Student News Spring 2014

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Creative nonfiction writers Sara CampbellJennifer Alise DrewChristy EllisTerrance FlynnKaren LentzStephanie RossJoyce Salter, and Megan Stephan will be reading at a WWLA event in March in Los Feliz.

Sara Campbell’s essay, ”Somewhere Between Fantasy and Reality: A Tribute to Loehmann’s,” was published by The Hairpin.

Catie Disabato‘s short essay Against Grammar was published on the blog at Full Stop.

Jonathan Doyle published his first novel The Last Line of a Goat SongIt’s available to purchase as an ebook.

Jennifer Alise Drew’s essay “Hello, O” was a finalist for the Lumina XIII Nonfiction Contest and will be published in an upcoming issue.

Josh DuBose‘s short story will be published in the Notre Dame Review.

Terrance Flynn won The Rattling Wall’s Second Annual Microfiction Contest with his story “Drive-Thru.” He was also a finalist for the Sycamore Review 2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction judged by Cheryl Strayed.

Allison Gibson‘s short story “Ingrown” was published by Connu, a new literary app that features new short stories weekly from writers recommended by literary greats. Gibson was recommended by her former professor Mark Richard.  The app is available for download by clicking here.

Andrew Gilkerson was accepted into the Museum Anthropology Program at Columbia University.

Elina Gorelik published her essay “A Letter Beyond the Curtain” at Medium.

Shirin Najafi‘s article for The Rumpus about book trailers was mentioned in the New Yorker blog on the same subject.

Susan Wyler’s debut novel Solsbury Hill was released by Riverhead Trade in April.


Q&A With Fiction Instructor Caeli Widger

Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Caeli Widger has taught creative writing at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, University College London, and Johns Hopkins University — and now she’s WWLA’s brand-spankin’-new fiction instructor!  We’re so excited to have her teaching our Mixed Levels Fiction Class in this winter session, and equally excited to introduce her to all of you with a little Q&A:

 

Tell us about the Writer’s Junction where your class is being held.  What makes it such a good environment for writers and their workshops?

After years of writing anywhere I possibly could — and this includes not only Starbucks and the library, but crouched in my laundry nook (hiding from my children) and at Jiffy Lube while waiting for an oil change, I finally decided it was time for a quiet, dedicated space.  What I love about the Junction is the seriousness of the environment.  You walk in and just feel people buckled down and focusing and producing and doing what they love.  The vibe is contagious. I used to constantly struggle not to open my internet browser during a writing session, but at the Junction it hardly occurs to me. Also, it’s just a lovely, cozy, comfortable place to hunker down, and there’s one large private classroom with a big round table that just seemed perfect for a workshop.

Congrats on your debut novel, Real Happy Family, forthcoming from New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!  What’s it about?  How long did it take you to write?

Why, thank you!  I can’t believe it’s actually happening, but I got my box of galleys a few weeks ago (why no, I didn’t cry or anything, really!) , and evidently it’s going to be a real, live book!  I worked on it alone for two years, and then for another eight months under the guidance of my agent.  It’s a very Southern California story, which is funny, because I’ve only lived here since 2009 and still feel like an outsider.  It’s basically about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship that becomes a full-blown trainwreck because of an incident on reality TV, and how the fallout affects the rest of the family as well.

Do you have a guiding philosophy as a writing teacher?  Give us a taste of what it’s like to be a student in your writing classes. 

To crib from Francine Prose (and many other wonderful teachers), Read Like a Writer.  If you can learn to articulate why and how certain elements of a piece of fiction are working, your own writing will improve dramatically — it’s like magic!  Of course, the catch is, you must consistently write and write and write, in order for that evolution to occur.  My classes are a combination of craft analysis and practical strategy.  We’ll learn how to become better readers by utlra-close analysis of published work (which is tremendously fun, I promise!), and how to become more disciplined, dedicated, daily writers.

