Kathleen McClung: Intro to Creative Writing

mcclungnew25 Saturdays, April 22 – May 20, 2-4:30pm  San Francisco
$275 members/$295 non-members
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In this beginner’s course, you’ll be introduced to creative nonfiction (i.e., personal essays/memoir), fiction, and poetry. Kathleen will give you writing prompts to spark your imagination, memories, and observations. In fun and instructive exercises, you’ll explore craft basics such as developing distinctive characters, creating believable dialogue, and using specific sensory language.

In addition to doing your own writing, you’ll read short selections from writers like Ellen Bass, Edwidge Danticat, Kazuo Ishiguro, and others. “We’ll talk about both what the writers are saying and how they shape their writing in artful ways, their strategies as well as their subjects,” says Kathleen. Supportive discussions and sharing of your own writing will also be an important part of the class. By the end of the course you’ll have the tools to develop a creative piece in any genre you choose.

Kathleen McClung has mentored hundreds of writers at Skyline College, The Writing Salon, and other colleges. She has also edited books at small presses including UCSF Nursing Press, Food First Books, and Westview Press. She serves as a reviewer for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries, sponsor/judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, and coordinator of Women on Writing community events. Her memoir, poetry, and fiction have been published in the Healing Muse, Bloodroot, Unsplendid, Poets 11, Spirituality & Health, Tilt-a-Whirl, Tule Review, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and elsewhere. In 2012 Kathleen won the Rita Dove Poetry Award, and Naomi Shihab Nye selected her work as the winner of the national poetry competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Almost the Rowboat, in January 2013.

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