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Writing about Pleasure

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction



4 Sessions

Start Date: January 20, 2024
End Date: February 10, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $237.60
General Price: $264.00

Kierkegaard wrote, "Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it." This class is intended for both fiction and nonfiction writers. We will explore and write about pleasure via generative exercises and reading discussions. The focus will be on discovering the ways pleasure can be derived from craft elements such as setting, character, and sentence style, as well as, less tangibly, what is left out of the text for the pleasure to be pronounced. We will read selections from Tove Ditlevsen, Annie Ernaux, John Berger, M.F.K. Fisher, and more. See what you find if you don’t hurry past the feeling.


  • This class includes:
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
  • Work outside of class: 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.


  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Darina Sikmashvili

Darina Sikmashvili


Darina (Dasha) Sikmashvili was born in Lubny, Ukraine, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan and has been working in film production for over a decade.

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