Winter 2015 class schedule

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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SEMINARS

1-Day Seminar: Show and Tell (taught by Seth Fischer in Chinatown)

Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
February 8, 2015

When you first hear it, “show, don’t tell” sounds like good writerly advice, but have you ever wondered how you’re supposed to tell a story without actually telling anyone anything? Have you ever felt like you lacked the tools to draft and revise your own writing with this advice in mind? This seminar will explore how to move past that old writing class cliché to think of your writing in terms of summary, scene, and story. Using examples from James Baldwin to Cheryl Strayed, students will explore how other writers have created successful scenes using dialogue, description, and action. They will delve into how these authors have written strong summary using tools like detail, voice, and precision. And they will examine how they wove summary and scene together to tell immersive, compelling stories. Before the seminar, students will do two short readings and one brief writing assignment, which can be either fiction or creative nonfiction. In the seminar, after exploring the readings, students will use this new knowledge to experiment with scene and summary through a series of writing and editing exercises.

This one-day seminar is open to students of all levels and to writers of both fiction and creative nonfiction. It will be held in Chinatown, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

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

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

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1-Day Seminar: The Art of the Paragraph (taught by Edan Lepucki in Hancock Park)

Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
March 28, 2015

The paragraph is a self-contained unit of text that deserves to be analyzed and studied more closely in a creative writing setting. How can writers celebrate this tricky, flexible, and even sexy organizational device, and use it to their aesthetic advantage? In this seminar we will review–and perhaps break–traditional rules for paragraph writing, analyze various published paragraphs, and explore how our own paragraphs can be improved upon to strengthen our work as a whole.

This one-day seminar is open to students of all levels and to writers of both fiction and creative nonfiction. It will be held in Hancock Park, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

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

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

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2-Day Seminar: Improve Your Submission Game (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Two Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
January 24, 2015 and January 31, 2015

SOLD OUT!

It’s a new year and a new chance to up your submission game. By the time this seminar is over, you will have 1) an overview of how, where, and what to submit, 2) a list of appropriate venues for your genre and style, 3) a bio that is concise and memorable, 4) an effective query letter (if you have a book-length project) or cover letter (for short-form prose and poetry), 5) a sense of when and where to pitch first, and 6) a greater sense of confidence about sending your work out into the world. This seminar is geared toward students who have at least one finished piece of work. You’ll be asked to bring a laptop or tablet for research and to prepare a record-keeping system for your submissions. Join us for two fun Saturdays of publication preparation.

This two-day seminar is open to students of all levels and to writers of all genres.  It will be held in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$170 for new students; $150 for returning students

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

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

Two Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm
March 7 and March 14, 2015

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.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$170 for new students; $150 for returning students

This two-day seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

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

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POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry (taught by Elline Lipkin in Glendale)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 10, 2015 to March 31, 2015

This eight-week workshop will focus on how to cultivate a practice of poetry—on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis as students integrate awareness, writing, and observation into their lives. The instructor will introduce poems that celebrate the everyday and deepen attention through use of metaphor, simile, or other poetic devices as students investigate and practice craft techniques. Writing exercises will focus on building an ongoing practice, creating poetic community, and new uses for poetry. Weekly workshopping of poems will help students to understand the mechanics of how a poem works and more about their own creative process.

This course will take place in Glendale, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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FICTION

Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Karl Taro Greenfeld in the Pacific Palisades)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 20, 2015 to March 10, 2015

This eight-week mixed-levels class is designed for both short story writers and novelists. For the first four weeks, you will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. You 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 you progress with your manuscript.  In the final four weeks of the course, you will be expected to turn in either a short story manuscript or a novel excerpt (maximum 25 pages), to be critiqued by the instructor.  Students will also share excerpts and works-in-progress with the group in a workshop environment designed to inspire and challenge every member of the class.

