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            New Classes on Zoom and In-person

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   with Janine Noel

Advanced Writers' Workshop

Sunday afternoons on Zoom

April 16 - May 21

3:00 - 5:00 PM 

6 weeks / $360


Accepting Writing Samples

Writing a novel, memoir or essay collection? Wednesday workshop is for writers with a focus. Tackle elements of craft in a supportive environment. You'll need ample time to write, as well as time to read and provide feedback to your peers. This is an ongoing workshop for writers with workshop experience. Please submit an enrollment form. Janine will then request a writing sample for review. 

What Matters Most

Sunday afternoons In-Person at Orinda Books

March 12 - April 2, 2023 

1:00 - 3:00 PM 

4 weeks / $240

Class is back in session at Orinda Books! In What Matters Most, you will generate several story/essay ideas and settle upon one that feels important—even urgent to you. In our first week together, you will receive daily prompts to foster your writing practice. With many beginnings to choose from, you'll decide where to dig a little deeper. In workshop format, you'll give and receive feedback from your peers and from me. You may work with nonfiction, fiction, or poetry to tell the story that lights you up and connects you to others. All levels welcome.

       with Andrea A. Firth

On the Spot

Writing, Sharing & Feedback
April 4 - 25/4 weeks/ $225

Tuesdays On Zoom

9:30 -11:30 pm PST--FULL

Generate new work and receive feedback—on the spot. Each week you will respond to inspiring prompts, freewrite, and share your work with the group, one-on-one, and in small groups. We'll review and follow the specific steps important to giving and receiving helpful and actionable feedback, and I will facilitate. Fiction and nonfiction welcome. By the end of week two you will have more than one piece in progress, and the writerly support on your "starts" will keep you going. We'll add a workshop on weeks 3 and 4 where each writer will receive craft-based feedback and a written critique. And we’ll talk about approaches to revision too.

Ideal for writers who want to:

  • Create a routine to get or keep writing.

  • Meet other writers and share work in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Develop and enhance reading and critiquing skills. 

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