“Each of us has a story to tell, but finding the words and voice for that story is an art and craft specific to each individual,” says instructor Kathy Garlick. “This class is designed for writers who may be uncovering and sharing that story for the first time.”
In this class, we’ll explore the creative writing process, from idea generation to the development of craft. We’ll do frequent and diverse writing exercises to learn how to create well-rounded characters, tell an engrossing story, and add colorful details to settings and scenes. Writers may be interested in different genres, so we’ll discuss poetry, short fiction, memoir, and personal essay.
We’ll also read and learn from writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith, Fanny Howe, and Edmund White. Kathy says, “In writing we’re always trying to find something honest, something hidden under the trapdoor of the skull. Our reactions to other writers can open that door.”
Discussions, prompt-driven writing exercises, and sharing our work with one another will be essential for this class. By the end of the class, you will have the tools to develop creative work in any genre you choose.
About The Writing Salon's In-Person Classes
In-person class schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. We will communicate any course changes to you as quickly as possible. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
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.
- Thursday, May 11, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Thursday, May 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Thursday, June 01, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Thursday, June 08, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Kathy is an absolutely excellent teacher. She created a comfortable environment and gave great examples. As a beginner, it was the perfect springboard to help me move forward.