This class will take place in the Pacific Palisades, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Fiction I (taught by Kate Maruyama at Incarnation Community Center in Glendale)

Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
February 10, 2015 to March 31, 2015

This eight-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 Glendale, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Fiction II (taught by Diana Wagman in Silverlake)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 19, 2015 to April 9, 2015

SOLD OUT!

This eight-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 class will take place in Silverlake, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Novel I (taught by Seth Fischer in Mid-City/Beverly Grove)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 10, 2015 to April 14, 2015

In this ten-week course, students will develop their novels and write the first 40 pages. Students 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 everyone on task. 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 class will take place in Mid-City L.A., where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Intensive Novel Workshop (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 12, 2015 to April 16, 2015

This ten-week advanced course is designed for writers who have finished, or who are close to finishing, the first draft of a novel and seek help revising it. Every week, the class will meet to discuss and critique student work. By the end of the course, each student will have received feedback from his or her classmates and instructor on 100 pages of a novel in progress. The instructor will provide general comments on the manuscripts submitted throughout the course; at the end of the class, students can choose between receiving a formal written critique from the instructor or meeting one-on-one to discuss revision options and strategies.

The emphasis over the course of these ten weeks will be solely on workshopping existing work. While students are allowed to revise and resubmit, no formal writing assignments will be given. This class requires a serious commitment from students: each week, students should be prepared to workshop 60 pages from their classmates.

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

Enrollment limit: 6 students by application only
$475 for all students (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Darcy Vebber in Hancock Park)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 28, 2015 to March 18, 2015

Section 2 (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)
Sundays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
February 22, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (no class April 5, 2015)

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 while having a good time. This is not a lecture class, nor will there be class assignments.

Section 1 of this group will take place in Hancock Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack will be served, and section 2 will take place in Echo Park, where tea, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
$260 for all students

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

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NONFICTION

Nonfiction I (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2015 to March 12, 2015

In this eight-week course, students will read, discuss, and draft 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 class will take place in Los Feliz, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Nonfiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 17, 2015 to April 7, 2015

This eight-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 class will take place in Silverlake, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.


Winter 2015 Student News

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Joy Allen‘s story “The Frog-Faced Man” was published by The Molotov Cocktail.

M.R. Branwen has an essay forthcoming in the Adirondack Review.  This will be the journal’s first time publishing a piece of nonfiction.

Terry Carr’s essay “The One Lie You Really Shouldn’t Ever Tell Your Kids” was published on the Huffington Post--and went viral!

Candace Culp and Sara Fowler were both finalists for PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices fellowship.

Jennifer Alise Drew’s essay “Lessons in Sign” was the grand prize winner of the Hippocampus Magazine “Remember in November” Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

Terrance Flynn is serving as a juror for the 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation writing awards. He will be reading from his memoir-in-progress Dying to Meet You at the Roar Shack reading series at 826LA on December 14.

Elina Gorelik read her essay “Letter Beyond the Curtain” at the L.A. Storytelling Festival on October 15.

Creative nonfiction student Amanda McCraven won the 2014 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Director of a Play for “The Pliant Girls” (Fugitive Kind Theater Company).

Merna Skinner was accepted as Mark Doty’s student at the Tupelo Writing Conference in New Mexico.

In “Some Men Do” at Public Books, Megan Stephan reviewed Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me.

 

 


Winter 2015 Instructor News

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Adam Cushman wrote and directed a film called “Restraint,” which stars Caitlyn Folley, Dana Ashbrook, and John Hensley.  They just wrapped filming.

Chris Daley’s essay “Thoughts on Time After Viewing Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’” will be included in the W.W. Norton short nonfiction anthology, Brief Encounters, to be published in 2015. It was also nominated for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology. Her photo “Black Cat at Danzig’s House” was used as the promotional artwork for the “Everything October” issue of Bartleby Snopes.

Seth Fischer published his essay “The Goblin” in volume 6 of Red Light Lit.  His essay “Martin” is forthcoming in Word Riot.

