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WRITING WORKSHOPS LOS ANGELES – SUMMER 2015 CLASS SCHEDULE

 

Dawn Dorland Perry

Dawn Dorland Perry

NEW MIXED LEVELS NONFICTION WORKSHOP ADDED (taught by Dawn Dorland Perry in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 23, 2015 to September 10, 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 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 exploring the genre or those willing to try new techniques for existing material.

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
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 

SEMINARS

 

1-Day Seminar: Plaracterization (taught by visiting instructor Joshua Mohr in Hancock Park) – SOLD OUT!

One Saturday, 1O:OO am to 1:OO pm
July 18, 2O15

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

The best plots aren’t controlled by the author but spring from the characters themselves. The more we realize that our characters are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses, the better prepared we are to traverse what visiting instructor Joshua Mohr calls plaracterization, or plot plus characterization. In this seminar, students will ponder characters’ decision-making, the causality between plot points, and how to keep a reader turning pages. Plaracterization is a strategy that will help any writer dig deep down into characters, plot, and a story’s very DNA. The seminar will include lecture, discussion, and writing prompts.

This one-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
$13O for new students; $12O for returning students
The course fee includes a copy of Mohr’s new novel, All This Life.

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

 


1-Day Seminar: Writing Sex (taught by Clarissa Romano in Los Feliz) – ONE SPOT LEFT!

One Saturday, 1O:OO am to 2:OO pm
July 25, 2O15

Clarissa Romano

Clarissa Romano

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

This one-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
$13O for new students; $12O for returning students

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

 


2-Day Seminar: Dialogue Intensive (taught by Dawn Dorland Perry in Mar Vista)

Two Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
August 8, 2015 and August 15, 2015

Dawn Dorland Perry

Dawn Dorland Perry

This two-day seminar is a comprehensive investigation into crafting convincing and effective dialogue. Convincing, to maintain an aura of reality for your reader, and effective, to serve your story and characters. By studying masterful conversations in published fiction—excerpts by Hemingway, Denis Johnson, Ron Rash, Zadie Smith, and Alice Munro—we will identify aspects of human speech that make written dialogue seem real, while considering the artistic and dramatic demands that require us to do more than transcribe reality. A dialogue exercise will be assigned in the first session and shared with the group in session two. You’ll leave with observational and dialogue-generating exercises to train your hand and ear to absorb the extraordinary conversations happening all around you. This seminar will focus on fiction, but the techniques it will cover are applicable to nonfiction writing as well.

This two-day seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Mar Vista, 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.

 


 

1-Day Seminar: How to Write Lucidly About Intoxication (taught by Ivy Pochoda in West Adams)

One Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
August 30, 2015

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Ivy Pochoda

This one-day seminar will tackle the tricky skill of writing about intoxication without boring your reader or lapsing into parody. Drawing from a group of diverse authors—Mary Karr, Kingsley Amis, David Foster Wallace, Jay McInerney, Hunter S. Thompson, and Denis Johnson—we will examine how to craft believable altered states of consciousness. Through in class exercises, students will practice using language, punctuation, rhythm, and tone to create inspired scenes of inebriation. This will lead into a larger discussion of how students can use voice to create and change the mood or tone of their work. Both fiction and non-fiction writers are encouraged to join.

This one-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
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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


 

FICTION

 

Fiction I (taught by Clarissa Romano in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:3O to 9:3O pm
July 14, 2O15 to September 1, 2O15

Clarissa Romano

Clarissa Romano

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 Los Feliz where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 


Fiction II (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:3O to 9:3O pm
July 16, 2O15 to September 3, 2O15

Neelanjana Banerjee

Neelanjana Banerjee

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
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 


Westside Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Scott Cheshire in Manhattan Beach) – SOLD OUT!

Wednesdays, 7:3O to 9:3O pm
July 22, 2O15 to September 16, 2O15 (no class August 5)

Scott Cheshire

Scott Cheshire

This eight-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 short take-home writing assignments designed to help students progress with their manuscripts. In the final four weeks of the course, students 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 Manhattan Beach, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 

 


Novel Writing Workshop (taught by Kate Maruyama in Glendale) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:OO to 9:OO pm
July 14, 2O15 to September 1, 2O15

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

In this eight-week class, students will develop, write, and/or revise their novels-in-progress. Students will read and discuss novel excerpts to examine the tools of the trade, and do writing exercises designed to bring their projects into sharper focus. The class will address issues such as character, pacing, tension, progression and voice. Every week there will be a five page requirement to make sure students are writing and rewriting regularly. In the last few weeks of the course, students will workshop up to 40 pages of their manuscript.

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

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 

 


 

Weekend Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)  SOLD OUT!

Sundays, 1O:OO am to 12:OO pm
July 12, 2O15 to August 3O, 2O15

Amelia Morris

This eight-week mixed-levels class is designed for both short story writers and novelists who cannot attend a workshop during the week. For the first four classes, students will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. The course 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 Echo Park, where tea and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 


 

NONFICTION

 

Nonfiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 21, 2015 to September 8, 2015

Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer

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, respectful, and community-oriented 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
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 

 

 

 


Nonfiction II (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:3O to 9:3O pm
July 23, 2O15 to September 1O, 2O15

Chris Daley

Chris Daley

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
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

 


 

POETRY

 

Mixed Levels Poetry (taught by Stephanie Ford in Highland Park) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:3O-9:3O pm
July 16, 2O15 to September 3, 2O15

Stephanie Ford

Stephanie Ford

In this eight-week workshop, we will cultivate the practice of poetry by developing and honing our poetic thought and craft. Our focus will be on deepening each student’s powers of attention and connection through explorations of figurative language, sound, and form. Weekly workshopping of student poems will form the core of the class; writing exercises and readings will guide our discussions of poetic craft and open up avenues for enriching and expanding each student’s practice. Over the course of the class, students will develop their voices as poets, as well as gain greater understandings of the broader possibilities of poetry and poetic process.

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

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$39O for new students; $35O for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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