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Writing Your Personal Symbols$295.00Berkeley

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In this 5-week class, students will use class time to develop a series of creative nonfiction pieces connected to classic Jungian archetypes such as the Hero, Lover, Outlaw, Trickster, Orphan and more! Taken as a whole, the 12 pieces you develop in class will comprise a written "mandala" -- the Sanskrit word for circle or completion. Jung thought of personal mandalas as cosmic diagrams, and advocated the making of mandalas for insight, healing and self-expression. Written mandalas allow students to connect disparate aspects of the self, and learn to trust the intuitive voice.

In the final stretch of the class, students will be invited to develop a short project, such as a draft of a personal essay or prose poem, a multi-media work that combines written text with visual art (such as collage, mosaic, drawings, photography, etc.), or even a small chapbook of writing generated in class. The final day of class will be devoted in part to sharing and celebrating student work, and reflecting on the journey taken.

“The emphasis in this class will be on generating new material in a spirit of joyous experimentation, adventure and discovery,” says instructor Kerry Muir. “Bring plenty of pens and paper, and come prepared to write.”


    Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. In late 2018, her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, was published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.
  1. Sunday, April 05, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Sunday, April 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Sunday, April 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Sunday, April 26, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Sunday, May 03, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Kerry's enthusiasm was contagious and she encouraged each student, while helping them see how to improve their work. She created a friendly and supportive atmosphere through group discussion, and suggested further readings.



Mon, April 6 @ 2:00 am
Mon, May 4 @ 4:30 am
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

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

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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