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Starting Your Novel: Taking the First Steps

Thu, February 21 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, March 21 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 7 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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The Long Haul: Your Book Project Support Team

Sat, March 30 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, June 8 @ 5:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$215 8 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

Sat, April 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 7 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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Intro to Screenwriting: Lights, Camera, Action!

Sun, April 7 @ 7:00 pm - Sun, May 5 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 10 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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Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Mon, April 8 @ 7:00 pm - Mon, May 6 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 12 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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Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs

Tue, April 9 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, June 4 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$475 3 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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Getting Your Toes Wet: An Introduction to Memoir Writing

Wed, April 10 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, May 8 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 10 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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The Fiction Gym: A Workshop Focused on Craft

Thu, April 11 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, June 6 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$475 12 tickets left

“Good writing is about empathy—how writers understand their characters and how the reader comes to share that understanding,” says instructor Cary Groner. “This course is designed to develop that empathy through exercises and assignments, then strengthen the writer’s craft through drafting and revision of a story

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The Elusive Art of Comedy Writing

Sat, April 13 @ 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

"It’s one thing to tell a funny story to your friends over drinks, but to be funny on the page is an art unto itself," says comedy writer Kate Montgomery. “Comedy is fragile and demanding. With drama, you can get away with so much. With comedy, one extra word can ruin the laugh

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Making Poetry out of Our Lives: A Poetry Workshop

Sun, April 14 @ 10:30 am - Sun, May 12 @ 1:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 12 tickets left

“Reading and writing poetry have long been occasions for self-exploration,” says instructor Brian Tierney. “Poems uncover and recover; they engage memory and personal history, bringing them back to life with new meanings and new understandings

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Take the Next Steps: A Prose Workshop

Sun, April 14 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$420 10 tickets left

You’ve taken some introductory classes, feel like you know the basics of creative writing craft, and have generated some promising short stories, or chapters of a novel or memoir,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “If you’re looking for a workshop that will help you take your writing to the next level, then this is the place for you

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

Sat, April 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$145 11 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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Tiny Kingdoms: Writing and Publishing the VERY Short Story

Sat, April 27 @ 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

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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Sweet Talk: The Joy of Writing Dialogue

Sat, May 4 @ 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

“Whether you write fiction, memoir or nonfiction, the same rule applies: when your dialogue clicks, your story springs to life,” says instructor Kerry Muir

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

Sat, May 11 @ 10:30 am - Sat, June 15 @ 1:00 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 13 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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Writing from the Edge: Accessing Our Own Hard-to-Tell Tales

Sun, May 12 @ 7:00 pm - Sun, June 16 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

“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.

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Revision Boot Camp: From Trash to Treasure

Mon, May 13 @ 7:00 pm - Mon, June 17 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 12 tickets left

“Everyone, at every level,” says instructor Andy Touhy, “needs a second pair of eyes, a guiding hand, and an array of re-visioning techniques when it comes to next steps with raw or overcooked material." So in this five-week course, we’re going to have a re-vision party

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Intro to Creative Writing: Fun with the Fundamentals

Wed, May 15 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, June 12 @ 9:30 pm
Berkeley, 2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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$295 11 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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