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Kathy Garlick: Intro to Creative Writing

5 Sundays, May 14 – June 18 (skip May 28), 2-4:30pm  Berkeley
$275 members/$295 non-members

“Each of us has a story to tell, but finding the words and voice for that story is an art and craft specific to each individual,” says instructor Kathy Garlick. “This class is designed for writers who may be uncovering and sharing that story for the first time.”

In this class, we’ll explore the creative writing process, from idea generation to the development of craft. To spark imagination, Kathy will give the class frequent and diverse writing exercises on imagery, narration, characterization, and dialogue. Writers may be interested in different genres, so we’ll discuss poetry, short fiction, memoir, and personal essay.

We’ll also read and learn from writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith, Fanny Howe, and Edmund White. Kathy says, “In writing we’re always trying to find something honest, something hidden under the trap door of the skull. Our reactions to other writers can open that door.”

Discussions, homework exercises, and sharing our work with one another will be essential for this class. By the end of the course you will have the tools to develop creative work in any genre you choose.

Kathy Garlick’s poetry and prose have appeared in Art and Ideas, Fourteen Hills, Field, and other publications. Her chapbook of poems, The Listening World, was published by Momotombo Press at St. Mary’s College. Kathy currently teaches creative writing and academic writing at University of San Francisco and creative writing and literature in the English Master’s program at Holy Names University.


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