Jay Ridler1 Saturday, October 8, 10am-4pm  
$130 members/$145 others 

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To write our best, we must write from the heart. But finding what subjects mean the most to us can be difficult. In this class, Jay Ridler will lead you through a series of fun, engaging, and effective exercises to help you explore and discover the deep and most compelling themes in your life.

“We’ll spend time exploring those themes in story and other forms, all the while giving and getting feedback to each other,” says Jay. “We’ll explore the people and things we love (or hate) and consider why we need to embrace them in our work. We’ll examine our fears and discuss how to face them, then how to shape them into art. In short, we’ll explore how to dig deeper into matters of the heart — joyful or terrible, mad or sad — and learn to see them as powerful story catalysts.”

This exploration will include innovative ways to examine plot, create intense focus and more, so that you can develop what Jay calls “the personal mythology that most great writers create in their work.”

“It takes courage,” says Jay, “to write from the heart, where the things we care about hide. This class is designed to be a safe, fun, encouraging place to start the process. It’s geared towards writers of fiction, but those who wish to write memoirs (or fiction rooted in personal experience) are also welcome to join in.”

Jason S. Ridler is a writer, improv actor, and historian. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and the upcoming BRIMSTONE FILES series for Nightshade Press. He’s also published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

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