Edan Lepucki’s novel California was the inaugural selection for the San Francisco Chronicle’s new book club as well as a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards.  She recently sold her second novel, Woman No. 17,  to Hogarth/Crown, with expected publication in spring 2017.

Margaret Wappler published work in Elle, Nylon, and the Los Angeles Times.


WWLA Welcomes New Instructor Karl Taro Greenfeld

Posted: November 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

We are thrilled to welcome Karl Taro Greenfeld to our roster of instructors!

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Karl is the author of eight books, including the novel Triburbia (2012, Harper) and the memoir Boy Alone (2009, Harper), a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. His next novel, The Subprimes, will be published by Harper in May, 2015. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Paris Review, GQ, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Ploughshares and numerous other publications. His short stories have twice been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (2009, 2013) and once in O. Henry Prize Stories (2012) and his non-fiction has appeared in numerous Best American anthologies. From 1998 to 2007, he was a writer and editor at Time and Sports Illustrated, running Time Asia and helping to launch Sports Illustrated China. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and earned a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. He has lived and worked as a writer and editor in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles, where he currently lives with his wife, Silka, and daughters Esmee and Lola.


Winter 2015 class schedule is coming!

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The schedule will be announced the week after Thanksgiving, and classes will start in the new year.  To join the mailing list, go here.


Fall 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

Posted: August 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you’re interested in signing up for any of these courses, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

SEMINARS

How to Give a Reading Without Boring Your Audience to Tears (with Rae Dubow in Pico Fairfax)

Two Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
October 4 and 11, 2014

How many times have you been to a reading and found it wanting? The material may be terrific, but if the author’s delivery doesn’t rise to the occasion, the audience can’t appreciate it. The upshot? Writers need to learn how to deliver their work in public, to be comfortable when they share their words. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to give a short reading and be coached on their performances. After the reading, one each during the two weeks, constructive tips will be offered on how to appear and feel more relaxed and confident. Participants will also be given direction on how to enhance communication and performance skills. In a literary culture that increasingly demands that writers also function as performers, that they engage with readers in a wide variety of ways, knowing how and what to deliver in front of an audience is essential. Together, we will work on presentation, reading, performance, and help you to hone and develop these necessary skills.

This two-day seminar is open to students of all levels.  It will be held in the Pico-Fairfax area, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$155 for new students; $135 for returning students

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

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Welcome to My World: Worldbuilding Across Genres (with Kate Maruyama at Incarnation Community Center in Glendale) 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Two Saturdays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
October 25 and November 1, 2014

Whether your story is based in realism, history, science fiction, horror, or urban fantasy, the world you build, with all of its elements, from rules to setting to character needs to be consistent and clear. Once you have your reader oriented, you can take them anywhere you want. Asking questions about each of these elements gives your story new energy and can open it up in interesting ways. This two-day intensive will look closely at techniques in world-building. We will be doing in-class exercises and working with your text to help you go back to your fictional world with a new view and the tools to enhance it. Students will be sharing two pages of their own work in class.

This two-day seminar is open to students of all levels.  It will be held in Glendale, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$155 for new students; $135 for returning students

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

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Writing About Place (with Darcy Vebber in Hancock Park) 4 SPOTS LEFT!

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
November 15 and 16, 2014

Every story has to happen somewhere in particular. In fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, even essays, place generates story, suggests character and holds meaning. Alice Munro writes, “In your life there are a few places, or maybe only one place, where something has happened. And then there are the other places, which are just other places.” Writing that captures the place where something has happened or is happening right now is much more than description of physical location and the weather. In this seminar, we will read and discuss powerful uses of place in fiction, memoir and essays, do sensory writing exercises and write at least one real and one imagined place where things might happen.

This two-day seminar is open to students of all levels.  It will be held in Hancock Park, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$155 for new students; $135 for returning students

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

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Using Fiction Techniques in Memoir (with Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Two Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm
December 6 and December 13, 2014

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 two-day seminar is open to students of all levels.  It will be held in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$155 for new students; $135 for returning students

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

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POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop (with Elline Lipkin in Glendale)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30, 2014 to November 18, 2014

SOLD OUT!

