

In an interview on Salon.com, Grace Paley–finalist for both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award–told A.M. Homes that every single time she sat down to write, she thought, “How come I thought I could write? How am I gonna do this? How am I gonna write this ****ing story?”

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Shirin Bridges: Acting Juvenile: Writing for Ages 8 to 44

Shirin BridgesNine Sundays, April 20-June 22 (skip 5/11), 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Shirin

The last time the book industry watchdog, Bowker, made public a measure (in June 2012), “juvenile” was the fastest growing fiction genre thanks to Twilight, The Hunger Games, and of course, good old Harry Potter.“ Certainly,” says Shirin Yim Bridges, “at one writers’ conference after another, the agents have been asking for middle grade chapter books and young adult novels.”

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Ben Jackson: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In

B_JacksonFour Saturdays, April 26-May 17, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.   Berkeley
$185 members/$215 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Ben

“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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Jenny Pritchett & Elaine Beale: “Combo Class”- Raw Writing & Intro to Creative Writing

jennypritchett10 Thursdays, April 24-June 26, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy

First half of the class: Raw Writing with Jenny Pritchett, second half of the class: Intro to Creative Writing with Elaine Beale. It’s a special deal (10 weeks for the price of a 9-week class)!

Ben Jackson: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Five Mondays, April 21-May 19, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco –  CLASS CLOSED
$215 members/$245 others    
Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Ben

Note: If you would like to be put on a waiting list for this class, send an email to jane@writingsalons.com, say what the class you are talking about, and include your phone number.

“I still have that navy blue hardback journal that my mom gave me for Christmas when I was ten,” says instructor Ben Jackson. “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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Ben Jackson & Jenny Pritchett: Journaling & Intro to Creative Writing

B_Jacksonjennypritchett10 Mondays, April 21-June 30 (skip 5/26), 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy

CLASS CLOSED: If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please send an email to jane@writingsalons.com, and include the name of the class as well as your phone number. 

First half of the class: “Journaling” with Ben Jackson; second half of the class: “Intro to Creative Writing” with Jenny Pritchett. It’s a special deal (10 weeks for the same price as a 9-week class).

Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Five Sundays, April 20-May 18, 2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Junse

ATTENTION: Missed the first class? We keep all 5-week classes open until the second class (in this case, until April 27th).

“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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Eli Brown: Fiction Workshop: Bringing Your Stories to Life

Eli BrownNine Wednesdays, April 30-June 25, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Eli

“Writing is an intimate and organic process. We shouldn’t be afraid to get our hands dirty,” says instructor Eli Brown. “Whether it’s a raw first draft or an over-worked manuscript, the key to bringing a story to life is to surprise ourselves.”

Suitable for beginners as well as veterans, this class will cover the fundamental terrain of plot, setting, and character while fertilizing the imagination with exploratory exercises, inspirational readings, and a fruitful workshopping experience.

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

Alison_BannerSix Mondays, May 5-June 30 (skip 5/26, 6/2 & 6/9) 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$245 members/$265 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Alison 

In this class you will plunge into the personal themes that make your real life stories uniquely yours. For the first three weeks, instructor Alison Luterman will give carefully crafted writing exercises designed to elicit the undertones and overtones that elevate events and anecdotes into the realm of art. During the 3-week break in the middle, you’ll participate in a buddy system, exchanging writes with one another via email to keep your productivity and momentum going. The latter weeks (after the break) will be dedicated to workshopping and refining the pieces you have begun.

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

Five Thursdays, May 29-June 26, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation 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.

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction – Laying the Foundation

Five Tuesdays, April 22-May 20, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others     Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Junse

“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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Andy Touhy: Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling

Nine Wednesdays, April 23-June 25 (skip 6/4), 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy   
Testimonials for Andy

 

“You write something down and it’s awkward, trivial, artificial, approximate. But with effort…you can get it to open up, and expose something lurking there beyond the clumsy thing you first put down.”—Deborah Eisenberg

“What makes a story compelling?” asks Andy Touhy. “More importantly, what are the ways to make it compelling? Both questions should be in our hearts when sitting down to write, and on our minds when returning to revise. But how do we get the right ‘voice’ into our blood, onto the page, and into the bloodstream of the reader?

