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The Writing Gym

Wed, December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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$25

To tone and strengthen your writing, you need the occasional workout for your writing muscles. Enter our Writing Gym for a fun and energetic exercise-themed series of writing prompts designed to get your creative juices flowing

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Writing “Woke”: How to Speak to the 21st Century Reader

Wed, December 1 @ 6:30 pm - Wed, December 15 @ 9:00 pm PST
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$195 2 tickets left

“Authors are under increasing pressure to land on the right side of history as it pertains to characterizations, story themes, and personal views,” says instructor Kilby Blades. “Readers, critics, and industry demand cultural and social awareness. When authors get it wrong, the stakes are high

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The Writing Salon’s Free Virtual Meetup

Sat, December 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST
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Free

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 like-minded writers

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Plot and Structure: The Big Picture

Sat, December 11 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, December 18 @ 5:00 pm PST
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$165 3 tickets left

Plot and structure are the "big picture" ingredients of fiction. A good plot can turn a novel into a page-turner. The right structure will make a story more resonant and compelling and amplify its themes

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The Writing Gym

Wed, December 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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$25

To tone and strengthen your writing, you need the occasional workout for your writing muscles. Enter our Writing Gym for a fun and energetic exercise-themed series of writing prompts designed to get your creative juices flowing

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The Five S’s: An Intro to Writing Poetry

Sunday, January 9, 2022 @ 10:30 am - Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 1:00 pm PST
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$310

“What makes a poem powerful? What makes a poem effective?” asks instructor Thea Matthews. “In this introductory course we will focus on Five S’s to enhance our approach to writing poetry

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Script Writing from the Inside Out: Writing Stories for Stage and Screen

Sunday, January 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 4:30 pm PST
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$310

“Writing plays and screenplays is a form of storytelling that merges poetry and engineering,” says instructor Jessica Litwak. “We create poetry with the specific impediments, accents, rhythms, and cadences in the voices of our characters. We engineer our stories with structural foundations, dramatic arcs, scenes

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Short Story 1-2-3: Writing Fiction That Packs a Punch

Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - Monday, March 7, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST
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$495

“Ever since I began writing, I’ve been fascinated by the short story form,” Jennifer Lewis says. “You can read a short story from beginning to end in one sitting. I love the immediacy and resolve, the feeling of completion with an economy of words

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To Make a Long Story Short: Efficient, Effective Editing

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST
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$195

In this online class, David will offer tips and tricks to edit and revise your prose. His focus is non-fiction, though the principles taught in class also apply to business communications, e-mail, and other forms. By the end of three weeks, you will leave class with the tools to tighten your writing and perhaps a polished piece of 500-3,000 words

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Earning Dramatic Emotion

Thursday, January 13, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST
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$310

In this 5-week process class we will dissect the intricate concepts of how emotions are developed in fiction and creative nonfiction, and master how to recognize and apply narrative craft that develop dramatic emotions in ways that can move our readers

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A Play in a Day: Writing a Ten-Minute Play

Saturday, January 15, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST
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$85

In this short intensive workshop, students will receive a basket filled with playwriting tools, specifically with the ten-minute play form in mind. Tools will include character development, dialogue, story arc, and other essentials for dramatic writing

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The Writing Gym

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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$25.00

To tone and strengthen your writing, you need the occasional workout for your writing muscles. Enter our Writing Gym for a fun and energetic exercise-themed series of writing prompts designed to get your creative juices flowing

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Writing YA (Young Adult) Stories for the Screen

Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
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$85

The rise of the YA (young adult) novel is arguably the single most significant literary event of the 21st century. In a time of declining book sales, YA readership has exploded. And so has the market for screen adaptations, as well as original TV and film projects targeting the YA market

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Breathing Life into Your Nonfiction Characters

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST
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$310

Instructor Katharine Harer says, “Believable characters are an essential element of memoir and personal essays. Living, breathing characters deepen the possibility of human connection. Without fleshed-out characters, it doesn’t matter how exciting your plot or how dazzling your writing style – you’ll still leave a reader wanting more

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Fiction Workshop: Enrich Your Drafts

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 9:30 pm PST
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$375

"If you’re craving some constructive, insightful feedback from a supportive group of fellow writers, it’s time to dip your toe into the workshop," says instructor Steve Mitchel

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Comedy Writing 101

Saturday, February 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
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$85

“Comedy is fragile,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “One extra word can ruin a laugh. But the truth is, just about anyone can be funny, once they know how it’s done

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The Transformative Trip: Travel Writing Meets Memoir

Saturday, February 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 4:30 pm PST
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$195

At its best, travel transports and transforms us. It makes us pay attention, and leaving home—and our comfort zone—carves out space for new insight. Think of a memorable trip that you’ve taken. What longing or ambition or heartbreak set you in motion? Did you stumble on a new understanding of the world or your place in it

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The Writing Gym

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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$25.00

To tone and strengthen your writing, you need the occasional workout for your writing muscles. Enter our Writing Gym for a fun and energetic exercise-themed series of writing prompts designed to get your creative juices flowing

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The Art of Perhapsing: Remembering and Speculating in Creative Nonfiction

Saturday, February 19, 2022 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 1:00 pm PST
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$165

“The nonfictional nature of memoir and essay writing often comes into conflict with the nature of memory,” says instructor Rob Williams. “How do we keep our pact with the reader, to honor the truth of our story, when we may not be able to recall all of the details or even dialogue

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Writing the Big Themes

Sunday, February 20, 2022 @ 10:30 am - Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm PST
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$310

Love. Loss. Transformation. These themes are so integral to the human experience that writers have returned to them again and again for centuries. In this online workshop we’ll explore a different theme each week

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Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Let Your Story Unfold

Sunday, February 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 4:30 pm PST
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$310

“Have you always wanted to write but are stumped by the way to tell your own story?” asks instructor Jennifer Lewis. “In this remote class, by exploring different types of creative nonfiction, you will find the unique way to bring your story to life”

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The Writing Gym

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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$25

To tone and strengthen your writing, you need the occasional workout for your writing muscles. Enter our Writing Gym for a fun and energetic exercise-themed series of writing prompts designed to get your creative juices flowing

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