SATURDAYS, APRIL 30–MAY 21 | Craving a creative community? Looking for support and accountability? If you want to write more but find it hard to make the time and find the place – let alone some like-minded colleagues with whom to share feedback and an instructor to keep you going – set aside four Saturday afternoons at the Grotto this spring. Whether starting from scratch, getting beyond the first 10 pages, or wrestling with revision, this workshop will help you reach the next level.
We’ll work to 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. Not checking Facebook, not catching up on email, not texting. This will be social-media-free zone. I won’t police you, but I’ll do my best to create a safe space that facilitates you meeting your writing goals. We’ll allow time for covering specific craft issues as they come up. I will be available each week for meeting one-on-one. We’ll share work in pairs, small groups, and (as time allows) with the whole class.
The class is designed for writers of all levels. The only requirement is a desire to work on (or start) a piece of narrative prose – fiction, memoir, personal essay, narrative nonfiction, or some combination thereof, even if you don’t know yet what it is. If you’re ready to commit to your work in a way that will foster creativity and discipline and take you the next step, this is the place for you.
Lindsey Crittenden is the author of an award-winning short-fiction collection, The View From Below, and a memoir, The Water Will Hold You (“exquisitely written,” Publishers’ Weekly starred review). Her short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Glimmer Train, Arroyo Literary Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, Pisgah Review, Quarterly West, and other publications. An Honored Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension, she has taught and helped develop creative writing curriculum for 14 years.
Number of sessions: 4
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Dates: Saturdays, April 30; May 7, 14, 21
Course fee: $200 Early Bird rate (before April 15; $220 (after April 15)