Six Mondays, May 5-June 30 (skip 5/26, 6/2 & 6/9) 7-9:30 p.m. Berkeley
$245 members/$265 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.
“Every one of us is neck-deep in the middle of our own long and winding stories, stories that, when shared, can help us bridge the gap between ourselves and the rest of the world,” says Alison. “What’s wonderful about finding and honing these stories – about being a writer, in fact, is that…it redeems everything, even the moment of burning shame when you flunked the driving test three times, even the fact that you could never decide what you wanted to be when you grew up. It reminds you that once you were twenty and limber and unafraid to sleep in the cornfield when hitchhiking across France. And, like the smell of fresh coffee or a first kiss, it heightens the senses. We’ll workshop your essays or memoir excerpts from the standpoint of craft, voice, and structure, using the techniques of fiction writing, playwriting, and even poetry to enliven your writing.”
Alison Luterman has been shamelessly telling tales from her own life ever since she could grip a sweaty pencil. She has published essays in The Sun, Modern Love, L.A. Review, Radiance, Response, The East Bay Express, The Boston Phoenix – and a new essay, “Bad Hair,” upcoming in Salon. She has also written an e-book of essays entitled Feral City, about midlife domestication, remarriage, and second chances (soon available from SheBooks). Alison is also the author of three books of poetry: The Largest Possible Life, See How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo. Last but not least, she also writes plays, including Saying Kaddish With My Sister, Glitter and Spew, and Touched. Visit her website for more details.