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Jenny Pritchett: You Should Write that Down!

jennypritchettSaturday July 12th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   San Francisco    CLASS CLOSED
$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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Kathleen McClung: Mischief & Metaphor: Crafting New Poems

Saturday July 12th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others    Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Kathleen

“Poet Stanley Kunitz wrote: ‘Poems would be easy if our heads weren’t so full of the day’s clatter. The task is to get through to the other side, where we can hear the deep rhythms that connect us with the stars and the tides.’  This workshop honors all those inklings, desires, and resolutions to get through to the other side and write new poems. “I meet so many people who long to express themselves artistically but don’t feel they have time or space,” says Kathleen McClung. “Well, now’s the time, and the Writing Salon is definitely a comfortable, supportive space.  Everybody’s welcome in this workshop, first-timers as well as repeaters.”

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Five Sundays,  July 13-Aug. 10, 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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Kate Montgomery: Intro to Screenwriting: Take the Leap!

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

Four Sundays, July 13-Aug. 10 (skip July 27th), 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$185 members/$215 others    Cancellation Policy

“I began writing scripts while still working full-time in the corporate world,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “I took the leap you’re now considering. I gave myself permission to learn the process, and then sat down and started writing the stories that I wanted to see on the screen. After all, if you hope to entertain anyone, you may as well start by entertaining yourself!

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction – Laying the Foundation

Five Mondays, July 14-Aug. 11, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisco  CLASS CLOSED
$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, July 14-Sept. 22 (skip 9/1) (discount: 10 weeks for the price of a 9-week class) 7-9:30 pm   $365 members/$395 others    San Francisco
Cancellation Policy

First 5 weeks: “Intro to Fiction” with Junse Kim; second 5 weeks: “Starting Your Novel” with Karen Bjorneby. Select this special offer  “Combo Class” if you want the discount (no discount if you sign up for the classes separately).

 

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

Alison_Banner9 Tuesdays, July 15- Sept. 16 (skip Aug. 5)  7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley   CLASS CLOSED
$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. 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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Jenny Pritchett: Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

jennypritchettFive Tuesdays, July 15-Aug. 12, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
$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)

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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Jenny Pritchett & Ben Jackson: Intro to Creative Writing & Journaling “Combo”

B_Jacksonjennypritchett10 Tuesdays, July 15-Sept. 16, 7-9:30 p.m.  San Francisco
 $365 members/$395 others    Cancellation Policy 

First half of the class: “Intro to Creative Writing” with Jenny Pritchett”; second half of the class: Journaling” with Ben Jackson. It’s a special “combo” discount (10 weeks for the same price as a 9-week class). No discount if you sign up for each class separately.

Julie Bruck: Fearless Poetry Workshop

Nine Thursdays, July 17-Sept. 18 (skip Aug. 28) 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: Raw Writing: A Class for Generating New Material

jennypritchettFive Thursdays, July 17-Aug. 14, 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: Raw Writing & Intro to Creative Writing “Combo”

jennypritchett10 Thursdays, July 17-Sept. 18, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy 

First half of the class: Raw Writing; second half of the class: Intro to Creative Writing. Special “Combo” discount: Two 5-week classes for the price of a 9-week class. Discount  applies only if you sign up for the “Combo” class. It does not apply if you sign up for the 5-week classes separately. 

Karen Bjorneby: Novel Writing “Continuation” Workshop

Karen Bjorneby April 2014Six Fridays, July 18-Dec. 5 (July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 17,  Nov. 7, Dec. 5) 7-9:30 p.m. (plus online activity between meetings)   San Francisco     CLASS CLOSED
$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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Jay Ridler: Writing from the Heart: Uncovering Your Most Powerful Themes

Jay RidlerSaturday July 19th, 10 a.m.-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. 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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Jane Underwood: Daily Write “Round Robin” – Commitment, Community, Creativity

Two Sundays, July 20 (mandatory for newcomers) and Sept. 14, 10:30 am to 1 pm, plus daily online writing in-between  $195 members/$225 others  Cancellation Policy   San Francisco  
Testimonials for Jane

