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The Writing Salon’s Virtual Lunch Hour Write-In

Wed, March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST
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$20

In this remote Zoom meeting, Allison will offer optional exercises, prompts, ideas for continuing your work after the lunch hour ends, and more. You’ll walk away refreshed and ready to expand your writing practice

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The Writing Salon’s Free Virtual Meetup

Sat, March 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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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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The Writing Gym

Thu, April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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$25 – $60

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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Write That Novel!

Mon, April 5 @ 6:30 pm - Mon, May 3 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$340

Writing a novel can be a lonely business—especially in this time of social distancing! If you want to start a novel or you’ve got a novel in progress, this class provides guidance, inspiration, and support

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Earning Dramatic Emotion

Mon, April 5 @ 6:30 pm - Mon, May 3 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310 Sold out

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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Breathing Life into Your Nonfiction Characters

Tue, April 6 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, May 4 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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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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Advanced Poetry Workshop

Tue, April 6 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, June 8 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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$565

“No matter how long we’ve been writing poems,” says instructor Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, “there’s still more to learn, about both the art form and our particular poetic practice. A community of dedicated peers can help us deepen and improve our poems, whatever that means for each of us

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Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs

Wed, April 7 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, June 2 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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$495

In this remote 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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Fiction Workshop: Enrich Your Drafts

Wed, April 7 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, May 12 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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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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Raw Writing: Throw It All onto the Page

Thu, April 8 @ 6:30 pm - Thu, May 6 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310

Through weekly in-class writing exercises in a warm, supportive environment, we’ll write and write and not worry about cleaning up the mess. We’ll banish the inner critic, lock away the perfectionist, and celebrate the unruly and the unrestrained

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Writing Genre Fiction: The Same, But Different

Thu, April 8 @ 6:30 pm - Thu, May 6 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310

“Genre fiction includes many types of books: sci-fi, mystery, horror, romance,” says instructor Kilby Blades. “All of these books carry one commonality: readers know how they will end. In fact, readers choose genre fiction in order to be taken on exciting, predictable journeys

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Screenwriting Boot Camp

Sat, April 10 @ 10:30 am - Sat, April 24 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$195

“The best way to learn anything is to DO it,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “In this fun and informative 3-session boot camp, you’ll throw yourself in right away, learning and then immediately applying the basics of professional screenwriting

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So You Think You’d Like to Write: Let’s Get Started!

Sat, April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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$85

“Do you have the urge to write, but no clues about how to start? Or maybe you’ve been working on a piece of writing, but suddenly you’re stuck? Well, this half-day remote workshop is all about getting started

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The Business of Writing

Sat, April 10 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, April 24 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$195

“Writing doesn’t have to be a labor of love,” says instructor Kilby Blades. “It can be deeply rewarding on many levels. It’s time for us to reject the starving artist narrative and embrace that there is money to be made

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Creative Writing 101

Sun, April 11 @ 10:30 am - Sun, May 9 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$310

“Have you wanted to test the waters of creative writing but don’t know where to begin, or how?" asks instructor Kathy Garlick. “Have you waded into those waters before, but it’s been a while?” In this online class, you will be guided surely and safely into the writing experience

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We Real Cool: A Poetry Class on the Voice & Craft of BIPOC Poets

Sun, April 11 @ 10:30 am - Sun, May 9 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$310

“Too often the voice and craft of BIPOC authors are overlooked when studying poetry,” says instructor Thea Matthews. “Enough! In order to be a more effective writer, a poet, one must be aware of the diverse voice and craft of non-white authors

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Sexuality on the Page

Sun, April 11 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, May 9 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$310

"All humans are sexual beings and writing about sexuality is simply writing about life,” says instructor Jennifer Lewis. This 5-week online class will be a safe space to explore intimacy, desire, obsession, and trauma through writing

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Creative Nonfiction Master Class

Sun, April 11 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, June 13 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$565

This class is for experienced nonfiction writers who want to advance their craft through workshop, and who want to learn through the reading and discussion of the work of others

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Shaping Your Scenes and Stories: Understanding the Dramatic Arc in Fiction

Sat, April 17 @ 10:30 am - Sat, May 1 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$195

In this three-session class, Elaine will help you develop a greater understanding of the essential ingredients of a scene and a story, including introducing conflict, creating turning points, and shaping the resolution

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The Writing Salon’s Free Virtual Meetup

Sat, April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
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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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Poetry for Life

Sat, April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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$85

