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Abby Wasserman Writing GroupAbby Wasserman leads three intimate writing groups in Mill Valley, California.

Groups meet from September through May. Abby also offers one or two intensive writing retreats a year.

The Thursday Group at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts is for all levels of prose writers. It provides a supportive and stimulating environment, and challenges writers to work with honesty, courage and heart. We do prompted freewrites, read aloud to one another, and discuss our work. Each member has the opportunity to bring pieces in for critiques.

The freewriting group meets every Thursday (with some seasonal breaks) from 10 a.m. to noon. A second group meets to present and critique work that is brought in each week. This group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Spaces are available by reservation. Call 415-388-4331.

Participants sign up for 8 sessions at a time, $200 for non-members of O'Hanlon Center, $160 for OHCA members.

The biweekly evening group meets every other Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. All participants in this group are working on long pieces, such as memoir or novel. Participants sign up for 8 sessions at a time. This group is currently full.

The Writing Groups collaborate to present a public reading at the O'Hanlon Center once a year. The next reading will be in May 2013. Check the Center's web site, for date and time.

Abby also offers private sessions with experienced writers to develop or hone work intended for publication. Email for rates and availability.


"I love going to Abby Wasserman's writing group at the O'Hanlon Center. Abby provides an ideal writing environment. It is safe and encouraging, plus Abby is able to zero in with her feedback in a way that makes it fun and easy to move forward. She deserves big thanks from me (and Penguin) for helping to build my book 'The Church of 80% Sincerity.'"
                                    David Roche, Author, Performer

"Abby Wasserman is a wonderful writing teacher. Her thought-provoking writing prompts, gentle prodding, and keen powers of observation have facilitated deep and wondrous explorations, sparking the perfect grist for the writer's mill. I have so much appreciated her equanimity and non-judgmental posture, and her overt appreciation for her students' unique styles and raw talents. She has consistently provided a safe yet challenging haven for writers who require a weekly dose of camaraderie and an opportunity to put pen to paper and share their stories aloud."
                             Margery Kreitman, Writer, Performer

"Thank you so much for your leadership, kind direction, and gentle prodding. We truly appreciate what you offer us: a path to our own voice."
                             Stephanie Krames (Thursday Group)

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