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For 25 years, The Writing Salon has used the power of writing prompts to coax out writers’ work in its raw form—work that would later become novels, personal essays, poems. Write Now! will showcase a Writing Salon teacher’s favorite paths to the source of inspiration – words, passages, photographs, activities – prompts that have propelled them past their own creative barriers and repeatedly broken open their students’ imaginations. 

The prompts might be simple, seductive, strange, or elaborate. The one thing they all have in common: they compel writers to write. Each prompt typically calls for five to fifteen minutes of timed writing, and the teacher will expertly set up the prompts so that participants will find an inviting entry point into the writing experience. In addition to ample writing time during class, participants will have opportunities to share their fresh work with the group. 

Offered on a monthly basis, this class will be led by a different teacher each meeting so that you can sample a range of The Writing Salon’s hottest prompts and most imaginative teachers. Join us to experience the magic when many writers gather together to generate new material, everyone pulsing with creativity.


About The Writing Salon's In-Person Classes

Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about the class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    Ben Jackson has been the director of The Writing Salon since March 2016. He has taught at a wide range of colleges, schools, and retreat centers, including the University of San Francisco and the Esalen Institute. His writing has appeared in New England Review, Southern Review, Hudson Review, FIELD, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, he has won awards and fellowships from the Tor House Foundation, Warren Wilson College, Vermont Studio Center, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Jentel Artist Residency Program.

  1. Saturday, August 17, 10:30am-12:00pm


Sat, August 17
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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Ben Jackson


San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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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