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Memoir Workshop: Hit the Ground Running!$395.00Berkeley

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You've written stories from your life—perhaps lots of them. You've participated in writing classes already where you've learned about narrative structure, voice, and point of view, as well as how to graciously give and receive helpful feedback.

And you still feel like you need the accountability and support of a writing workshop to keep going.

What's wrong with you?

"Nothing!" says instructor Alison Luterman. "Writing is a conversation with the world and many of us need to know someone is listening in order to push through to a polished draft."

During the six weeks of this class, each participant will have the opportunity to present their work three times for feedback and discussion. Writers may choose whether to use their time to workshop new pieces or for revision.

This class is for writers who already have studied the fundamentals of memoir and are interested in deepening, refining and perhaps sending out their work. The instructor will provide suggestions for outside readings and detailed feedback on the writing presented in class. Come prepared to give each other your best reading and listening skills!



    Alison Luterman has been shamelessly telling tales from her own life ever since she could grip a sweaty pencil. She has published essays in The Sun, Modern Love, L.A. Review, Radiance, Response, The East Bay Express, The Boston Phoenix and Salon. She has also written an e-book of essays entitled Feral City, about midlife domestication, remarriage, and second chances (available from SheBooks). Alison is also the author of three books of poetry: The Largest Possible LifeSee How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo. Last but not least, she writes plays, including Saying Kaddish With My Sister, Glitter and Spew, and a musical, The Chain.

  1. Tuesday, April 06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Tuesday, April 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Tuesday, April 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Tuesday, May 04, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  6. Tuesday, May 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Alison is exactly what I was looking for in a writing teacher. She made the classroom environment very “safe” for us as writers and readers. She gave us very solid, specific, yet kind, feedback. She encouraged everyone to participate, by being present and interested when others were talking.”

  • Alison’s teaching style is a delight. She is informal and warm. She guides the group very well and presents a variety of opportunities for expression that certainly helped me grow. I am also touched by the intimacy that the group developed over time…thanks to Alison’s gentle, but firm guidance.

    Naneen Karraker


Tue, April 7 @ 1:30 am
Tue, May 12 @ 4:30 am
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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