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The Art and Craft of Creative Writing

No charge.   Beginning as well as experienced writers of fiction, screenplays, narrative nonfiction, and poetry invited. For membership, access MeetUp/CreativeWritersBerkeley.

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.

At 6:30 p.m., we'll briefly share our reader-responses to an example from the widely acclaimed book "Imaginative Writing, fourth edition,” by Janet Burroway. Next, we'll write individually on our works-in-progress for 30+ minutes, and (optional) share excerpts.

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. My current projects: "Seven Rivers, a novel" and, concurrently, “Seven Rivers, a screenplay.” I started by studying the first edition of Burroway's "Imaginative Writing” at UC Berkeley, and, for screenplay writing, John Truby’s “The Anatomy of Story” in my MFA program at Mills College. 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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    A former member

    Thanks for those sheets with your writing. I was laughing on the bus!

    July 29, 2014

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    A former member

    Sorry, I have a schedule change and unable to attend.

    July 28, 2014

  • C J S.

    Seven members and two guests attended the MeetUp on 21 July and they chose to discuss George Saunders' short story "Victory Lap" at the 28 July meeting.

    July 21, 2014

  • C J S.

    Do you have access to Janet Burroway's IMAGINATIVE WRITING, FOURTH EDITION?
    . We begin each session with reader-responses to one or more craft masterpiece from this book. Members bring their copy of the book to the meeting.

    July 21, 2014

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