Classes

Current Course Offerings

The Craft of Fiction – Virtual Class

Sponsored by Litquake and California Council for the Arts
Start Date: October 26, 2020 | 12:00-1:30 pm | Virtual | Free to Oakland residents aged 55+

Description: 

Each session of this craft class will focus on a different literary technique, which we will examine together in class then apply to our in-class writing assignments. This course will be self-contained, meaning there will be no outside homework or reading assignments (although I will always offer suggestions on ways to continue your work outside of class, should you choose).

Please note that although this class focuses on fiction, many of these tools can be applied to creative nonfiction and memoir as well. Each class will include a brief writing session to practice using the techniques we’ve learned. Sharing work is always optional and always encouraged.

Previous Course Offerings

The Craft of Fiction – Virtual Class

Sponsored by Litquake and California Council for the Arts
Start Date: August 3, 2020 | Virtual | Free to Oakland residents aged 55+

Description:

When was the last story you read that really changed you? Maybe you thought about it for days, weeks, you’ve re-read it over the years. And maybe you said to yourself, “I wish I could write like that. How’d they do that?” This course is all about the how. In this combination craft and workshop class, we will read and dissect the work of writers from different times and places and we’ll ask the question: how did they do that?

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. 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 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!* This course has concluded.