The Path of Growth:
Full Program Course Descriptions
men and women of all ages.
What makes the Ripe Fruit Writing program unique? (What the graduates say)
you are a seasoned writer, a sprout, or a fertile seed, the greenhouse
of the imagination will provide you the loam, the essential nutrients,
the savvy shaft of light. Here, you put down your roots and grow. You
grow as you alone must, connected to your passion for life and for language.
You build an unshakeable foundation for everything that will follow.
Ripe Fruit School of Creative Writing offers a progressive, step-by-step series of workshops and classes so that you can gain the tools, experience, confidence, and competence to take on any writing project. Workshops take place
in a cozy turn-of-the-century Victorian in San Francisco with
easy public transportation & parking. Each workshop brings together
a community of 8-12 students.
RIPE FRUIT ONE-DAY
comprehensive, hands-on workshops in which the teacher challenges students
in relation to their individual needs and voices in a safe and intimate
environment. Intensives are motivating, inspiring, instructional, and almost euphoric in their cultivation of community. One-days are given
throughout the year and focus on different topics such as: Discovering Your
Voice (THE WRITING FAITH), Memoir (SOULFOOD), Poetry, & Publishing.
(See the following 9-week course descriptions for details on specific
No previous writing experience is necessary.
FRUIT I: The
Art of Languaging
Finding & Expanding
a fundamental course in perception, imagination, compassion & commitment. Learn the six qualities it takes to be a great writer and put them into
immediate practice; be trained to know what a poet knows about language
as a foundation for all of your writing; excavate your wild mind and
cultivate your own inimitable voice. This workshop culminates with a
public celebration and reading of your work.
No previous writing experience is necessary.
a dynamic process of creative expression and self-integration. Our lives are abundant with incident, image, and event. Memory is one
of the writer's most powerful tools. Discover where memory and imagination
intersect. Learn how to re-enter your life and locate the stories that
must be told. Develop techniques for finding the heart of a story and
for shaping each memory into an unforgettable tale.
No previous writing experience is necessary. RF I one-day intensive
or 9-week class(Level I) is recommended.
FRUIT II: Prose
Poetry & the Art of Editing
a fundamental course in balance, density, and composition. Deepen your art of languaging training until it irrevocably takes root.
Emphasis is on the poetry of the sentence and the compositional skills
required for longer pieces of writing: focus, unity, and inner structure.
You will self-publish a chapbook (sold on consignment at City Lights
Bookstore) and participate in a public reading at Modern Times Bookstore.
Level I class or experience required.
Growing the Short Story
the principles central to the craft of writing fiction while continuing
to develop your skills in creating rich and exciting language. You will
discover how to transform resonant personal experience into powerful
story. Emphasis is on character, voice, point of view, story line, and
Level I & II or experience required.
FRUIT III: Alchemy
will develop your understanding of poetics and poetic forms, become
more innovative with language, deepen your sense of line, develop your
ear for rhythm & sound texture in language, and ripen to a new level
of sophistication in the writing and editing of your poems.
Level I & II or experience
FRUIT IV: Prose Critique
Memoir, & Prose Poetry
You will strengthen your understanding of building story, refine your
style, achieve more believability and flexibility of voice, and focus
on revision and completion for publication through extensive high level
Requires Levels I-III or submission of a manuscript or work-in- progress.
FRUIT IV: Poetry Critique
You will expand your personal area of subject matter, strengthen your
poetic voice, and refine your revision skills with the goal of publication.
Requires Levels I-III or submission of
FRUIT Weekend Writing Retreats
are quarterly retreats: literary & spiritual celebrations of each season.
Described by students as "transformative, intense, healing, liberating
& playful", these weekends in the Sonoma countryside give you a chance
to rejuvenate and re-commit. Locate your words where heart, mind, &
earth intersect. Enjoy unforgettable experiences of communion with other
writers. Give yourself the time and compassionate guidance to inhabit
your own extraordinary inner world.
For beginning and
"A cosmic gift!"