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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 creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. In late 2018, her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, was published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, July 31, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 07, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 14, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 21, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 28, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • 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.


Tue, August 1 @ 1:30 am PDT
Tue, August 29 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Kerry Muir


Online (BK 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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