What’s your favorite short story that you’ve read in the past year?  (Published anytime)

“Mastiff” by Joyce Carol Oates.  It achieves the combination of narrative urgency and character development in seemingly effortless tandem.  It holds you in the grip of an incredibly tense situation while developing a complex relational dynamic and exposing the hearts of its characters.  It also has some startling, violent action, which is completely necessary and scary. It’s just an all-around successful story on so many levels…don’t worry, we’ll be reading it in class!

Close runners-up would be virtually any story in two tremendous collections:  Megan Mayhew-Bergman’s BIRDS OF A LESSER PARADISE or Tom Barbash’s STAY UP WITH ME

 

 


Winter 2014 Classes!

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WINTER 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

SEMINARS:

Beginnings & Endings: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

2 Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm
February 8, 2014 and February 15, 2014

SOLD OUT!

How do you start an essay or memoir in a way that immediately tells the readers who you are and what you have to offer? How do you start a short story or novel in a way that makes the readers unable to tear themselves from the page? How do you end a work so that both you and the readers are left with a feeling of complete satisfaction? While there are no one-size-fits-all answers to these questions, there are tips and tools to help. In this two-day seminar, we will discuss strategies to effectively begin and end, considering successful models and practicing techniques. A few readings will be discussed in the first meeting, and a short writing assignment will be due in the second.
Enrollment limit: 8 students

$155 for new students; $135 for returning students

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

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The Art of Characterization: 1-Day Seminar (taught by Edan Lepucki in Larchmont/Hancock Park area)

Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
February 22, 2014

SOLD OUT!

What makes a fictional character believable?  How can we create complex characters with complex problems? How does character inform content? This one-day seminar will tackle these questions, among others, through writing exercises, craft discussions, and close readings of published fiction. Students will be expected to complete two short writing assignments prior to the seminar.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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

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FICTION:

Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Caeli Widger in Santa Monica)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2014 to March 19, 2014 (no class 2/26)

SOLD OUT!

This 8-week mixed-levels 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 a few short take-home writing assignments.  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 at The Writers Junction in Santa Monica, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction I  (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 15, 2014 to March 12, 2014 (no class 2/26)

SOLD OUT!

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 students will have short writing assignments to do outside of class, which will be turned in for feedback from the instructor. As this course is designed for beginning writers, there won’t be any formal workshopping. The class is also open to more experienced writers who simply want to brush up on the basics.

This class will take place in Beachwood Canyon where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Highland Park)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 18, 2014  (no class 2/25)

SOLD OUT!

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 at Pop-Hop Bookshop in Highland Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction III (taught by Margaret Wappler in Silverlake)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 23, 2014 to April 3, 2014  (no class 3/13)

2 SPOTS LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in Silverlake, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $390 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction IV (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to April 1, 2014 (no class 2/25)

4 SPOTS LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $390 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Novel I (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to April 1, 2014  (no class 2/25)

SOLD OUT!

In this 10-week course, students will write the first 40 pages of a novel. The class will spend the first few weeks doing 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 aesthetic goals. There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep students on task, and there will also be time set aside in class to work. The final weeks of the course will be devoted to workshopping student novel excerpts in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Silverlake, where wine, sparkling water–and the occasional delicious snack–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for all students (payment plans available to returning students)

This class is open to experienced writers only. To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Advanced Novel Writing: Revision Workshop (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)

(every other) Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to May 27, 2014

SOLD OUT!

Congratulations, you have completed the first draft of your novel…but what now?  This intensive course is designed for the experienced writer who has recently finished, or is almost finished, with the first draft of a novel, and seeks help revising it.  This class will meet ten times over a four month period to discuss and critique student work.  On weeks that the class doesn’t meet, the instructor will email helpful articles and tips about craft, as well as the occasional writing exercise that focuses on revision and structure.  By the end of the class, students will have received feedback on a total of 120 pages of their novel-in-progress as well as one detailed critique from the instructor.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in downtown L.A., where wine, sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

This class demands a serious commitment from students, not simply to their own writing, but to the writing of their fellow students. Note: On certain weeks, students will be expected to read up to 120 pages of work by their classmates.

