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Terrel Seltzer: Screenwriting Continuation Workshop

Terrel Seltzer5 Fridays (bi-monthly): 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13  7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Terrel

“As much as I love writing,” says Terrel, “it often feels like swimming alone in choppy waters.  Some days all you’re hoping for is just a buoy to aim for. That’s why I emphasize narrative planning in my intro classes, guidelines that can keep you afloat when the going gets rough —   Three Acts; Five Tentpoles; Eleven-Step Character Development — whatever works for you. By the end of a five- to nine-week class, I picture myself  as a mother bird pushing, however gently, my hatchlings from the nest — on their own. Alone. That scary word again.”

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Andy Touhy: Honing the Art of Storytelling: Fiction Continuation Class

 Six Fridays (monthly) Jan. 16-June 5 (1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/5) & online interaction between meetings  7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco   
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Andy    

“…it is good to be several floors up, in the dead of night / wondering whether you are any good or not / and the only decision you can make is that you did it / it is that simple.”—Frank O’Hara

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Jenny Pritchett: You Should Write that Down!

jennypritchettSaturday Jan. 17th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   San Francisco   
$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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Elaine Beale: Inspiring the Muse: A Day to Jump-Start your Writing

Saturday Jan. 17th, 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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Julie Bruck: Persistent Poets – Fearless Poetry Continuation

Six Sundays, Jan. 18-June 7 (Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 12, May 10, June 7) 2:30-5 pm, plus online interaction between meetings)  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 non-members   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Julie

“Inspiration” wrote Madeleine L’Engle, “usually comes during work, rather than before it,” but dedicated time for writing is often the first thing sacrificed to the demands of a busy life.

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Five Sundays, Jan. 18-Feb.15, 2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$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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Junse Kim & Elaine Beale: Special Combo: Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

elainebeale8250910 Sundays, Jan. 18-March 22,  2-4:30 pm  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy  

SPECIAL COMBO: 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 one class, and our cancellation policy is applied accordingly. Please read the policy. Thank you!

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

jennypritchettFive Sundays, Jan. 18-Feb. 15, 7-9:30 p.m.  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? A mysterious neighbor whose comings and goings excite your imagination? If you know you want to, but you don’t know where to start, this is your class. “By the end,” says Jenny, “you’ll walk away with a rough draft of a personal essay.

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction – Laying the Foundation

5 Mondays, Jan. 19-Feb. 16, 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 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: Special Combo: Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.1410 Mondays, Jan. 19-March 23,  7-9:30 pm   San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy

SPECIAL COMBO: First 5 weeks: Intro to Fiction with Junse Kim; second 5 weeks: Starting Your Novel with Karen Bjorneby. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class. This combo is one class, and our cancellation policy is applied accordingly. Please read the policy. Thank you!

 

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

Nine Mondays,  Jan. 19 thru March 16, 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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Ben Jackson: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Five Tuesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco  
$215 members/$245 others    
Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Ben

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

B_Jackson10 Tuesdays, Jan. 20-March 24,  7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy

SPECIAL COMBO: First 5 weeks: Journaling second half: Intro to Creative Writing. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class. This combo is one class, and our cancellation policy is applied accordingly. Please read the policy. Thank you!

Elaine Beale: Raw Writing: A Class for Generating New Material

Five Tuesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Elaine

“The first draft is the child’s draft,” writes Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird.  The first draft, she continues, is “where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place… You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page.”

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Elaine Beale: Special Combo: Raw Writing & Intro to Creative Writing

elainebeale8250910 Tuesdays, Jan. 20-March 24, 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy

SPECIAL COMBO: First half: Raw Writing; second half: Intro to Creative Writing. Ten weeks for the price of a 9-week class. This combo is one class, and our cancellation policy is applied accordingly. Please read the policy. Thank you!

Andy Touhy: Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling

Nine Wednesdays, Jan. 21 thru March 18, 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. “More importantly, what are the ways to make it compelling? In this workshop, we’ll begin to really think about how to tell a good tale (short story or novel).

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

Alison_BannerNine Wednesdays,  Jan. 21 thru March 18, 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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Julie Bruck: Out of the Drawer & into the Light: Finish Those Poems!

