JUNE CLASS BULLETIN: Summer courses in session

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Lindsey Crittenden

Jun 17, 2015, 1:39:38 AM6/17/15
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Class Bulletin

Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter including tips about writing, our favorite books about writing, what we're reading now, and the latest news about our classes.

Summer courses in session!  We’ve got terrific new workshops, intensives, and courses in fiction, memoir, personal essay, travel writing, landing an agent, freelancing, and much more.  Classes meet multi-weekly and in one-day and weekend intensives, and all are taught by writers published in the genre they’re teaching.  Scroll down to Note Four or go to http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/upcoming-classes.  

 Note One: Writing Tips from Our Teachers

From Meghan Ward (Blogging for Beginners, starting June 22;  Advanced Blogging Workshop, starting June 24; and Social Media Bootcamp, July 12):

At the AWP convention in Minneapolis, I moderated a panel called Social Media Secrets for Authors, and the “secret” that every panelist related to most was “authenticity.” It is SO important to be authentic in your blog posts (and all your other social media posts). Your readers want to feel you are human, not some robot that spits out listicles, and not some celebrity that only puts her best face forward. They want the real you. They want to hear about your fears and failures as well as your successes. They want to see the snapshot of your cake that flopped, not just the picture perfect end product. They want to know how much money you really make as a full-time author and how many times you were rejected before your book sold or your film was made or your product was launched. Be authentic. Be you! 

Note Two: Our Latest Favorite Book on Writing 

From Jennifer Mattson (Writing Personal Essays About Love and Relationships, starting July 9; Getting Unstuck: Start Writing Again, starting July 11Get Published: Writing the Modern 800-Word Essay, starting July 12): 

Among my most cherished books, which sit stacked up on the nightstand next to my bed, the spines lined up so I can gaze at them all at once, sits Natalie Goldberg's classic, Writing Down the Bones. Simply put, Writing Down the Bones taught me how to be a writer. Natalie's prose is simple, her tone accessible and advice comforting. I use it in my classes to help students push past the fog of doubt and remind them they have a tool they can return to again and again. 

Note Three: What We’re Reading Now

From Natalie Baszile (Fiction Workshop: Novel and Short Story, starting June 23):

For me, staying fresh, creative and open as a writer means that I have redefined what it means to read. My daily reading practice has broadened to include fashion, food, photography and design blogs.  Observing how a photographer composes an image tells me as much about how to craft a sentence as a reading a book on the craft of writing. Someone describing their passion for food or art, keeps me connected to emotion in all its forms.  Watching a video about how a designer creates a new collection helps me think about narrative.  My favorite blogs (listed at the end) keep my creative world big and nurture my imagination. As big as the world of books is, there’s an even wider world of inspiration.  Here’s the list:  The Sartorialist, Street Etiquette, Local Milk, Beewalker, The Selby, Alabama Chanin, Rebecca Rebouche.

Note Four: Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Classes are listed in chronological order, by date of first session, for the next 6 weeks.  For full descriptions and to enroll, click on each class or go to http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/upcoming-classes for the complete catalog.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10

6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6

10:00 am -1:00 pm

Saturday, July 25

Note Five: Hearing from You
What would you like us to include in the Grotto Class Bulletin?  What classes would you like to see offered at the Grotto?  What books about writing have been particularly useful for you?  Send your thoughts/comments/kudos & complaints to Lindsey Crittenden at lindseyec...@gmail.com 
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