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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing Continuation Class

Six Sundays, Sept. 28-Feb. 22 (monthly: 9/28, 11/2, 11/23, 12/21, 1/26, 2/22) & 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, if you feel that you have taken an equivalent course elsewhere)

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Lisa Alpine: Your Writer’s Toolbox: What’s In It? And What’s Not?

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

Fill your writer’s toolbox with skills that can be applied to many styles of writing encompassing both short story or book-length projects. Participants will learn how to bring their stories to life with writing exercises and discussion focusing on these key aspects of the craft:

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Jenny Pritchett: You Should Write that Down!

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

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

Two Sundays, Oct. 5th (mandatory for newcomers) and Dec. 7th, 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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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Five  Sundays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 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: “Combo Class” Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

elainebeale82509Ten Sundays, Oct. 5-Dec. 14 (skip Nov. 30)  2-4:30 pm  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy  

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: First half: Intro to Fiction with Junse Kim; second half: Starting Your Novel with Elaine Beale. Ten weeks for the same price as a 9-week class. NOTE: Discount does not apply if you sign up for each class separately (at different times), and no refund given if you drop out after the first half. 

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

Shirin BridgesNine Sundays, Oct. 5-Dec. 7 (skip Nov. 30), 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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Jay Ridler: Writing from the Heart: Uncovering Your Most Powerful Themes

Jay RidlerFive Sundays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 7-9:30 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. 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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Jenny Pritchett: Raw Writing: A Class for Generating New Material

jennypritchettFive Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 3, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley 
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy   
Testimonials for Jenny

SPECIAL OFFER: Check out this Combo Class option (two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class)

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

jennypritchettelainebeale82509Ten Mondays, Oct. 6-Dec. 8, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley   
$365 members/$395 others     

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: First half: Raw Writing with Jenny Pritchett; second half : Intro to Creative Writing with Elaine Beale. Ten weeks for the same price as a 9-week class. NOTE: Discount doesn’t apply if you sign up for each class separately (at different times), and no refund given if you drop out after the first half. Please read  Cancellation Policy.

Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction – Laying the Foundation

5 Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 3, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others     Cancellation Policy 
Testimonials for Junse

SPECIAL OFFER: Check out this Combo” option (two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class)

“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 & Karen Bjorneby: “Combo Class” – Intro to Fiction & Starting Your Novel

Karen Bjorneby April 201410 Mondays, Oct. 6-Dec. 8,  7-9:30 pm   San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others   

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: First half: “Intro to Fiction” with Junse Kim; second half: “Starting Your Novel” with Karen Bjorneby. Two five-week classes for the same price as a 9-week class. NOTE: Discount doesn’t apply if you sign up for each class separately (at different times), and no refund given if you drop out after first half. Please read Cancellation Policy.

 

Ben Jackson: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Five Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco  
$215 members/$245 others    
Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Ben

SPECIAL OFFER: Check out this Combo Class option (two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class)

“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: Journaling & Intro to Creative Writing “Combo”

B_Jackson10 Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Dec. 16 (skip Nov. 25)  7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
 $365 members/$395 others    

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: First half:  Journaling; second half: Intro to Creative Writing. Ten weeks for the same price as a 9-week class. NOTE: No discount if you sign up for each class separately (at different times), and no refund if you take the first half but not the second half. Please read our Cancellation Policy.

Andy Touhy: Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling

Nine Wednesdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10 (skip Nov. 26), 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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Alison Luterman: Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs

Alison_BannerNine Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Dec. 2    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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Elaine Beale: Creative Writing Boot Camp: A One-Day Intensive

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Saturday Oct. 11th, 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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Julie Bruck: Fearless Poetry Workshop

Nine Thursdays,  Oct. 16-Dec. 18 (skip Nov. 27)  7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$365 members/$395 others    Cancellation 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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Jenny Pritchett: Submit! – Get Your Work into Print

jennypritchettSaturday  Oct. 18th, 10 am to 4 pm  San Francisco
$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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Ben Jackson: Creating a Writing Practice

B_JacksonSaturday Oct 25th, 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? 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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Kate Montgomery: Intro to Screenwriting: Story Design Workshop

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

Saturday Nov. 1st, 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 idea,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “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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Cary Groner: Fiction Gym Workshop

1 Friday, Oct. 17,  &  8 Wednesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 17 (skip Nov. 26)  7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Cary

Fiction writing (short story or novel) engages our hearts, challenges our minds, and connects us with our inner lives and those of our readers. This class, says Cary Groner, creates common ground for students “to discover more about themselves as writers and as human beings, to mentor each other, to occasionally laugh like hyenas, and to improve at this most ineffable of crafts.

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

Saturday Oct. 18th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    
$95 members/$110 others   Berkeley

Testimonials for Lisa    Cancellation 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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Cary Groner: Fiction Gym Workshop: Continuation Class

Six Fridays, Oct. 24-March 6 (Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 6) with online interaction between meetings, 7-9:30 p.m. $365 members/$395 others   Berkeley   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Cary

Those who’ve completed introductory fiction courses typically face a common challenge: how to keep the momentum going. Often the best way to maintain that momentum, and to create a significant body of work—whether a short-story collection or a novel—is to participate in 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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Kathleen McClung: Seductive Sonnets and Voluptuous Villanelles: A Rendezvous with Formal Verse

mcclungnew22Saturday  Oct. 25th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others    
Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Kathleen

Ancient rules may steer the writing of formal verse, but contemporary poets alter, bend, and sometimes smash these rules altogether to create handsome, enticing poems that embrace today’s language and themes.

