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Monthly workshops held around the Bay Area to help writers at all levels tap into the power of the creative unconscious in drafting and developing stories, poems, plays, and essays. Led by award-winning instructor Clive Matson.

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Writing Highway 395

Pine Cliff Resort

Writing Highway 395 with Clive Matson August 8-16, 2020 June Lake, CA It is amazing! Our resort is open! With social distancing, of course. And now we have two large sites reserved with space to spread out. “Writing Highway 395” is going ahead, with participants already signed up. Still room for a few more writers and nature lovers. It's a great experience for artists and photographers too. This is real, not virtual! Join us for an intimate, inspiring writers’ workshop with comfortable camping facilities at Pine Cliff Resort in the Eastern Sierra. "Writing Highway 395" is close and it's almost as exotic as the Himalayas -- with incredible landscapes, hot springs, swimming, and hiking. There's even showers, flush toilets, a laundry and general store close by, and electricity at our sites. We sleep in tents, but our meals are catered and we sit around picnic tables. It's soft camping. It's been my favorite excursion for many years, both for the beauty of the location and the quality and amount of writing we always do, and I hope it will be yours too. Join an intimate writing community on this excursion to the Sierra Nevada 's beautiful east side. Soak in Hot Creek, be awed by tufa at Mono Lake, marvel at the Devil's Postpile, hike up volcanoes at Mono Craters, swim in Parker Lake, commune with stars during the Perseid meteor shower. We'll write under Jeffrey pines on our laptops. We'll be nourished by nature and, without the stresses and distractions of civilization, we're often extremely pleased with our writing. Come write, relax, and be inspired! Clive will lead three hour morning writing workshops. Every other afternoon will feature an excursion, with hikes, writing walks, and meditations in the spectacular country along Highway 395 between Bridgeport and Mammoth. Evenings will be enjoyed around the campfire, reading our stuff and telling tall tales. $700 covers workshops, hearty outdoor ranch style meals, and tent sites ($400 for non writers), nine days, eight nights. Tempted? Give me a call at the number below. Need camping gear? We'll lend it to you. Transportation a problem? We'll carpool. Special dietary needs? Our cook is familiar with all basic diets. Need Wifi? It's available at a cafe in June Lake, two miles away. For more information or to register: https://www.matsonpoet.com/instruction/excursions/writing-highway-395/ Read about Clive at matsonpoet.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Matson The performance he gave in 2017 in Paris of an excerpt of "Hello, Paradise. Paradise, Goodbye" - written at Highway 395 - is on Youtube. More questions? Feel free to phone or email Clive. [masked] or (510)[masked]. TESTIMONIAL: "I've wanted to be part of Writing Highway 395 for years. It was a chance to combine my passion for writing, for being with other writers, with my college-days love for this highway. Having that kind of longing and build-up before finally participating last year might have set me up for disappointment. But the workshop was even more than I'd dreamed. I wrote steadily through the mornings, made big progress on my book, loved reading my work out loud, listening to the other writers read, sharing feedback. Clive has a well-honed approach to feedback that's gentle, encouraging, precise and illuminating. Add camping in the pines and soaking in natural hot springs at the nearby caldera and it just doesn't get any better. I never wanted to leave. I can't wait to return." -- Riba Taylor

2-Busy-2-Write Writers' Group

A writer's home in Oakland

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: This workshop will now be taking place via zoom or skype. Please email [masked] for information on how to join us. Take advantage of social distancing by focusing on creative endeavors! These workshops are a wonderful way to stay inspired and connected from the safety of your home. Are you busy? Too busy to do the writing you love to do? Do weeks go by without you putting pen to paper in a creative way? You are not alone. Join the the 2-Busy-2-Write writers' group. It's a group of writers that will meet two times a month to write and share. These are mini-Crazy Child workshops, where we allow ourselves to write freely without the overbearing presence of our inner editor. We will meet at 7:00 to 9:00 pm every Tuesday night. Clive will introduce an exercise and then leave us to write in peace for a whole hour. Then we will share, on a voluntary basis, for the second hour. The suggested donation is $10. The first workshop was held on April 1st, 2014. How is that for an auspicious start day? They have been held every other Tuesday since then. Check out Clive's website, www.matsonpoet.com to learn more about Clive and his writing.

Creative Writing Weekly Workshops

Temescal

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: This workshop will now be taking place via zoom or skype. Please email [masked] for information on how to join us. Take advantage of social isolation by focusing on creative endeavors! These workshops are a wonderful way to stay inspired and connected from the safety of your home. If you're curious about writing, now is the time to join our workshops. We have openings in two groups, one meeting Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 9:30 pm and the other Friday mornings 10 am to 1 pm. Until this pandemic passes we will be meeting via skype or zoom. In our healthy future we will meet at my home in Temescal District, Oakland. You are invited to come to a meeting, for free, and find out how well it works for you. These groups have been meeting for forty years. We combine insights from Dorothea Brandt's Becoming a Writer (1934) and Peter Elbow's Writing Without Teachers (1973). We use inspired guidance from Diane di Prima's "Rant" from Pieces of a Song (2001), which proposes that we, each of us, come into this world with our own cosmology. This cosmology is a birthright and needs no alteration. Our writer's journey involves finding our view of the world, giving it respect, developing it, and expressing it in its own terms. Much inspired writing comes from these workshops. Many writers have opened doors into huge arenas of vivid stories, poems, essays, and novels they had no idea exist. Why do these groups work? Because we embrace the creative unconscious as the source of our inspiration, in accordance with Carl Jung's vision. And we give it simple appreciation. In these groups your first drafts, even very rough drafts, are read as portals into vivid, energetic writing. Our job is to help you go through the portals and gain confidence that you are the right person to do this -- to delve into your own creativity. Your unique way is the way that's best for your material. As one participant has written, "Thank you, Clive, for creating and holding the sacred space where decomposition of creative self-doubt can occur, and up-lifting, cultivation and refinement of one’s voice can rise up." Phone Clive at[masked] or email him at [masked] for more information on the workshops. He'll answer your questions, ask a few of his own and give directions. And perhaps give you an exercise to get you up to speed. Honoring the source of creativity, Clive Matson Author Let The Crazy Child Write! (1998)

Poetry Workshop

Needs a location

Take advantage of social distancing by focusing on creative endeavors! These workshops are a wonderful way to stay inspired and connected from the safety of your home. If you've wanted to join Clive before but were hampered by distance, now is your chance to join the community via Zoom! In these groups your first drafts, even very rough drafts, are read as portals into vivid, energetic writing. Our job is to help you go through the portals and gain confidence that you are the right person to do this -- to delve into your own creativity. Your unique way is the way that's best for your material. Give your creative voice a nurturing environment. These workshops have led many to great works beyond the artists expectations. They have been happening in different forms for over 40 years. Come to a meeting for free, and see how it works for you. This workshop will now be taking place via zoom. Please email [masked] or call Clive at[masked] for information on how to join us.

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Creative Writing Weekly Workshops

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