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“We parents can tell our stories to friends and family members, share posts on Facebook and store zillions of photos on our phones, but how can we see ourselves, and our children, in fresh and surprising ways?” asks instructor Katharine Harer. “What do we do with the patchwork of feelings and moments we carry around inside us?”

Creative writing is the perfect repository for the rich and complex experience of being a parent. It helps us get some distance from our daily routines while simultaneously focusing and enlarging our thoughts and feelings in the clarity of expressive language.

In this one-day class, we’ll do writing activities to explore our experience as parents and to connect with our inner voice. We’ll also learn useful tips to continue our writing practice at home and receive exercises to help us squeeze in time to write between diaper changes, carpools, or trips to the grocery store. For inspiration, we’ll read authors who have roamed the landscape of parenting.

“At the end of the day, whether your child is still teething or, like my son, a newly minted grown-up, you’ll have done plenty of meaningful writing, learned accessible ways to approach writing, and shared experiences and insights with other parents,” says Katharine. All backgrounds and experiences with writing are welcome.

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Instructor

    Katharine Harer loves teaching creative writing. She has worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of students in her over thirty-year career as a community college writing teacher at Skyline College and private workshop instructor. Katharine has published six collections of poetry, the most recent, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, in 2016. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her most recent travel essay, Delle Donne, appears in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016, from Travelers’ Tales. She’s currently working on a personal travel essay about Bali.

Schedule
  1. Saturday, April 28, 10:00am-4:00pm
Reviews
  • I found Katharine's teaching style empathetic and helpful. She was always about improving, no matter what level we were at. 

    Katie
  • I think Katharine is a great teacher. She gives everyone respectful, individual attention. She lets everyone have their own opinion and encourages us to listen to each other with the same empathy.

    Allison Payne

Details

Date:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$145
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Venue

San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

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

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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