Upcoming Course Offerings

The Craft of Fiction – Virtual Class

Sponsored by Litquake and California Council for the Arts
Start Date: August 10, 2020 | Virtual | Free to Oakland residents aged 55+

What makes a story good? What makes it feel complete? What details will strengthen a story and which are unnecessary? In this 8-week combination workshop and craft course, we will examine the work of well-regarded writers and consider how they use their words to evoke emotion, create setting and carry us through the story effectively. We will discuss why their stories are so good: what did the writer do to make the story—or even just one moment—stick in your mind and evoke emotion? How did the writer string together the most important details to propel the story forward? And perhaps most importantly: what makes a story captivating? How do we apply those tools to our own writing?

This is an exercise-driven class designed for writers with some level of experience writing; all ability levels are welcome. Please note that although this class focuses on fiction, many of these tools can be applied to creative nonfiction as well; memoirists are welcome! Each class will include a brief writing session to practice using the techniques we’ve learned. Sharing work is always optional and always encouraged.

This course is now online only and is conducted via Zoom. We just completed our first 12-week virtual class in Spring 2020 and it was a huge success!

This course is available to seniors aged 55 or older based in Oakland, CA. Space is limited. *update!* I have three spots left for this course. Please contact me to sign up.