Beyond Imitation: Learning from Reading (with Thaisa Frank)

Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank




SATURDAY,  MAY 4  |  All writers use writers who influence them as a path to their own originality. This is essential learning but often traps writers into imitation. Working with examples that students bring to class, we will have in-depth discussions of voice, character, plot, language, style, imagination and the mysterious element that is greater than the sum of its parts. We will illuminate the uses, misuses and limits of imitation through in-class exercises. By the end of the class you will understand the difference between clumsy borrowing, where all road signs lead directly to the source and brilliant theft where every sentence and plot twist reveals your original vision. Useful for writers of flash, novels and short fiction.

Thaisa Frank‘s fifth book of fiction (Enchantment, Counterpoint, 2012) was selected for Best Books by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, Heidegger’s Glasses (Counterpoint, 2011) was translated into ten languages. New work appears in  New Micro (Norton) and Short-Forms  (Bloomsbury). She has published a novel, short story collections, and flash fiction, and has taught creative writing at San Francisco State, U.C. Berkeley undergraduate honors, and U.C. Berkeley Extension where she is an Honored Instructor.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Date: Saturday, May 4

Course fee: $175

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