Julie-B.-New1-e13297848389369 Thursdays, Jan. 22 thru March 19, 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. 23-June 12 (Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12) 7-9:30 p.m. (plus online activity between meetings)   San Francisco     
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy   Student Testimonials               

(Are you a beginner? Check out Karen’s other class, Starting Your Novel)

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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Ben Jackson: Creating a Writing Practice

B_JacksonSaturday Jan. 24th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m  San Francisco 
$95 members/$110 others     Cancellation Policy  
Testimonials for Ben

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

Jay Ridler

Saturday Jan. 24th, 7-9:30 p.m.   Berkeley   
$110 members/$95 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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Jane Underwood: Daily Write “Round Robin”: Creativity, Community, Commitment

Two Sundays, 1/25 (mandatory for newcomers) & 3/22, 10:30 am to 1 pm, plus daily online writing in-between;  $195 members/$225 others  San Francisco
Testimonials for Jane  Cancellation 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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Jenny Pritchett: Submit! – Get Your Work into Print

jennypritchettSaturday Jan. 31st, 10 am to 4 pm  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others     Cancellation Policy
Student Testimonials!

“When you truly believe a poem or short story is finished–the best it can be–it’s time to introduce it to the world,” says writer and editor Jenny Pritchett. In this info-packed class, Jenny will tell you what you need to know about submitting your work to print and online literary journals, anthologies and contests, as well as how to apply for residency programs.

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Patricia Cotter: Playwriting 101: Taking the First Step

Saturday Jan. 31st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Patricia

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: Writing the 10-Minute Play

Alison_BannerSaturday Feb. 7th,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others     Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Alison

The 10-minute play is the hot new way to break in as a playwright today.  Contests and festivals featuring these super-short one-acts abound.  The plays are fun to write and offer surprising opportunities for poetry, spectacle and depth.

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Kathleen McClung: Writing as Healing

mcclungnew22 Saturday  Feb. 7th, 10 am to 4 pm   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 non-members    Cancellation Policy

Student Testimonials   

“Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten—happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another.” —Brenda Ueland

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

 Five Saturdays, Feb. 21st thru March 21st, 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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John Oliver Simon: Valentine’s Day Poetry Workshop: Love and Its Opposites

John Oliver SimonSaturday, Feb. 14th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others    Cancellation Policy

“On Valentine’s Day,” says John, “we’ll look at Love and its Opposites through the lens of poetic form and deep practice. ”We will do a passionate, sensual reading of three very great poems: the sapphic, the sonnet and the haiku. Sappho will show us a way to articulate extremely uncomfortable emotions around love. Shakespeare will challenge our assumptions and stimulate arguments. Haiku master Issa will enable us to go beyond the clever surface of monkey mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Jackson: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In

B_JacksonFive Saturdays, Feb. 21-March 21, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.   Berkeley 
$215 members/$245 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: Flash Fiction: Short but Stout

jennypritchettFive Saturdays, Feb. 21-March 21,  2-4:30 pm   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation 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, interstitial art form, and how do you create it?

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

Five Sundays, Feb. 22-March 22,  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. “We’ll cover the key things you should think about when you write a novel,” says Elaine Beale.

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Kate Montgomery: Intro to Screenwriting: Take the Leap!

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

Five Sundays, Feb. 22-March 22, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation 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 9.4.14Five Mondays, Feb. 23-March 23, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others       Cancellation Policy 
Student Testimonials

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

Five Tuesdays, Feb. 24-March 24, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy   
Testimonials for Ben

“This class will introduce you to creative nonfiction (personal essays/memoirs), fiction, drama and poetry. Ben will give you in-class prompts and exercises to spark your imagination and draw out stories. You’ll explore craft basics—such as building dramatic tension and creating believable dialogue—and try your hand at them.

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

Five Tuesdays, Feb. 24-March 24, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy     
Testimonials for Elainess)

“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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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew2Five Saturdays, Feb. 28-March 28, 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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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing Continuation Class

6 Sundays, March 8-June 21 (3/8, 3/29, 4/19, 5/3, 5/31, 6/21) & 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 (or permission from Kathleen)

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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