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

JoshMohr

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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Creative Writing Smorgasbord! – An introductory class

JoshMohr

Five Tuesdays, April 14-May 12, 7-9:30 p.m.
$185 members/$215 non-members
Berkeley

Note: This class, as well as the “Exploring Creative Nonfiction” class, are both good general “exploration” classes. Neither  focuses on just one genre; instead, they introduce you to a sampling of different genres and/or sub-genres.

Chekhov said that writing should “hit the reader on the snout.” A metaphor, sure, but fantastic advice for apprentice writers: a reminder that art needs a unique, compelling personality. In this class, students will nibble on appetizers from all the major genres—fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and others.

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