5 Thursdays, August 17 – September 14, 7-9:30pm Berkeley
$275 members/$295 non-members
No matter what your background, you have a unique and meaningful story to tell. Your family, heritage, culture, and traditions offer a rich source of material that can be used to generate powerful stories.
Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, or both, this class will show you how to draw on your own background to generate writing that is deeply meaningful to you, to the people you love, and even to complete strangers.
“As the daughter of an Iranian father and a Lithuanian mother, I have a complicated heritage that has inspired both my fiction and non-fiction,” says instructor Anita Amirrezvani. “This class gives students the tools they need to harness the power of their own rich backgrounds in their writing.”
Each of the first four classes will include in-class writing prompts, fiction and non-fiction reading assignments on the subject of identity, and writing or research assignments outside of the classroom that are both easy and fun. The last class will provide techniques for linking and organizing the material.
Sharing work will be encouraged but not required. Emphasis will be placed on identifying what is working well in student writing. At the end of this class, you will have written several pieces inspired by your own background and will have a roadmap for expanding your material.
Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published by Scribner in 2012 and has appeared in eight languages to date. Anita has been an invited speaker at book festivals in Australia, Canada, Dubai, Scotland, and in many locations throughout the United States. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the California College of the Arts.