9 Wednesdays, Oct. 13-Dec. 15 (9 weeks, skip 11/24), 7-9:30 p.m.
$335 members/$365 others San Francisco
We all have “writing voices,” but often we can’t really “hear” those voices ourselves, even when others can. In this class, you’ll learn to hear what’s unique about your writing voice, jumpstart your writing, and produce new work.
“What I want you to get out of this workshop,” says instructor Chris DeLorenzo, “is a sense of how your voice comes across as one-of-a-kind, and how writing can be fun and experimental. Only then can you learn to let go of self-conscious writing—writing that sounds the way you think it’s supposed to sound.”
The exercises in this class focus on producing writing with concrete details, description and dialogue, along with a healthy dose of playfulness to balance the serious stuff.
“You’ll be given permission to write anything you want,” says Chris, “in order to discover the how effortless and fun it can be to create from the internal ‘dream space’ of the imagination. You’ll also get a chance to more deeply explore the question: ‘What do I want to say as a writer?’”
Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, Chris’s workshop encourages a sense of safety and mutual trust among participants. “Many classes and workshops are about having someone else define and critique your work,” says Chris, “whereas my workshops are about allowing you to do that for yourself, by reflecting on the positive feedback (as opposed to critiques) that you get from me and your classmates.”
Chris DeLorenzo has an MA in creative writing and is a certified Amherst Writers and Artists method (AWA) facilitator. He teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and has published poetry, prose and personal essays in numerous publications. He has also written two novels, Certain Sacred Places and All That Remains.