Ruth Schwartz: Turn Your Hard-Won Wisdom into a Self-Help or Personal Growth Book

Saturday, July 20th: 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others   Berkeley
Student Testimonials


Do you have wisdom to share with the world – about how you survived an illness, healed from heartbreak or abuse, became a better step-parent, found love later in life, or otherwise learned, grew and overcame obstacles?

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Ruth Schwartz: Writing Dangerously: Breaking Taboos, Taking Risks, Wrestling with Paradox

Saturday Nov. 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others     Berkeley
Student Testimonials

“I’m so glad I took the ‘Writing Dangerously’ class. I have been writing nonstop on formerly taboo topics ever since. Talking about it with others gave me the permission to tell my own stories.”—Recent Student

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Approaching Difficult Material With Craft and Courage

5 Tuesdays, Oct. 12th-Nov. 9th, 7-9:30 p.m. Berkeley
$185 members/$215 others


Writing about physical illness, emotional pain, childhood trauma, addiction, and other difficult circumstances can present writers with some unique challenges, and also some unique opportunities.  How can we ensure that deeply personal writing will be compelling and even luminous for our readers? How can we avoid getting mired in emotional or linguistic ruts? That’s where both the craft and the courage come in!

“When we dive consciously and skillfully into personally difficult material, whatever the genre, we can deepen our ability to see and hold complexity, name truth, and, ultimately, connect with our readers – as well as with ourselves – more powerfully,” says instructor Ruth L. Schwartz.

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