“If I had more time, I’d write a shorter story.” – Mark Twain
Dive into this invigorating workshop and practice the art of expressing more with less. Strive for sinewy prose and stories that charge the moment. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, this low fat approach will inspire and strengthen your writing. We’ll use writing seeds, exercises, and a supportive environment to get our stories down. We’ll explore the relationship between poetry and very short fiction – close cousins, pursue the art of making a small story large, and practice the three inherent qualities necessary in story telling. Mostly we’ll laugh, delight, and write. More than a “how-to” class, this is a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels who enjoy the pleasure of discovery and the earnest work of craft.
Additional Supplies Participants Should Bring to the Workshop: Writing utensils: paper, and a pen or pencil, or computer.
“Guy is hands down, the best writing instructor/mentor I have worked with. He is passionate, compassionate, knowledgeable and very empathetic. He knows his subjects and he knows the authors that best represent the subject being discussed. I will hazard a guess that he has mentored, guided and taught hundreds, maybe thousands, of writers over the years. When one works with Guy Biederman, one writes.” – Ken Rodgers
“I have taken numerous workshops from Guy over the past eight years and will tell you that he is very knowledgeable and creates the kind of non-threatening atmosphere where even people who are hesitant become willing to take risks and put themselves out there. Because of that, magical things happen. People write amazing things and they become better writers because they move past their fears. Guy is a wonderful facilitator for this kind of growth. He is kind, funny and pulls the best from people. Over the years I have come to think of him not only as a gifted teacher, but also as a true friend. And on a side note, he is a terrific writer as well. I could not recommend him more highly.” – Tricia McWhorter, MHT
“Guy was one of the early movers-and-shakers in the Low Fat Fiction genre, and not only is he a superb teacher and encourager, but he is also one of the best human beings I know. He’s someone you will like immediately…very wise, low-key, sensitive, and someone who is always exploring new avenues of creative writing. He has an inquiring mind and lives to create. I have learned a great deal from Guy, as have countless others.” – Betty Rodgers
About the Instructor
I began teaching at San Francisco State in 1991 after receiving my master’s in creative writing. Low fat fiction is my favorite class. Over the years I have taught this workshop at College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sebastopol Center for The Arts, writing retreats in Sayulita, Mexico, among other places, and in my private teaching studio.
In addition to my teaching career, I also published the literary magazine Bust Out Stories for over ten years, as well as several books by local bay area writers. My own short fiction has appeared in many journals and has been produced on stage at Dominican University. I’ve written two books. Teaching and writing are separate but related arts which I deeply enjoy. I especially appreciate teaching at the community education level with mature students who have stories to tell and have to tell them!
*This September I had a collection of short work, Soundings and Fathoms, published by Finishing Line Press*
Editor’s Note: Guy lives on a houseboat pictured behind this colorful, gaily lighted vision.