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“Vivid writing takes its power from the author’s inner conflict, particularly when it comes to describing difficult material,” says instructor Allison Landa. “This class will give you the tools you need to share your own hard-to-tell tales.”

Throughout our five weeks together, we’ll explore ways to connect with what lies within and bring it to the surface through the power of the written word. We’ll read Mark Doty, Marion Winik, and George Saunders, generate work through writing prompts, and receive supportive feedback from the instructor and peers. Each week we will address a craft point such as imagery, narrative arc, and voice.

"At the end of this class," says Allison, "we’ll take away the resources and stamina to tap into life’s difficult moments and make sense of them through the art of story. Working together, we’ll create a secure and encouraging environment to find the heat in our stories and mine it for the gold we all carry with us.”



    Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir whose work has been featured in The Guardian US, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. Landa holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and runs the On the Cusp reading series in San Francisco. She is represented by Marisa Zeppieri of Strachan Literary.

  1. Sunday, October 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Sunday, November 03, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Sunday, November 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Sunday, November 17, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Sunday, November 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • I love Allison and her openness and how well she created a safe space (credit to my fellow students too). She’s organized and goes with the flow at the same time. She got me to write about some very tough things, so I am grateful for that - for finally going through that experience.



Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 2:00 am PDT
Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 5:30 am PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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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.

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