Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills


Laird Harrison

WEDNESDAYS, JAN. 27 — MAR. 17  |  Journalism shapes our understanding of the world, and never in living memory has its importance loomed so large. Sometimes thrilling, always challenging and occasionally dangerous, the profession offers opportunities to uncover truth, call out injustice, and reveal the world’s many delights. In this survey course, we’ll explore what journalists do and why. Students will practice elements of news writing, reporting, and featuring writing, and gain perspectives on multimedia, ethics and law. This introductory online course will provide a first step to people considering journalism as a vocation. It will also serve anyone who wants to improve their general written communication or simply understand the role that journalism plays in contemporary U.S. society.

Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

Laird Harrison‘s career has spanned three continents and just about every genre of writing. He has endured tear gas for Reuters, traced the footsteps of a murderer for Time, covered medical breakthroughs for Discover, and documented soccer cheers for KQED. Always on the lookout for alternative paradigms, he described efforts to revive an indigenous California language for a Smithsonian video and investigated polyamory for Salon. He has taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and Mediabistro.

Contact: lairdharrison at gmail dot com

Number of sessions: 8

Dates: Wednesdays, January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $399 early-bird discount (register by Jan. 20); $459 thereafter 


THURSDAYS, FEB. 11 – FEB. 25  |  Save thousands of dollars hiring professional editors by learning to edit your own work! As a freelance book editor of 16 years, I see the same mistakes over and over in the manuscripts I edit. From exercises to improve your story arc, character development, dialogue, and description to tips for copyediting your completed manuscript, I’ll teach you how to turn your good manuscript into a great manuscript in this fun, interactive three-week online workshop.

This is an asynchronous learning course; classes and materials will be available through the online platform Wet Ink.

Meghan Ward is a writer, book editor, and founder of Writerland.com, a blog about writing, editing, and publishing. Her clients include novelists, memoirists, nonfiction authors, short story and personal essay writers, and PhD candidates. Throughout 16 years of editing experience, Meghan has developed a series of steps every writer can master to improve their stories, clean up their writing, and save thousands of dollars on freelance editors. Follow Meghan on Twitter @meghancward, on Facebook @meghanwardauthor and on Instagram at +meghancward.

Contact: meghanward@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 3

Dates: Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25

Time: Classes are available from 8:00am, every Thursday

Course fee: $225


Lyzette WanzerWEDNESDAYS, MAR. 2 — 16  |  This workshop offers information, guidance, and support to underserved indigenous writers and writers of color who are applying to have their work accepted at a writers’ conference or convention, whether virtual or in-person. In a safe and supportive environment, we will explore how to:

  • choose the right writers’ conference for you
  • prepare a polished submission
  • make a professional impression from submission to attendance
  • create a conference plan
  • get financial support to attend
  • navigate concerns that arise for us as attendees of color
  • avoid common, costly mistakes in your CV and bio that mark you as an amateur

This workshop is open to writers of color of all levels who feel prepared to present their work at a professional writers’ conference.

This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

Lyzette Wanzer’s work appears in over twenty-five literary journals and books, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and San Francisco University High School Journal. A three-time San Francisco Arts Commission and Center for Cultural Innovation grant recipient, Lyzette serves as judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category. Lyzette has presented her work at literary conferences across the country, including ACA/PCA, AWP, CEA, FWRC, Litquake, and others. She is currently helming an essay anthology entitled Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair through Personal Narrative.

Contact: AuthorLyzetteWanzer@LyzetteWanzerMFA.com

Number of sessions: 3

Dates: Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $250

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