One Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (this class is not currently scheduled)
$95 members/$110 non-members Berkeley
Had a difficult time making time to write even though you know you want to? Perhaps you feel uninspired or don’t quite know what it is you want to write about. Or maybe you need a boost to your creativity that will help your words flow.
“We live such busy lives,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “Demands come at us from all directions. It can be very challenging to make the time to write. Besides, writing creatively requires a level of inner stillness and disconnection from the busyness that surrounds us. Sometimes we simply need to take a day to reconnect with our creative selves.
“This workshop will be chock-full of discussions and exercises designed to jump-start participants’ writing and reignite their imaginations. It will be a supportive and inspiring place where creative sparks will fly and you’ll get lots down on the page.”
Elaine will also provide advice and materials designed to help participants maintain a writing practice after the workshop is over. “Ideally,” she says, “I want everyone to leave with a renewed commitment to their creative selves, as well as concrete techniques that will help them convert that commitment to actual writing.”
Elaine Beale’s most recent novel, Another Life Altogether, has so far received positive reviews from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, and Publishers Weekly, and was featured in Oprah Magazine as one of the ten must-read books of March 2010. Elaine has taught creative writing for more than a decade and is also teaching our Berkeley Novel Writing class, as well as occasional short workshops on plot development and mystery writing.