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“Have you always wanted to write but are stumped by the way to tell your own story?” asks instructor Jennifer Lewis. “In this remote class, by exploring different types of creative nonfiction, including personal essay, memoir and autofiction, you will find the unique way to bring your story to life.”

In addition to course readings from authors like Maggie Nelson, Kiese Laymon and Ocean Vuong, class will be comprised of generative writing exercises and workshops. Students will learn how to combine real-world facts and personal anecdotes with literary elements such as character development, dialogue and scene.

Jennifer says, “In a playful manner, we will allow form to dictate content, and as Brenda Miller states, ‘By doing so, we get out of our own way; we bypass what our intellectual minds have already determined as ‘our story’ and instead become open and available to unexpected images, themes and memories.’”

In a safe and supportive environment, this class will expose you to the many ways your story can unfold, and it will open you up to the unexpected. Come see why creative nonfiction has become the most popular genre in the literary and publishing communities.


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    Jennifer Lewis is a writer, editor, and the publisher of Red Light Lit. Her debut short story collection, The New Low, was published in 2022 by Nomadic Press, where her short story, “New Low,” was the winner of the Bindle Award in 2018. In 2020, she won the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction Award for “Put a Teat in It.” She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015. She teaches at The Writing Salon in San Francisco.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 18, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 25, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, September 01, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, September 08, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Jennifer was an awesome instructor. She was very supportive and encouraging, and directed us towards amazing creative nonfiction literature. I appreciated that the "homework" wasn't heavy, and was more focused on experimentation, rather than getting anything perfect. The whole experience definitely made me want to take more courses from Jennifer and from the Writing Salon.

    Michelle C.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 2:00 am PDT
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 4:30 am PDT
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Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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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