This class is open to experienced writers only.  To apply for entry, and to inquire about the course’s schedule of meetings, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

Enrollment limit: 6 students
Price: $600 for all students (payment plans available to returning students)

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

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 16, 2014 to March 13, 2014 (no class 2/27)

Section 2 (taught by Darcy Vebber in Larchmont/Hancock Park area)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 11, 2014

SOLD OUT!

In this course, students will have the opportunity to be a part of a fiction writers’ group facilitated 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 form 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.

Section 1 of this group will take in Beachwood Canyon, and section 2 will take place in the Larchmont/Hancock Park area.  In both groups, wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $260 for all students

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

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NONFICTION:

Nonfiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2014 to March 19, 2014 (no class 2/26)

SOLD OUT!

In this 8-week 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 Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $390 for new students; $350 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Nonfiction II

Section 1 (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 16, 2014 to March 6, 2014 SOLD OUT!

Section 2 (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 11, 2014  1 SPOT LEFT!

This 8-week intermediate course is designed for writers who are looking to continue their exploration of the memoir or personal essay genre. The students will already be familiar with most of the particular concerns of personal narrative (hybridity of form, the importance of scene, retrospective versus immediate point of view, authenticity of voice, memory, ethics). There will be some assigned readings, but the class will focus on bringing projects toward completion through a process of drafting, feedback, and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. Since this course is designed for more experienced writers, previous enrollment in WWLA’s Nonfiction I course is suggested but not required.

Section 1 will take place in Los Feliz, and Section 2 will take place in Mt. Washington.  In both classes, wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students (per section)
Course fee: $390 for new students; $350 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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POETRY:

Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop: Building and Revising a Collection (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 18, 2014 (no class 2/4)

SOLD OUT!

Are you working on a poetry manuscript?  Would you like to be? During this eight-week mixed-levels poetry workshop students will learn how to assemble a poetry manuscript by considering what poems can gather into a book project and what still needs to be written. We will also focus on the process of revising individual poems.  Students are welcome to bring in entire or partial poetry manuscripts for consideration or to submit new poems weekly.  Exercises will illuminate how to construct a book’s architecture and help students to understand the process of submitting a manuscript for publication, whenever it is ready.

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

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $410 for new students; $370 for returning students (This includes a $20 parking permit.  Payment plans available to returning students)

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


Student News Winter 2014

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Joy Allen’s short story ”Sunday Lunch and Black Hole” will be published in Post Road Magazine.

M.R. Branwen was (non-traditionally) interviewed at Metazen.

Catie Disabato wrote about being a writer with a day job and reviewed Very Recent History by Choire Sicha for Full Stop.  For the New York Daily News’ book blog, she reviewed Actors Anonymous by James Franco and interviewed Lizzie Skurnick.

Josh DuBose published a story called “Turf” in Bull Men’s Fiction.

Terrance Flynn’s essay “Static” will appear in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Slice Magazine.

Amy Forstadt’s short story “For Dummies” will be published in the inaugural issue of Nevada State College’s new literary journal 300 Days of Sun in Winter 2014.

David Krause published a story in El Portal and started his freshman year at Sarah Lawrence.

Elina Gorelik’s essay “A Trip to the Moon” was published in the recent Humor Issue of Writers Tribe Review.

Karen Lentz attended the 360 Xochi Quetzal residency in Chapala, Mexico as their first writer in residence.

Leo Marks published a fake movie review in Sleeper Celluloid.

Amanda McCraven won the New Southerner 2013 Nonfiction Contest with her essay “What My Sister Does Now.”

Anthony Mohr will publish a short story in Front Porch Journal.

Shirin Najafi published articles in Trop and The Rumpus.

Laura Picklesimer was awarded a UCLA Extension Writer’s Program Scholarship.