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

Jay RidlerFive Saturdays, May 31-June 28, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 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. Jay Ridler will lead you through a series of fun, engaging, and effective exercises to help you discover and explore the deep themes in your own life. “We’ll explore the people and things we love (or hate) and consider why we need to embrace them in our work,” says Jay. “We’ll examine our fears and discuss how to face them, then how to shape them into art. In short, we’ll explore how to dig deeper into matters of the heart — joyful or terrible, mad or sad — and learn to see them as powerful story catalysts.”

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Nick Mamatas: Fabulous Fiction: Mysteries, Thrillers, Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy & More

Five Saturdays,  May 31-June 28,  2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Nick

In this workshop, you’ll hone your skills at writing commercial genre fiction—romance/chicklit, mystery/detective, science fiction/fantasy—genres “that aren’t always given the credit they deserve,” says instructor Nick Mamatas.

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Elaine Beale: Starting Your Novel: Get Your Work Off the Ground

Five Sundays, June 1-29, 2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation Policy  
Testimonials for Elaine

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Julie Bruck: Fearless Poetry Workshop

Nine Thursdays, April 24-June 26 (skip 5/15)  7-9:30 pm    CLOSED
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy    San Francisco
Testimonials for Julie

NOTE: You may want to consider taking Ben Jackson’s 4-week poetry class, Finding a Way In, which is still open.

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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Gift Certificates

 

You will have three options to choose from during checkout:

1) $110 for a 1-day workshop

2) $245 for a 5-week class

3) $395 for a 9-week or 6-month class

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Andy Touhy: I Want to Write BUT: A Kick-in-the-”But” Class . . . for You?

Andy TouhyFour Saturdays, April 26-May 17, 2-4:30 p.m.   San Francisco
$185 members/$215 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Andy

You want to write but you can’t. You don’t. You won’t. Because?

Don’t bother answering that question. We’ve already heard your answer(s} a million times. All of us—even us teachers—can be wildly creative with our “why I can’t” reasons (excuses).

So. Why not take the creativity, time and energy that you’ve put into coming up with excuses, and apply them to some actual writing instead?  What a concept! Woohoo! Just imagine: If you took all (or even part) of the effort that you put into procrastination and avoidance, you’d be Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. Seriously. You’d be writing up a storm.

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew2Five Saturdays, April 26-May 24, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation 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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Jane Underwood: Daily Write “Round Robin” – Commitment, Community, Creativity

Two Sundays, April 27 (mandatory for newcomers) and June 22, 10:30 am to 1 pm, plus daily online writing in-between  $195 members/$225 others  Cancellation Policy   San Francisco   
Testimonials for Jane

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 Underwood, “the more you tone and strengthen them. In the Round Robin, you practice your writing every day, just as piano students practice scales and swimmers do laps. The only difference is that it’s a lot more fun.”

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing Continuation Workshop

Six Sundays (4/27, 5/18, 6/22, 7/13, 8/17, 9/7) plus online activity between meetings, 2:30-5 pm  
San Francisco 
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy     CLASS CLOSED
Testimonials for Kathleen

Note: If you would like to get on a waiting list, send an email request (not a phone call) to jane@writingsalons.com and include your phone number. If you would like suggestions re: other options, call Jane at 415.609.2468.

Prerequisite: Kathleen’s  5-week Memoir Writing class (or permission from Kathleen, if you feel that you have taken an equivalent course elsewhere)

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

Five Tuesdays, May 27-June 24, 7-9:30 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.

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Jenny Pritchett: Personal Essays: Tell Your Real-Life Stories

jennypritchettFive Saturdays, May 31-June 28, 10:30 am-1 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

Have you always wanted to write about your crazy family? What about an accident that changed the course of your life? A discovery that changed your perception of the past?

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Jess Wells: Historical Fiction: Facts and Fibs Combined…What Fun!

Five Saturdays, May 31-June 28,  2-4:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others  
Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jess

Whether you’re intrigued by Norse settlements, your own grandmother’s journey to America, or an imaginary character from a far-away time, historical fiction can be an enchanting new outlet for your writing, transporting you and your writing into worlds that are incredibly fun to create.

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Jenny Pritchett: Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

jennypritchettFive Mondays, June 2-30, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

Think you want to write, but not sure where to start? “Good news,” says Jenny Pritchett, “all you have to do is show up to class!”

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