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“Nothing needs to happen to a writer’s life after they are twenty. By then they’ve experienced more than enough to last their creative life.” – Flannery O’Connor

“Our own experiences provide us an abundance of source material for writing,” says instructor David Hill. “But where to begin? How do we identify those charged moments from our pasts, and more importantly, how do we give shape to those events on the page in a way that captures their essence and provides a dynamic and engaging literary experience?”

In this one-day workshop, writers of both fiction and nonfiction will explore the fertile literary ground of their lives, including the many small but significant moments within the larger story, and begin putting pen to page in a variety of creative exercises that incorporate elements of narrative craft. Students can expect to depart with an abundance of rich new material and concrete tools to propel them forward, to keep them energized and motivated to continue onward with their writing.



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  1. June 3, 10am-4pm
  • David was a great facilitator with a very positive, generous spirit that cultivated the same in the students. His suggestions for development, of the specific pieces under consideration, and for us generally as writers, were thoughtful, insightful, eloquent, and inspiring.

    I gained a great deal of self-knowledge about my writing style and how it reads to others. Significantly increased confidence to share my work!

    Erin Wolthausen
  • David’s gentle manner in leading the class was spot-on. He is approachable, encouraging, challenging, honest and authentic. I’ve gained a lot more motivation to continue writing!

    David Ferguson
    David Ferguson Occupation


Saturday, June 3, 2017
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, 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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