“Poetry is a life companion,” says instructor Katharine Harer. “People come and go, pets die, places change, but poetry doesn’t go away because it’s already inside you. It keeps you company through life’s ups and downs

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Short and Sweet: Prose Poems, Flash Fiction and Mini-Memoirs

Tue, April 27 @ 2:00 pm - Tue, May 11 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$195

In this online class we'll look at examples of short pieces from practitioners such as Lydia Davis and Russell Edson, and we’ll explore how to incorporate techniques like free association and juxtaposition into our work. Then we'll write, share, and write some more

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Turning Your Story into a Series

Sat, May 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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$85

Ever thought about turning a novel or short story into a TV series? Or maybe you’d like to turn a feature screenplay into the first season of a new show? According to instructor Kate Montgomery, “There’s never been a better time to write a series

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Writing What Haunts Us

Sat, May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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$85

This half-day class will provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive space for writers at any level who are haunted by memories or experiences and are unsure of how to put them to the page. Through readings, discussion, and writing exercises, participants will discover methods for shaping stories out of what haunts and keeps returning to them

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The Writing Gym

Thu, May 6 @ 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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A Voice of One’s Own: Playing the Notes That Sound Like You

Sat, May 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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$85

Miles Davis once noted: “Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.” “Miles had a point,” says instructor Allison Landa. “We don’t so much find our own voice as curate it over time

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

Sat, May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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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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Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Let Your Story Unfold

Mon, May 10 @ 6:30 pm - Mon, June 14 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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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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On Point: Crafting a Short-Form Point of View Piece

Tue, May 11 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, May 25 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$195

“Many people are driven to write by the simple human need to express ourselves,” says instructor David Jacobson. “There may be no better way to meet that need than through the short, pointed burst of intellectual and emotional energy that goes into a newspaper column, op-ed or blog post

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

Thu, May 13 @ 6:30 pm - Thu, June 10 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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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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Fearless Poetry Workshop

Thu, May 13 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, June 10 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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$310

Now celebrating over 15 years at The Writing Salon, this workshop draws people who want to jumpstart their poetry practice and to keep the engine oiled. You’ll do plenty of writing and reading, and we’ll have lively discussions about both the craft and the process(es) of poetry

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The Writing Salon’s Free Virtual Meetup

Sat, May 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Online (Synchronous), Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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Writing the Big Themes

Sat, May 15 @ 10:30 am - Sat, June 19 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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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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Jumpstart Your Memoir Writing!

Sat, May 15 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, June 19 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$310

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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Reading for Writers: Improving Craft Through Close Reading

Sat, May 15 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, June 19 @ 4:00 pm PDT
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$250

“Reading the works we love, we’ve all had the experience of picking up the writer’s voice in our heads until that ‘other voice’ somehow becomes our own voice. We are changed by it,” says instructor Kathy Garlick. “In this class, we’ll read like writers. By looking at things from the ‘inside out,’ by tapping into that ‘other voice,’ we’ll discover how writers pull off amazing feats

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Advanced Fiction Workshop: Hearts and Minds on the Page

Sun, May 16 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, June 20 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$340

Are you hungry for honest, constructive feedback on your fiction? Do you long to be part of a community of writers dedicated to helping one another render (shape, enrich, and enliven) a story the best it can be?

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Intro to Fiction: To Begin at the Beginning

Wed, May 19 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, June 16 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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$310

“Big Secret Number One to writing fiction is that you have to make a mess. Many messes,” says instructor Steve Mitchel. “You have to throw truckloads of words down onto the page knowing full well that most of them will end up in the compost

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To Make a Long Story Short: Efficient, Effective Editing

Tue, June 1 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, June 15 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$195

In this online class, David will offer tips and tricks to edit and revise your prose, primarily for nonfiction pieces. 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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The Writing Gym

Thu, June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
Online (Synchronous), Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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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Reading Latinx Poetry, Writing Our Truths

Sat, June 5 @ 10:30 am - Sat, June 19 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$195

Through select readings, discussions, and writing exercises in this 3-week online class, we will survey the landscape of Latinx writers as a way to inform our own sense of who we are and where we come from

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The Writing Salon’s Virtual Lunch Hour Write-In

Wed, June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
Online (Synchronous), Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
$20

In this remote Zoom meeting, Allison will offer optional exercises, prompts, ideas for continuing your work after the lunch hour ends, and more. You’ll walk away refreshed and ready to expand your writing practice

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The Writing Salon’s Free Virtual Meetup

Sat, June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
Online (Synchronous), Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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