Wally Rudolph’s debut novel Four Corners will be published by Soft Skull Press in summer 2014.

Megan Stephan wrote about Claire Messud’s novel The Woman Upstairs in the article “How Angry Is She?” for Public Books.

 

 


Instructor News Winter 2014

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Adam Cushman‘s short story “Rope” was published by The Ampersand Review.

Chris Daley’s essay “Thoughts on Time After Viewing Christian Marclay’s The Clock” was published in Issue #50 of The Collagist.

Seth Fischer ‘s essay “The Skinner Box” was published by The Weeklings.  He also published a ghost story called “The Crawl Space,” written to celebrate Kate Maruyama’s recently released and bestselling horror novel Harrowgate. His essay on craft ”The Art of the Overshare” was published on the Bleed literary blog by Jaded Ibis Press.

Seth’s essay “Bow and Arrow” was published by the Rumpus and his essay “How to Make Your Family Proud” was one of Lunch Ticket‘s featured articles.

Edan Lepucki  interviewed 4 of the 5 National Book Award finalists for the National Book Foundation’s website, and she reviewed Night Film by Marisha Pessl for the Los Angeles Review of Books.  She also revealed the cover of her forthcoming debut novel, California, on her Tumblr!

Shannan Rouss edited and contributed to a new eBook single “Pretty Women: True Stories of Obsession, Aging and Acceptance.”

Margaret Wappler married David P. Earle at Harry Gesner’s Sandcastle house in Malibu on October 12th. The bride wore Alice + Olivia. She also included a poem from Rachel Wetzsteon in her ceremony. You know, to keep it literary.

 


Welcome Two New Instructors

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WWLA is delighted to announce that Caeli Widger and Darcy Vebber have joined the teaching staff. Check out their bios below, and look for their classes in the winter 2014 schedule (to be announced in early December).

Caeli Widger earned her MFA from the University of Montana and has taught creative writing at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, University College London, and Johns Hopkins University.  Real Happy Family, her debut novel, is forthcoming from New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March 2014.  Her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times MagazineAnother Chicago Magazine, and the Madison Review, as well as on NPR and CBS Radio.  A Florida native, Caeli now lives in Santa Monica with her husband and three children.

Caeli Widger

Darcy Vebber has published fiction in the Iowa Review and the Otis Review and nonfiction in the Village Voice and Parade Magazine. She has a BA in film from USC and worked for many years in film production. After she earned her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2006, she was an assistant to literary agent Betsy Amster, reading submissions and writing delicately-worded rejection letters. She has been a contributor at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference twice, where she studied with Amy Hempel and Robert Bowsell. Currently she writes about food for the Jewish Journal, and about the intersection of ritual and everyday life for Tribe Magazine. She also teaches writing to young adults at the non-profit Art Division in downtown L.A.  She is finishing a novel.

Darcy Vebber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Coming Soon: Winter 2014 Classes

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Although temperatures in LA show no signs of dipping below 80, the Winter 2014 class schedule is on its way!  Watch this space – it’ll be here soon.

To get first notice of new classes, sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.


Fall 2013 Class Schedule

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Here they are, folks, the fall classes.  Please email writingworkshopsls@gmail.com to enroll!

FALL 2013 CLASS SCHEDULE

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop  (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 8 , 2013 to December 3, 2013 (no class November 26, 2013)

SOLD OUT!

This 8-week class is designed to bring writing students even deeper into their practice of poetry. Each meeting will focus on a different type of contemporary poetry, such as the New York School of Poets, the “confessional,” New Formalism, the gurlesque, or Language poetry.  Students will read published writers whose work exemplifies each movement and then try a series of prompts to better understand the techniques and characteristics of this movement. Each week students will have the chance to read established poets’ work, have a poem reviewed, and offer feedback on each other’s writing. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the traditions of various schools of poetry, and to engage with fellow students in a craft-focused workshop environment.

