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Elaine Beale: Creative Writing Boot Camp: A One-Day Intensive

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1 Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Elaine

Sometimes you’re just too busy to be able to attend regular writing classes. And learning the craft of writing takes a lot of time. With so many demands on your energy you’d like to take some shortcuts. You want to take the fast track to becoming a better writer.

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Elaine Beale: Raw Writing: A Class for Generating New Material

Five Wednesdays, April 13 – May 11, 7-9:30 pm   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Elaine

COMBO SPECIAL: Raw Writing + Finding a Way In

“The first draft is the child’s draft,” writes Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird.  The first draft, she continues, is “where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place… You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page.”

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Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

Five Thursdays, May 30-June 27   7-9:30 pm 
$215 members/$245 others     Berkeley
Testimonials for Elaine

THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED.

“Everyone is talented, original and has something important to say,” states Brenda Ueland at the beginning of her celebrated book, If You Want to Write.

“I agree with Ueland,” says Elaine Beale. “And when I teach at The Writing Salon, I see her assertion proved again and again. Students write such beautiful and amazing pieces. And most of them never considered themselves writers before. But by simply making the time to write and to learn about the craft they find that they are, in fact, talented and have something original and important to say.”

This class is designed to provide a taster of the various writing genres–fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, memoir, poetry–giving you a chance to try them out, find out what speaks to you and what makes each of them work.

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Keep Them Guessing: The Art of Mystery Writing (Berkeley)

Five Weeks or One Day (not currently scheduled)
$185 members/$215 others   Berkeley

Testimonials for Elaine

Mysteries are one of the most popular and diverse genres in fiction today.  They sell by the millions and hundreds of authors have established long and successful careers in mystery writing. The contemporary mystery offers immense opportunities for the creation of quirky protagonists, unusual settings, stories with social or political relevance, and even for books that put new twists on the genre or that seem to defy the demands of the genre altogether.  Nevertheless, writing a mystery demands certain key skills and a knowledge of what works in this particular area of fiction.

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Telling the Truth with Lies – Fiction Workshop

Nine Weeknights, 7-9:30 p.m. Berkeley
$335 members/$365 non-members
(this class is not currently scheduled)

When we write fiction we discover deeper truth about ourselves, other people, and the world. By wandering the world of the imagination, we surprise ourselves with the stories we discover. And, when we tell those stories, we change our readers by allowing them to enter experiences that are often very different than their own.

In this workshop, participants will deepen their knowledge about how to find and tell fictional stories. They’ll learn more about the art and the craft of fiction—through doing in-class exercises and optional homework assignments, getting feedback on their work, and reading excerpts from published writers.
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Keep Them Guessing: The Art of Mystery Writing

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Saturday, May 12th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$95 members/$110 others  San Francisco

Student Testimonials

Mysteries are one of the most popular and diverse genres in fiction today.  They sell by the millions and hundreds of authors have established long and successful careers in mystery writing. The contemporary mystery offers immense opportunities for the creation of quirky protagonists, unusual settings, stories with social or political relevance, and even for books that put new twists on the genre or that seem to defy the demands of the genre altogether.  Nevertheless, writing a mystery demands certain key skills and a knowledge of what works in this particular area of fiction.

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Plotting Your Novel: How to Put it All Together (Berkeley)

elainebeale82509Saturday, Jan. 28th, 10 am-4 pm   Berkeley
$95 members/$110 non-members
(this class is not currently scheduled)
Testimonials for Elaine

Many ingredients go into writing a successful novel, and perhaps the most important is plot. “Yet plot is often the most difficult thing for writers to come to grips with,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “Creating beautiful sentences and convincing characters can feel easy compared to developing an overall structure for our stories.

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Elaine Beale: Intro to Creative Writing, Novel Writing, Inspiring the Muse & More!

Hi Jane and Elaine,

I just wanted to send a note of thanks for Elaine’s “Intro to Creative Writing” class. In five short weeks, I moved from writing bad journal entries to developing short scenes with fully imagined characters. I call that progress!

Thanks for creating a safe and inviting place to learn and write Elaine.

Best wishes,

Debbie

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WOW! Elaine, thank you. I just downloaded your edits and I so appreciate the time and thought that went into your feedback. You’re awesome! I have really enjoyed this class and I very much appreciate you. I feel like I got a college semester in just these five week sessions.

I signed up for your one day in May, and look forward to learning more as I go. Thank you so much for your time and effort. I got way more than I ever expected when I signed up with Writing Salon.

See you later,
Monica

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Dear Elaine,

Thank you for teaching two incredible workshops this Spring.  I admire your dedication to your craft and to your students.  You were supportive, insightful, inspiring, and creative throughout, and you’ve reignited my passion for reading and writing.

 Take good care,

Heather

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Elaine Beale: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader

Six Fridays, Sept. 6-Jan. 10 (Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Jan. 10)  7-9:30 p.m.
$365 members/$395 non-members   Berkeley
Student Testimonials

“When we read writing we love, it transports us,” says instructor Elaine Beale.  “We travel to other places, inhabit the minds of characters vastly different from ourselves.

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