Sunday Afternoon Advanced Writers Workshop, October 28 – December 2 (No class 11/25)

(Photo by Chris Hardy)

Instructor: Janis Cooke Newman
Number of sessions: 5
Meeting time: 2 pm – 4:30 pm, Sundays
Dates: October 28 – December 2 (No class November 25)

Course fee: $355, $100 deposit required to register

Contact the instructor to register. All deposits are nonrefundable

Description: This is a workshop for writers who have been writing for a while – or experienced writers who want to get back to their writing. Each week, each student in the workshop will present approximately five pages of new writing to the group, and we’ll discuss it together. Using the student work as a jumping off point, I will talk about different elements of craft – voice, tone, dialogue, plot, structure – whatever comes up. I will also hand out my favorite writing exercises and experiments meant to help everyone generate new pages and take some risks.

In order to give each writer ample time every week, this class will be limited to 8 students.  

Open to writers of fiction and memoir. You must submit a writing sample to the instructor before being allowed to register.

Instructor Bio: Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the Bay Area Bestseller, Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, chosen as USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year in 2006, and a Booksense Year-End Highlight. Newman is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage, which was published internationally. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as in several magazines, and newspapers including the NY Times, LA Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.

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