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Resolve to get creative? Writing classes offered

Creative writing classes with Patricia Dove Miller begin this month and feature a writing practice group and a workshop.

Birdsong: a writing practice group (based on Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones”), a cumulative series of short easy exercises. This practice group is designed to teach writers how to quiet the inner critic, delve into the unconscious, go deeper into writing and increase creativity. Writing practice helps you learn how to write, improve writing, overcome writer’s block or work out specific issues in a current project. It is for both beginning and experienced writers.

The first series runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 to Feb. 4, with registration due by Jan. 8. A second session goes from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, with registration by Jan. 10.

Session 1: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 15 to Feb. 4. (Register by Jan. 8.)

There will be additional four-week sessions in February and March.

There is also a creative writing workshop to teach how to begin a story or work on a draft in progress. Learn specific craft techniques to improve writing, and how to give and receive gentle feedback. For all genres: memoir, travel writing, short story, novel and essay. For all levels of experience. Includes one private consultation with the teacher. The second eight-week session is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, March 20 to April 24. Registration is due by March 8.

Patricia Dove Miller has been leading creative writing classes in Nevada County for the past eight years, including those at the Center for the Arts, Sierra Writers, Wild Mt. Yoga Center, Mountain Stream Meditation Center, and Shambhala Center. In the San Diego area, she taught residential retreats at Zen Mountain Center and classes at the San Diego Writing Center. She has attended four week-long writing workshops with Natalie Goldberg in Taos and has participated in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her work has appeared in “Tidepools,” “Fallbrook Haiku Society Anthology,” “Into the Deep End,” and other anthologies. She is co-leader of the Women’s Writing Salon and a former member of the Literature Alive board. She has a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Vermont College, and has recently completed her memoir, “Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest through the Shadows of Japan.”

All classes take place at her private Nevada City writing studio. For information, including class fees or to register contact Miller at or (530) 265-5165.

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