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“Big Secret Number One to writing fiction is that you have to make a mess. Many messes,” says instructor Steve Mitchel. “You have to throw truckloads of words down onto the page knowing full well that most of them will end up in the compost.”

In this five-week course, we’ll write in class and out (optionally, of course) without worrying about finished products. We’ll learn several fundamental elements of craft—characterization, dialogue, point of view, setting, and plot—reading stories by Charles Baxter, Alice Munro, Edward P. Jones, and others to guide us. In a supportive environment, we’ll share our work with each other (optionally, of course), discussing what resonates and why.

By the end of the five weeks, we’ll have all the tools we need to create stories. Along the way, we’ll never lose sight of the fact that most great fiction emerges from what Philip Roth calls “months of freewheeling play.”

 

About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

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 hello@writingsalons.com.

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Instructor

    Steve Mitchel was awarded the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for his story, “Dog People.” His story “The Return of the Capellmeister” was a finalist for LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. He earned a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Northwestern University and an MFA in fiction writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He’s led fiction writing workshops throughout the Bay Area and has taught legal writing to law students at Northwestern and U.C. Berkeley.

Schedule
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, July 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, July 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, July 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, August 04, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, August 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Reviews
  • Steve was terrific: gracious, insightful and balanced. I enjoyed reading stories closely for their literary merit and found the open, forgiving atmosphere encouraging.

    Erin
  • The arc of the class was perfect for a beginning writer - I haven't written for fun in a long time and this class really was the highlight of my week. Having weekly classes made me accountable to actually start writing - and now I'm hooked. And the format was perfect for getting me the tools and motivation to get started.

    Rachel N.
  • Steve was great. I appreciated the structure of class - learning a concept, seeing it modeled in an author’s work, and then trying it on ourselves.

    Caitlin P.

Details

Start:
Fri, July 15 @ 2:00 am PDT
End:
Fri, August 12 @ 4:30 am PDT
Cost:
$310.00
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Website:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89902867200

Organizer

Steve Mitchel

Venue

Online (SF Zoom)
Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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 offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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