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David Hill: Fiction Workshop and other Fiction-Related Classes

David was a great facilitator with a very positive, generous spirit that cultivated the same in the students. His suggestions for development, of the specific pieces under consideration, and for us generally as writers, were thoughtful, insightful, eloquent, and inspiring.

I intend to take this same 9-week course again as soon as possible, and hope very little will change. David was very good at seamlessly introducing topics of craft and style into the workshop process.

I gained a great deal of self-knowledge about my writing style and how it reads to others. Significantly increased confidence to share my work. And two decent story drafts!

Erin Wolthausen

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As a novice writer, I didn’t know what to expect from David’s 9-week fiction workshop. And what I took away from the class was invaluable. I learned a great deal fiction writing and received some direct hands-on encouragement on how to make my writing better.

The element of the class that was especially helpful for me was workshopping my work as well as reading and offering feedback on other class members’ works. As the weeks progressed, I found I was a better reader, and more importantly, the feedback I received was constructive, encouraging and motivational. David did an excellent job at folding in concepts he had presented during the class through commenting on the writing we were workshopping.

David’s gentle manner in leading the class was spot-on. He is approachable, encouraging, challenging, honest and authentic.I’ve gained a lot more motivation to continue writing!

Thank you!
David Ferguson

David Hill: From Life to the Page – Crafting Stories from Our Own Experiences

David Hill copy1 Saturday, January 14, 10am-4pm   
$130 members/$145 non-members     
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“Nothing needs to happen to a writer’s life after they are twenty. By then they’ve experienced more than enough to last their creative life.” – Flannery O’Connor

“Our own experiences provide us an abundance of source material for writing,” says instructor David Hill. “But where to begin? How do we identify those charged moments from our pasts, and more importantly, how do we give shape to those events on the page in a way that captures their essence and provides a dynamic and engaging literary experience?”

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Shirin Bridges: Acting Juvenile – Writing for Ages 8 to 44

Shirin Photo 9.18.155 Thursdays, November 10 – December 15, 7-9:30pm
Skip November 24
$275 members/$295 others  
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“Juvenile” is the fastest growing fiction genre thanks to Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and of course, good old Harry Potter. “Certainly,” says instructor Shirin Bridges, “at one writers’ conference after another, the agents have been asking for middle grade chapter books and young adult novels.”

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Michael Lukas: Starting Your Novel: Develop the Tools You’ll Need

Five Sundays, Nov. 10-Dec. 15 (skip 12/1) 2-4:30 p.m. CLOSED
$215 members/$245 others      Berkeley

Special “Combo”:  Take this 5-week class combined with the 5-week  “Intro to Fiction” class for the discounted price of one 9-week classTo get the discount, sign up for the Combo option.

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Karen Bjorneby: Starting Your Novel – Get a Foothold on Your Project

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.145 Mondays, May 16 – June 20, 7-9:30pm  San Francisco
Skip May 30
$215 members/$245 others       Cancellation/Refund Policy 
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COMBO SPECIAL: Intro to Fiction + Starting Your Novel

You want to write a novel, or you are writing a novel, so come to this workshop where you’ll meet other people who are doing what you’re doing, or want to do. “We’ll talk about your idea – how to make sure it has enough weight to carry a novel,” say Karen Bjorneby.

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Andy Touhy: Intro to Fiction – Laying the Foundation

5 Sundays, October 2 – October 30, 2-4:30pm  
$295 members/$275 others  
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Update: Junse Kim was originally scheduled to teach this class. Andy Touhy, long-time teacher at The Writing Salon, will now be the instructor.

“We writers too often need others to tell us that our writing is good,” says instructor Andy Touhy. “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.”

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Junse Kim: Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

inst-junsek5 Mondays, April 11 – May 9, 7-9:30pm  San Francisco 
$215 members/$245 others     Cancellation Policy 
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COMBO SPECIAL: Intro to Fiction + Starting Your Novel

“We writers too often need others to tell us that our writing is good,” says Junse. “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.