NOTE: This class is now CLOSED

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

Eight Mondays, July 21-Sept. 22 (skip Aug. 25 & Sept. 1) 7-9:30 pm  Berkeley 
$325 members/$355 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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Cary Groner: The Fiction Gym: Strengthening Your Writing in a Workshop Setting

Nine Wednesdays, July 23-Sept. 17, 7-9:30 p.m.  Berkeley
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Cary
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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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Elaine Beale: Creative Writing Boot Camp: A One-Day Intensive

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Saturday July 26th, 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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Patricia Cotter: So You Want to Write a Musical? (No Musical Experience Required)

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Saturday July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others   Cancellation Policy 

(NOTE: Registration deadline for this class is Thursday, July 24th at 6 p.m)

Testimonials for Patricia

Musicals touch people in a way that few art forms can – they tell a story emotionally, intellectually and musically.

Musicals are multi-layered: All three basic elements–book (script), lyrics and music–are essential and require very different skill sets.

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Julie Bruck: Persistent Poets – Fearless Poetry Continuation

Six Sundays, July 27-Dec. 14 (July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14) 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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Andy Touhy: Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling

Nine Wednesdays, July 30-Sept. 24, 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: Dramatic Monologues: Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes

Alison_BannerSaturday Aug. 2nd,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others     Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Alison

When you were a kid, did you ever make up characters and speak in their voices?  Or as an adult, have you ever read a story in the newspaper and tried to imagine how it would feel to be caught up in that circumstance?

Writing dramatic monologues–whether for plays, poems or fiction–can be an easy and fun way to begin to know (and let your audience know) a whole lot more about a character.

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

 Six Fridays, Aug. 8-Dec. 19 (Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 19) plus online 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

In almost every wonderful piece of writing done by others, we see our own rejected thoughts, our own failed attempts (or failures to make the attempts). “We have ideas,” says Andy Touhy, “we feel the stories in our bones, but how to find time to get words down, then shape them into fiction ready for revision and beyond?”

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Shirin Bridges: Writing Children’s Picture Books: Booster Shot

Saturday August 9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Shirin

Can you really tell a story about an unhappy jellybean? Or a worm that dreams of becoming a hummingbird? Or a little kid who’d rather watch gourmet cooking shows than Sesame Street? What about language? Should you give rhyming a try—or not? Maybe it’s time to check in with a pro to find out if you’re: 1) on the right path, and 2) heading in the right direction.

Whether you’re at the brainstorming stage or already working on a manuscript, this intensive workshop will provide you with the perfect booster shot. You’ll get instant advice on how to strengthen your concept or your draft. “We’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work,” says instructor Shirin Yim Bridges. “We’ll talk about structure, plot, and characters. Everyone will get to ask questions, share, and benefit from the feedback and support of their classmates—and from me, a working children’s author, editor and publisher.”

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Ben Jackson: Creating a Writing Practice

B_JacksonSaturday August 9th, 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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Ben Jackson: Poetry Workshop: Finding a Way In

B_JacksonFive Saturdays, Aug. 16-Sept. 20 (skip Aug. 30), 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: Mysteries, Thrillers, Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy & More

Five Saturdays,  Aug. 16-Sept. 20 (skip Aug. 30),  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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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew2Five Saturdays, August 16-Sept. 20 (skip Aug. 30), 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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Shirin Bridges: Writing Children’s Picture Books – More than Just Child’s Play

Five Sundays, Aug. 17-Sept. 21 (skip Sept. 14)  7-9:30 pm  San Francisco
$215 members/$245 others    Cancellation Policy
Student Testimonials

Picture books can do more than captivate and entertain—“they can change a child’s life,” says Shirin Yim Bridges. But getting published in this competitive genre is more than just child’s play.

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

Karen Bjorneby April 2014Five Mondays, Aug. 18-Sept. 22 (skip Sept. 1st), 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: Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Five Tuesdays, Aug. 19-Sept. 16, 7-9:30 pm  San Francisc
$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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Jenny Pritchett: Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

jennypritchettFive Thursdays, Aug. 21-Sept. 18, 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)

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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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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