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You’ve taken some introductory classes, feel like you know the basics of creative writing craft, and have generated some promising short stories, or chapters of a novel or memoir,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “If you’re looking for a workshop that will help you take your writing to the next level, then this is the place for you.”

This bi-monthly workshop is for prose writers who wish to develop, strengthen, and shape work already in progress. We’ll set aside time each session to focus on an aspect of craft of interest to participants (such as story arc, pacing, or voice) by way of writing exercises, readings and discussions of published work.

However, the bulk of class time will be spent workshopping participants’ work. Over the course of six three-hour classes, you’ll have your own writing workshopped at least twice.

“This input to your own writing is invaluable,” says Elaine. “But you’ll also learn so much from critiquing the work of other participants. By articulating what does and doesn't work in someone else’s writing, you gain insights that transfer immediately to your own work.

“The workshop will be supportive and nurturing. It will also provide a space where you’ll be pushed to strengthen your skills, develop your writer’s voice, and take the important next steps in your writing life.”

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Instructor

    Elaine Beale has published two novels, the most recent of which, Another Life Altogether, was featured in Oprah Magazine and received praise from the Boston GlobeLambda Literary, and Publishers Weekly, among others. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her latest book is Write for Wellness, a guide to using expressive writing to promote emotional and physical health.

Schedule
  1. Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  2. Sunday, April 28, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  3. Sunday, May 5, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  4. Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  5. Sunday, June 2, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  6. Sunday, June 16, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Reviews
  • Elaine is an excellent, dynamic teacher and very organized with materials and communications. Her critiquing of our writing was extremely valuable. In addition to her considerable experience, she has a gift for it. . . . I wish she could always be my reader, and would definitely take another course taught by her and recommend her classes to others.

    Adele Mendelson

Details

Start:
Sun, April 14 @ 2:00 pm
End:
Sun, June 16 @ 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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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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