Start Where You Are: A Creative Writing Workshop - Cancelled!

Taught by Harvard Alum Novelist Mary Rakow, Ph.D.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1pm-4 pm
Limited to 10 participants

Bring what you have to this critique seminar: a novel excerpt, part of a short story, the opening of a memoir. Find what you are trying to make. Get started. Go deeper into what you have. See more clearly the finishing touches you must now do. Take a step toward more powerful, truthful and beautiful work.

Every participant will receive detailed critique on up to 5 pages of prose work. The atmosphere is safe but also rigorous. "Many creatures must make, but only one must seek within itself what to make." We are that creature. We alone must make objects of meaning.


Saturday January 19, 2013
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mechanics' Institute Board Room
57 Post Street, San Francisco, 94104 (at Montgomery Street BART station)

$35 HCSF Members
$45 Non-Members

No refunds after Friday, January 18

About the Instructor:

Mary Rakow, Ph.D., comes to fiction from theology. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. Her novel, The Memory Room, was shortlisted for the Stanford University Libraries Saroyan Prize, finalist for Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, and one of The Los Angeles Times Ten Best Books of the West in 2002.

"The Memory Room marks the rarest of occurrences - the debut of a literary master." Janet Fitch, White Oleander.

"Mary Rakow is a breathtaking writer and passionate teacher." Sam Dunn, Failing Paris.

For writing excerpts, reviews, teaching experience, etc. please visit Mary's website:

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