The Art and Craft of Creative Writing

No charge.   Experienced writers as well as beginners invited. To join, access  MeetUp/CreativeWritersBerkeley.

Acclaimed novelist and environmentalist Wallace Stegner, the founder of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, used to advise: "The art of writing cannot be taught, but it can be learned" --  by studying  the craft in supportive writing workshops. 

CreativeWritersBerkeley is a group of self-teachers.  At 7:00 p.m., we'll briefly share our take-aways from a  master craft-example from IMAGINATIVE WRITING, FOURH EDITION,  by Janet Burroway. (See my book-review on amazon.com.)  Next, we'll write for 60 minutes individually using a prompt from the book or by focusing on our work-in-progress, and (optional) share excerpts for comments from our supportive workshop.

Organizer: A recent MFA in Creative Writing, I've published humorous stories in literary magazines such as San Francisco's ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Ishmael Reed's Konch. (See file of my published stories at this website, right panel, scroll till you see the file for Sample Stories.) Works-in-progress: projects: "Seven Rivers, a novel" and, concurrently, “Seven Rivers, a screenplay.” I started by studying the first edition of Burroway's "Imaginative Writing” on my own and for screenplay-writing, John Truby’s “The Anatomy of Story.” See my reviews of both books on amazon.com.

 (Earlier, I received a Ph.D. degree in Psychology at Stanford, specializing in Organizational Behavior.) --  C. J. Singh <[masked]>

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  • C. J. S.

    5 members and one guest attended. We began with reader-responses to Tobias Wolff's much anthologized short story "Bullet in the Brain." At 7:30, we began writing on our individual work-in-progress projects. David read a scene from his screenplay-in-progress. Two members read their responses to "Try This" exercises from Burroway's "Imaginative Writing, fourth edition." C J read his 100-word flash fiction and submitted it to a literary magazine for publication. The members voted on the next craft-masterpiece to discuss from the Burroway book: David Sedaris's "Standing By" and Jamaica Kincaid's " Girl."

    June 24

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    Looking forward to it!

    June 17

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    Looking forward to this meeting

    June 17

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    A favorite venue of mine, and to think I have found there a creative and spontaneous group to write along side and to exchange after. Hear! Hear!

    June 15

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