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Some transitions are easily and mindlessly integrated into a life, but the task of major transitions is, in Rilke’s words, to ‘live the questions’ deeply. —Linda Blackman

Instructor Rob Williams says, “When I moved to the Bay Area, at the end of a long term relationship and many years in Southern California, I felt the need to record this transition, my fears and doubts, my goals and expectations, in order to better understand, reflect on, and ultimately celebrate this important life change.”

This online class will provide a similar opportunity for writers to, as Rilke says, live the questions and write about them. This 5-week class will guide you through the intricacies of change, whether you want to explore a story from your past, such as a coming of age moment, or focus on something from your present, perhaps a career change, retirement or relocation, divorce or breakup, or aging. Creating story marks this passage in a particular and often cathartic way.

We’ll begin with guided prompts and thoughtfully selected readings, including excerpts from Abbie Thomas’ What Comes Next and How to Like It, Darren Strauss’ Half-Life, and Michael Arceneaux’s I Can’t Date Jesus, among others. Students in the class can either re-create past or record current transitions, looking at them with a fresh perspective through scene building, vivid description and characterization, and, especially, reflection. You will compose these stories in a safe, encouraging environment, recording the wisdom of your experience.


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, September 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, October 01, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, October 08, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Rob is patient and kind, and he gave everyone a chance to share. His readings were prescient and he had excellent BIPOC writers who are new and relevant.

    Cathleen W.


Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:00 am PDT
Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:30 am PDT
Event Category:


Online (SF Zoom)
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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