The Art and Craft of Creative Writing

 No charge. Beginning writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry and plays 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."  How? Learn to become an excellent self-editor by studying the craft in masterpieces of creative writing. Our MeetUp is a study group-and-workshop practicing positive-psychology principles.

At 6:30 p.m., we'll share our reader-responses to craft masterpieces from the widely acclaimed book IMAGINATIVE WRITING, FOURTH EDITION, by Janet Burroway. Next, we'll (optional) share excerpts from our works-in-progress.

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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  • Claire M.

    Sorry to you all, I am sick and I thought I would be able to join but I am still not feeling well enough. Have a nice meeting! See you soon, Claire

    August 25

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    A former member

    I am not sure if I am going to make it this evening. I just got back from a long trip, wiped out.

    August 25

  • C. J. S.

    At the meeting on 25 August, we'll share reader responses to the craft examples on VOICE in Burroway's book.

    August 19

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