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Screenwriting Master Class

Fri, July 27 @ 7:00 pm - Fri, December 14 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$425 7 tickets left

Are you actively working on a screenplay or have a story in mind that could make a great feature film or TV series? Maybe you’ve written a treatment or started on the first draft, but now you find it hard to keep it moving forward. This class will provide the instruction, inspiration, and community to help you accomplish your screenwriting goals

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Spinning Straw into Gold: Nonfiction Workshop

Sun, September 23 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, December 2 @ 5:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$420 10 tickets left

This workshop is for nonfiction writers who wish to shape, sculpt, structure, deepen and develop work already in progress

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Write-a-Thon: Get Primed, Get Prompted, Get Writing

Sun, October 7 @ 6:00 pm - Sun, December 9 @ 8:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$90 15 tickets left

Write-a-Thon is designed to get you stringing words together in a supportive group of other writers while facilitator Daniel Ari offers gentle guidance and a variety of prompts and exercises

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Through the Looking Glass: Applying the Cinematographer’s Lens to Written Narratives

Sat, October 20 @ 10:30 am - Sat, November 17 @ 1:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 8 tickets left

What movies have served as touchstones, guideposts, or talismans in your personal and creative life? How has the cinema influenced you as a writer? In this five-week course, we’ll explore the fertile connection between cinema and written narrative

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Make It New: Poetry Revision Workshop

Sun, October 21 @ 10:30 am - Sun, November 18 @ 1:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 8 tickets left

“Revising gives us an opportunity to see our work in a new light,” says instructor Brian Tierney. “Sometimes you take a poem off its tracks and discover a whole different route; sometimes you need to fix the wheel, or the engine, or the headlight

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The Short Story Laboratory

Wed, October 24 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, November 28 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 Sold out

Enjoy two and a half hours of creation and feedback each week with The Short Story Laboratory, a beginner class that teaches the basics of composing short stories and flash fiction in a fun and fast way

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Intro to Creative Writing: Fun with the Fundamentals

Mon, October 29 @ 7:00 pm - Mon, December 3 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 6 tickets left

“Everyone is talented, original and has something important to say,” states Brenda Ueland at the beginning of her celebrated book, If You Want to Write. “I happen to agree with Ueland,” says Elaine Beale. “And when I teach at The Writing Salon, I see her assertion proved again and again

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Journaling: Turn Your Life into Art

Thu, November 1 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, December 6 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 9 tickets left

"I still have that navy blue hardback journal that my mom gave me for Christmas when I was ten,” says instructor Ben Jackson. “After writing my first few entries, I was hooked

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Writing about the Body: Getting Under the Skin

Tue, November 27 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, December 11 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$165 Sold out

“The best writing is physical, visceral, makes us feel that we are living a story rather than reading one on the page,” says instructor Alison Luterman. "As Anton Chekhov said, 'Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass

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Writing Salon Members Only

Sun, December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
Free 17 spots left

The Writing Salon Monthly Meetup is designed to provide an intentional and facilitated space to help you keep a finger on your own creative pulse. At the same time, you'll have the opportunity to engage with a community of other members of The Writing Salon

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The Long Haul: Your Book Project Support Team

Saturday, January 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$215 10 tickets left

“Embarking on a book-length project is like swimming across the Pacific,” says instructor Alison Luterman. “You definitely want a support team in a boat riding alongside you, with sandwiches and shark repellent

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Creative Writing Boot Camp: A One-Day Intensive

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 8 tickets left

Learning the craft of writing takes a lot of time. With so many demands on your energy you’d like to take some shortcuts. You want to take the fast track to becoming a better writer. This workshop is designed to help you do just that

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Presenting You: Techniques and Practice for Live Readings

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, February 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$165 14 tickets left

If you’ve ever applauded wildly after a live reading and thought, “I wish I could do that” — or if you’ve ever suffered through a flat literary performance and thought, “I never want to do that” — then this is the class for you

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Getting Your Toes Wet: An Introduction to Memoir Writing

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 12 tickets left

Do you feel you have a story inside you, but you’re a little leery of getting thrown in the deep end? In this class, you’ll gently wade into the vast sea of memories and experiences you’ve been carrying around for your whole life

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Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$475 9 tickets left

In this class you will plunge into the personal themes that make your real life stories uniquely yours. In the first half of this class, instructor Alison Luterman will give you writing exercises carefully designed to elicit the undertones and overtones that elevate events and anecdotes into the realm of art

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Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

In this class, you'll develop concrete skills and narrative techniques through fun writing exercises designed to help you master your craft. At the end of five weeks, you'll have a better grip on how to use these techniques (for developing character, setting, and plot) as tools for building your story

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Poetry Now!

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 13 tickets left

“It is an exciting and bewildering time for poetry,” says instructor Nate Klug. In this five-week course, we will explore some of the innovations and pressing questions being asked by poets of our time, and each week we will respond with poems of our own

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Lost in Translation

Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

In this one-day workshop, we will focus on creative translation as a means to generate new writing and broaden our literary horizons. We’ll get “lost in translation” and explore some of the ways that miscommunications, Freudian slips, and misreadings can add meaning to life

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Tiny Kingdoms: Writing and Publishing the VERY Short Story

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 13 tickets left

Big things can come in small packages—their own perfect beauty tied to their size. The short short story is literary proof that great fiction can come in a small package

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Keep Them Guessing: The Art of Mystery and Thriller Writing

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

If you want to try your hand at a mystery or thriller, or have already started but aren’t sure how to pull it all together, this workshop will get you going and give you tips for how to stay on track.

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Live Performance from “Presenting You”

Sunday, February 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
Free 23 spots left

Come on out to hear instructor Daniel Ari and participants in Presenting You: Techniques and Practice for Live Readings read and perform their work at The Writing Salon's Berkeley location

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The Craft of Creating Picture Books: Where Text and Image Meet

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 12 tickets left

Picture books provide one of the most exciting and innovative spaces for play in the book world today. Genres collide, stories become graphic novels, and nonfiction dances from the page in lyrical twists and twirls

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Jumpstart Your Memoir Writing!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 13 tickets left

Have you ever experienced the nagging feeling you ought to be writing down your life stories, but have simply lacked the time and the tools to do it? If so, this is the class to jumpstart your memoir-writing engine

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Poetry Revision 1-2-3: Working Together & Alone

Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$260 14 tickets left

“To established and fledgling writers alike, revising can feel even more intimidating than staring at a blank page,” says instructor Brian Tierney. But in order to evolve a first draft toward its fullest realization, a poet must step back and re-read, re-evaluate, and retool: in other words, revise

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Intro to Screenwriting: Lights, Camera, Action!

Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

“Are you sitting on a fantastic story idea for the screen?” asks instructor Kerry Muir. “In Intro to Screenwriting, get ready to set that idea into motion." In this five-week class, you will learn the fundamentals of narrative screenwriting in a low stress, supportive environment

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Raw Writing: Generating New Material

Monday, February 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

"First drafts are about profusion, not perfection," says instructor Daniel Ari. "That's what Raw Writing is all about. We set our expectations aside so we can get down to creating without worrying whether it's 'good'

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Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

“What makes a story compelling?” asks instructor Andy Touhy. “More importantly, what are the ways to make it compelling? In this workshop, we’ll begin to really think about how to tell a good tale (short story or novel)

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Starting Your Novel: Taking the First Steps

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

Writing a novel can be a lonely business. It can also be pretty overwhelming when you’re doing it without guidance, input or support. If you want to start a novel or you’ve got a novel in progress, this class will provide you with the help you’ll need

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