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May 2021


May 12

SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Writing Breakage: The Collage Essay

Wed, May 12 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. - Louise Gluck Do you have a nonfiction story or essay that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Sometimes the most personal stories or essays do not want to follow a linear trajectory. Collage and braided forms of creative nonfiction rely instead on fragmentation, silence and resonance to build suspense and/or complex…

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May 15

SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Craft Conversations: Place: Setting Down Roots

Sat, May 15 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Everything that happens in our lives and in our stories happens somewhere. Setting is a building block of fiction and memoir. During this discussion and workshop we will take a thorough look at how to build a vibrant and invigorating setting. Be it the cereal aisle of a grocery store, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a classroom, or in bed at night—settings are opportunities to reveal character, heighten theme, and create tone. Through writing examples, prompts and ample discussion, you…

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May 16

For Bipoc Writers SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

May BIPOC writer workshop

Sun, May 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

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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May 17

For Bipoc Writers SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Talking Back: Writing in Conversation with Other Texts

Mon, May 17 from 4:30 pm PDT

for BIPOC writers only We all know that words carry weight, but some words—especially those bound up with the cultural power of political speeches, sacred texts, and canonical literature—can seem overwhelming in their authority. We’ll choose texts that have influenced us—for better or for worse—and use a variety of techniques to respond to them, play with them, challenge them, and upend them. Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We…

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