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“Many people are driven to write by the simple human need to express ourselves,” says instructor David Jacobson. “There may be no better way to meet that need than through the short, pointed burst of intellectual and emotional energy that goes into a newspaper column, op-ed or blog post.”

In this class, through a mixture of short lectures, readings, discussions, and writing exercises, you will learn how to write a 500-1500 word piece that shares your perspective and stays on point. During class, you will learn how to efficiently brainstorm subjects for your writing, choose a point of view that is personal and powerful, and strategically structure your beginning, middle, and end.

By the end of three weeks, you will take away:

  • tools to help you identify, select and reject topics for your future opinion pieces
  • tactics for conceiving and outlining your pieces from start to finish
  • tips on applying the right voice to a given topic
  • tricks for persisting through starts and stops

Our goal is that you leave the class with a draft of a piece that is "On Point." Whether you want your work to appear in your journal or in The Wall Street Journal, David will draw from his four decades of writing with a point of view to help you get to the point and stay on point.



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  1. Monday, December 02, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Monday, December 09, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Monday, December 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • David is very talented in that way that only advanced teachers are, in that by saying less, he said more.

  • David is a very generous and insightful instructor, encouraging and empowering while still being practical in his approach. He spoke to our individual needs as writers and tailored his suggestions to each of our pieces, writing styles and blocks. He also encouraged group conversation and ideas, so we all benefited from one another's very helpful suggestions, which we were able to incorporate on the spot.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019 @ 3:00 am PST
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 5:30 am PST
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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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