elainebeale825093 Sundays, September 11 – September 25, 2-5pm 
$170 members/$190 others 
Testimonials for Elaine

You’re interested in improving your creative writing skills and you definitely want to write more. But attending a five- or nine-week class just won’t fit into your busy schedule. It’s too challenging to make anything more than a short-term commitment for now.

This workshop is designed for people just like you. Over three weeks, we’ll put you on the fast track to becoming a better writer and help you figure out how to get more writing done.

Over a short time, you’ll learn the fundamentals of what makes good writing. You’ll learn how to avoid the common mistakes made by “apprentice” writers. You’ll get an opportunity to practice writing skills, get feedback, and get your creative juices flowing. And you’ll get support in developing a writing routine that works for you.

“Of course, every writer’s voice is different and everyone has their own individual style,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “Nevertheless, there are some fundamental guidelines to writing effective and powerful creative prose. Everyone should learn them. In fact, learning those guidelines can help you find your voice as a writer.”

Designed for anyone who wants to newly explore creative writing or improve their skills, Creative Writing Boot Camp will be highly interactive. There’ll be lively discussion, in-class exercises, and plenty of inspiration. What’s more, each week you’ll leave with materials and assignments that will help you put into practice what you’ve learned.

“We’ll pack a lot in,” says Elaine. “It will definitely be a ‘boot camp.’ But it will also be a fun, focused, and highly productive three weeks.”

Elaine Beale’s second novel, Another Life Altogether, was published by Random House in 2010. It has received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, Curve Magazine, the Bay Area Reporter, and Publishers Weekly, among others, and it 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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