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Starting Your Novel: Get a foothold on your project

Mondays   June 3-July 1 (5 weeks)  7-9:30 p.m.  ONE SPACE LEFT
$215 members/$245 others     San Francisco
Testimonials for Karen

Special “Combo” Deal: Take this class together with the SF “Intro to Fiction” class, and get both classes (10 weeks total, for the discounted price of one 9-week class). Discount applies only if you choose the”Combo” option when you register, not if you sign up for them separately. A “combo” class is considered to be ONE class, and our refund policy is applied accordingly.

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. “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. We’ll talk about plot – how are you going to make enough things happen?  Or, how are you going to keep from being melodramatic?  We’ll talk about structure – how do you organize this huge thing and not get overwhelmed?

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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 »

Starting Your Novel – Get a foothold on your project

Five Mondays, June 3-July 1, 7-9:30 p.m.
$215 members/$245 others      San Francisco
Student Testimonials

THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED.

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. “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. We’ll talk about plot – how are you going to make enough things happen?  Or, how are you going to keep from being melodramatic?  We’ll talk about structure – how do you organize this huge thing and not get overwhelmed? We’ll share tips on the process, on getting the pages written, on keeping going, on when to go back and revise and when to keep moving ahead.  And of course we’ll be talking about the nuts and bolts of craft – making your scenes work and your voice sing.”

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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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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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Novel Writing: ” . . . Karen Bjorneby is a fantastic teacher. . .”

Hi Karen,

I just wanted to write you a note to thank you again for your class. It was really just what I needed. I hadn’t taken a writing course in a long time, and was feeling really lost, blocked and isolated in my writing. Trying to write a novel on my own the first time around was a bewildering experience, and I found myself hobbled in the end by constantly worrying over why I was doing what I was doing, anyway. Who was I to think I had something to say that anyone would care to hear? Let alone a story to tell…

…Your class helped me reconnect with the craft, and my love for it. I was really saved by your gentle, genuine approach to sharing our work. Throughout my attempts to become a writer, I have occasionally come into contact with a deeper, universal subconscious-type of wisdom that I shy away from in my everyday life. It was just a voice in my head that gave me the will to write, told me to keep going and to stay in touch with what inspired me. I heard that voice again, this time loud and clear through you, and I’m so grateful I had the chance to work with you. –Kerina

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