In this 5-week virtual class, we will use material from our everyday lives as starting points to generate our own creative prose, poetry, or hybrid works. We will look anew at the world and seek inspiration in unexpected places, mining the everyday for artistic leads.
“In this class, students will dust off the dirt and dig deep into their everyday lives to unearth material for creative writing,” says instructor Shelby Hinte, “This is a perfect generative writing class for new writers or anyone in a creative funk. If there is one goal for this class, other than lots of writing, it’s remembering that writing is a joyous act!”
In-class reading of flash fiction and experimental forms will help guide class discussion and serve as the foundation for both in-class and out of class writing. Out of class writing is optional and will be in the form of short, generative works intended to be easily adapted into busy schedules. While not a workshop, students will have multiple opportunities to share and discuss their own writing during class. Additionally, Shelby offers written feedback on student work each week (max word-count 1,200).
"The focus of this course is to generate new material and find creative leads rather than polish final drafts," says Shelby. "By the end of our five weeks together, students will have at least five first drafts of short works as well as a revised creative work."
About The Writing Salon's Remote 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelby Hinte is a writer and educator living in the Bay Area. She has led and supported writing workshops at San Francisco State University and in the community, including teaching creative writing to incarcerated adults and youth on juvenile probation. She received her MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University where she was the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Graduate award. She is a contributing writer for Write or Die Tribe, and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Maudlin House, Entropy, Vagabond Lit, Witness Magazine, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel about women and vortexes in the desert.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 20, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 27, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, March 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, March 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Shelby is very warm and inviting in her style, which facilitated a welcoming atmosphere in the class. She also does a really good job of listening to our responses and pulling out interesting gems to reiterate. I always felt heard and understood.
Shelby was super supportive (both during class & in written feedback), an expert on the subject with a wealth of ideas, and did a good job of fostering a welcoming sense of community.