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About loss, James Joyce famously wrote, “Absence, the highest form of presence.” Absence of any kind—whether loss of a loved one, some physical ability (or facet of the physical body), a home, job, or even a cherished object—can often overwhelm us, rendering us silent. But as writers, we have tools at our disposal with which we can approach these empty spaces—and the empty page. Instructor Kerry Muir says, "Together, we'll cover strategies to remain present, bear witness to the moment, and reclaim the expressive voice."

In this 5-week class, through a series of in-class exercises and optional take-home assignments, students will write about many types of loss and absence. We’ll look at selected readings from authors who deal with absence such as Lilly Dancyger, WG Sebald, and Elizabeth Alexander. As wordsmiths, we’ll use language, setting, character, voice, metaphor, as well as negative space on the page, to move toward transformation and healing.

All levels, all genres welcome.  


About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom Classes

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.


    Kerry Muir‘s plays include Running on Moontime, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, and Befriending Bertha/Conociendo a Bertha (a one-act for children), which were published in dual language (Spanish-English) editions by NoPassport Press as part of their Dreaming the Americas series, curated by Lifetime Achievement Obie Award-winning playwright, Caridad Svich. Her plays have garnered awards and productions at the Nantucket Short Play Festival, Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, Gibraltar International Drama Festival, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Riverteeth, West Branch, Willow Springs, Fourth Genre and more. Two of her essays, “The Bridge” and “BLUR,” were named as notable in Best American Essays of 2011 and 2018, edited by Edwidge Danticat and Hilton Als, respectively. Her short film “Madame” (an official selection of San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2024, Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival 2024, AHITH Film Festival 2023) is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit. Visit her online at: https://kerry-muir-5gnx.squarespace.com.
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 02, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 09, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Kerry's creative writing class is so much more than a writing class--although you do write A LOT and feel the pride of accomplishment at the stack of pages you never thought you'd write. Kerry teaches you to pay attention to the world around you and brings you closer to your own experiences with her curated lessons, fantastic reading materials, and personal feedback. Her gentle, invested care has helped me grow as a writer and as a human.

    Jane W.
  • Kerry created a supportive container where I felt I could easily create new work and share my writing. She offered unique and creative class material that gave us a lot to work with and provided an easy entry point into our writing practice. She's professional, compassionate, and innovative, all the things I look for in a writing teacher.

    Jennifer L.
  • Kerry's style is warm, supportive, and instructive. She balances the careful nurturing we all need as writers sharing vulnerable parts of ourselves, with thoughtful line-by-line edits. She's a complete package as a writing teacher!

    Shirley C.


Fri, April 12 @ 1:30 am PDT
Fri, May 10 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Kerry Muir


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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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