Writing Classes

Class: Monica Wesolowska - Lost and Found

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

Sat., Jan. 18. 9:30-1:30pm • $65

Whatever you have lost—keys, single socks, your empathy for a nasty neighbor, your marriage, your parents, your sense of optimism in the face of loss–you can bring it back to life with words. In this class, you will read excerpts from fabulous writers working with memories, learn techniques for delving into our own, and find ways to keep working with this rich material at home.

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores motherhood, modern medicine, and grief. She has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade.

 

 

 

 

Class: Nina Schuyler - Extraordinary Prose

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Six Mondays Jan. 13 - Feb. 17 6:00-8:00pm • $220

You know those favorite sentences? The ones you wish you wrote? In this class, we’ll learn how to craft sentences that flow,
jar, create suspense, or lead your reader to an unexpected place. We’ll draw upon published work, including Faulkner, Conrad, Fitzgerald, and Woolf, and focus on syntax, rhythm, sound, diction, voice, schemes, tropes, and imagery. By the end, you’ll know the power of anaphora, asyndeton, and synecdoche.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

 

 

 

 

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Dynamic, Vivid Characters

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Jan. 4 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

Character is in the foreground of all fiction. This class shows how to create dynamic characters that will emotionally engage the reader. Writing exercises are designed to fold into a work in progress, whether it’s a novel, short story, or nonfiction work.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

 

 

 

Class: David Corbett - Staging the Conflict

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:00pm

Sat. Feb. 1, 10:00-4:00pm & Sun., Feb. 2, 10:00-1:00pm, $165

In this two-day weekend course, David Corbett, prize-winning author of The Art Of Character, will guide students through an in-depth examination of how to frame a story’s conflict through compelling, essential characters. Through a deep analysis of the major dramatic roles—protagonist, opponent, and a variety of secondary characters—the class will explore both the “Unity of Opposites” and “Four-Corner Conflict,” learning how to create moral and emotional complexity, heightened suspense, and dramatic tension. The class will also tackle specific story structure problems with unique conflict issues: the love story, the mystery, stories lacking an opponent, and more.

 

 

 

Class: Victoria Zackheim - Mining for Gold in the Personal Essay

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Sat., Jan. 25 • 9:30-3:30pm • $105

In 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," which aired on PBS.

 

 

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Class for Writers

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - Mar. 4 (No class Feb. 18) • 6:30-8:30 pm • $320
 
Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Keenan provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed. Restricted registration – call for information.
 
 

Class: Leslie Keenan - Ongoing Writers

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Eight Thursdays: Jan. 9 - Mar. 6 (No class Feb. 20) • 6:30-8:30pm • $320

Restricted registration - please call for information 

Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

 

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Workshop

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., March 15 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

 

 

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Workshop

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., Feb. 15 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

Class is full - please register for next month

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

 

 

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Workshop

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., Jan. 11 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

 

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