2018 Schedule of Classes

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Following Your Dreams – Building a successful creative career with a business focus

WINTER SEMINAR

If you are considering entering the creative world, this lecture will teach you the important aspects of managing a creative business career. You will also learn the techniques that creative professionals use to treat their work as a business and improve their income: setting clear objectives, effective marketing, considering new opportunities, strategic negotiation, and finding ways to create lucrative income by leveraging their efforts.

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January 20, 2018
2:30 -4:30 pm
*San Francisco*

Writing & Publishing Children’s Books

WINTER WORKSHOP

Instructor: Ying Chang Compestine

Explore the exciting and creative world of children’s books in this insightful seminar. We will cover different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade to YA; how to generate story ideas; secrets of a productive writer; finding a good agent, and the rewarding aspects of writing for children. We will explore the financial opportunities that writing books for children can bring to you.

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January 20, 2018
10:00 am-1:00 pm
*San Francisco*

The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

WINTER WORKSHOP

Find Your Voice

Instructor: Alexandra Kostoulas

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////
Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 2018 *
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

Fabulist Fiction

WINTER WORKSHOP

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

Instructor: Nick Mamatas

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.

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Feb. 10-Mar. 17, 2018
2:00-5:00pm
*San Francisco*

Advanced Prose Workshop

WINTER WORKSHOP

Instructor: Alexandra Kostoulas

Learn the principles of strong narrative storytelling and implement them into your own fiction or nonfiction.

Advanced Prose Workshop

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10:30am-1:30pm * 7 weeks

January 27-March 17, 2018

Poetry Workshop

FALL WORKSHOP

Find Inspiration, Play, Experiment, Craft

Instructor: Hollie Hardy

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.

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Sept. 14-Oct. 19, 2017 * 6 sessions 6:00-9:00pm
* San Francisco*

City Stories Workshop 2.1

SUMMER WORKSHOP

Instructor: Paul Corman-Roberts

City Stories closes out its 2016-2017 workshop season with an excursion into the paranormal, surreal, and the magical realism that live both outside and inside the concrete jungle. Let’s write poems, stories, letters about the city, about our predecessors and the “ghosts” who make up the rich fabric of our Bay Area landscape, both the old and the new.

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June 11, 2017 * 3:00-6:00pm

* San Francisco*

Write-A-Thon

SPRING WRITE-A-THON

Come write with us! How deep will your voice go after journaling five hours straight? What new character or new insight will emerge? Join us for SFCWI’s third ever Write-A-Thon!

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May 20, 2017 * 10:00 am-4:00 pm
*San Francisco*

City Stories Workshop

SPRING WORKSHOP

Instructor: Paul Corman-Roberts

Words can give us a home when we need more of a home, shape us, and build our histories. Words can be a map to help us find ourselves. We’ll be writing poems, letters, autobiographies or anything we want. We’ll be writing the stories of our cities and the stories of our lives. What’s your story?

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May 13, 2017 * 3:00-6:00pm

* San Francisco*