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"First drafts are about profusion, not perfection," says instructor Daniel Ari. "That's what Raw Writing is all about. We set our expectations aside so we can get down to creating without worrying whether it's 'good.' Poetry, fiction, memoir, dialogue, or fragments—we find a starting point and go."

Each class session begins with a warm-up exercise and includes two to three writing prompts to spark your inspiration and allow you to experiment with a curious, playful mind. Prompts might revolve around subject matter, style, word choice, or other variables.

With the support of these "assignments," you're free to draft while your inner critic leaves you alone for a while. If you create something you like, it's your innate brilliance shining through; if you're not crazy about the results—blame the exercise and move on to the next one. After five weeks, you'll have no fewer than a dozen first drafts that you can revisit and rework as you see fit.

"Students will have the opportunity to share what they write with the group (always optional), and feedback is kept to appreciations," Daniel says. "By letting yourself write raw, you'll overcome obstacles to explore new territory, hone your craft, and grow your storehouse of material."



    Daniel Ari delights in writing, performing and teaching poetry. His book One Way to Ask (Norfolk Press, 2016) comprises original poems in a new form called queron, illustrated in collaboration with 67 artists including Roz Chast, R. Crumb, Wayne White and Bill Griffith. Poet laureate of Richmond, California, Daniel created and produced the 2017 Richmond Anthology of Poetry, the city’s first, representing 62 diverse voices from his adopted hometown. Daniel’s poems have been published in Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest, McSweeney’s, Defenestration, carte blanche, Thema, and many others, and he has published essays on the craft of poetry in Poet’s Market every year since 2015. He supports his poetic life through his career as a marketing copywriter where he has written haiku for Google. For pay.

  1. Monday, August 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Monday, August 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Monday, August 26, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Monday, September 9, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Monday, September 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Daniel has a lovely combination of knowledge about writing and playfulness that allows him to create a space where I find it easy to let my creativity flow in new ways.

    Children's writer and poet, Karin Fisher-Golton


Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 2:00 am
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:30 am
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

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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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