This  eight-week workshop will focus on how to cultivate a practice of poetry — on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis as students further integrate awareness, writing, and observation into their lives.  The instructor will introduce poems that celebrate the everyday and deepen attention through use of metaphor or simile, and students will investigate and practice other useful craft techniques.  Writing exercises will focus on building an ongoing practice, building poetic community, and new uses for poetry.  Weekly workshopping of new poems will help students to understand the mechanics of how a poem works and what their own creative process.

This course will take place in Glendale, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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FICTION

Fiction I (taught by Diana Wagman in Echo Park)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 7, 2014 to December 2, 2014 (No meeting on November 25)

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
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Fiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler at Pop-Hop Books in Highland Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2014 to November 20, 2014

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 class will take place at Pop-Hop Books 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Fiction–Mixed Levels (taught by Clarissa Romano in Santa Monica)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2014 to November 19, 2014

SOLD OUT!

This 8-week mixed-levels class is designed for both short story writers and novelists. For the first four weeks, you will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. You 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 you progress with your manuscript.  In the final four weeks of the course, you will be expected to turn in either a short story manuscript or a novel excerpt (maximum 25 pages), to be critiqued by the instructor.  Students will also share excerpts and works-in-progress with the group in a workshop environment designed to inspire and challenge every member of the class.

This class will take place 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Fiction–Mixed Levels (taught by Caeli Widger at The Writers Junction in Santa Monica) 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Saturdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
October 4, 2014 to November 22, 2014

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 class will take place at The Writers Junction in Santa Monica, where beverages 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Clarissa Romano in Silverlake)  SOLD OUT!
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30, 2014 to November 18, 2014

Section 2 (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)  SOLD OUT!
Sundays, 10 am to 12 pm
October 5, 2014 to November 23, 2014

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 Silverlake, and section 2 will take place in Echo Park. In both groups, beverages 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Intensive Novel Workshop (taught by Ivy Pochoda in West Adams)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2014 to November 19, 2014

SOLD OUT!

This advanced course is designed for writers who have finished or who are close to finishing the first draft of a novel and seek help revising it. The class will meet eight times over a two-month period to discuss and critique student work. By the end of the class, each student will have received feedback from his or her classmates and instructor on 100 pages of a novel in progress. The emphasis over the course of two months will be solely on workshopping existing work. While students are allowed to revise and resubmit, no formal writing assignments will be given. This class requires a serious commitment from students: on each week, students should be prepared to workshop 60 pages from their classmates.

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

Enrollment limit: 6 students by application only
Course fee: $475 (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

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NONFICTION

Nonfiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Silverlake)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 16, 2014 to December 11, 2014 (No meeting on November 27)

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 class will take place in Silverlake, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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Nonfiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30, 2014 to November 18, 2014

SOLD OUT!

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 class will take place in Mt. Washington, 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 enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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FALL 2014 INSTRUCTOR NEWS

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Seth Fischer interviewed Edan Lepucki about her new novel California for The Rumpus.

Edan Lepucki debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller list for her novel California.

Elline Lipkin‘s nonfiction essay “Trying” will be published in the forthcoming anthology “My Other Ex” edited by Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger, out this September. Her essay “The Books We Hold More Closely” will be included in the tribute issue to Eavan Boland of PN Review, which comes out in September as well. The Society Pages published her review of three books “(M)Others: Good, Bad, Real on Girl w/Pen: Bridging Feminist Research and Popular Reality.”

Amelia Morris’s debut memoir, Bon Appetempt: A Coming of Age Story (With Recipes!) was included on The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books List.

Margaret Wappler has written for Los Angeles Times and Bookforum.com. Yoko Ono retweeted Margaret’s DAME piece to her 4 million followers!


