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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 online 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.


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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.



    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. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 08, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 15, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 22, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, April 29, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm


Friday, April 9, 2021 @ 1:30 am PDT
Friday, May 7, 2021 @ 4:00 am PDT
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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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