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Have you always wanted to write about your crazy family? What about an accident that changed the course of your life? A discovery that changed your perception of the past? A mysterious neighbor whose comings and goings excite your imagination? If you know you want to, but you don’t know where to start, this is your class. “By the end,” says Jenny, “you’ll walk away with a rough draft of a personal essay.


“With the help of lectures, in-class writing exercises, and discussions, we’ll bring your theme into focus; you may not be able to cover your entire family saga in 800 words, but you can write a funny, sad, poignant essay about the Christmas Eve your uncle got drunk and set in motion an irreparable series of events that affects your family to this day.


“We’ll expand your stories to get every last detail on the table, and through group work help each other unpack our memory suitcases. Finally, we’ll look at a series of effective published essays, examine the nuts and bolts of how they were put together, and discuss why — or why not — an essay pierces us to the core.”
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1-   Saturday, May 13 | 10:30am-1:00pm
2-   Saturday, May 20 | 10:30am-1:00pm
3-   Saturday, June 3 | 10:30am-1:00pm
4-   Saturday, June 10 | 10:30am-1:00pm

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  • Jenny is, quite simply, a fantastic teacher. Each session was stimulating, challenging, and rich in content. Jenny’s perceptiveness, and intelligence are very evident in her teaching, and those qualities of hers work to stretch us as students. By the end end of session 5, every one of us had a solid foundation in the elements of a strong personal essay, and that is thanks to Jenny’s high-quality instruction. She’s very organized, and obviously puts thought and energy into planning cohesive instruction. Plus, she’s funny! We laughed a lot in class, learning all the while.

    I was sad when the class ended! A few times, while sitting in that room and looking around the circle, I actually teared up a little with happiness at how right it felt to be there. I’m just so happy to have found the Writing Salon, and yet another great teacher in Jenny. Thank you!

    Sue Granzella
  • Jenny is a rare talent, capable of providing for the students’ wide range of needs, from giving positive feedback and support, remembering the tiniest details of her student’s writing, to elucidating some very abstract concepts.

    John Carney


Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm PDT
Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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