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"We writers too often need others to tell us that our writing is good," says instructor Junse Kim. "And this is where it all goes horribly wrong. We become impatient for praise, obsessed with completing a story before learning the basic skills we need to write it. It's the equivalent of, say, an aspiring carpenter who has committed to building a beautiful house, yet doesn't know how to hammer in a nail or saw a piece of wood."

In this class, you'll develop concrete skills and narrative techniques through fun writing exercises designed to help you master your craft. At the end of five weeks, you'll have a better grip on how to use these techniques (for developing character, setting, and plot) as tools for building your story. The class will also analyze other narrative genres, from movie scenes to comic books, to analyze storytelling skills you can apply to your fiction writing.



    Junse Kim, like many Writing Salon students, didn’t begin to pursue a writing life until well after graduating from college. Before ever taking a writing class, he worked as a concert promoter, Peace Corps volunteer, managerial consultant, scriptwriter, nonprofit fundraiser, and “full-time” temp. He has since received a Pushcart Prize (for his short story “Yangban”), a Faulkner Award, and the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in the Ontario Review, ZYZZYVA, and Cimarron Review, as well as two anthologies: Pushcart Prize XXVII and Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing.

  1. Wednesday, January 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Wednesday, January 30, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Wednesday, February 6, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Junse is a great teacher who demystifies the craft of writing and teaches his students about all aspects of it - not just how to write, but also how to critique, how to interpret different narrative genres, and what to do next.

    Sarah Busselle
  • Junse Kim's "Intro to Fiction" class, which I just finished up this past Thursday, was the best writing class I've ever taken. I've taken several writing classes in the past, but none have broken down the elements of craft to me in such a sensible and succinct way. I feel more prepared to tackle my writing projects with confidence and skill now than ever before.

    Rona Fernandez
  • I just want to say thanks again to Junse Kim (Intro to Fiction) for his time and energy. Having never really written before, I was amazed at how comfortable he made me in both writing and sharing in a group environment. I think I am now officially on my own writing journey thanks to Junse.



Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation$295.00Berkeley

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There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

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