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“Good writing grabs our attention, compels us to keep reading, and transports us to other worlds and other lives,” says instructor Heather June Gibbons. “How can words alone make us feel so intensely, make us care so much about what happens next? When a character seems real to us, when we can smell the smoke from the fire, feel the softness of the baby’s cheek, when we are moved to tears, or to laughter, it can seem like magic.”

Whether you're feeling stuck or just getting started, this class will introduce you to strategies that will invigorate your writing practice and enhance your skills. Heather says, "Each week in this five-week class, we will cover one area of craft, such as image or tension, focusing on practical strategies—we might even call them tricks—to bring our stories, reflections, and worlds to life. Our time together will include interactive activities, inspiring readings, lively discussions, and in-class writing exercises."

By the end of the five weeks, you will have gained a practical understanding of core writing techniques, lots of fresh material, ideas for how to develop it, and the tools you need to practice these strategies on your own.



    Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her poems appear widely in literary journals. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Callen Graduate Scholar, and she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An award-winning instructor who has taught at a number of universities, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in the community.

  1. Tuesday, May 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Tuesday, May 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Tuesday, June 5, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Tuesday, June 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:00 am PDT
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:30 am PDT
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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.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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