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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 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.



    Shelby Hinte 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 is the Associate Editor of Write or Die Magazine where she edits essays and interviews. She has served as a reader and intern at various independent presses including ZYZZYVA, Split/Lip Press, and No Contact. Her work has been featured in BOMB, ZYZZYVA, SmokeLong Quarterly, Hobart, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 02, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 09, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 30, 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.
  • 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.

    Lisa L.


Fri, May 3 @ 1:30 am PDT
Fri, May 31 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Shelby Hinte


Online (SF 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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