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Your Story, Your Life: Memoir & Personal Essays

Mon, July 8 @ 7:00 pm - Mon, September 9 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$475 1 ticket left

“By writing memoir and personal essays, we give form to our histories and make something of meaning and beauty that is uniquely ours,” says instructor Katharine Harer. "I love this genre because you can be yourself, complete with your idiosyncrasies, strong opinions, flashes of wisdom and crazy moments

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Nomad with a Notebook: Introduction to Travel Writing

Tue, July 9 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, August 6 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 4 tickets left

Whether you’ve just returned from Paris or Sacramento or you’re dreaming of a trip, this 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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Raw Writing: Generating New Material

Wed, July 10 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, August 7 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 3 tickets left

“Often we have to make nonsense before we make sense,” says instructor Heather June Gibbons. “When we allow ourselves to not know, to play and romp and even run amok, to release instead of control, to write fast and get messy, not only do we have fun and surprise ourselves, we find our true material

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Step-by-Step to Story: A Generative Short Story Workshop

Thu, July 11 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, August 8 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 5 tickets left

“Anne Lamott may have coined the phrase ‘Bird by Bird,’ but I like to think of writing stories as similar to building a house,” says instructor Rob Williams. “You don’t build it in a day, you build it Brick by Brick

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Embracing the Hush Hour: Deepen Your Poetry Practice

Fri, July 12 @ 6:00 pm - Fri, October 18 @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$360 7 tickets left

The goal of this intimate 8-session class is for each person to finish a handful of new poems for potential publication. We’ll be drafting or revising a poem in between each class meeting; plan to complete 4-8 new works by the end of the class in October. Along the way we’ll share constructive feedback

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Memoir Master Class

Sun, July 14 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, September 15 @ 5:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$420 8 tickets left

The focus of the workshop is to encourage and guide experienced writers in creating, revising, and potentially publishing short, stand-alone works of memoir

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Revision Boot Camp: Fresh Approaches to Developing Your Drafts

Sat, July 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 12 tickets left

You had the impulse, you wrote the first draft in a rush of raw creativity, and maybe you even worked on a second (or third) draft, but you know it’s not finished. What next

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Tiny Kingdoms: Writing and Publishing the VERY Short Story

Sat, August 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 9 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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Intro to Creative Writing

Sat, August 10 @ 10:30 am - Sat, September 14 @ 1:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 10 tickets left

“Each of us has a story to tell, but finding the words and voice for that story is an art and craft specific to each individual,” says instructor Kathy Garlick. “This class is designed for writers who may be uncovering and sharing that story for the first time

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Who Says It’s Taboo: Breaking the Rules of Fiction

Sun, August 11 @ 10:30 am - Sun, September 15 @ 1:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 10 tickets left

“We all have our favorite writing rules—rules that have come about sometimes as simple pet peeves but more often for valid reasons," says instructor Lori Ostlund. In this class, we will practice breaking those rules

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Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling

Tue, August 13 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, September 10 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 11 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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On Point: Crafting a Short-Form Point of View Piece

Wed, August 14 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, August 28 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$165 14 tickets left

“What drives many of us to write is the simple human need to express ourselves,” says instructor David Jacobson. “There may be no better way to meet that need than by presenting a point of view

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Limitation as Inspiration: A Generative Poetry Writing Class

Thu, August 15 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, September 12 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 12 tickets left

"Poets in every stage of their career, and often on a regular basis, struggle with where and how to start a poem,” says instructor Brian Tierney. “I’ve found that creating boundaries for the writing process is a good way to spark inspiration and creativity

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

Sat, September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

“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 one-day workshop is all about getting started

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Fiction Master Class: A 9-Week Workshop

Sun, September 22 @ 10:30 am - Sun, November 24 @ 1:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$545.00 Sold out

This class—which will be capped at just 9 participants—will offer advanced fiction writers the opportunity to submit two new pieces of fiction and one revision and to receive rigorous, supportive, and constructive feedback on all three

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Writing the Big Themes

Sun, September 22 @ 7:00 pm - Sun, October 20 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

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 workshop we’ll explore a different theme each week

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Your Story, Your Life: Memoir & Personal Essays

Mon, September 23 @ 7:00 pm - Mon, November 18 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$475 14 tickets left

“By writing memoir and personal essays, we give form to our histories and make something of meaning and beauty that is uniquely ours,” says instructor Katharine Harer. "I love this genre because you can be yourself, complete with your idiosyncrasies, strong opinions, flashes of wisdom and crazy moments

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Intro to Fiction: Laying the Foundation

Tue, September 24 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, October 22 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, 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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Sexuality on the Page

Wed, September 25 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, October 23 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

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

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Write What You Don’t Know: A Fiction Workshop to Stretch Your Imagination

Sat, September 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

Write what you know? Instructor Steve Mitchel asks, “Where’s the fun in that?" In this one-day workshop, you’ll practice writing what you don’t know

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Memoir Master Class

Sun, September 29 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, December 8 @ 5:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$420 14 tickets left

The focus of the workshop is to encourage and guide experienced writers in creating, revising, and potentially publishing short, stand-alone works of memoir

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Making Poetry out of Our Lives: A Poetry Workshop

Thu, October 3 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, October 31 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 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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Screenwriting Boot Camp

Sat, October 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$14 14 tickets left

“The best way to learn anything is to DO it,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “In this daylong boot camp, you’ll get the chance to throw yourself into the mix, to pick up screenwriting basics and apply them right away

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Flash Memoir

Sat, October 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

“Since brevity is the soul of wit,” join us for a day of reading and writing flash memoir. A close cousin to flash fiction, this genre zeroes in on brief-but-significant moments from our real lives and requires lean, precise language

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Creative Writing Boot Camp

Sat, October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

Don’t have the time to commit to a multi-week class but want to develop essential creative writing skills in one inspiring and productive session? This is the class for you. This one-day intensive boot camp will help you sharpen your writing skills in a fun and encouraging environment

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Memoir Writing: Mine & Refine Your Memories

Sat, October 26 @ 10:30 am - Sat, November 23 @ 1:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

In this class we’ll focus on finding and shaping evocative stories from our own lives, stories that build from our specific and unique life events and move toward resonant, universal themes

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Creative Writing 101

Sat, October 26 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, November 23 @ 4:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

“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 class, you will be guided surely and safely into the writing experience

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Fiction Workshop: Enrich Your Drafts

Tue, October 29 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, December 3 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 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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Writing Through Transitions

Wed, October 30 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, December 4 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

This 5-week workshop will guide you through the intricacies of change, whether you want to explore a story from your past, such as a coming of age moment, or focus on something from your present, perhaps a career change, retirement or relocation, divorce or breakup, or aging

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Fearless Poetry Workshop

Thu, November 7 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, December 12 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 14 tickets left

Now celebrating its 15th year 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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