Fall 2014 Student News

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Claire Cronin‘s debut chapbook, called THERESE, is being released online by H_NGM_N Books in late August.
Jennifer Alise Drew’s essay “Argo” will be published in the upcoming SKIN issue of The Chattahoochee Review.
Terrance Flynn is the winner of the 2014 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors’ Award from the Southern Indiana Review for his essay “Having Something.” He will also be reading in the Rant & Rave series at Rogue Machine Theatre on August 25.
Debbie Graber‘s short story “New Directions” was published in Harper’s Magazine.
DeLon Howell will be reading his essay “Third Rail” on August 23 and 24 for Speakeasy Los Angeles as part of “Connection: An Evening of Storytelling and Music.”
Lauren Kent‘s short story will be published in online L.A.-based magazine Forth.
Anthony Mohr published an essay called “High School Justice: Lingering Questions” for the LA Daily Journal, an outgrowth of an exercise at the Kenyon Review workshop.
Julia Ruchman will be writing for new NBC series “Odyssey.”
Graham Shafer‘s story “I Didn’t Get the Memo” was published in Specter.
Merna Skinner published four poems in June and July: prose poem “A Brief History of Two Aprons” and Catch and Release in Mojave River Review, How to Talk Your Way Out of a Traffic Ticket in a Foreign Country in MiPOesias, and Before Gravity in Star 82.
Zan Romanoff signed with agent Logan Garrison at The Gernert Co. to represent her currently untitled young adult novel. Zan wrote the novel based on an idea she had in Margaret Wappler’s Fiction class and she wrote the full first draft while enrolled in Adam Cushman’s workshop.

Lauren Westerfield was named Assistant Essays Editor at The Rumpus.


WWLA Welcomes Three New Instructors

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We are excited to announce three new instructors are joining WWLA this fall!  Rae Dubow, Kate Maruyama and Diana Wagman’s classes will be announced with all the others in mid-August, and those of you who loved their popular sessions at WWLA: The Conference might want to keep a look out.

Rae Dubow, Kate Maruyama, Diana Wagman

Rae Dubow, Kate Maruyama, Diana Wagman

Rae Dubow is the director of Talking Out Loud. She believes that everyone can be trained to communicate more effectively. Using techniques that she has taught for many years, she has developed a system for public speaking that will help you create a dialogue with your audience. A former actress, Rae received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has coached and directed actors since the late 1990s and has worked with many writers on their public presentations. She has taught in private schools and at universities including Woodbury University, Antioch University, and the University of California, Riverside. She is available for private or group consultations and seminars.

Kate Maruyama is the author of Harrowgate, a new novel from 47North. Her short work has appeared in Stoneboat, Arcadia Magazine, and Controlled Burn as well as on SalonThe Rumpus, and The Citron Review. She co-founded AnnotationNation.com, a website that looks at fiction in terms of craft. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Diana Wagman is the author of four novels. Her second, Spontaneous, won the 2001 PEN West Award for Fiction. Her latest, The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Her screenplay, Delivering Milo, was produced starring Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda.  She has had short stories and essays published, most recently in Conjunctions and The Colorado Review, and is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times.


Chris Daley is the New Co-Director of WWLA

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Chris Daley

Chris Daley

We are so pleased to announce that non-fiction instructor and all-around awesome individual Chris Daley is WWLA’s new Co-Director. She will be helping Edan with class scheduling, enrollment, and publicity.

Chris’s students have published personal essays in venues such as SalonThe RumpusEclecticaWriters Tribe Review, and Slice Magazine. They have been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and 360 Xochi Quetzal and attended the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley writers’ conferences. Memoirs workshopped in her classes have won their authors a PEN Emerging Voices fellowship, the New Southerner annual literary contest, and an award from the Los Angeles Book Festival. Chris has worked as a writing instructor for several universities in New York and Los Angeles, including the California Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College (CUNY), and Loyola Marymount University. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Review of Books, and The Collagist. She works as a professional editor and received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center.