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This ten-week course through the UC Berkeley Extension for beginning writers helps you assess your potential, identify your strengths, and learn valuable writing techniques. Class exercises and weekly writing assignments help you discover your talents in a variety of forms: short fictional scenes, short story, poetry, and journalistic writing. A supportive atmosphere enables you to see how others respond to your writing. On completion, you should have a clearer sense of your writing strengths and directions to take for more advanced courses. Taught by Clive Matson, who began his writing career among the Beats in New York City in the 1960s. He has published nine volumes of poetry and the writing textbook "Let the Crazy Child Write," used in writing programs globally. He recently premiered his latest poem in Paris, France, where he also presented at the European Beat Studies Network Conference.

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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

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Crazy Child All Day Workshop


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