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January 2021


Jan 25

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, January 25 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Jan 26

Winter 2021 Writing Classes

Essay Intensive: Lyric and Personal

Tue, January 26 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

In this eight-week intensive workshop, we will generate writing to prompts, finding our way into some lyric or personal essays. Participants will share drafts for focused feedback on specific craft issues and overall essay structure. The first four weeks will focus on one project, the second four weeks on another. Join this class to produce and workshop two essays and deepen your understanding of the essay form. I'm a strong believer in writing together and the kind of alchemy that…

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February 2021


Feb 3

Winter 2021 Writing Classes Writing for Children

Kick Start Your Picture Book

Wed, February 3 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Do you have an idea for a picture book that you’ve never had the chance to get on paper? Or a work in progress that you want to polish into picture book form? This 6-week intensive class will take you through the most vital steps in picture book writing. Through studying the picture book form, reading successful picture books, and focused writing exercises that help you develop your characters, narrative and voice, this workshop will help you write a picture…

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Feb 17

Winter 2021 Writing Classes

Hybrid Writing Along The Seam

Wed, February 17 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Consider the sphinx: head of a woman, haunches of a lion, wings of a bird. A creature powerful and wise enough to guard the seam between the sacred and the secular, life and afterlife. Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent. Hybrid forms are actually ancient, preceding all genres — genres are forms into which the hybrid was broken. When we reunite these forms, we welcome…

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Feb 21

Winter 2021 Writing Classes

February BIPOC writer workshop

Sun, February 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Feb 25

Winter 2021 Writing Classes

Four Letters: The Epistolary Form

Thu, February 25 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

To write a letter is an inherently generous act that rewards both the writer and the recipient. Letters are also an accessible, relational, and forgiving form; everyone can write a letter. Letters bridge distance by slowing us down and fostering deep connections. In this class, you will write four letters. These four letters will serve as the four posts in the foundation of your new letter writing habit. You’ll receive inspiration, prompts, support, and guidance. We’ll learn from each other’s…

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March 2021


Mar 14

Memoir SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Memoir Infusion!

Sun, March 14 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

This class is meant to get you moving, excited and deeply engaged with your memoir project.

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Mar 20

SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Revision: Taking a Second Look

Sat, March 20 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Most authors know that real writing begins with rewriting. Yet, revision is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process. How do we dig deeper and color in the edges to make our writing more evocative? How do we use the senses to make it come to life? What would happen if we approached the same material from the perspective of a different character? Or from an entirely different point of view (third person as opposed to first-person…

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April 2021


Apr 3

SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

The Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What

Sat, April 3 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

This class is for serious writers who are ready to reclaim their commitment to writing. The writing journey, exhilarating and wondrous as it is, can be punctuated with delays and disappointments. Sometimes the demands of daily life or an unexpected crisis can send us into a tailspin. How do we keep writing through chaos or a stressful live event? For many of us, 2020 threw various hurdles in the way of our ability to write consistently. Yet, we pressed on.…

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