Spring 2015 Class Schedule

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SPRING 2015 CLASS SCHEDULE

SEMINARS

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

Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
April 26, 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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2-Day Seminar: Who Tells the Story? Choosing and Controlling Point of View (taught by Darcy Vebber in Hancock Park)

Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
May 9 and 10, 2015

Point of view is one of the first choices a writer has to make and everything about that choice will be important to the success of the story. How do writers decide to commit to first person or third (or even second, third person plural or omniscient)?  We’ll look at choices published writers have made and discuss how they relate to, help, or hinder the particular project. We’ll devise questions a writer might find helpful when trying to make her own commitment. The second part of the seminar will look at the craft questions that follow that decision. We’ll read advice on ways to consistently control what is seen and known, how this affects plot and tension, and how to avoid traps that certain choices can lead to. There will also be in-class exercises.

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
$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: The Novel From Beginning to End (taught by Ivy Pochoda in West Adams)

Two Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
May 9, 2015 and May 16, 2015

What is a novel and what is my novel? First 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 two-day seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in West Adams, 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: Improve Your Submission Game (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Two Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
May 23, 2015 and May 30, 2015

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: Adapting Fairy Tales (taught by Clarissa Romano in Santa Monica)

Two Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
June 6, 2015 and June 13, 2015

Fairy and folktales have weathered the ages for good reason—they are built of solid stuff, a combination of urgent narratives, vibrant characters, and exciting settings. Even the most imaginative fiction writer can benefit from emulating these time-tested tales. In this seminar, we will examine various folk tales and break them down into their parts and particulars, identifying useful motifs and elements. Selected readings include excerpts from folklorists such as Maria Tatar, Max Luthi, Vladimir Propp, Francesca Lia Block and Italo Calvino. After building an outline complete with original characters, themes and locations, students will begin writing an original adaptation.

This two-day seminar will take place in Santa Monica, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be provided.

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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POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry (taught by Elline Lipkin in Glendale)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 28, 2015 to June 16, 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

Fiction I (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 30, 2015 to July 2, 2015 (no class May 28 and June 4, 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 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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Fiction II (taught by Kate Maruyama at Incarnation Community Center in Glendale)

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
April 29, 2015 to June 17, 2015

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 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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Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Scott Cheshire in Brentwood)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 6, 2015 to June 24, 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 Brentwood, 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.)

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Genre Fiction Workshop: World-building, Structure, and Suspense (taught by Kate Maruyama at Incarnation Community Center in Glendale)

Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
April 27, 2015 to June 22, 2015 (no class May 25)

This eight-week intermediate level class is designed for writers working in genre fiction: science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and mystery. This class is open to writers drafting short stories or novels. We will look at genre texts, short stories, and novel excerpts to examine elements of genre: what works and what doesn’t and what devices are useful to take back to your own work. We will also go over practical tools of world-building, worldview, character view, consistency, rules, tension, and other elements that will fully immerse your readers in the genre experience.

There will be take home exercises to help you progress with your work and, starting week three, the class will workshop up to ten pages of each student’s work.

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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Novel I (taught by Margaret Wappler at Pop-Hop Books in Highland Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 14, 2015 to July 16, 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 Highland Park, 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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Novel II (taught by Seth Fischer in Mid-City/Beverly Grove)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 7, 2015 to July 9, 2015

This class is designed for students with at least 40 pages of a first draft. In this ten-week course, students will develop their novels with the goal of writing 40 new pages. 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 encourage students to develop strong new work that falls in line with their 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 class will take place in Mid-City/Beverly Grove, 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.)

Students must apply to this workshop unless they have been previously enrolled in Novel I. Contact us at enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com for more information.

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)

Sundays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
May 3, 2015 to June 28, 2015 (no class May 24, 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.

This group will take place in Echo Park, where tea, sparkling water, and light snacks 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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NONFICTION

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

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 12, 2015 to June 30, 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 essay ideas 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 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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Nonfiction II (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 30, 2015 to June 18, 2015

This eight-week intermediate level course is designed for writers who have a clear idea of the persona, audience, and purpose driving their work. There will be some assigned readings, but the focus will be 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 projects and consider issues of submission, performance, and/or publication. Writers will have the opportunity to submit work for feedback from the instructor and other students twice. A memoir or essay collection project underway or previous enrollment in Nonfiction I is encouraged.

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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Mixed Levels Nonfiction (taught by Dawn Dorland Perry in Mar Vista)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 7, 2015 to June 25, 2015

This eight-week mixed-levels course is designed for personal essayists, memoirists, and those writing nonfiction more broadly, with a focus on the mercurial narrative self. In the first four weeks, through assigned reading, we will consider the wide range of narrative possibilities in nonfiction, cover aspects of craft, and share short weekly writing assignments together in the group. In the second four weeks, you will have the opportunity to workshop a complete draft of an essay or memoir excerpt (maximum 20 pages) and to receive instructor feedback on a second draft. This workshop offers an opportunity to both experiment and to refine your nonfiction writing. Suitable for writers either in the early stages of developing a project or those willing to try new techniques for existing material.