This course will take place in Beverly Grove where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$400 for new students; $360 for returning students (price includes a parking pass; payment plans available to returning students)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

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NONFICTION

Using Fiction Techniques in Memoir: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

2 Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm
December 7, 2013 and December 14, 2013

SOLD OUT!

Of all the subgenres in creative nonfiction, memoir can benefit most by incorporating fiction techniques. In fact, thinking of your memoir this way can make your story more relevant to more readers. Developing point of view, character motivation, and narrative voice can help construct an engaging persona to tell your story. Effective plot structure, scene building, and dialogue can add shape and a rhythmic tension to your life events. In this two-day seminar, we will also explore other techniques generally considered to “belong” to fiction, such as the use of subplot, suspense, setting, and figurative language. A few readings will be discussed in the first meeting, and a short writing assignment will be due in the second.

This seminar will take place in Los Feliz 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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Nonfiction I (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 26, 2013 to November 21, 2013  (no class 10/10)

SOLD OUT!

In this 8-week 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 Mt. Washington, 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 to returning students)

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

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Nonfiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Downtown L.A.)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2013 to November 20, 2013

3 SPOTS LEFT!

This 8-week intermediate course is designed for writers who are looking to continue their exploration of the memoir or personal essay genre. The students will have some familiarity with at least a few of the generic concerns of personal narrative, such as hybridity of form, dramatization, retrospective versus immediate point of view, ethics, and so on. There will be some assigned readings, but the class will focus on bringing projects toward completion through a process of drafting, feedback, and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. Weekly in-class and homework exercises will help students develop their craft, and a series of in-depth workshops in the latter half of the course will allow students to apply critical reading skills to their own writing.  Aside from receiving one formal workshop for a longer piece, students will have the opportunity to submit short work for review every other week.

Since this course is designed for more experienced writers, previous enrollment in WWLA’s Nonfiction I course is suggested but not required.

This course will take place in Downtown L.A., 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 to returning students)

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

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FICTION

Writing Sex: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Fairfax District)

Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm
October 19, 2013 and October 20, 2013

SOLD OUT!

What makes a successful sex scene? This two-day seminar will address this question in depth, gleaning lessons from a diverse selection of published fiction.  Students will complete a series of exercises aimed at writing sex scenes that are nuanced, sensual, believable, and complex.  The seminar will also examine how such scenes in fiction can reveal and complicate character, theme and plot, and there will be a broader conversation about powerful scene writing in general.  On both days there will be opportunities to share and critique work in a respectful and comfortable environment.

This seminar will take place in the Fairfax District 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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Craft and Structure: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

2 Sundays, 2 to 5 pm
October 20, 2013 and October 27, 2013

5 SPOTS LEFT!

This 2-day seminar will cover the elementals of craft and structure in fiction writing. From Aristotle’s Poetics and Monomyth, to syntax and style, this seminar will offer students a chance to hone their craft, arm themselves with new techniques, and be cured of bad writing habits.  The second meeting will be devoted to a rigorous and open-minded workshop of student writing.

This seminar will take place in Beachwood Canyon, 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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The Novel from Beginning to End: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)

2 Sundays, 4 to 7 pm
October 6, 2013 and October 20, 2013

6 SPOTS LEFT!

What is a novel and what is my novel? First-time novelists often struggle with explaining their work in their own words. And they often fail to see their novels-in-progress as projects that will one day be complete! This two-day course will help beginning novelists categorize, explain, and outline their novels. We will look at different novel structures, various methods of outlining, and the best way to present ideas on the page. We will break students’ novels down into their component parts and trace character, story, and potential plot development from beginning to end. This course is open to anyone with a novel-in-progress regardless of the stage. Students will be asked to bring in a novel they find comparable to their own work, which they will present to the class. The second meeting will be dedicated to troubleshooting and deepening students’ outlines as well as writing successful pitch letters to agents.

This seminar will take place in downtown L.A., where wine, 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 I (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 26, 2013 to November 21, 2013 (no class 10/31)

SOLD OUT!