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Starting Your Novel – Get a foothold on your project

5 Sundays,  2-4:30 pm
$215 members/$245 others Berkeley
Testimonials for Karen

Special “Combo” Deal: Take this class together with the “Intro to Fiction” class (5 weeks plus 5 weeks, back to back) for the discounted price of one 9-week class. This discount applies only if you choose theCombo Class” option when you register, not if you sign up for the classes separately.

You want to write a novel, or you are writing a novel, but maybe you shy away from talking about it with your co-workers, neighbors or brother-in-law (you know the way he rolls his eyes and calls you a dreamer). So come to this workshop instead, where you’ll meet other people who are doing what you’re doing, or want to do. “We’ll talk about your idea, how to make sure it has enough weight to carry a novel,” say Karen Bjorneby. “We’ll talk about your character and make sure she’s so compelling we all can’t wait to find out what she’ll do next. . . Read the rest of this entry »

Karen Bjorneby: Novel Writing Continuation Workshop

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.14Six Fridays, Jan. 29-June 17 (Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17) 7-9:30 p.m. (plus online activity between meetings)   San Francisco     
$365 members/$395 others   Cancellation Policy   Student Testimonials            

Congratulations! You’ve started your novel. You have a sense of your main character and some ideas of the plot, maybe even a full plot outline. You’ve written a few pages, gotten some feedback, and know what your strengths are. Now the challenge is: TO KEEP GOING AND NOT GIVE UP.

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Dialogue Intensive – The art of putting words into your characters’ mouths

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Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others  (this class is not currently scheduled)

How many times have we heard the aged expression, “We’ll see what she says about that!”There’s anticipation in hearing someone express themselves, and the same is true of fiction and creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoirs): our characters need to speak, voice their opinions, woes, aspirations, biases, phobias, regrets.“We can write lovely exposition,” says instructor Joshua Mohr, “but readers need to hear what our characters sound like, what their preoccupations are.That way they can sculpt their own conclusions about them.”

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Dialogue Intensive – The art of putting words into someone else’s mouth

JoshMohr

This class is not being offered next session.

Five Saturdays, NO DATE AT THIS TIME, San Francisco
$185 members/$215 others

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How many times have we heard the aged expression, “We’ll see what she says about that!” There’s anticipation in hearing someone express themselves, and the same is true of fiction and creative nonfiction writing: our characters need to speak, voice their opinions, woes, aspirations, biases, phobias, regrets.  “We can write lovely exposition,” says instructor Joshua Mohr, “but readers need to hear what our characters sound like, what their preoccupations are. That way they can sculpt their own conclusions about them.” Read the rest of this entry »

Flash Fiction – When Less is More!

JoshMohrOne Saturday, 10 a.m-4  p.m.  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others (this class is not currently scheduled)

“No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.”Isaac Babel

Flash fiction is an exciting and nuanced genre full of opportunities and surprises.  The stories, though diminutive in length, must still contain all the elements of narrative construction.  How does a writer compress plot and characterization into a few hundred words?  Is it possible to elicit an emotional response in a reader in merely two or three pages?

“Every writer should be concerned about economy, should deliberate over word choice,” says instructor Josh Mohr.  “Whether a short story writer or novelist, we should be scrutinizing every clause, making sure each syllable earns its space.  In a sense, flash is the perfect genre to hone revision techniques.

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Fiction Classes in SF ” . . . Josh is a fabulous teacher. . .”

Dear Jane,

Josh Mohrmanages to give super-supportive enthusiastic encouragement and precise, practical, advice. The double word score! I learned so much, read all kinds of instructive stuff that I would never have otherwise encountered, and got constructive suggestions for more things to do. I’ve also gotten renewed motivation to write.

Josh is a fabulous teacher. Have him teach more classes!

Anna Williams

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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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