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“Anne Lamott may have coined the phrase ‘Bird by Bird,’ but I like to think of writing stories as similar to building a house,” says instructor Rob Williams. “You don’t build it in a day, you build it Brick by Brick. Except for the rare genius (I’m talking to you, Joyce Carol Oates), rarely do stories come out of our pens completely whole. We compose them scene by scene.”

This class is designed for writers at all levels who want to sharpen their short-storytelling skills. Participants will be guided up and down the path of storytelling—through the architecture of fiction—by responding to fresh, thought-provoking writing prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive draft of a short story by the end of five weeks.

“We’ll read and discuss published stories,” says Rob, “but the primary focus of the class will be on generating our own work, paying close attention to the structure and scenes, character, plot and narrative voice.”

In a warm and supportive environment, each participant will have the opportunity (but not obligation) to share the results of the in-class exercises and receive immediate constructive and thoughtful feedback from fellow writers and the instructor. “By the end of five weeks," says Rob, “this class will give you the tools you need to tell a story with confidence.”



    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. Thursday, July 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Thursday, July 18, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Thursday, July 25, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Thursday, August 01, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Thursday, August 08, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 2:00 am
Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 4:30 am
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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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