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ONLINE WORKSHOP — Thinking Small to Write Big


Do you want to discover how thinking and writing small will help you capture bigger ideas and write longer pieces?

Learn to sustain the kind of writing practice that leads to large ideas as well as longer work. By thinking small, both for the amount of time you devote to writing as well as your writing goals, you will, paradoxically, give yourself the space to write big—about your ideas, your spiritual beliefs, your life. Setting appropriate goals, sustaining a writing practice, focusing on what is in front of you, and learning to look and write deeper are among the subjects we will consider. By the end of the workshop, having received critiques and suggestions from the instructor, you will have completed a draft of a story, essay, chapter, or poem, and along the way, you will have discovered your most natural voice. more details

Instructor: Jane Anne Staw website |contact
Six weeks: July 10 to August 20, 2017
Fee: $190

Jane Anne Staw has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Stanford University; for over twenty years at The University of California at Berkeley Extension, where she was named an Honored Instructor; and most recently, for twelve years, in the M.F.A. Program in Writing at the University of San Francisco. She serves on the advisory board of the UC Extension Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing. She has been a Bay Area Writing Coach for the past fifteen years, working with writers on projects ranging from memoirs and historical fiction to novels, short stories, and essays. Her books include: Parsnips in the Snow: Talks with Midwestern Gardeners (with Mary Swander, University of Iowa Press, 1990) and Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block (St. Martin’s, 2003).


Thank you for your interest in Thinking Small to Write Big.

  1. This is an online worshop. Communication and interaction with the instructor and other participants is done electronically.
  2. This workshop is limited to 8 participants.
  3. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
  4. Registrations will be accepted up to the first day of the workshop. Late registrations require the approval of the instructor and a $20 late fee.
  5. Payment is expected at the time of registration.
  6. If you register and later find that you are unable to participate, the fee is fully refundable up to 48 hours before the first day of the workshop. After that date, we provide a refund of 80% of the fee paid. After the first week, no refunds will be made.

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