1 Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm  Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others  Cancellation Policy
Testimonials for Elaine

Sometimes you’re just too busy to be able to attend regular writing classes. And learning the craft of writing takes a lot of time. With so many demands on your energy you’d like to take some shortcuts. You want to take the fast track to becoming a better writer.

This workshop is designed to help you do just that. In a few hours, you’ll learn the ten fundamental rules of good writing. And you’ll learn how to avoid the common mistakes made by “apprentice” writers. At the end of the day, you’ll leave with some very clear and specific ways to make your writing better.

“Of course, every writer’s voice is different and everyone has their own individual style,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “Nevertheless, there are some fundamental rules about what makes good writing. Everyone should learn them. In fact, learning those rules can help you find your voice as a writer. It also means you can affect your readers much more powerfully.”

Designed for anyone who wants to improve their creative writing—fiction writers, memoirists, essayists, and others—Creative Writing Boot Camp will be highly interactive. There’ll be lively discussion, in-class exercises, and plenty of inspiration. What’s more, you’ll leave with materials and a list of 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 day.”

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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