“Have you wanted to test the waters of creative writing but don’t know where to begin, or how?" asks instructor Kathy Garlick. “Have you waded into those waters before, but it’s been a while?”
In this online class, you will be guided surely and safely into the writing experience. There’s no pressure to work on a specific project or even settle on a genre you prefer. The idea is to explore—see with a writer’s eyes, spark ideas, gain confidence, and try out fun writing exercises.
Kathy will build each class around helpful writing tools and strategies. You will complete a range of exercises to learn the most essential parts of creative writing, including creating vivid images, telling an engrossing story, and building well-rounded characters.
You’ll also read and learn from writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith and Fanny Howe. Kathy says, “In writing we’re always trying to find something honest, something hidden under the trap door of the skull. Our reactions to other writers can open that door.”
Discussions and collaboration will be an important part of this class. The sharing of your writing will be up to you, and everyone will respond with a supportive and open spirit.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Garlick’s poetry and prose have appeared in Art and Ideas, Fourteen Hills, Field, and other publications. Her chapbook of poems, The Listening World, was published by Momotombo Press at St. Mary’s College. Kathy currently teaches creative writing and academic writing at University of San Francisco and creative writing and literature in the English Master’s program at Holy Names University.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 24, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 31, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 07, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 14, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 21, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Kathy is so kind! She is also the most insightful person, and that shines through in her teaching. Her feedback guided me in understanding concepts of story telling I’ve struggled with.
Kathy's kindness and patience with each class member came through which created an encouraging atmosphere for writers to come forward to share their work.
Kathy is remarkably supportive of writers at all stages of development. She modeled how to provide helpful feedback. This is my second class with Kathy—she does a fantastic job and now I have a sense of the elements of fiction.