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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.



    Katharine Harer loves teaching creative writing. She has worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of students in her over thirty-year career as a community college writing teacher at Skyline College and as a private workshop instructor. Katharine has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent, Deconfliction, in 2020, and a full-length volume of poems, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, in 2016. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her travel essay Delle Donne appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016 and a personal essay, Blue Flags & Painted Crosses, is forthcoming from Sonora Review in Tucson.

  1. Saturday, July 20, 10:30am-12:00pm


Sat, July 20
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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Katharine Harer


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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