General

Writing Salon classes are for writers 18 years old and up.

Yes! We welcome writers at all levels of experience. We’ll help you unlock your creativity and get started. All you’ll need is a desire to write and learn. Many beginning writers have gone on to take a number of classes at The Writing Salon and have built up confidence in their writing and overall communication skills.

We have no hard and fast rules regarding which classes to take or in which order to take them. We suggest picking the class that makes the most sense to you, based on your own writing goals and experience. If you can’t decide, narrow your options down to three or four. Then send us an email or give us a call.

Most of our classes are for writers of all levels of experience. Only a very few are designed solely for introductory, intermediate, and advanced writers. We like providing an opportunity for writers of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn in a single setting. We also want to help you grow, so if you want to challenge yourself more, we recommend looking into the classes that are intermediate or advanced. Likewise, if you’d like to be in a community in which your class members are all getting started as writers, sign up for our introductory offerings.

You’ll need to purchase a membership at our “Get Involved” page either as a new member or as a renewing member. After you purchase the membership, you’ll receive a discount code via email. Make sure you hold onto that code. It will expire after one year. When you make purchases as a member, type in that code at our shopping cart page in order to get your member discount.

If we must cancel a class for any reason (e.g., due to low enrollment or extreme weather), we will notify you at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the class. You can choose to transfer your registration to another class, receive a full credit, or take a full refund, whichever option you’d prefer.

Daily writing and partner exchanges are crucial to the foundation of the course. Each Sunday, participants receive writing prompts for the upcoming week. The prompts are triggers to get you writing. A sample prompt might be “apple” or “I haven’t forgotten.” Participants are expected to commit to the class for 20-30 minutes each day. Participants should write for 10-12 of those minutes. The other 10-20 minutes should go toward partner responses. New partners are assigned on a weekly basis.

Of course! We love to hear all success stories from our students. Whether you have published a story, gotten into an MFA program, landed an agent for your novel, or sealed a spot in an upcoming reading series, let us know at hello@writingsalons.com. We’d like to share your success at our website and on social media.

Registration & Payment

We encourage students to register early to give our teachers time to prepare for the class and to ensure that the class does not get cancelled due to low enrollment. Some classes fill up several weeks before the start date, so it is in your best interest to register at least two weeks before a class begins.

Yes. Registration closes 24 hours before the start date for a class.

No. However, you are welcome to call or email if you have questions that aren’t answered in the course description. Ben will answer them, or he will put you in direct touch with the teacher.

You can pay by credit card or Paypal. We prefer not to receive checks. However, if you are absolutely unable to pay by credit card or Paypal, we will take a check. Please inquire first either by email (hello@writingsalons.com) or by phone (510.982.6252) before sending payment by check.

Sorry. We don’t. Our teachers are happy, however, to give you any handouts or assignments from the class you missed.

We’d love to, but this is a small, “labor of love” business that survives on a shoestring budget. But if you compare our prices to other local, privately run classes, they are very competitive!

No, you must pay in full.

To withdraw from a class, please email hello@writingsalons.com. Include the following information in your email: your full name, email address, and the name of the class and teacher. We don’t manage withdrawals over the phone.

Two days prior to a class’s start date is a busy time at The Writing Salon. The teacher makes final preparations for her class and receives the course roster. Enrolled students receive welcome emails with information about the class and location. During this time period, withdrawals and late sign-ups can (and often do) have a substantial impact on the school’s operations. Late withdrawals can lead to the cancellation of a class that would have otherwise run. While we understand emergencies do come up for our students, The Writing Salon’s refund and enrollment policies are designed to ensure that the school’s processes are manageable and sustainable.

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