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Advanced Nonfiction Workshop: From Generative to Gleaming


  • Writing Salon Berkeley USA (map)

Do you have drafts of essays, memoir, or reported nonfiction pieces you’re ready to push to the next level? Are you stuck with structure, pacing, point of view, or character development and ready for feedback on how to move them forward?

This class is for experienced nonfiction writers who are ready to take drafts from generative to gleaming, who want intensive workshop time (each participant will be workshopped at least three times in this bi-monthly class), and who want to learn through the reading and discussion of the work of others. Instructor Gila Lyons says, "Critiquing the work of others—finding and articulating what does and doesn't work and why—is the quickest way to solve your own writing quandaries and stuck places. Through the supportive and rigorous workshopping of pieces, we'll crystallize the heart and essence of your creative nonfiction pieces.”

Meetings will be comprised of writing exercises, readings and discussions of published work, and craft problem-solving techniques, but the focus will be on workshopping each other’s pieces. Homework, craft discussions, and readings will be tailored to the needs of the group.

  1. Sunday, April 8, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  2. Sunday, April 22, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  3. Sunday, May 6, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  4. Sunday, May 20, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  5. Sunday, June 3, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  6. Sunday, June 17, 2:00pm-5:00pm