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*Write from Real Life II is for students who have completed Write from Real Life I and are now attempting a more ambitious project, either a book or a long-form essay (4,000 words or more).

The main focus of this class will be workshopping your pieces or excerpts from your pieces (5-10 pages, double-spaced, 12 point type). In addition to talking about word choice, character development, and voice, we'll devote time to discussing the issues of structuring a longer piece, and how to keep going when you are in Year 2, or 3, or 6 of an ambitious project. As always, we’ll focus on creating a safe, supportive writing community that offers clear-eyed, open-hearted feedback and encouragement.

During this bi-monthly class, we will also read Lit by Mary Karr, looking in particular at how she tackles the problem of structure in her memoir. Expect a little more homework than in Write from Real Life I, but the same amount of intimacy, fun, and encouragement.



    Alison Luterman has been shamelessly telling tales from her own life ever since she could grip a sweaty pencil. She has published essays in The Sun, Modern Love, L.A. Review, Radiance, Response, The East Bay Express, The Boston Phoenix and Salon. She has also written an e-book of essays entitled Feral City, about midlife domestication, remarriage, and second chances (available from SheBooks). Alison is also the author of three books of poetry: The Largest Possible LifeSee How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo. Last but not least, she writes plays, including Saying Kaddish With My Sister, Glitter and Spew, and a musical, The Chain.

  1. Sunday, January 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Sunday, January 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Sunday, February 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Sunday, February 25, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Sunday, March 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  6. Sunday, March 25, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Alison is exactly what I was looking for in a writing teacher. She made the classroom environment very “safe” for us as writers and readers. She gave us very solid, specific, yet kind, feedback. She encouraged everyone to participate, by being present and interested when others were talking.”

  • Alison’s teaching style is a delight. She is informal and warm. She guides the group very well and presents a variety of opportunities for expression that certainly helped me grow. I am also touched by the intimacy that the group developed over time…thanks to Alison’s gentle, but firm guidance.

    Naneen Karraker


Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018 @ 9:30 pm
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Write from Real Life II: Deepening the Conversation$345.00

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Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

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There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

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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