This class will take place in Mar Vista, 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.


Spring 2015 Instructor News

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Neela Banerjee welcomed her first child, Kailash Banerjee Sukhadia, on December 4, 2014.

Chris Daley’s essay “Spark” was published as part of DUM DUM Zine’s issue #5, and she read it during the release party at The Echo, where the piece was set to music by LA band Bloody Death Skull. As a fiction and first fiction judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, she helped decide on the 2015 finalists announced March 4.

Seth Fischer has a piece forthcoming on the PANK blog, as part of their “Pictures of You” series. His essay “Notes from a Unicorn” was included in the anthology Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual, which is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Karl Taro Greenfeld’s new novel, The Subprimes, will be published this May.

Edan Lepucki will be an honorary host at the Young Literati’s Seventh Annual Toast fundraiser for the LA Public Library on Saturday, March 28. Tickets are available here.

Ivy Pochoda welcomed her first child, Loretta Jane Pochoda, on November 29, 2014.

Diana Wagman’s new novel, Life #6, will be published this May. Her book launch will be at Skylight Books on Sunday, May 17th at 5 pm.

 


Spring 2015 Student News

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Joy Allen is the assistant managing editor of the new literary journal Anthropoid, which launched its first issue in December.

Melissa Chadburn sold her first novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Catie Disabato received a starred review in Publishers Weekly for her first novel, The Ghost Network, which will be published in May by Melville House.

Jennifer Alise Drew’s essay “Proprioception” was published in The Iowa Review (and featured on the cover with John Ashbery and Robert Coover!), and her previously published essay “Lessons in Sign” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Hippocampus Magazine.

Terrance Flynn’s essay “Having Faith” was a finalist for the Southern Indiana Review’s 2014 Patricia Aakhus Award. He is also serving a second term as a juror for the Sustainable Arts Foundation writing awards.

Amanda McCraven was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by New Southerner for her essay “What My Sister Does Now.”

Anthony Mohr has an essay, “Rainy Day Schedule,” forthcoming in Diagram.

Creative nonfiction student Stephanie Ross was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference’s Prize for Women Playwrights for her play “The Art of Jack the Ripper,” “a dark raucous performance work exploring why violence against women persists in reality and as entertainment—especially sexual violence.”

Lisa Sanchez was named Executive Director of Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.

Merna Skinner’s poem “Southern Bound White Girl” will be published by Squaw Valley Review later this year. She is also finalizing her chapbook A Brief History of Two Aprons to submit to chapbook competitions this month.

Megan Stephan and her husband Matthew Fisher welcomed a new writer into the world: Miles Stephan Fisher was born on December 22, 2014. A week earlier, she also published “The Year of Guilty Pleasures” at Public Books.

Lauren Westerfield’s essay “Cracks” was published in the Winter 2014 issue of Redivider and her essay “Mother Maps“ appeared on The Butter in January.

 

 

 

 


Two New Westside Teachers Join WWLA Roster

Posted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Writing Workshops Los Angeles began in Los Feliz, but since then we’ve expanded to many other neighborhoods in LA, from Glendale to West Adams, from Hancock Park to Santa Monica, and elsewhere. In an effort to meet the demand of writers who live closer to the ocean, we’ve hired two new instructors to teach on the westside; welcome Scott Cheshire, who will teach fiction, and Dawn Dorland Perry, who will teach nonfiction. Stay tuned for their classes (and many others) in the spring 2015 class schedule, to be posted in the next few days!  In the meantime, check out Scott and Dawn’s bios below:

Scott Cheshire is the author of the novel High as the Horses’ Bridles (Henry Holt). His work has been published in AGNI, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s, One Story, Slice, and the Picador Book of Men. He earned his MFA from Hunter College, and has taught writing for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

Scott Cheshire by Beowulf Sheehan

 

 

 

 

 


Dawn Dorland Perry
was raised in rural Iowa and graduated from Scripps College, Harvard Divinity School, and the MFA program at the University of Maryland, where she won a teaching award for her fiction and essay classes. In 2014 she received fellowships from the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops and the Vermont Studio Center, a creative residency at the Hambidge Center for the Arts, and was a first-time presenter at GrubStreet’s annual Muse & the Marketplace conference where she’s teaching again this year. Dawn’s fiction has appeared in Green Mountains Review online and The Drum Literary Magazine; her craft essays are available on the GrubStreet blog, including her personal essay “Why I Write.” Dawn is at work on a novel about poverty and American class ascendance called Econoline and several essays. She lives with her husband and a pit bull in Mar Vista.

Dawn Dorland_2013(1)

 


Winter 2015 class schedule

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

To sign up for a class, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com

SEMINARS

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

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

SOLD OUT!

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

SOLD OUT!

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

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.

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

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 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

SOLD OUT!

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)  2 SPOTS LEFT!

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

SOLD OUT!

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

SOLD OUT!

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

SOLD OUT!

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)  5 SPOTS LEFT!
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 28, 2015 to March 18, 2015

Section 2 (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)  SOLD OUT!
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

SOLD OUT!

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

SOLD OUT!

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

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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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