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Starting something—a poem, a story, a memoir, a screenplay—can be exhilarating. We’re excited by its possibilities and the writing can feel almost effortless. But often that initial inspiration doesn’t last. Instead, our enthusiasm fizzles and our energy for the writing fades. We run out of steam. We feel stuck.

Instructor Elaine Beale says, “One of the most common challenges I hear students talk about is the difficulty of actually completing a piece of writing. Longer forms like novel or memoir are especially challenging, but even those writing flash fiction or poetry report difficulty seeing something through to a finished draft.

“There are a lot of reasons it can be hard to get beyond beginnings. Sometimes a harsh inner critic erodes our confidence. Sometimes we get bored or frustrated. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by a story’s possibilities. Other times, we think we’re just not up to the task.”

This half-day workshop is designed for anyone who wants to build both the skills and confidence to commit to a piece of writing from beginning to end. In-class exercises and discussions will help you understand what gets in your way, and offer practical tools and techniques to keep going so you can see something through to completion.



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  1. Saturday, January 18, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • I am a big fan of Elaine's classes. She immediately puts the novice at ease and her enthusiastic love of the craft is contagious.

    Rick Kelley
  • Elaine knows her stuff, obviously, and articulates her insights in an inspiring style. She respects how challenging writing is and accentuates that by constantly providing positive support. She is warm, honest, and helpful for fledgling fiction writers!

    Karolina Garrett


Saturday, January 18, 2020
10:00 pm - 1:00 am PST
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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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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