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Intro to Creative Writing: Let Your Words Out!

Tue, September 21 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, October 19 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310

“The imagination knows all stories before they are told,” wrote the poet William Carlos Williams. “What that says to me,” says instructor Katharine Harer, “is that all of us, whether we already think of ourselves as writers or we’re just starting to explore the craft, are primed for creative writing

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Write from Real Life: Personal Essays & Memoirs

Wed, September 22 @ 6:30 pm - Wed, November 17 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$495 Sold out

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, September 22 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, October 27 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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$375 2 tickets left

"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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Intro to Screenwriting: Lights, Camera, Action!

Thu, September 23 @ 6:30 pm - Thu, October 21 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310

“Are you sitting on a fantastic story idea for the screen?” asks instructor Kerry Muir. “In Intro to Screenwriting, you'll acquire a veritable toolbox of strategies and exercises, as well as creative inspiration to help set your idea into motion

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Rethinking Setting: Writing from the Inside and the Outside of a Place

Sat, September 25 @ 10:00 am - Sat, October 2 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$165

“Writers often think of setting as simply the place and time in which events occur,” says instructor Lori Ostlund. “But in this class we will focus on setting as a way to shape and reveal a character,” says co-instructor Anne Raeff

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Earning Dramatic Emotion

Thu, September 30 @ 6:30 pm - Thu, October 28 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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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

Sat, October 2 @ 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 Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Mon, October 4 @ 6:30 pm - Mon, November 1 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310

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

Tue, October 5 @ 2:00 pm - Tue, October 19 @ 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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Remembering the Titans: An Intro to Sportswriting

Tue, October 5 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, October 19 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$195

“Whether a one-time spectator, a diehard fan, or a former player, we all have a sports story to share,” says instructor Alan Chazaro. In this course, with a team of supportive writers at our side, we will write about sports-related topics

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To Invent What We Desire: Strategies and Meditations for Getting Unstuck

Sat, October 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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$85

“It’s easy to become separated from our creative spark,” says instructor Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. “Sometimes we don’t know how to return from that stuck place. This remote course explores experiences of being lost—and ways of getting found

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The Writing Salon’s Free Virtual Meetup

Sat, October 9 @ 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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Comedy Writing 101

Sat, October 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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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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Tiny Kingdoms: Writing the VERY Short Story

Sat, October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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$85

How short can a story be? Consider Ernest Hemingway’s six-word classic: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." A tale told quickly can offer untold riches, which swell inside a reader long after the telling

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Jumpstart Your Memoir Writing!

Sat, October 23 @ 10:30 am - Sat, November 20 @ 1:00 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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Like Magic: Transforming Folktale and Myth into Writing Material

Sat, October 23 @ 10:30 am - Sat, November 20 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$310

“From Disney’s defanged happily-ever-afters to fractured fairy tales showcasing the villain’s perspective such as Wicked and Maleficent, retellings of folk and fairy tales are all around us,” says instructor Erin Rodoni

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Reading for Writers: Improving Craft Through Close Reading

Sat, October 23 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, November 20 @ 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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Writing Supernatural Stories for the Screen

Sat, October 23 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, October 30 @ 5:00 pm PDT
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$165

In this fun, fast-paced class, we’ll explore how to create an otherworldly world, how to use metaphysical elements to raise the stakes and deepen character relationships, and how the subtle art of withholding information is essential when it comes to building suspense

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Nurture Your Novel: A Class for Writers with a Novel in Progress

Sun, October 24 @ 10:30 am - Sun, December 19 @ 1:00 pm PDT
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$340

Are you working on a novel, but need some additional guidance? Maybe you’re looking for a group of fellow writers to give some feedback on your work. Or perhaps you’ve written your first few chapters but don’t know where the story should go. If so, this class may be exactly what you need

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She Said WHAT?: Character Voices and Dialogue

Sun, October 24 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, November 21 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$310

Instructor Jessica Litwak says, “I started out my working life as an actor, so I write and teach writing from the inside, embodying story and character with passion, specificity and joy. I work to inspire and guide my students towards strong and clear written expression, particularly through character and dialogue

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Nomad with a Notebook: Introduction to Travel Writing

Tue, October 26 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, November 23 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$310

Whether you’ve just returned from Paris or Sacramento or you’re dreaming of a trip, this online class will help you transform your observations into vivid and lasting images. Katharine will provide tips on how to carefully observe and record your impressions of new places and cultures

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Advanced Poetry Workshop

Tue, October 26 @ 6:30 pm - Tue, December 7 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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$375

“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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The Writing Gym

Wed, November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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$25.00 – $80

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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Intro to Fiction: The Practice of Craft

Sat, November 6 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, December 11 @ 4:30 pm PDT
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$310

You have a story to tell—maybe you’ve ventured to write it down. But something falls short and you don't yet feel confident enough about technique to make it sing. In this five-week online course, we’ll dive into the elements of fiction craft

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Fog and Light Anthology Reading

Sat, November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
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Free

This reading will feature over a handful of Writing Salon students and teachers whose work appears in the anthology. Readers will include Diane Frank, Katharine Harer, Elise Kazanjian, Alison Luterman, Kathleen McClung, Angie Minkin, and Will Walker

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Sexuality on the Page

Mon, November 8 @ 6:30 pm - Mon, December 6 @ 9:00 pm PST
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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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Fearless Poetry Workshop

Thu, November 11 @ 6:30 pm - Thu, December 16 @ 9:00 pm PST
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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, November 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 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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The Writing Gym

Wed, November 17 @ 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 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

“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

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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