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Intro to Creative Writing: Having Fun with the Fundamentals

Five Thursdays, May 30-June 27   7-9:30 pm 
$215 members/$245 others     Berkeley
Testimonials for Elaine

THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED.

“Everyone is talented, original and has something important to say,” states Brenda Ueland at the beginning of her celebrated book, If You Want to Write.

“I agree with Ueland,” says Elaine Beale. “And when I teach at The Writing Salon, I see her assertion proved again and again. Students write such beautiful and amazing pieces. And most of them never considered themselves writers before. But by simply making the time to write and to learn about the craft they find that they are, in fact, talented and have something original and important to say.”

This class is designed to provide a taster of the various writing genres–fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, memoir, poetry–giving you a chance to try them out, find out what speaks to you and what makes each of them work.

“We’ll do lots of in-class writing exercises,” says Elaine. “We’ll talk about stories, essays, and poems by published writers, and what makes them come alive. We’ll also talk about how to pay attention to your daily world and use it to inspire your own work. And there’ll be assignments to help you find your own voice, learn how to develop vivid description and images, and create compelling drama on the page.

“We’ll create a supportive community of writers where we listen to each others’ work and exchange feedback.  Along the way we’ll talk about our obstacles and celebrate our achievements. And we’ll discuss the advice of Brenda Ueland and other writers who talk about the writing process – how to get started and how to keep going over the long haul.

“Most people who take this class are beginners who don’t have a lot of writing experience,” says Elaine. “But by the time class is over, I want everyone to leave with a lot more confidence in their own writing talents, work they are proud of, and a commitment to continuing to write.”

Elaine Beale’s second novel, Another Life Altogether, was  published by Random House in 2010. It was  received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary,  Curve Magazine, the Bay Area Reporter, and Publishers Weekly  among others, and was featured in Oprah Magazine. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets and Writers California Writers Exchange Award and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has taught creative writing for more than a decade.


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