Work in Progress Workshop (with Lindsey Crittenden)

Lindsey Crittenden




THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 —FEBRUARY  1  | Whatever your background, if you’re looking to generate pages and gain insight into your project, set aside five Thursday evenings this winter. You’ll find a supportive community designed to foster productivity and good writing habits.  We’ll set goals, frame a workable practice that makes sense for you, and hold each other accountable – without blame.

Each session will start with a check-in and a writing prompt suitable for generating new material or deepening existing work. We’ll share what we’ve worked on in the intervening week, as applicable, and spend time writing.


Write, Revise, Submit: Flash Fiction (with Lyzette Wanzer)

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer




TUESDAYS, JANUARY 9 —FEBRUARY 13  | In this class you will birth, nurture, and release a brand-new flash fiction story. You will engage in extensive revisions of your work, and then during our last two weeks together, submit your finished piece to three literary journals for publication, or to three literary contests for judging. A laptop, tablet, or iPad is required for this workshop. If you write longhand, please also bring your journal or notebook along with your computer (not in place of it). Students registering for this class should be prepared to create new work from scratch in a concentrated, serious environment.


Advanced Fiction (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner




THURSDAYS, JANUARY 11 — MARCH 8   |  This course is designed for students who have experience in a fiction writing workshop and want to go deeper in developing their writing. In our intimate workshop, we will discuss the direction your work is taking and how you can move it towards publication. Your will have the opportunity to have your work discussed in the workshop at least four times. We will discuss craft issues as they relate to strengthening your individual writing. You will be expected to read and give feedback on other students’ work.

Jenny Bitner’s fiction has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, The Fabulist and PANK.


Writing Crisis: Telling Truths of Trauma and Trouble (with Roberto Lovato)

Roberto Lovato




TUESDAYS, JANUARY 16 —30  |  For our foreseeable futures, crisis—personal, political, civilizational crisis—will remain a fact of life. How we, as writers, incorporate these multiple and interconnected moments of truth into our journalism and creative (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) writing will be a major measure of our ability to reach readers awash in unprecedented instability.

This interactive course will incite writers to delve deeper into the inflection points that drive our narratives—and, often, our lives. Using examples from the classical and contemporary literature and journalism of crisis, we will explore the ways these narratives use crises to structure, move and animate their work.


Radio and Podcasting 101 (with Grace Rubenstein & Julia Scott)

Grace Rubenstein and Julia Scott




WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 17 —FEBRUARY 7  |  Audio is a powerful medium that’s surging in popularity. It’s never been easier to produce high quality audio to get your message out, whether for radio stories, podcasting, personal promotion or business branding. But how do you get started? Two veteran journalists of public radio and podcasting show you the basics of how to record great audio, conduct killer interviews, craft a captivating story, and get your audio creations out into the world.

In this hands-on workshop, every student will produce a complete audio story — and will acquire the skills and confidence to produce future stories and whole podcasts on your own.


Journalism Workshop: From Idea to Story (with Anisse Gross and Yukari Kane)

Anisse Gross

Yukari Iwatani Kane




WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 17 —FEBRUARY 28  | Do you understand the basics of journalism but aren’t sure how to take a story from idea to publication? Do you feel daunted by the idea of pulling together a story? Do you have an idea you want to work on, but haven’t been able to muster the time or focus to work on it?

In this seven-week course, you will develop reporting and writing skills by taking an idea and turning it into a finished story. This class will be taught in tandem by Anisse Gross and Yukari Iwatani Kane, both experienced journalists working in the field.


Narrative Nonfiction Workshop (with Julia Scheeres)

Julia Scheeres




THURSDAYS, JANUARY 18 —FEBRUARY 22  | This workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced writers who would like to receive regular feedback on their work. Each week’s session will begin with a discussion of a short reading on craft or a few pages from a narrative. Students will then read aloud a few pages of their own work (500 – 1,000 words) and receive constructive feedback from their instructor and peers.

The aim of this workshop is to give participants regular writing deadlines and encouragement as they polish their prose. Your only homework—aside from brief, inspirational readings—will be to write, write, write.


Writing in Pictures: A One-Day Screenwriting Intensive (with Xandra Castleton)

Xandra Castleton




SATURDAY, JANUARY 20  |  Writers of all levels interested in screenwriting often begin with the same questions (and some misconceptions) about how and why writing a screenplay is different from other forms of writing. What is the lifecycle of a screenplay? What is different about writing with collaborators (such as directors and actors) in mind? What is the relationship of the screenwriter to the audience? What does it mean to write in the immediate present? Why do some ideas lend themselves well to the screenplay form and others not so well? What, in practical terms, does it mean to “write in pictures”?


Memoir: Drawing Readers Into Your World (with Louise Nayer)

Louise Nayer




SUNDAYS, JANUARY 21 & 28  |  How do you draw readers into the world of your memoir—whether traveling on a BART train in San Francisco, hiking along the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite, or remembering your first house as a child? In a comfortable environment, we’ll go over the basic elements of great memoir writing. Exercises will help you heighten language through sensory detail, learn the difference between scene and summary, and deal with time shifts by using flashback and slow-motion techniques. We will also review the more challenging aspects of point of view, so you can find the right voice and fully engage your readers.


Freelance Like You Mean Business (with Laird Harrison)

Laird Harrison




SUNDAY, JANUARY 21  |  If you’ve ever tried freelance writing, you’ve encountered a jungle. Publishing thrills abound, but if you don’t watch out, you get eaten alive. That’s because competition is stiff and writing skills don’t translate easily into income. To survive, you’ll have to think like a hard-nosed business person.

In this course, you’ll learn to evaluate the market for your work by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, finding your competitive edge and identifying your niche. Does a previous career or academic training give you depth of knowledge in a specialized field? Do you live in a news hotspot?