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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.



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  1. Saturday, July 8, 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.

  • Jason's devotion to imparting knowledge, his choice and commitment to investing a huge amount of time reviewing and critiquing each student’s work for every single class, and the gift of his depth, insight and perspective that he employs to advance each students’ writing  — these are extraordinary. I’m sure you already know this, but the Writing Salon community is mighty lucky to have Jason Ridler. He is brilliant with a heart of gold and the devotion of Job. I look forward to taking any classes Jason invents to teach, and thank you so much for bringing him to us!

    Julie Fingersh
  • 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 8, 2017
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, 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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