Kathleen McClung: Are You Allergic to Poetry?

mcclungnew221 Saturday, April 30, 10am-4pm  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others    
Cancellation/Refund Policy
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If your answer is yes, then this non-allergenic poetry workshop is custom-made for you. Maybe you identify as a memoirist, novelist or playwright. Maybe you find the short story a more appetizing genre.  Maybe you write code for a living. But whatever kind of writing you do, devoting a day to reading, talking about, and cooking up some poems of your own — yes, poems — can add an extra dimension of strengths, strategies, and spice to your creative projects in any genre.

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing – Mine & Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew25 Saturdays, August 19 – September 23 (skip September 2), 10:30am-1pm  San Francisco
$275 members/$295 non-members
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Memoir is not reserved only for the rich and famous. Beautiful and haunting memoirs—books and essays—can grow out of our ordinary lives, carefully observed. Both the distant past and the not-so-long ago can be mined, remembered and re-created in writing. This class is a guide to the mining and refining process.

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Kathleen McClung: Memoir Writing – Mine and Refine Your Memories

mcclungnew2Five Saturdays, Aug. 24-Sept. 28 (skip 8/31) 10:30 am-1 pm
$215 members/$245 others     San Francisco
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Note: This is an introductory class (for writers at all levels of experience).  If you would like ongoing guidance at a more advanced level, Kathleen also offers a 6-month-long Memoir Writing “Continuation” class.

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Memoir Writers Roundtable – Suggestions, support, solidarity

mcclungnew21Friday, March 12th, 7-10 p.m. San Francisco register_off-70x18
$35 members/$45 others

You’re embarked on writing a book-length memoir. You’re acquainted with the fundamentals of memoir, but perhaps you’re finding some doubts creeping in as you work on your book:  Is my story really that compelling? How do I clear away the clutter and get to the heart of my story? And how exactly am I going to end the book?

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Kathleen McClung: Writing as Healing – Putting One Bead after Another

mcclungnew22 1 Saturday, April 15, 10am-4pm  Berkeley
$130 members/$145 non-members

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“Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten—happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another.” —Brenda Ueland

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Crafting Childhood in Fiction and Memoir


This Class is Not Being Offered Next Session

Saturday, NO DATE AT THIS TIME, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$95 members/$110 others


Writing truthfully and artfully about our early childhood—before age 12—calls for a fine balance of skill and compassion, memory and imagination.  This mini-workshop, designed for both beginning and experienced writers, will provide practice and guidance to illuminate and enrich creative projects exploring the events, people, places, and inner worlds of childhood.

“My goal is to help memoirists, fiction writers, and poets write faithfully and evocatively about the girls and boys that they — or their fictional characters — once were,” says instructor Kathleen McClung. Read the rest of this entry »

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