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“You’ve generated some rich, raw, organic material loaded with potential—perhaps a draft of an essay, a memoir or a reported piece of nonfiction,” says instructor Kerry Muir. “What’s next?”

This workshop is for nonfiction writers who wish to shape, sculpt, structure, deepen and develop work already in progress. Class conversations will center around the material you submit, delving into the unique delights and dilemmas of each individual piece. Participants will be workshopped at least three times in this bimonthly class.

We’ll set aside time each session to focus on a particular craft element (such as persona and voice, story shapes, character arcs, pacing, confession and the implied audience) by way of writing exercises, readings and discussions of published work. The bulk of class time, however, will be spent workshopping student work in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Come, meet like-minded writers, hone your skills, and get your nonfiction as good as gold!

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Instructor
    Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. In late 2018, her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, was published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.
Schedule
  1. Sunday, September 29, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  2. Sunday, October 13, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  3. Sunday, October 27, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  4. Sunday, November 10, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  5. Sunday, November 24, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  6. Sunday, December 08, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Reviews
  • Kerry's enthusiasm was contagious and she encouraged each student, while helping them see how to improve their work. She created a friendly and supportive atmosphere through group discussion, and suggested further readings.

    Chris
  • I very much enjoyed Kerry's teaching style. She was warm and personable and at the same time knowledgeable, experienced and a great group leader. Each meeting Kerry had instructions to share with us, various writing tools, printed handouts of examples and e-mail info that she shared with us via e-mail btw meetings. Also, Kerry's workshopping feedback was always relevant and super helpful.

    Maureen

Details

Start:
Sun, September 29 @ 2:00 pm
End:
Sun, December 8 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
$420
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Tickets

10 available
Spinning Straw into Gold: Nonfiction Workshop$420.00Berkeley

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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.

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