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Jess Wells: Beyond the First Draft: Works-in-Progress (fiction)

Six Fridays, July 19-Dec. 6 (monthly meetings: July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6) 7-9:30 pm, plus online interaction between meetings   $365 members/$395 others   Berkeley
Testimonials for Jess    

CLASS CLOSED 

Note: This class is especially appropriate for (but not limited to) students who have taken any of Jess’s other classes.

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Jess Wells: Writing While Working a Full-Time Job – Making Room for Creativity!

Saturday  Oct. 5th, 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others   San Francisco

Testimonials for Jess

Whether you’re a beginning writer or a veteran, there’s a way to carve out time for your writing and get it done. In this class, instructor Jess Wells will lead you through a series of worksheets that will help you scrutinize the activities that are most likely to kidnap your creative life. You’ll look closely at where and how you waste time, and also at how you misallocate your writing time.

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Creating Credible Worlds: Settings that Work Hard for Your Story

Saturday, Jan. 26th, 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others   
Berkeley

Setting in fiction plays a huge role. Whether your write sci-fi, romance, historicals, erotica, thrillers, mysteries, or literary fiction, the setting can make or break your story. “Setting is not a simple backdrop, like a green screen on which a film is shot,” says instructor Jess Wells. “It’s no accident that your intrepid hero has to ride through a narrow mountain pass: it’s the way you force friend and foe into a meeting.  It’s helpful that your main character is the village doctor, hosting family after family during their crisis in a little room in the front of the house. Even the relentless dark and biting wind of a distant planet illustrates both the physical challenges facing the colony of scientists, as well as their brooding cruelty to one another.”

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Jess Wells: Writing Historical Fiction – Facts & Fibs Combined

Saturday Aug. 10th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$95 members/$110 non-members   San Francisco

Student Testimonials

CLASS CLOSED

Whether you’re intrigued by Norse settlements, your own grandmother’s journey to America, or an imaginary character from a far-away time, historical fiction can be an enchanting new outlet for your writing.

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