Fiction

Upcoming classes: Fiction


Rita Chang-Eppig

MONDAYS, JAN. 25 — MAR. 1  |  There are innumerable great short stories by writers of color that don’t get the attention they deserve in more traditional writing classes. We designed this class to be a celebration of their work and a way for you to improve yours. By dissecting the stories of ZZ Packer, Daniel Orozco, Rajesh Parameswaran, and many other authors both domestic and international, we will learn elements of craft such as dialogue, description, and voice. There will also be writing exercises and opportunities to share and receive feedback on your own work.

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

 

Jesus Sierra

Jesus Sierra

Rita Chang-Eppig received her M.F.A. in fiction from NYU. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, Kenyon Review Online, Santa Monica Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.

Jesus Francisco Sierra is a writer who immigrated from Cuba in 1969 to San Francisco’s Mission District. His work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Gulf Stream Literary Journal, The Bare Life Review, The Caribbean Writer, The Marathon Literary Review, The Acentos Review, and Lunch Ticket, among others. His essays “How Baseball Saved My Life” and “Soul Music” are anthologized in Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers of Color. He is a member of The Writers Grotto and was also part of the team that founded the Rooted & Written program by and for writers of color at The Grotto. He holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and is also a licensed structural engineer.

Contact: r.c.eppig@gmail.com (Rita) or chiche415@gmail.com (Jesus)

Number of sessions: 6

Date: Mondays, January 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm Pacific time

Course fee: $350


Meghan Ward

TUESDAYS, JAN. 26 — FEB. 23 | Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated to finish your novel, memoir, or short story collection? Are you a procrastinator? Are you easily distracted? Do you find yourself checking email, Facebook, and Instagram when you should be writing? You’re not alone!

This class is for all levels, from beginners who want to kickstart a writing habit to professionals who need some encouragement. Incorporating lessons from Charles Duhigg’s New York Times bestseller The Power of Habit and Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning, I will help you design a writing routine that works for you and give you the tools to stick with it. You will set goals, create a plan for achieving those goals, and then get to work. This class is a five-session online version of my in-person Writing Habit class, giving you more tools and more personalized attention throughout the 28 days we’ll be meeting. Through our online class portal, you’ll have the opportunity to download class materials, upload assignments, and receive daily support and encouragement throughout the process.

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

Meghan Ward is the author of Runway: Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel, a memoir about her misadventures as a fashion model in Europe and Japan in the early 90s. She is a freelance writer, book editor, and social media consultant, and she blogs about writing, editing, and publishing at Writerland.com. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, San Francisco Magazine, 7×7, Mutha, the San Francisco Chronicle, It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style, and Wake Up and Smell the Shit: Hilarious Travel Disasters. Follow her on Twitter @meghancward, on Facebook @meghanwardauthor, and on Instagram at meghancward.

Contact: meghanward@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 5

Dates: Tuesdays, January 26; February 2, 9,16, 23

Time: Modules go live Tuesday mornings at 8:00am.

Course fee: $375


TUESDAYS, FEB. 2 – MAR. 9  |  This workshop-based class is designed for writers currently working on novels and ready to revise portions of their manuscripts. In our first session, students will share a bit about their works-in-progress and where they are in the writing process. We will also outline the rules for our workshop and discuss how best to give—and receive—helpful, constructive feedback. After that, our class time will be devoted to workshopping chapter-length sections from students’ novels, focusing on ways to deepen character depictions and motivations, hone narrative voice, and craft a compelling arc on a scene-by-scene basis. To supplement our workshop, we will also read and discuss excerpts from published novels to deepen our understanding of how great writers across genres use elements of craft and story to create gripping narratives and unforgettable characters. By the end of the course, each student will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their novel excerpts from classmates and the instructor at least twice. While this class does not have specific course requirements, it may be best suited for students who have taken Emily’s Intro to Novel-Writing class or another multi-week novel course.

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

Emily Holleman is the author of Cleopatra’s Shadows and The Drowning King (both Little Brown & Company), the first of which was long-listed for the HWA Debut Crown. She is currently working on a speculative novel set in California of the not-so-distant future. Her nonfiction has appeared in Elle, LitHub, Salon, and BookPage, among others.

Contact: emily@emilyholleman.com

Number of sessions: 6

Dates: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9

Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $360


Lisa Lerner

THURSDAYS, FEB. 4 — MAR. 11  |  This class is for serious writers who have pages to share. Students will have a chance to submit work in progress at least twice during the workshop, and will learn how to give and receive feedback to help make their writing more lively and powerful

The ideal student for this class is a true lover of the written word — independently creating short stories or novels — who would like to know more about what they are doing right and how they can improve.

Mini craft lessons throughout the session will address students’ particular needs, based on their submitted work.

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

Lisa Lerner has been writing since she figured out how to hold a pencil. She is the published author of dozens of children’s books for the educational publishing market, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for adults (Just Like Beauty, FSG). Lisa has also been a writing tutor/coach for many years and has written so many lessons about how to teach writing she can now do that in her sleep. With almost no snoring! You can find out more about her at https://www.lisalerner.com/.

