Spring 2012 Class Schedule

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NONFICTION

Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Thursdays, April 19, 2012 to June 14, 2012 (no class May 24, 2012)
7:30 to 9:30 PM

In this 8-week mixed levels 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

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (taught by Elline Lipkin in the Fairfax District)
Tuesdays, April 24, 2012 to June 12, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry.  Each week students will consider a particular theme through an in-class writing exercise, read examples of other poems, and be given an assignment sheet of poetry prompts to use during the week.  We’ll explore different types of poetic forms, practice using a variety of writing techniques, and offer feedback on each other’s work.  This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This course will take place in the Fairfax District, 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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FICTION

Fiction Writing I (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)
Mondays, April 23, 2012 to June 11, 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.  There will be in-class discussion of published fiction from a craft perspective, and students will do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques.  Each week there will be short writing assignments to complete outside of class, 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 occasionally students will be asked to bring copies of their work to share 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 at Mimoda Dance Studio (located behind Paper or Plastik Cafe) in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 10 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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Fiction Writing II (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**

Wednesdays, April 25, 2012 to June 13, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This 8-week intermediate-level class is designed for both short story writers and novelists. For the first four weeks, students will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. The class will cover such topics as characterization, pacing, point of view, structure, voice, and scene, and there will be short take-home writing assignments designed to help students progress with their manuscripts.  For the final four weeks of the course, students will be workshopped in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop either one short story manuscript or one novel excerpt (maximum 25 pages).

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, 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 Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop (taught by Sherri L. Smith in Glassell Park)
Wednesdays, April 25, 2012 to June 13, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 pm

In a world where teens have access to everything from the internet to the latest video games, how is it that the young adult (YA) novel is one of the fastest-growing and flourishing genres in the fiction book market today? Teens are hungry for a different kind of interaction.  This mixed-levels workshop focuses on developing the tools specific to writing the compelling fiction today’s demanding YA audience craves. Students study various methods employed in published YA fiction and learn to shape characters, plot, and pacing in a voice that speaks to teen readers. Through weekly exercises and group critiquing, students build their book ideas into a complete outline and one polished chapter.

This course will take place in a fellow student’s home in Glassell Park, where tea, light snacks, and the occasional glass of wine 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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Fiction Writing Group **CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM to get on wait list!**
Wednesdays, April 11, 2012 to May 30, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 pm

In this new offering from Writing Workshops Los Angeles, students will have the opportunity to be a part of a fiction writers’ group, headed by a published writer. Within a supportive environment, students will share new and in-process work, write from prompts, take home ideas for new stories, talk about writing, and ask questions about craft, creation and process. We will create our own writing community, giving and receiving feedback from one another, all the while having a good time. This is not a lecture class, nor will there be class assignments.

Come join this eight week course and get writing!
One and a half to two hours (length of class is dependent upon the number of students signing on, and the amount of work shared each week).

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course)

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