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Raw Writing: Throw It All Onto the Page$295.00San Francisco

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“Writer Raymond Chandler is often credited with coining the phrase: ‘throwing up on the page,’” says instructor Rob Williams. “Actually, he said, ‘Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.’ Though the image might be a little unsettling, the sentiment is in earnest.”

In this class we’ll follow Chandler’s advice. But I’d like to think of it more as throwing IT ALL onto the page, rather than throwing up onto the page. For five weeks we’ll write and write and not worry about cleaning up the mess. We’ll banish the inner critic, lock away the perfectionist, and celebrate the unruly and the unrestrained.

Through weekly in-class writing exercises in a warm, supportive environment, you’ll relax in the freedom of pouring it out onto the page, freeing yourself up from worrying about what you make in your writing so that you can be fully engaged in the process of making it.

Whether you want to write poetry, stories, personal reflections, journal entries, or fragments, we’ll get your pen moving across the page (or fingers tapping across the keyboard). We’ll share our work (optionally, of course) to help each other identify what resonates in our writing.



    Rob Williams teaches Creative Writing and English at Skyline College and has led writing workshops at San Diego Writers Ink on flash fiction and creative nonfiction. His essays and fiction have appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Versal, 400 Words, San Diego Citybeat Magazine and various anthologies including I Do/I Don’t and Foolish Hearts. He is the co-editor of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up and has received writing fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Fishtrap. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and worked as a Poetry Reader for W. W. Norton in New York City.

  1. Tuesday, May 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Tuesday, May 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Tuesday, June 02, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Tuesday, June 09, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Tuesday, June 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Wed, May 13 @ 2:00 am
Wed, June 17 @ 4:30 am
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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