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“We love new places in part because they yank us out of the ordinary, allowing us to see with new eyes,” says instructor Erin Van Rheenen. “We notice the quality of light, the lilt of the local accent, or the startling architecture of how water meets land.”
In this online course, Erin invites students to turn that fresh gaze on their current surroundings, mining the depths of their daily routines, however impacted by the current crisis, and celebrating the marvelous in the familiar. Erin says, “We’ll work with writing prompts and craft exercises, as well as taking a closer look at how other writers achieve a memorable evocation of place. We’ll create a writing community that feels safe, supportive, and open to risk-taking. Together we’ll share stories, exploring how each of us sees this place we collectively call home.”
Writers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Van Rheenen has written about the power of place for Atlas Obscura, the Los Angeles Times, Southwest, The Sun, and NPR. For more than two decades she has also taught students at every level, in colleges, high schools, libraries, and at the San Francisco Women’s Jail. She earned an MA in Creative Writing and American Literature from City University of New York. Erin has spent many years living abroad, and is the author of the best-selling guide, Living Abroad in Costa Rica, now in its fifth edition. She now lives in San Francisco.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, July 08, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, July 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, July 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, July 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, August 05, 7:00pm-9:30pm