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In this half-day online class, we’ll write about what we love, whether it’s a person, place, or experience. In a world that often feels isolating, we’ll celebrate passion and connection, bringing those feelings to life on the page.
“First we’ll do a series of fun writing exercises to get us in touch with what and how we love,” says instructor Erin Van Rheenen. “Students may be surprised by their impassioned ode to their book group, or the intensity of feeling in their paragraph about a pet rabbit. People write about friends or partners, too--the story of how they met, maybe, or a pivotal moment in the relationship.”
We’ll have time for revision, enriching our short pieces with metaphor, sensory detail, and emotional depth. Then we’ll take on the fun puzzle of condensing our stories into 100 words, like the gems published in the New York Times’ Tiny Love Stories column. Whether or not you’re inspired to submit your 100-word wonder for publication, the act of boiling it down is a great exercise in how to be concise without losing the heart of a piece. This class is for writers at every level.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Erin Van Rheenen, MFA, writes fiction and nonfiction with a special emphasis on the power of place. Her work has been anthologized and published in venues such as Atlas Obscura, The Los Angeles Times, The Sun, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. She loves to see her students surprise and delight themselves (and others!), whether she’s teaching at City University of New York, the San Francisco Women’s Jail, or The Writing Salon. After many years of living abroad (from Oaxaca to Quito to San Jose, Costa Rica), she now lives in San Francisco. She is also the author of Living Abroad in Costa Rica.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, May 14, 10:00am-1:00pm
Erin was a wonderful teacher. She was personable, kind, organized, and great with facilitating group discussion.