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.”
Elaine Beale’s second novel, Another Life Altogether, was published by Random House in 2010. It has received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, Curve Magazine, the Bay Area Reporter, and Publishers Weekly, among others, and it was featured in Oprah Magazine. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets and Writers California Writers Exchange Award and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has taught creative writing for more than a decade.
- Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm-5:00pm
- Sunday, April 28, 2:00pm-5:00pm
- Sunday, May 5, 2:00pm-5:00pm
- Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm
- Sunday, June 2, 2:00pm-5:00pm
- Sunday, June 16, 2:00pm-5:00pm
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.