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Memoir Master Class

Sun, April 14 @ 2:00 pm - Sun, June 23 @ 5:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$420 5 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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Sudden Stories: Five Weeks of Flash

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

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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Intro to Creative Writing

Sat, May 11 @ 2:00 pm - Sat, June 15 @ 4:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 5 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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Navigating Point of View: 5 Weeks of “Moving in Close” on 3rd Person-Close

Sun, May 12 @ 10:30 am - Sun, June 16 @ 1:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 5 tickets left

One of the first decisions we must make as we begin a new story is about what point of view (POV) we will narrate from. Do we want the intimacy (and restrictions) of 1st person? The perceived credibility (and distance) of 3rd person? Or the flexibility (and navigation issues) of 3rd person-close

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The Writer’s Toolkit: Strategies for Better Creative Writing in Any Genre

Tue, May 14 @ 7:00 pm - Tue, June 11 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 8 tickets left

Heather says, "Each week in this five-week class, we will cover one area of craft, such as imagery or tension, focusing on practical strategies—we might even call them tricks—to bring our stories, reflections, and worlds to life

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Fiction Workshop: Enrich Your Drafts

Wed, May 15 @ 7:00 pm - Wed, June 12 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 10 tickets left

You’ve spent hours alone wrestling with your fiction and now you’re craving some constructive, insightful feedback from a supportive group of fellow writers. It’s time to dip your toe into the workshop

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Fearless Poetry Workshop

Thu, May 16 @ 7:00 pm - Thu, June 13 @ 9:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$295 Sold out

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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All Writers Welcome!

Sun, June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
Free 11 spots left

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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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 13 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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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 11 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 14 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 14 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 12 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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Start ‘Write’ Now!

Sat, July 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

“Writers write, simple as that," says instructor Kevin Dublin. "In this one-day workshop, my goal is for you to tap into the writing mind, to fill it up with your stories, your words

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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 11 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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Writing as Healing: Putting One Bead after Another

Sat, July 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco, 2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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$145 14 tickets left

This class is intended for both new and experienced writers who value writing as self-exploration and fine art and who want to begin or deepen their own writing practice. Within a supportive setting, class participants will be encouraged to take risks with their work and to share the gifts of self-discovery and transformation with a larger community

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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 14 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 13 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 13 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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