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In 1917, Marcel Duchamp’s piece Fountain led to many great debates regarding what is and what isn’t "art." “If Duchamp can declare a urinal art, and if the art world can accept it as such," says instructor Shelby Hinte, "then where exactly are artistic lines drawn and who decides?”

In this 5-week 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. Emails, data entry, list making, and recipes are just scratching the surface of materials that might serve rich starting points for creative works. Flash fiction and experimental forms will help guide class discussion and serve as the foundation for writing both in and out of class. Out of class writing will be in the form of short, generative works and are intended to be easily adapted into busy schedules. While not a workshop, students will have an opportunity to share and discuss their own writing during class.

"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 hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, May 09, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, May 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, May 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, June 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, June 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.

    Manoshi D.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 1:30 am PDT
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Shelby Hinte


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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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