Fall 2019 Schedule of Classes

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The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

FALL WORKSHOP

Finding Your Voice In Poetry and Prose

We want to connect with the world. We want to share the life that is inside us. We want to write poetry and prose that speaks the truth and moves the reader. But where do we start?

There’s a voice within all of us wanting to find its place in the world.

////Thursdays////
Aug 15-Oct 3, 2019 *
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

Impresario Workshop 101

FALL WORKSHOP

HOW TO START A READING SERIES

IMPRESARIO WORKSHOP 101 is a two-day, six-hour workshop designed to help producers establish the basic model for a literary reading/performance series, including steps for establishing the series, planning out the basic programming for the series, maintaining the series and even growing the series into a larger phenomenon. 

////Saturdays////
Sept 7-Sept 14, 2019
11:30am-2:30pm
*San Francisco*

Drop-In Poetry Workshop

FALL WORKSHOP

Drop-In Poetry Workshop

The SF Creative Writing Institute is proud to debut our monthly “Drop-In” Poetry Workshop, a one-off, three-hour workshop that will allow poets and writers to sharpen up skills with new techniques, original and diverse prompts, and just maybe even clear out that unseemly writer’s blockage.   This three-hour workshop is designed for all levels of poets.  

This class will be held once a month on Wednesday nights. Take one or all three in sequence.

////Wednesday////
Sept 18, 2019
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

Drop-In Poetry Workshop

FALL WORKSHOP

Molding Memories into Narrative Poetry

This three-hour poetry writing workshop is designed to ignite your writing talents and inclinations, by invoking the powers of storytelling anchored in personal experiences. We will read prose and lyric poems, confessionals and odes and write new words based on in-class exercises. Learn to critique each other’s work and elevate life into art. Open to writers at all levels, come prepared to write, revise and share compelling stories.
This is part of our drop-in poetry series.

////Wednesday////
Oct 16, 2019
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

The Art of the Poetry Chapbook

FALL WORKSHOP

Chapbooks are an art and a craft. The format is increasingly popular in the indie lit world and a calling card for many respected poets. In this course we will learn the art of arranging well-written and cohesive short manuscripts for publication in chapbook form.

///Saturdays///

Oct. 5-Nov. 9, 2019 *
11:30am-2:30pm
*San Francisco*

Poetry Workshop

FALL WORKSHOP

FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN OAKLAND

Find Inspiration, Play, Experiment, Craft

In this workshop you will find inspiration, play, experiment with new forms and generative exercises, explore the craft of poetry, create and edit new work, and share and receive feedback, support, and encouragement.

///Wednesdays////
Sept. 25-Oct. 30, 2019
6:00-9:00pm
* Oakland*

Fabulist Fiction

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mysteries, Young Adult, Magical Realism & More

FALL WORKSHOP

Exciting plots and larger-than-life characters are the cornerstones of popular fiction and the emphasis of this course. In this course, we’ll workshop your short stories and novel chapters, explore the history of the genres, perform writing and idea-generating exercises, and discuss the magazines and publishers looking for your sort of fiction.

////Tuesdays////
Oct. 1-Nov. 5, 2019
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

Poetry Workshop

FALL WORKSHOP

Find Inspiration, Play, Experiment, Craft

In this workshop you will find inspiration, play, experiment with new forms and generative exercises, explore the craft of poetry, create and edit new work, and share and receive feedback, support, and encouragement.

///Thursdays////
Oct. 10-Nov. 14, 2019 *
6:00-9:00pm
* San Francisco*

Drop-in Poetry Workshop

FALL WORKSHOP

Drop-in Poetry Workshop

Exploring Identity Through Poetry

This three-hour workshop is designed for all levels of poets to explore identity from the many intersections of race, class, gender, body and environment. We’ll read related works by contemporary poets and generate new work based on in-class exercises. Bring a draft you’ve been working on or write something new. We will give feedback on each other’s work and learn the basics of performance poetry. But most of all, we will deep dive into the infinite I’s within us; still waiting to be discovered.

////Wednesday////
Nov 13, 2019
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

Experimental Fiction

FALL WORKSHOP

This six-week workshop weaves together traditional and nontraditional storytelling forms including memoir, poetry and cultural heritage, mythology, legends, fairy tales, archetypes into modern contexts. If you have always wanted to try writing fiction, but you have historically written poetry or memoir, this is the course for you!

////Tuesdays////
Oct. 15-Nov. 19, 2019
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*