This classic 8-week version of the Round Robin is structured according to a daily exchange of writings emailed to writing partners, who are assigned weekly. Partners offer brief written feedback on one another’s work. The writings are based on daily prompts provided by the facilitator.
You might cover some basic elements of craft in your daily exchanges, but the central focus will be finding the inspiration, motivation, and self-discipline to keep writing and generating raw material that you may eventually choose to rewrite, revise, polish, and publish. The class will involve learning to recognize and appreciate the strength of your natural voice before you have a chance to snuff it out by editing your work too hastily.
Every student must commit to full participation on a daily basis. Time required: 20-30 minutes each day, on average. If you are unable to honor your daily commitment to your writing and to your writing partners, you cannot continue in the class. (Substitutes are available on a limited basis in case of an emergency.)
Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir whose work has been featured in The Guardian US, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. Landa holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and runs the On the Cusp reading series in San Francisco. She is represented by Marisa Zeppieri of Strachan Literary.
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.
September 19 – November 14