2018 Schedule of Classes

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Poetry Workshop

SUMMER 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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July 5-August 9, 2018 * 6:00-9:00pm
* San Francisco*

Fabulist Fiction

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

SUMMER WORKSHOP

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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June 23-July 28, 2018
2:00-5:00pm
*San Francisco*

Editors, Agents, & Contracts

The Business of Building a Creative Career

SUMMER WORKSHOP

Instructor: Ying Chang Compestine

In this course, you will gain insights into the publishing industry based on Ying’s 20-year career as an award-winning author. Learn how to research the market to inform your story ideas. You will gain practice in refining and pitching your story professionally. Learn which is best for you, approaching editors directly, or working through an agent. With agents, learn how to get their attention to form a winning relationship for selling your work. Discover the important points of negotiating a contract, and why this is crucial even with an agent. Suitable for authors from all genres.

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August 25, 2018
10:30am-4:30pm
*San Francisco*

Writing Children’s Books

SUMMER WORKSHOP

Instructor: Ying Chang Compestine

Explore the craft of writing children’s books in this insightful, daylong workshop. Learn how to generate story ideas, develop characters and create tension and pacing.  You will finish the workshop  with a strong hook that leads into your story’s basic structure. This course complements the previously offered Writing and Publishing Children’s Books seminar we offered in January. Beginners and experienced writers will gain the tools needed to craft a solid story. Writers from all genres welcome.  

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August 18, 2018
10:30am-4:30pm
*San Francisco*

The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

Finding Your Voice in Poetry & Prose

FALL WORKSHOP

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.

Section #1: All Levels

Pre-requisite: none

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Sept. 27-Nov. 15, 2018
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

Advanced Prose Workshop

FALL 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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11:00am-2:00pm * 7 weeks

Sept 8-Oct 27, 2018

The Art of the Chapbook

SPRING 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///
April 21-May 19, 2018 * 10:30am-1:30pm
*San Francisco*

The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

SPRING 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////
May 3-June 21, 2018 *
6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*

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.

////Saturday////
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*