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Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 10:30am

Six Thursdays: January 20 - February 24, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 9:00-10:30am PT • $205


This course continues with its text 100 DUBBI di GRAMMATICA ITALIANA, by Stefania Ruggeri and Fabrizio Ruggeri from ALMA Edizioni. The "dubbi" we will be covering include: essere vs avere, the agreement of past participles with direct object pronouns, the imperfect vs the passato prossimo, the use of "DA" vs "PER", the use of "prima che" vs "prima di" and "penso che" vs penso di".  We will also continue our reading of Italian history in the very readable book Che Storia, by Gabriele Pallotti e Giorgio Cavadi, from Bonacci Editore. Both books are available at Libreria Pino in SF (415) 242-5590.

Please contact Wendy Walsh at to receive syllabus and class information.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.


Online Class: Wendy Walsh - Low Intermediate Italian

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 9:00am to Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 10:30am

Six Tuesdays: January 25 - March 8, 2022 (No class February 22)

Hosted via Zoom • 9:00-10:30am PT • $205


This course will be working from the small but intense text I PRONOMI ITALIANI by Ciro Massimo Naddeo from ALMA Edizioni. This text offers a complete review of all the Italian pronouns (subject, direct, indirect, double, relative AND Ci and Ne.) Because of the wealth of exercises, which include great useful vocabulary and many verb tenses, the text also serves as a general review of the many complex aspects of this beloved language. The book may be ordered at Libreria Pino in San Francisco at (415) 242-5590, and they will mail it directly to you.

Please contact Wendy Walsh at to receive syllabus and class information.

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.


Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Pacing Your Story

Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 10:30am

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $80


Pacing is one of the most important elements to story.  It's the momentum of a story, and a good story has a variety of speeds to generate tension, develop characters, and build anticipation, all of which keep the reader’s interest. In this class, we’ll explore when and how to vary the speed by looking at structural beats. This will lead to an in-depth examination of in media res, set-up, build, reader expectation, and pay off. We’ll also look at looming events, which allow you to explore character in a quieter way. We’ll consider speed at the sentence level, too. To ground our discussion, prior to the class, you’ll read an assigned short story. Throughout, you’ll brainstorm ways you can vary the momentum for your own story, whether it be fiction, memoir, or nonfiction.

Nina Schuyler's new novel, Afterword, will be published in 2023. Her novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction. Her book, How to Write Stunning Sentences, is a Small Press Distribution bestseller. Her short stories have been published by Zyzzyva, Fugue, Santa Clara Review, Nomadartx, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.


Online Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 4:00pm to Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

Seven Tuesdays: February 15 - March 29, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $575

Class limited to nine attendees




This class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop, with emphasis on the craft of writing a publishable travel story. In this workshop, participants will conceive, pitch, and write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. This may be based on a recent close-to-home travel experience or on a memory of a past trip. In the workshop, we'll begin by closely reading, discussing, and critiquing examples of excellent travel writing. Then each participant will present their story idea for discussion and revision, and then write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. Each piece will be closely read and discussed in class. Subsequent classes will allow for revision, discussion, and further refinement of each piece. During the course of the workshop, in addition to individual critiques, we'll talk about the fine points of structure, pacing, and making your point. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Class limited to nine attendees

What students are saying about Don George:

“Don George's travel writing workshop was a rigorous, profound, magical experience, the product of a uniquely nurturing environment. Taking his courses has encouraged me to write without fear of failure, and with greater confidence and creativity than ever before. Any writer—whether officially a travel writer, or any other writer considering issues of place—should jump at the chance to work with him."
—Diane Vadino

"I have always wanted to take a writing workshop from Don George, but was never able to because I did not live in the Bay Area. When he offered his workshop virtually this year, I jumped at the chance and could not be happier with the experience. It motivated me to work on a piece and the feedback I received from the other attendees enabled me to take an "okay" piece I had written and turn it into a piece I'm really proud of by the end of the workshop. I ended up going in a different direction than intended, but it ended up being the right direction I could not see by myself. I would have not been able to get my writing to where it needed to be without Don and the workshop participants. I would sign up for another virtual workshop with Don George in a heartbeat.”
—Lisa Boice


Online Class: John J. Geoghegan - How to Get Your Book Published

Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 11:00am

Saturday, Feb. 26th, 2022

Hosted via Zoom • 11:00am-2:00pm PT • $75


How to Get Your Book Published is designed to help writers improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. The three hour course will cover:

  • How to identify the right literary agent, editor, or publisher for your project
  • What publishers, editors, and literary agents look for in a submission
  • Which genres offer the best prospect for getting published
  • Understanding the economics of publishing, being a literary agent, or author
  • How to write a query letter
  • How to write a non-fiction book proposal
  • How to format your manuscript
  • What a standard industry book contract looks like
  • 5 rookie mistakes first timers make
  • And much more

John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, he has worked as an editor and writer in both the magazine  and newspaper industries. John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times Science section, The Wall Street JournalThe San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space, and American History magazine and other publications. He is also the author of, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, “a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account,” and, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Book Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss. Additionally, John shepherded into production, co-wrote, and served as technical consultant on Japanese SuperSub, a one-hour documentary for PBS television that the New York Times called, “consistently fascinating history.” His third, non-fiction book, When Giants Ruled the Sky, is under contract to The History Press and due in bookstores 2021.


What students are saying about John J. Geoghegan:

"As a writer, I’ve benefited from John’s wisdom through four books. A master at understanding how to meet reader expectations, John zeroes in on a writer’s intention, applauds what's going right, and nails that unnecessary bit of exposition or missed opportunity to drive the story forward."
—K. M., author of eight commercially published novels