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
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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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Playwriting 101: A Crash Course in Writing for the Theater & Beyond

Five Weeks, 10:30 am-1 pm
$215 members/$245 others    San Francisco

“Every single writing job I have landed: film, television no matter what, came out of writing for the theater,” says instructor Patricia Cotter. “It’s one of the few mediums where the writer is in charge of the story; it’s your vision and your voice. Okay, true story: A couple of years ago I wrote a one act play which was produced in a tiny seventy seven seat black box theater. One night Dustin Hoffman happened to come to the show (What? Huh?). He saw it, loved it and hired me to write a film with him. That experience reinforced the belief that theater is the best showcase for a new voice. Plus? It’s a blast. And getting your play in front of an audience is completely attainable – write a play, rent a room and invite people. It really is that easy. Okay, well you do actually have to write your play…but I can help with that.”

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