New Classes for Newbies

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Start your new year’s resolution to write – now.
Freelance Writing Career Our guest, Ellen Sussman is offering a couple of classes this winter

I’ll be offering two classes in January and February at my home in Los Altos Hills. (I also have a class through Stanford Continuing Studies — check their website for that one.) Contact me right away if you’re interested in one of these — they fill quickly! Please note — I’ll be traveling, starting tomorrow, and won’t get back to you until after December 7. But I will accept students in the order in which they contact me. You’ll receive confirmation and information on how to pay during the week of December 8.



Here’s to a Creative New Year

One day workshop

Saturday, January 24

9am – 4pm

$225 including lunch

Join me for a day of inspiration and creativity – a perfect way to start the new year. I’ll provide prompts and writing exercises that will help you find new material for stories or novels. You’ll learn about story structure and will leave class with a few stories sketched out and ready to roll. You’ll learn about character development and will have a few new characters ready to enter your fictional worlds. And you’ll play with stylistic choices so that your next stories might take you in new directions. We’ll also talk about ways in which you can make the muse more available in this next year – how to nurture and encourage creativity.

This is a perfect holiday gift – for yourself or for someone you know who might be eager to explore writing as a creative outlet. The workshop is appropriate for writers at all levels, from beginning to advanced.

A Writer’s Life

Half-day workshop

Saturday, February 28

9 – noon


This half-day workshop will focus on ways in which you can shape a writer’s life for yourself. We’ll start with a discussion of how you can fit writing into your busy schedule. We’ll examine writing as a daily habit, writing as a job, writing as a discipline. I’ll share some of my own writing tricks of the trade – the unit system, writing meditations, separating research and editing from the first draft process. We’ll also talk about writing conferences, writing residencies, and finally, how to search for an agent. And we’ll discuss ways in which you can separate the business of writing from the process of writing.

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Ellen Sussman


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