Sundays, July 14-Aug. 11 (5 weeks) 2-4:30 p.m. Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others
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.”
In this class, you’ll develop concrete skills and narrative techniques through fun writing exercises designed to help you master your craft. At the end of five weeks, you’ll have a better grip on how to use these techniques (for developing character, setting and plot) as tools for building your story. The class will also analyze other narrative genres, from movie scenes to comic books, to analyze storytelling skills you can apply to your fiction writing.
NOTE: We used to always tell people to take this class BEFORE taking the 9-week Fiction Workshop. However, we’ve discovered that some people have actually found it just as valuable to take the 9-week Fiction Workshop first, and this one second! In fact, Junse has had quite a few MFA creative writing graduates who take this “intro” class — and, of course, they’ve already taken tons of other fiction writing classes! So it’s really up to you. We don’t have any strict “rules” about it.
Junse Kim, like many Writing Salon students, didn’t begin to pursue a writing life until well after graduating from college. Before ever taking a writing class, he worked as a concert promoter, Peace Corps volunteer, managerial consultant, scriptwriter, nonprofit fundraiser, and “full-time” temp. He has since received a Pushcart Prize (for his short story Yangban), a Faulkner Award, and the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in the Ontario Review, ZYZZYVA, and Cimarron Review, as well as two anthologies: Pushcart Prize XXVII and Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing.