The Opening is a place where you can overcome your hesitation and playfully explore your writing, while getting realistic encouragement, group support and practical problem-solving from a writing professional.

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Grow into a more productive writer…and be more satisfied with your work.

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Join a writing community that prioritizes open-ended exploration and sends you home excited to write more.

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Participate in a non-hierarchical environment that allows you to take risks...and discover the unexpected in yourself, and in the world.

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Andy’s class gave me the confidence to  ignore the critical inner voices and just write. With his coaching, I finally finished a book I had been working on for five years.

Victor Lee Lewis, Diversity Educator and Founder of The Radical Resilience Institute

Finally Complete That Writing Project You Care About

Six Courses to Choose From:

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Even if you travel during the summer, you can stay connected with a group and get help with your book. A new “hybrid” format Book Completion group: meet in person once a month, meet by…

  • Starts June 25
  • Hybrid format-- 3 In-Person meetings, 9 meetings by phone/skype
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Get Help Completing Your Book from Anywhere: A 10-Week Remote Writing Group offered live by Computer Conference. Get individual coaching, LIVE feedback on your writing from a writing professional, and connection with a group of other…

  • Starting Wed, May 4th: 5-7:30 PM (Pacific Time)
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Spend four glorious days wrapped in your writing in the beautiful countryside of the Santa Cruz mountains. Get help with overall organization, working wisely with your inner critic, revising strategies, time management, doubts about your project, a…

  • Thur Aug 18 - Sun May 21
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Working on a larger project? Or have an idea for one? This class is for you if you want focused, individual coaching, the support of a group, and precise, useful feedback on your work. Because…

  • 3 Classes:
  • • Wed afts, Starting Aug 24
  • • Thur eves, Starting Sep 8
  • • Thur afts, Starting October 6
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Fan the flames of your own inner “genius” at this delicious one-day sampler that combines all of the best aspects of classes at The Opening, including: A radical freewriting approach in order to get (way)…

  • Stay tuned for summer dates
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Working on a larger project? Or have an idea for one? This class is for you if you want focused, individual coaching, the support of a group, and precise, useful feedback on your work. Because…

  • Starts June 12
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Learn how to inspire and professionally guide all people who want to write.   Andy Couturier, MA, has been leading writing groups professionally for 18 years. His approach is explicitly non-hierarchical, open-ended and generous to…

  • One Saturday a Month for 9 Months, starting Jan 2017
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Get Your Writing Juices Flowing
and Have a Blast Doing It

Courses That Open Your Mind, Connect You With Others
and Help You Finish Your Project

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