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May 2021

Saturday

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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June 2021

Saturday

Jun 5

Summer 2021 Writing Classes

Craft Conversations: Character

Sat, June 5 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

If you are interested in taking a dive into how to make full, complicated, compelling characters in your work, if you want your reader to be thinking about your people (even if that character is you) long after they finish your novel, story, or memoir, if you want to deeply engage your reader, you must develop characters that drive the story, that matter to the reader, that we can root for, that rise up off the page. For this conversation…

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July 2021

Saturday

Jul 17

Summer 2021 Writing Classes

Craft Conversations: Dialogue

Sat, July 17 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Dialogue, as much as anything else, reveals the character to the writer and, ultimately to the reader. I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking. ~ Joan Didion Sometimes, when I’m lucky, a line of dialogue, either something I’ve dreamed up or overheard, will spark a story. Because dialogue is so revealing it can be an entrance point, a moment when a character speaking, reveals themself on the page. Because dialogue is…

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Saturday

Jul 24

Summer 2021 Summer of Love Writing Classes

Love Notes: Flash Prose

Sat, July 24 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

In this prompt-driven 2-day intensive participants will create a series of connected flash love stories. With the aid of experimental exercises exploring prose and poetry (epistolary, lists, photo captions, etc.) we will celebrate and write about love in all its forms, including the flip side of love and more! Special attention will be paid to voice and technique. Fiction, non-fiction, all genres welcome. Access Program We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background.…

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