I am thrilled to have found an ideal space for teaching small, high-quality writing classes in downtown Grass Valley! Here’s a photo of our fall pilot class in the space.

Beginning January 2018 I will be launching Yuba Writers’ Workshops and Editorial Services, teaching regular classes for writers of all levels at the Alpha Building, 114 Main St., Grass Valley.

These classes are for people who want to:

–Get started writing

–Or get serious about it.

In the “get started” category, for January, I’ll be teaching “Life Into Literature,” an introductory memoir class. In the “get serious” category, I’m offering “Take Your Writing to the Next Level,” a combination craft seminar/workshop for writers of both nonfiction and fiction.

Full information on each class is below. Each is strictly limited to six participants, so do write me soon if you’re interested! You can reach me at rachel.howard@gmail.com.

You can also visit http://rachelhoward.com/current-classes/ for a regularly updated list of Yuba Writers’ Workshop offerings.

For Those Who Want to GET STARTED:

Life Into Literature: Explorations in Memoir Writing

Five Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.: February 1st, 8th, 15th and February 22nd and March 1st

The Alpha Building, 204 Main St. (at Mill) Grass Valley


You’ve lived a rich life. You want to share it in writing. Where does the story begin? Where does it end? And how do you make your life a page-turner?

In these classes with New York Times acclaimed memoirist Rachel Howard, you’ll learn how to shape compelling, meaningful stories out of the mass of experience. Discussing carefully chosen memoir readings by Jo Ann Beard, Alexandra Fuller, and others, and completing a series of guided exercises, you’ll learn to write cinematic scenes, craft powerful passages of reflection, identify your richest material, and shape an engaging narrative. Our class series includes weekly “homework” to start you off and keep you rolling, and ends with an in-depth workshop of one longer submission (up to 15 pages). No writing experience necessary, though experienced writers will also benefit. Class limited to six participants.

For Those Who Want to GET SERIOUS:

Take Your Writing to the Next Level: A Fiction and Memoir Workshop

Seven Mondays, 6:30-9 p.m.: Jan. 8th-Feb. 26th

The Alpha Building, 204 Main St. (at Mill) Grass Valley


I have an image in my mind of myself as a writer, bushwhacking for many many years through a thick forest, suddenly having stumbled upon a beautiful clearing where there are friendly, open-hearted companions, as well as a fearless leader with a variety of roadmaps.

–Unsolicited student feedback

This workshop is for writers who want to gain deeply engaged feedback from a knowledgeable, well-published instructor while learning new techniques for their personal writing toolbox. Each session will begin with a lecture-discussion on one of the seven essential fields of exploration for a writer: Language, “Aboutness” (or Theme), Image, Three-Dimensionality, Point of View, Form, and finally, Imitation and Apprenticeship. After craft discussion, we’ll turn to your work, be it a memoir or novel chapter, short story, or personal essay, in a guided conversation. Each workshop member will have a chance to be workshopped twice over our seven weeks together (20 pages per submission), and each submission will receive a detailed feedback letter and margin notes. You’ll learn as much from critiquing your fellow writers’ work as you will from hearing your own work discussed, and you’ll finish the course with new ideas to make your writing more vivid and moving. Workshop strictly limited to six members.

About the Instructor: Rachel Howard teaches creative writing primarily at Stanford Continuing Studies and the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. She is the author of a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night, which the New York Times praised as “enthralling.” Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Gulf Coast, Waxwing (nominated for a Puschcart Prize), O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times “Draft” series, and many other venues. She received an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College, and later served there as interim director of undergraduate creative writing. She has also taught in the MFA program of Saint Mary’s College. She moved to Nevada City in 2014 and is founder and producer of the Yuba Lit reading series. www.rachelhoward.com

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