Start: 9:30 am
End: 12:30 pm
Sat., Aug. 24 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40This class has been postponed - call (415) 927-0960 for more informationIn this workshop, students will study the components of personal essay through lecture and writing exercises and will learn how to structure and craft creative nonfiction in a way that is both joyful and rewarding. Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and has edited five anthologies. She wrote the documentary "Where Birds Never Sang", now airing on PBS.
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 24 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60 “Speech is what people do to each other.” Brilliant examples of published dialogue will inspire your best writing. This class will discuss text, subtext, and the key roles of silence, gestures, actions, and setting.Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.
Start: 6:00 pm
From the author of Daughters of the Revolution and The Bostons (winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for fiction) come eleven stories about sex and death, violence and desire, love and madness, set in a vast American landscape that ranges from the largest private residence in Manhattan to the lush rain forests and marijuana farms of Northern California.In “Francis Bacon,” an aspiring writer learns essential lessons from an aging pornographer. In “The Snake,” a restless Jungian analyst sheds one existence after another. In “The Boundary,” a muralist falls in love with a troubled boy from the rez. In the surreal “She Bites,” a man builds an architecturally distinguished doghouse as his wife slowly transforms. And in the transcendent, three-part title story, two best friends face their strange fates, linked by a determination to wrest meaning and coherence from lives spiraling out of control.At once philosophical and compulsively readable, Amor and Psycho ($24.95) dives into our darkest spaces, confronting the absurdity, poetry and brutality of human existence. Carolyn Cooke’s Daughters of the Revolution was listed among the best novels of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker. Her short fiction, collected in The Bostons, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review and two volumes each of The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.