Pulitzer prize winner Natasha Trethewey writes sonnets. So do Camille Dungy, Nikky Finney and Tyehimba Jess.  Dylan Thomas’ famous villanelle, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art” continue to mesmerize readers in 2014. Sherman Alexie, Rafael Campo, and David Trinidad all write sestinas.

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

Shirin BridgesSaturday Nov. 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others   
Testimonials for Shirin

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 Six and has also self-published, will take you step-by-step through the “submit or self-publish?” decision process.

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

Six Thursdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 18 (skip Nov. 27) 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley 
$255 members/$285 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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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew2Five Saturdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29), 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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Susie Hara: Kinetic Writing: Using Movement, Drawing & Sound to Develop Work

S_Hara_Active_Writing5 Saturdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29), 2-4:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy

“Come join me to enliven your writing process and develop your work in progress by moving, picturing, tuning in, and voicing the narrative that is uniquely yours to tell,” says Susie Hara.

In this workshop, you’ll bring in the draft of your story, scene, play, poem, memoir, essay, novel, or chapter, and we’ll tap into the body’s wisdom, using Kinetic Writing strategies as a springboard for developing and revising your work.

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Ben Jackson: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In

B_JacksonFive Saturdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29), 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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Nick Mamatas: Fabulous Fiction: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Suspense, Romance & More

Five Saturdays,  Nov. 8-Dec. 13 (skip Nov. 29),  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. ”If ghosts and witches, lost loves and conflict were good enough for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dante,” says Nick, “they’re good enough for me. The techniques practiced in this class work just as well for ‘literary’ fiction.”

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

Five Sundays, Nov. 9-Dec. 14 (skip Nov. 30)  2-4:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation Policy  
Testimonials for Elaine

 SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Take the Combo option (this class plus Intro to Fiction – two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class

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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Jenny Pritchett: Flash Fiction: Short but Sweet

jennypritchettFive SundaysNov. 9-Dec. 14 (skip Nov. 30)  7-9:30 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: Intro to Creative Writing: Fun with the Fundamentals

Five 5 Mondays, Nov. 10-Dec. 8, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy     
Testimonials for Elaine

SPECIAL OFFER: Combo Class option (two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class)

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

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.14Five Mondays, Nov. 10-Dec. 8, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others       Cancellation Policy 
Student Testimonials

Special Offer: Check out this Combo Class option (two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class). 

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, Nov. 11-Dec. 16 (skip Nov. 25)  7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation Policy

Testimonials for Ben

SPECIAL OFFER: Check out this ”Combo Class option (two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class)

“In this beginner’s course, you’ll be introduced to all types of writing: creative nonfiction (ie. personal essays/memoirs), fiction, drama, and poetry. Instructor Ben Jackson will give you in-class writing prompts and exercises to spark your imagination and to draw out stories. You’ll explore helpful basics—such as building dramatic tension and generating natural-sounding dialogue—and try your hand at putting them into practice right away.

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Terrel Seltzer: Screenwriting Continuation Class

Terrel SeltzerSix Fridays, Nov. 21-April 10 (11/21, 12/19, 1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10) 7-9:30 pm Berkeley 
$365 members/$395 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Terrel

Note:  This continuation class is for those who have already taken Terrel’s introductory screenwriting class (five weeks or longer).

“As much as I love writing, I have to say:  It often feels like swimming alone in choppy waters.  Some days what you’re hoping for is just to spot a buoy to aim for,” says Terrel Seltzer. “That’s why I emphasize narrative planning in my regular class:  Three Acts; Five Tentpoles; Eleven Step Character Development; Whatever-Works-For-You Sequencing. These are all valuable writer’s guides that can keep you afloat when the going gets tough — and it’s a lot to get a handle on in a five- to nine-week class.

“By the last night of my regular intro to screenwriting class, I picture myself — to change metaphors here — as a mother bird pushing, however gently, my hatchlings from the nest to take it from there, alone.  (That scary word again.)”

This class is for screenwriting students who want to finish a screenplay while receiving ongoing support and guidance along the way. Terrel will offer general craft instruction on dramatic/visual/narrative skills, and personalized constructive critiques.  Between monthly meetings, students will share pages with a workshop partner — to help keep the writing momentum going — and check in once with Terrel via email to discuss progress and/or stumbling blocks.

“Writers write,” says Terrel. “The ultimate objective of this class is help keep the process going — against all odds, and despite the sink full of dirty dishes.”

Terrel Seltzer is a self-taught screenwriter. She learned the craft by watching and outlining literally hundreds of movies. Her career started in the Bay Area, working with SF director Wayne Wang, for whom she wrote the screenplays for the independent films Chan is Missing and Dim Sum. Her two produced Hollywood screenplays are How I Got into College (with Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony Edwards) and One Fine Day (with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Cloony). Currently, she has two scripts in development: Magick written for director Robert Zemeckis at Dreamworks, and Foolproof, a spec script recently optioned by Warner Brother Classics.

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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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