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 students will have short writing assignments to do outside of class, which will be turned in for feedback from the instructor. As this course is designed for beginning writers, there won’t be any formal workshopping. The class is also open to more experienced writers who simply want to brush up on the basics.

This class will take place in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Fiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler in Silverlake)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 25, 2013 to November 20, 2013  (no class 10/16)

SOLD OUT!

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 Silverlake, 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 to returning students)

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

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Fiction III (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2013 to December 11, 2013 (no class 11/27)

1 SPOT LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction IV (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2013 to December 17, 2013 (no class 10/8 and 11/26)

SOLD OUT!

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

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

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students only)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2013 to November 19, 2013

1 SPOT LEFT!

Section 2 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30, 2013 to November 18, 2013

1 SPOT LEFT!

In this course, students will have the opportunity to be a part of a fiction writers’ group facilitated 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 form 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.

Section 1 of this group will take in Echo Park, and section 2 will take place in Beachwood Canyon.  In both groups, wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 for all students

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

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Didn’t find what you’re looking for?  Writing Workshops Los Angeles also offers one-on-one instruction in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  Email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.


Student News: Fall 2013

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WWLA students are publishing, getting into writing conferences, doing readings, and having babies!  A big congratulations to all of them.
Elline Lipkin’s poetry students will read their work at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there!
Renee Carlino‘s self-published debut novel Sweet Thing reached USA Today’s Bestseller list.  Atria picked up the book for traditional distribution, as well as her next two books.
Claire Cronin was awarded a scholarship to attend the Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference.
Allison K. Gibson gave birth to Jude Rio Gibson on Sunday July 14th.
Anita Gill published a personal essay titled “Shadows in Rooms” in Eastlit.
Anthony Mohr‘s essay “26.9″ was included in the anthology California Prose Directory 2013: New Writing from the Golden State, published in May 2013.  LA Review highlighted Mohr’s essay on the glory and disappointments of 1960s surf culture in their favorable review of the collection. Mohr was also invited to participate in Dinty W. Moore’s literary nonfiction seminar at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in June 2013.
Shirin Najafi‘s “More than a Handful: A Review of David Dobkin’s The Boob Switch” was published by Trop in their recurring column of reviews of movies that don’t exist, called “Sleeper Celluloid.”
Joyce Salter, Darcy Vebber and Susan Wyler attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont this August.
Lisa Sanchez was awarded a scholarship to attended the Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference.
David Slavin‘s poems have been exciting editors all over the place! “The Swing” was published in the June edition of the literary journal Quill & ParchmentSwimming Lessons” was published in Quill & Parchment’s July issue. “Fragments” was featured in the latest issue of poetry mag Askew and David had two poems translated into Lithuanian by Sonata Paliulytė for Literatura Menas: “Stations of the Conic Sections” and “Cerberus.”
Christine Spines published the personal essay “Love Them and Leave Them” at Elle.

Instructor News: Fall 2013

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Look what our instructors have been up to lately…

Neelanjana Banerjee‘s first play, Cowgirls, was given a staged reading at the David Henry Hwang Writers’ Institute New Works Festival on June 30th at the East West Players Theater in Little Tokyo.

Adam Cushman’s Kickstarter campaign for Red 14, the film company he co-founded in 2011, received full funding to produce literary shorts for four new or forthcoming books.  You can read an interview with Adam about this project here.

Chris Daley’s review of Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways was published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Books section. Chris will also serve as a fiction moderator at the West Hollywood Book Fair on September 29. 

Edan Lepucki‘s story “Ambulance of Boys” was paired with art by Regina Mamou and music by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper in issue #71 of Storychord.  She also wrote about story arcs for her Ask the Writing Teacher column at The Millions.

Ivy Pochoda‘s novel Visitation Street was published on July 9 to a great review from the New York Times and a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly , amongst other fantastic mentions.