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Jenny Pritchett: You Should Write that Down!

jennypritchettSaturday Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

CLOSED – To be put on a waiting list, please contact jane@writingsalons.com. Be sure to include your phone number. Thanks!

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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Elaine Beale: Creative Writing Boot Camp: A One-Day Intensive

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Saturday Jan. 23rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Elaine

Sometimes you’re just too busy to be able to attend regular writing classes. And learning the craft of writing takes a lot of time. With so many demands on your energy you’d like to take some shortcuts. You want to take the fast track to becoming a better writer.

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Steven Winn: The Persistent Poet

steven-winn6 Sundays: Jan. 24-June 5 with online interaction between meetings (1/24, 2/14, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/5) 2:30-5 pm  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy

The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft, said James Fenton. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation. 

“In this workshop course for continuing poets with some prior experience,” says instructor Steven Winn, “we will bring our work to class, listen closely to the reverberations and refine them into the very best poems they aspire to be.

“Students will exchange their work online in advance of each class, to make our time together as productive and fruitful as possible. The emphasis will be on honing and sharpening the thought, form, language and sound of each poem.

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

inst-junsekFive Sundays, Jan. 24-Feb. 21, 2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Junse

CLASS CLOSED/WAITING LIST CLOSED

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: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

inst-junsek5 Mondays, Jan. 25th-Feb. 22nd, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco 
$215 members/$245 others     Cancellation Policy 
Testimonials for Junse

CLASS CLOSED/WAITING LIST CLOSED

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 & Elaine Beale: Combo: Intro to Fiction/Starting Your Novel

inst-junsekelainebeale8250910 Sundays, Jan. 24-March 27,  2-4:30 pm  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy  

CLASS CLOSED/WAITING LIST CLOSED

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. Thanks!

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

Jay Ridler5 Sundays: Jan. 24-Feb. 21 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others  Cancellation/Refund 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. Each week, Jay Ridler 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. “And each week we’ll spend time exploring those themes in story and other forms, all the while giving and getting feedback to each other,” says Jay. “We’ll explore the people and things we love (or hate) and consider why we need to embrace them in our work. 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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Junse Kim & Karen Bjorneby: Combo: Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

 

inst-junsekKaren Bjorneby 9.4.1410 Mondays, Jan. 25-March 28, 7-9:30 pm   San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy

CLASS  CLOSED/WAITING LIST CLOSED

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 ONE class when it comes to our cancellation/refund policy. Please read the policy. Thank you!

 

Jenny Pritchett: Raw Writing: A Class for Generating New Material

jennypritchettFive Mondays: Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley 
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy   
Testimonials for Jenny

COMBO SPECIAL: Raw Writing/Intro to Creative Writing

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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Ben Jackson: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Ben_JacksonFive Tuesdays, Jan. 26-Feb. 23, 7-9:30 pm    San Francisco  
$215 members/$245 others    
Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: Journaling/Intro to Creative Writing

“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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Jenny Pritchett: Combo Special: Raw Writing & Intro to Creative Writing

jennypritchett10 Mondays, Jan. 25-March 28, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
 $365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy

SPECIAL COMBO: First half: Raw Writing with Jenny Pritchettsecond half: Intro to Creative Writing with Jenny Pritchett. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class (discount applies only if you sign up for the combo). The combo is considered to be ONE class; our cancellation policy is applied accordingly. Please read the policy; thanks!

Ben Jackson: Combo Special: Journaling & Intro to Creative Writing

Ben_Jackson10 Tuesdays, Jan. 26-March 29, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: First 5 weeks: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art; second 5 weeks: Intro to Creative Writing: Fun with the Fundamentals. 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!

David Hill: Fiction Workshop: Honoring Our Finest Impulses

David Hill copyNine Wednesdays, Jan. 27-March 23, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others      Cancellation/Refund Policy
Student Testimonials

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

Nine Tuesdays, Jan. 26-March 22, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley 
$365 members/$395 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Terrel

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“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: Finding a Way In: Intro to Poetry

Ben_JacksonFive Wednesdays, Jan. 27 thru Feb. 24,  7-9:30 pm   Berkeley 
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: Finding a Way In: Intro to Poetry & Finding a Way In: Revising Your Poems

“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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Julie Bruck: Out of the Drawer & into the Light: Finish Those Poems!

Julie-B.-New1-e13297848389369 Thursdays, Jan. 28 thru March 24, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Julie

“It’s not where you take things from–it’s where you take them to.”–Jean-Luc Godard

A good workshop sends its members home with ideas and strategies for revision, but new (and not-so-new) poets often find revising difficult on their own: they keep accumulating fresh work without finishing what they’ve begun.

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Karen Bjorneby: Novel Writing Continuation Workshop

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.14Six Fridays, Jan. 29-June 17 (Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17) 7-9:30 p.m. (plus online activity between meetings)   San Francisco     
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy   Student Testimonials            

Congratulations! You’ve started your novel. You have a sense of your main character and some ideas of the plot, maybe even a full plot outline. You’ve written a few pages, gotten some feedback, and know what your strengths are. Now the challenge is: TO KEEP GOING AND NOT GIVE UP.

