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Scared to start writing? Need a burst of enthusiasm to work through writer’s block? Not sure if you want to do nonfiction, fiction, or something avant-garde? Then look no further, because Jay Ridler has got your back.

In this one-day workshop, you’ll get a quick and clear lecture on writing a complete story, ideas on how to approach biographical material, and exercises that will help you explore themes and characters. Using techniques, exercises, and tactics from classic writing methods and experimental innovators, you’ll generate ideas, vignettes, and stories that sing with your voice. You’ll also get feedback that focuses on what makes your writing engaging and interesting.

“It’ll be a fast, fun, and frantic day of laughs, writing, insights, and more writing.” Jay says. “In a short time we’ll explore our own hearts and souls through the use of the written word. I will give you 110% as a teacher and make sure you leave with the tools, ideas, and material to make stories only you can tell.”

Ideal for beginners or novice writers who need a dose of inspiration and insight, Jay Ridler’s Creative Writing Boot Camp is intended as a catalyst for your next great story.



    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 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, Jay holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

  1. Saturday, July 14, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • The real gem is what Jay himself brings to the class – his passion, compassion, insightful critique and wealth of knowledge . . . His leadership provided us a safe space to travel to sometimes uncomfortable spaces within ourselves, and to mine and dig out the gems (or bits of coal) that we found within . . . Jay’s passion for life and learning and discovery has re-ignited my passion for writing and made me believe that I, in fact, am still a writer. More importantly – Jay’s class showed me that I have stories inside me that want to be told, need to be told. I would love the opportunity to work with Jay Ridler again. That man is the bomb.

  • He's an incredible, thoughtful, and hardworking teacher and gave us a lot of information to help us craft our work. Specifically, I loved that he focused on beginnings, middles and endings. I now have a framework for my memoir and am determined to make significant progress on my own.

    Joanne Greene


Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Refund Policy

There is a processing fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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