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"Most of us have experienced breakthroughs in our lives, such as finishing a big project, improving an interpersonal relationship, earning a promotion, or feeling spiritual growth,” observes course instructor David Jacobson. "In this class, you will create a nonfiction piece about that experience and consider how lessons learned from your breakthrough apply to your writing life. Those lessons involve cultivating resilience, learning from setbacks, and establishing discipline and habits.”

In these uplifting, positive sessions, we will share stories of our breakthroughs, naturally building general confidence that accrues to specific storytelling confidence as we write about our wins. Reading and listening materials – drawn from sources as diverse as Pema Chodron, Muhammad Ali, and Crazy Horse – will emphasize inspirational breakthroughs, which we will discuss in terms of story structure, such as conflict and rising and falling action. We will also explore creative strategies for tapping into the passion that fueled your breakthrough and infuse that into your writing. 

In-class activities will include writing jogs and sprints that move students toward the finish line of completing a short draft of a breakthrough story by the end of the third session. Students will experience light, supportive feedback from the group. David, a long-time leader for Positive Coaching Alliance, will guide the class through the lens of his expertise in teaching life lessons through sports.


About The Writing Salon's In-Person Classes

In-person class schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. We will communicate any course changes to you as quickly as possible. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    David Jacobson is sole proprietor of Inkflow Communications, which provides writing/editing services and marketing communications consulting to social impact organizations in the areas of youth development, sports/fitness, and DEI efforts. He has self-published Az der Papa (a YA coming-of-age novella), At the Cookout: A White Man’s Journey in Black America (memoir), and The Man Behind the Mask (collaboration with American Ninja Warrior athletes Flip Rodriguez and Noah Kaufman). David’s work is rooted in a journalism career that started at age 15 in 1979 and has included thousands of articles, op-eds, and blogs for his employers and clients.

  1. Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Wednesday, February 01, 6:30pm-9:00pm


Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 2:30 am PST
Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 5:00 am PST
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David Jacobson


San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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