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Upcoming Events › SPRING 2021

March 2021

Sunday

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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Saturday

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

Saturday

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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Sunday

Apr 4

SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Walking and Writing: The Art of Roaming

Sun, April 4 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

“An essay is akin to taking a mental stroll,” Philip Lopate writes. From Hemingway’s Moveable Feast to Thoreau’s meditation on “Walking” to Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting,” writers have connected the act of writing with the art of roaming. In this course, we will spend some time reading writers who have written personal essays about walking. This class will be a generative writing workshop, where we will write together to prompts. My goal is for you to have a rough draft…

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Monday

Apr 5

Fiction SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Short Story Crash Course

Mon, April 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Draft a short story in six weeks. Classes combine generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character with workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details. You will also read short stories by masters of the form to help you envision a range of creative possibilities. By the end of the class, you will have completed a draft of a short story, created a plan for revision, and developed material for future projects. Access…

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Sunday

Apr 11

For Bipoc Writers SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Contents Under Pressure: Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity

Sun, April 11 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

for BIPOC writers only Putting constraints on our writing can feel like a challenge, but sometimes a little pressure is what’s needed to push our writing in a new direction or to find language for what seems unsayable. We’ll draw on Oulipian constraints like the lipogram and the Beatiful Outlaw, as well as visual constraints such as erasures and collage, to radically depart from our typical writing habits. We’ll also invent our own extreme constraints to discover what happens when…

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Sunday

Apr 18

For Bipoc Writers SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

April BIPOC writer workshop

Sun, April 18 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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Sunday

Apr 18

SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Sun, April 18 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Six-week Class: This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills.

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May 2021

Sunday

May 2

For Bipoc Writers SPRING 2021 Writing Classes

Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice

Sun, May 2 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Wednesday

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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Monday

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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