I'm happy to announce many ways you can practice the art of creative writing with me as your guide. I offer five affordable adult-education electives at City College of San Francisco per year. I also offer one-on-one private creative writing coaching and mentorship, which is not bound by location. Details below.

 

NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION:

city college of San francisco: the craft of fiction

Five monday EVENINGS, 9/24/18-10/22/18, 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$175 plus $10 materials fee

This fiction class will offer you many tools you can use on your path as a writer. We’ll read and discuss contemporary short stories to see how great fiction is crafted. We’ll do weekly in-class writing exercises designed to stretch the way you look at dialogue, character, imagery, setting, point of view, language, style, and tone. You'll have the opportunity to work on crafting a story both inside and outside of our class meetings, and to receive informal feedback from the instructor and from your peers. Come to this highly creative laboratory to up your skills, produce work, and enjoy being part of a community of writers. (Please note class dates were shifted ahead 2 weeks from the original advertised start date; correct start date is 9/24.) To register, click here.

City College of San Francisco: poetry workshop

Five monday EVENINGS, 10/29/18-12/3/18 (no class 11/12), 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$175 plus $10 materials fee

In this poetry workshop we will produce new poems and discuss one another's work. We'll read and discuss a variety of 20th and 21st-century poetry, and play with experimental writing exercises designed to bring you fresh inspiration, new vision, and creative breakthrough. We'll explore form, sound, imagery, and line as we work together as a community of poets. (Please note class dates were shifted ahead 2 weeks from the original advertised start date; correct start date is 10/29.) To register, click here.

*******

previous classes:

city college of San francisco: SUMMer writers' lab

Five WEDNESday EVENINGS, 6/13/18-7/18/18 (no class 7/4), 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$175 

Both fiction writers and poets are welcome in this five-session course. We’ll come together as practicing writers, each of us bringing our works-in-progress to the lab. One hour or more of each session is reserved for simply writing together, giving us structure and discipline to work on our existing projects in community. We’ll also do in-class generative creative writing exercises to help us stretch our words in new directions. We’ll talk about issues of craft as they arise, tailoring these conversations and skill-building to meet the needs of the participants in the group. Those who have taken WR101, WR102, or WR107 are welcome here, as is anyone who wants to get some writing done this summer in a partially-self-directed, community-based setting. Please note the Lab is repeatable, so if you were in a previous Lab, you're welcome to come again--same format, fresh exercises.

city college of San francisco: intermediate fiction writing

Five monday EVENINGS, 4/2/18-5/7/18 (no class 4/16), 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$175 plus $10 materials fee

This class is open to students who have taken WR101 or those who have previous creative writing experience. We continue the model of WR101, doing experimental in-class exercises and reading published works each week to help us refine our skills and find new directions. We'll explore setting, emotion, and character motivation, and get more deeply attuned to our own creative choices and voice. Finally, the class operates like a writers’ workshop, where each writer has the opportunity (highly encouraged at this level but not mandatory) to share a story and receive feedback. 

city college of San francisco: winter writers' lab

Five monday EVENINGS, 1/29/18-3/5/18 (no class 2/19), 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$175 

Both fiction writers and poets are welcome in this five-session course. We’ll come together as practicing writers, each of us bringing our works-in-progress to the Lab (or starting a new work here). One hour or more of each session is reserved for simply writing together, giving us structure and discipline to work on our existing projects in community. We’ll also do in-class generative creative writing exercises to help us stretch our words in new directions. We’ll talk about issues of craft as they arise, tailoring these conversations and skill-building to meet the needs of the participants in the group. Those who have taken previous City College creative writing classes (WR101, 102, 107) are welcome here, as is anyone who wants to get some writing done this winter in a partially-self-directed, community-based setting. Please note the Lab is repeatable, so if you were in the Summer 2017's Lab, you're welcome to come again--same format, fresh exercises.

 

city college of San francisco: introduction to fiction writing

Five monday EVENINGS, 10/16/17-11/13/17, 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$170 plus $10 materials fee; $15 discount if registered by 10/9/17

This introductory fiction class will offer you many tools you can use on your path as a writer. We’ll read and discuss contemporary short stories to see how great fiction is crafted. We’ll do weekly in-class writing exercises designed to stretch the way you look at dialogue, character, imagery, setting, point of view, language, style, and tone. You'll have the opportunity to work on crafting a story both inside and outside of our class meetings, and to receive informal feedback from the instructor and from your peers. Come to this highly creative laboratory to up your skills, produce work, and enjoy being part of a community of writers. 

City College of San Francisco: poetry workshop

Five WEDNEsday EVENINGS, 10/18/17-11/15/17, 6:30-9:30PM, downtown campus

$170 plus $10 materials fee; $15 discount if registered by 10/11/17

In this poetry workshop we will produce new poems and discuss one another's work. We'll read and discuss a variety of 20th and 21st-century poetry, and play with experimental writing exercises designed to bring you fresh inspiration, new vision, and creative breakthrough. We'll explore form, sound, imagery, and line as we work together as a community of poets. 

****

the art of wandering: Two Workshops at Liminal

two sundays, october 8 and 22nd, 2017, 3-6pm - take both or just one

$45 per workshop. If registering for both, take the two-part series for $80 ($10 off) 

The Art of Wandering (I): October 8

Are wandering and creativity linked? A recent Stanford study says yes. In this workshop, we’ll practice “creative tracking,” synching our inner and outer landscapes as we move through the streets around Liminal. In participating in this practice, we become part of the creative lineage of the artist as urban wanderer, which includes the work of the Situationists, Rebecca Solnit, and the archetype of the flâneur or flâneuse (as recently regendered by writer/scholar Lauren Elkin). Also present here is an element of vision quest practice, where we view the land as a site for exchange between human and nonhuman.Participants will be given a guided framework for their infogathering practice in the field. Back in the workshop space, we’ll each piece together our urban gleanings into a cohesive piece of writing, and have time to share our experiences.

The Art of Wandering (II): October 22

This three-hour workshop complements the prior course “The Art of Wandering (I),” but can be taken independently. In this second exploration of the artist/wanderer archetype, we’ll be tracking how micro-environments might create or hold shared psychic traces. As such, our work will involve both solo and collaborative elements. We'll work in partners or teams: The writing we do in the field will be solo, but our work back at Liminal will be collaborative. Come with a curiosity to push beyond the boundaries of the myth of the solitary artist. 

Accessibility: These workshops involve wandering at street-level, whether on foot, by chair, or via any other ambulatory-assistive device. Approximately 60-90 minutes will be spent “in the field” in a combination of motion and observational stillness. Please note you will also be quietly but visibly entering the fabric of the public space of the Liminal neighborhood, a non-gentrified part of Oakland. It may be helpful—though not required—to bring a smartphone with GPS/Maps. 

To learn more about Liminal, "The First Feminist and Womanist Writing Space": www.oaklandliminal.com/about-1/

****

private one-on-one creative writing coaching and mentorship

Please visit my coaching page for details on how to work with me one-on-one!

turkeys lightning p hill.jpg