Friday Night Salon: What we talk about when we talk about writing
Friday Nights: 5:30-7 p.m.
5 Weeks, 3/1-3/29
Hemingway and Fitzgerald had Gertrude Stein's living room every
Saturday night. Now, you're invited to share in the spirit: 1920s
literary Paris comes to San Francisco with Friday Night Salon.
A rotating cast of beloved Bay Area writers, poets, and journalists
share their insights, lives and writing tips.
Hosted live interviews with a different author every week, followed by
student Q&A and wine reception.
5 Nights. 5 Master Storytellers. 5 Genres. Up close and personal.
*Ask everything you've been dying to know *Get writing and publishing
tips from the experts *Meet and mingle with fellow Bay Area writers.
March 1: Memoir & Personal Essay: The Art of "I" with Laura Fraser
March 8: Radio: The Secrets of Sound with Monica Campbell
March 15: Poetry: Why Poetry with Matthew Zapruder
March 22: Narrative Nonfiction: The Art of Fact with Constance Hale
March 29: Fiction: From Plot to Page with Tom Barbash
Great Writers. Great Wine. Great Conversation.
Laura Fraser is a long-time freelance writer, San Franciscan, and
Grotto denizen. Her most recent book is All Over the Map, a sequel to
the best-selling travel memoir An Italian Affair. She also wrote
Losing It: America's Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds
on It, an expose of the diet industry. An award-winning journalist,
she has written features for many national magazines, including
Gourmet, More, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Glamour, Self, the New
York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Good Housekeeping, Salon.com, Bon
Appetit, Town and Country Travel, Islands, Yoga Journal, and others.
Her work has been frequently anthologized, including in Best Food
Writing of 2001 and 2002, and Best Women's Travel Writing of 2005. She
has taught magazine writing at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of
Journalism, Aspen Summer Words, U.C. Extension, and other venues. She
co-authored The War on Choice with former Planned Parenthood
Federation of America President Gloria Feldt. A frequent traveler,
last year she visited Sydney, Tasmania, Baja, Buenos Aires, Rome, and
her favorite island in the Mediterranean, which she refuses to name.
Monica Campbell is the immigration reporter/editor at Public Radio
International's The World. She also contributes to the Committee to
Protect Journalists. Recently, she reported on Mexico's migrant
shelters, the Pope's Cuba visit, press freedom in Venezuela, and San
Francisco's new archbishop. Based in Mexico City from 2003-2009, she
covered immigration, politics, and crime throughout Latin America for
The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The
San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, Marie Claire and
Newsweek. Campbell, a 2009-10 Harvard Nieman Fellow, has also reported
Matthew Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry, most
recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the
Year. He is also along with historian Radu Ioanid the co-translator of
Secret Weapon: The Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu. His poems, essays
and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin
House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Bomb, Slate,
Poetry, and The Believer. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a
William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of
American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He lives
in Oakland, works as an editor for Wave Books, and teaches as a member
of the core faculty of UCR-Palm Desert's Low Residency MFA in Creative
Writing. His new book of poems, Sun Bear, is forthcoming in 2014.
Constance Hale has written three books on language and writing,
including Sin and Syntax, and was the anchor blogger on The New York
Times "Draft" series. She has worked on staff at various newspapers
and magazines (The Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, Wired, and
Health) and her travel and personal essays have been widely
anthologized. She was head of the program in narrative journalism at
the Nieman Foundation at Harvard from 2007-2010 and has led national
conferences on the subject at Harvard and UC Berkeley.
Tom Barbash is the author of the novel The Last Good Chance and the
New York Times bestselling non-fiction book On Top of the World. He
has held fellowships from the NEA, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.
His stories and articles have been published in The Best American
Non-Required Reading, Tin House, McSweeney's, OneStory, Narrative, The
Missouri Review, VQR, Men's Journal, ESPN the Magazine, The Observer,
New York Times, Bookforum, The Believer, and other publications, and
performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series.
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a former Wallace
Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He currently teaches in the MFA program at
California College of the Arts.
Your Friday Night Salon host, Sabrina Crawford, hails from the
as-yet-undead hinterlands of newspapers and magazines. An
award-winning feature writer and arts and culture critic, she's
interviewed everyone from former Rep. Tom Lantos to Guns N' Roses
guitar god Slash, amassing a rare fortune in random facts. Her
illustrious credits include: staff writer for The San Francisco
Examiner, A&E critic for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, associate
editor of DRUM! magazine, researcher at Wired and author of the
Newcomer's Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently she's
working on a memoir, writing essays and features, teaching and trying
(often laughably) to master Italian and French. She recently began art
& literary salons.
Space is limited. Discounts for current grotto students.
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