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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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 March 26
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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:
  • • Thur afts, Starting Feb 25
  • • Wed afts, Starting Mar 9
  • • Thur eves, Starting Mar 17
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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 May 12-15
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Get Help Completing Your Book from Anywhere: A 12-Week Remote Writing Group by Computer Conference (or Phone) Get help with overall organization, working wisely with your inner critic, revising strategies, time management, doubts about your project, a…

  • Starting Tues, Feb 16, 2016: 2-6 PM (Pacific Time)
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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)…

  • SATURDAY JAN 30
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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. (Feb 28 group is full)
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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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