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Combo Special: Finding a Way In: Intro to Poetry & Revising Your Poems

Ben_Jackson10 Wednesdays, Jan. 27-March 30, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Ben

COMBO SPECIAL: First 5 weeks: Finding a Way In: Intro to Poetry; second 5 weeks: Finding a Way In: Revising Your Poems. 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!

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
Testimonials for Patricia

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

Alison_BannerNine Thursdays, Jan. 28-March 24, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley 
$365 members/$395 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Alison    

CLASS CLOSED. If you’d like to be put on a waiting list, send an email to jane@writingsalons.com, and include your phone number.

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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Ben Jackson: Creating a Writing Practice

Ben_JacksonSaturday Jan. 30th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m  Berkeley 
$95 members/$110 others     Cancellation/Refund Policy  
Testimonials for Ben

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

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

Two Sundays, 1/31 (mandatory for newcomers) & 3/27, 10:30 am to 1 pm, plus daily online between meetings (facilitated by Jane)   $195 members/$225 others  
San Francisco    Testimonials for Jane     Cancellation/Refund Policy

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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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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing Continuation Class

6 Sundays, Jan. 31-June 19 (1/31, 2/28, 3/27, 4/24, 5/22, 6/19) & online activity between meetings, 2:30-5 pm   San Francisco  
$365 members/$395 others  
 Cancellation Policy   Testimonials for Kathleen

Prerequisite: Kathleen’s  5-week Memoir Writing class

Have you started your memoir but would love some ongoing guidance and encouragement? Are you wondering about ways to craft it that are indeed shapely, intense, fascinating…and publishable?

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Jenny Pritchett: Flash Fiction: When Less Is More

jennypritchett5 Saturdays, Feb. 27-March 26, 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m   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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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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Kathleen McClung: Are You Allergic to Poetry?

mcclungnew221 Saturday, Feb. 6th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  San Francisco
$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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Elaine Beale: Starting Your Novel: Taking the First Steps

Five Sundays, Feb. 28-March 27, 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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Kate Montgomery: Conjure Better Characters

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

1 Saturday Feb. 13, 10 am to 4 pm   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 non-members     Cancellation/Refund Policy
 Student Testimonials

What makes Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Holly Golightly, and Walter White all so unforgettable? Bigger than life yet somehow also accessible, these characters have all made us feel genuine emotion. “While we may not respect all their choices,” says instructor Kate Montgomery, “they have still managed to draw us in and make us care. If our best stories have just one thing in common, it’s a protagonist who stays with us long after the book is closed, or the screen has gone dark.”

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

David Hill copySaturday Feb. 20th, 10 am to 4 pm    San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others      Cancellation/Refund Policy
Student Testimonials

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

jennypritchettFive Mondays, Feb. 29-March 28, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Jenny

COMBO SPECIAL: Raw Writing/Intro to Creative Writing

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!” In this fun, fast-paced class for beginners, you’ll use your own experiences and observations — your unique movement through the world — as jumping-off points to investigate all types of writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, humor, essays and more. “We’ll address the intersection of reality and imagination,” says Jenny, “with a little reading, weekly writing exercises, handouts and discussion to get your pens (and brains!) flexing.

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Ben Jackson: Finding a Way In: Revising Your Poems

Ben_Jackson5 Wednesdays, March 2-30, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 non-members
Testimonials    Cancellation/Refund Policy

COMBO SPECIAL: Finding a Way In: Intro to Poetry & Finding a Way In: Revising Your Poems

What are your favorite strategies when you revise your poems? Do you try to make your images clearer and more surprising? Do you experiment with the length of your lines? When you’ve written a draft that isn’t quite working, have you ever tried turning the poem into a sonnet or a villanelle? At times, do you find that you simply don’t know what to do?

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew25 Saturdays: Feb. 27 thru March 26, 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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Kate Montgomery: Intro to Screenwriting: Take the Leap!

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

Five Saturdays, Feb. 27 to March 26, 2-4:30 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation/Refund Policy
Testimonials for Kate

“Let’s face it, you’re already in the film business—you’ve seen more movies than you can count. And if you’re reading this, then you’ve also thought about writing one yourself. The industry is rapidly expanding and there’s more demand now than ever before for good screenwriters. But where to begin? How do you make your investment in time and study pay off?”

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

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.145 Mondays, Feb. 29-March 28, 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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Ben Jackson: Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

Ben_JacksonFive Tuesdays, March 1-29, 7-9:30 pm   San Francisco
$215 members/$245 non-member
Testimonials    Cancellation/Refund Policy

COMBO SPECIAL: Journaling/Intro to Creative Writing

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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Julie Bruck: Fearless Poetry Workshop

9 Thursdays, Spring Session 2016 (dates TBA),  7-9:30 p.m.
$215 members/$245 others    San Francisco
Testimonials for Julie

CLASS CLOSED for Winter Session 2016. Will be offered again in the 2016 Spring Session that starts in April of 2016.

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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