Contact: writingismagic100@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 6

Dates: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $180


Lisa Lerner

THURSDAYS, FEB. 4 — MAR. 11  |  This class is for serious writers who have pages to share. Students will have a chance to submit work in progress at least twice during the workshop, and will learn how to give and receive feedback to help make their writing more lively and powerful

The ideal student for this class is a true lover of the written word — independently creating short stories or novels — who would like to know more about what they are doing right and how they can improve.

Mini craft lessons throughout the session will address students’ particular needs, based on their submitted work.

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

Lisa Lerner has been writing since she figured out how to hold a pencil. She is the published author of dozens of children’s books for the educational publishing market, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for adults (Just Like Beauty, FSG). Lisa has also been a writing tutor/coach for many years and has written so many lessons about how to teach writing she can now do that in her sleep. With almost no snoring! You can find out more about her at https://www.lisalerner.com/.

Contact: writingismagic100@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 6

Dates: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11

Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $180


Jenny Bitner

THURSDAYS, FEB 4 — MAR. 18  |  What happens when we approach writing like an experiment? Our minds are open, our writing is deep, and there is no room for writers’ block or cliché ideas. Burroughs used cut-up writing, Anaïs Nin made her diary her art, the surrealists played party games, and now novels are being written in tweets and texts. Each week we will explore different experimental styles from surrealism to postmodernism to hybrid writing and do exercises to loosen our minds and push us in new directions with our writing.

With daily writing prompts and in-class exercises, this class is great for beginning or experienced writers wanting to push their writing in new directions. In the first session, we will do a group hypnosis for creativity and for opening our imagination in new directions. We will also explore how to mine our unconscious minds for inspiration and depth through class exercises and practices.

This class is for experimenting and generating writing in new styles, but I have been teaching this class many years, and students are often happily surprised by the results of these experiments.

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.

Jenny Bitner’s fiction and poetry has been published in Mississippi Review, The Fabulist, The Sun, Fence, Corium, Fourteen Hills, Mid-American Review, and PANK. Pine Press published a chapbook of her poetry entitled Mother. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was published in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her work was also included in the anthology Writing That Risks. Her nonfiction has appeared in Utne Reader, To-Do List, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Men’s Health. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is also a certified hypnotherapist. Her novel Here Is A Game We Could Play is coming out Spring 2021 with Acre Books.

Contact: jenny.bitner@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 6

Dates: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 11, 18 (no class March 4)

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm (Pacific Time)

Course fee: $395


Jenny Bitner

SATURDAY, FEB. 6  |  What if there was a secret to get writing and keep writing?

In this class we will learn those secrets. We will explore the top five reasons that people get blocked. You will leave with new words on paper, inspiration and a plan to keep producing work. We all have times when we can’t face the page. Whether you are just getting started for the first time, or getting started on your fifth book, there are always moments when we lose the flow, but I will help you find it again.

After the class, I will send you 23 tips to keep you writing and an audio recording on self-hypnosis to get into the flow for writing!

This class will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

Jenny Bitner’s fiction and poetry has been published in Mississippi Review, The Fabulist, The Sun, Fence, Corium, Fourteen Hills, Mid-American Review, and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was published in Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a certified hypnotherapist and has a special interest in using the unconscious mind to harness creativity. Her novel Here Is A Game We Could Play is coming out Spring 2021 with Acre Books.

Contact: jenny.bitner@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Dates: Saturday, February 6

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

Course fee: $75


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


Rachel Howard

SATURDAY, FEB. 20 | Why do some memoirs take off from the first page, while others stall out before the end of chapter one? More importantly: How can you make sure the book you’re writing gets all the necessary gears lined up on those all-important first ten pages?

In this combination craft lecture and trouble-shooting workshop, you’ll learn the three Cs of narrative engine: Character, Conflict, and Clock. What’s clock, you say? Glad you asked. It’s a simple but elusive element that’s crucial to your story’s drive—but many memoir writers don’t realize their pages are missing it. Character and conflict are also more complex than they first appear. Drawing from the teachings of novelist David Haynes and Lisa Cron’s excellent book Wired for Story, this class will demystify all three Cs, then lead you through exercises and instructor feedback to identify Character, Conflict, and Clock in your narrative. Does your character have a compelling inner issue? Is your conflict harnessed to a theme that makes it meaningful? You’ll leave this class with the major story elements of your memoir clarified, and your narrative engine ready to rev.

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

Rachel Howard is the author of a novel, The Risk of Us, and a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night. Her personal essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Gulf Coast, Waxwing, the Los Angeles Review of Books, O, The Oprah Magazine, Berfrois, The New York Times Draft series, and elsewhere. She received an M.F.A. in fiction from Warren Wilson College, and later served there as interim director of undergraduate creative writing. She has also taught in the M.F.A. program of Saint Mary’s College. More on Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com

Contact: rachelhoward@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Date: Saturday, February 20

Time: 10:00 – 2:00pm Pacific time

Course fee: $95


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

BACK TO ALL UPCOMING CLASSES

Comments are closed.