Winter 2012 Classes

Posted: December 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m so excited to announce our roster of winter classes.  Email writingworkshops [at] gmail [dot] com to enroll!

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (with Elline Lipkin in Studio City)
Tuesdays, January 24, 2012 to March 13, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in both the power and pleasures of poetry.  Weekly, students will study examples of both traditional and modern poetic forms, such as the sonnet, villanelle, and sestina, and look at other poetic techniques such as use of rhyme, meter, metaphor, imagery and the line.  Students will be offered in-class exercises to use as a starting point for their own work and then be invited to continue with these as they develop a sense of poetic voice and vision.  There will be short critiques of students’ works-in-progress as well as additional reading offered to expand understanding of the breadth and depth of this genre, both through its lyric traditions and more innovative forms.

This course will take place in Studio City, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

FICTION

Young Adult Fiction Writing Seminar and Workshop (with Cecil Castellucci in Silverlake)
2 Saturdays, January 21, 2012 and February 4, 2012
12 to 4 pm

This two-day course is designed for writers of all experience levels who are interested in writing young adult fiction but have yet to fully embark on a project. In the first meeting, the YA genre will be examined and demystified, and the instructor will discuss–among other topics–what makes a book YA, and address fears about what is, and isn’t, allowed in the genre.  Students will do in-class writing exercises to get them exploring their stories and characters, and there will be an option to share some of these exercises with the group.  Each student will be expected to bring their favorite YA novel to discuss with the class. For the second meeting two weeks later, students will have handed in ten pages of prose (due one week prior), to be critiqued in class.

This course will be held in the instructor’s home where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction Writing I (with Adam Kaplan in the Park La Brea area)
Thursdays, February 9, 2012 to March 29, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This 8-week course will introduce beginning writers to the basic techniques of fiction writing such as characterization, dramatization, dialogue, point of view, and so on.  In class students will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques.  Each week there will be short writing assignments to take home, which students will turn in for feedback from the instructor.  As this course is designed for beginning writers, there won’t be any formal workshopping, though there will be opportunities for students to share their writing with the group.  The class is also open to more experienced writers who simply want to brush up on the basics.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Park La Brea area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Short Fiction: Writing Into Structure (with Mary Guterson in North Hollywood)
Tuesdays, January 24, 2012 to March 13, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 pm

All writers and artists learn from imitation. In this 8-week course, students will examine the structures of a variety of published stories, and then borrow (imitate) those structures to create their own work both in class and at home. Students will do plenty of in-class exercises geared toward improving craft and generating new material. The basics of fiction–plot, characterization, dialogue, point of view, scene, voice–will be covered throughout the course. Any at-home assignments will be emailed to one another in advance of course meetings so that students can read each other’s work and be prepared to talk about it in class. Students also have the option of submitting one longer story (up to 20 pages) for a written critique. This is a fun and free-flowing class, designed for writers of all levels. Come prepared to write and create.This course will take place in the instructor’s home in North Hollywood, where wine, sparking water–and the occasional snack–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Novel Writing II (with Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM TO GET ON WAIT LIST **
Saturdays, January 14, 2012 to March 31, 2012 (no class 2/18 and 2/25)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

In this 10-week course students will continue working on newly-conceived novels.  The first few weeks of class will be devoted to writing exercises and discussing craft and technique from a novelist’s perspective.  All assignments, both in- and out-of-class, will ask students to think deeply about their projects and their aesthetic goals. There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep students on task, and there will even be time set aside in class to write.  The final weeks of the course will be devoted to workshopping student novel excerpts (40 pages maximum) in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class. This course is designed as a continuation of the fall 2011 Introduction to Novel Writing Workshop, and is open to experienced writers only.  Students must have approximately 30-50 pages of a manuscript to be eligible for the course. To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where coffee and sparkling water–and the occasional assortment of breakfast pastries–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $410 for new students; $370 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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NONFICTION

Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction Writing: Personal Essay and Memoir (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Mondays, January 16, 2012 to March 5, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

In this mixed level course, students will read, discuss, and write essays (or chapters) that will explore the genre(s) of personal narrative and memoir. The readings will be selected to stimulate thinking, exemplify different techniques and styles, and suggest techniques for engaging personal and creative expression. There will be in-class and homework exercises that address topics such as persona, audience, story, description, memory and truth, and ethical considerations specific to the genre. Students will have the chance to workshop their writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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