Classes


If you’d like to enroll in any of the classes below, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com to receive enrollment confirmation.

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SEMINARS

 

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One-Evening Seminar: Move It — How to Write Compelling Action (taught by Manuel Gonzales in Hancock Park) – FOUR SPOTS LEFT!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
7:00 to 10:00 pm

It’s an accomplished writer who can manage the physical maneuverings of her characters, whether these characters are navigating among a crowd of people at a dinner party, through a bookstore, or in a casino heist. How do you write physical action without the action feeling forced, over-written or under-written? How do you direct a scene or the reader’s eye? Capturing the physical scene with the right language and tone will help build tension, develop the readers’ understanding of your characters and their relation to each other, and help you render the world you’re building through narrative.

This one-evening 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 wine, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students (tuition includes a copy of Manuel’s new novel The Regional Office Is Under Attack!)

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

 

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, he currently teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Kentucky with his wife and two kids. You can follow Manuel on Twitter @hrniles or find him online at everythingisunderattack.com.

“The Regional Office really IS under attack! This is not metaphor! It is a wry and propulsive work of inventive fiction by a terrific young writer! Read it!”
—Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

“Delightfully weird, weirdly delightful! Manuel Gonzales clearly has a labyrinth of a brain–all stuffed with monsters, trapdoors, and complicated heroes. Sign me up as a member of the fan club, please.”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

“This book is a winged creation, and absolutely marvelous. Gonzales keeps turning the kaleidoscope to reveal the strangest, darkest, and most beautiful dimensions of human love, and the conversion of mechanical fury into living strength.”
—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

 


 

Kate Maruyama


One-Day Seminar: The Art of Narrative Tension (taught by Kate Maruyama in Glendale) – SOLD OUT!

One Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
May 7, 2016

What keeps your reader turning the pages of your story or book? Whether you’re writing an intimate family drama, a sweeping historical novel, or a vampire invasion, tension and friction are the elements that make any story move.

In this four-hour intensive workshop, we will examine the internal and external conflicts of your characters within specific scenes, focusing on how to develop and increase narrative friction and tension. The progression of emotion, mood, character, action, and unfolding story are all areas where simple tightening and loosening can create a more efficient and captivating story that your reader won’t be able to put down. In this seminar, we will discuss how to isolate these individual narrative elements to make your story or novel as compelling as it can be.

This course will be held in Glendale, 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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One-Day Seminar: Truth and Taboo — Writing Past Shame in Nonfiction (taught by Dawn Dorland Perry in Mar Vista) – SOLD OUT!

One Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
May 14, 2016

Can writing your toughest truths be both therapeutic and literary? What are the personal and technical processes of putting secrets or trauma on the page? This one-day seminar provides gentle support and investigation of the pestering, personal truths that ghost your writing. If you’ve ever wondered, “Should I write about that? But what will people think?” and stopped there, this conversation is for you. Using Ariel Levy’s infamous “Thanksgiving in Mongolia” and other published writing to launch our discussion, we’ll consider the self-care and deliberate writing practices that midwife courageous, clear-eyed essays and memoirs. This one-day seminar is open to students of all levels and the techniques introduced can be applied to writing in all genres. You’ll leave with models for how other writers, in the pursuit of truth, have embraced subjects steeped in shame—and with a new disregard for the taboo.

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

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

 


 

MIXED GENRES

 

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Submission Support Group (led by Chris Daley in Los Feliz) – ONE SPOT LEFT!

Sundays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
May 1, 2016 to June 19, 2016

In this eight-week submission support group, writers will meet weekly to specifically focus on sending out their work to journals, magazines, contests, residencies, and/or agents. There will be no written assignments beyond 1) prepare to submit, 2) submit, and 3) support the other people in the group as they submit. However, each student will have the optional opportunity to turn in up to five pages (1500 words) for feedback from the group. The submission could be a query letter, part of a book proposal, an application, a piece of flash prose, an excerpt from a longer work, etc. The first submission support group held in the fall has produced seven publications so far.

The group will meet for one hour for eight weeks; during the hour, we will report on our submission adventures from the previous week and discuss one member’s submission, which we will have read beforehand. This class is open to writers of all genres and levels, as long as they are prepared to actively submit their work over the course of the term. This group will meet in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and the occasional light snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$200 for new students; $175 for returning students

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

 


 

POETRY

 

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Mixed Levels Poetry (taught by Elline Lipkin in Glendale) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 26, 2016 to June 14, 2016

This eight-week workshop will focus on how to cultivate a practice of poetry as students integrate awareness, writing, and observation into their lives. Students will deepen their attention to language through use of metaphor, simile, or other poetic devices as they 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 is open to students at all levels and will take place in Glendale, where wine and sparkling water and small snacks 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.

 


 

FICTION

 

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Fiction I (taught by Kate Maruyama in Glendale) – SOLD OUT!

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
April 27, 2016 to June 15, 2016

This eight-week workshop will introduce beginning writers to the fundamental techniques of fiction writing such as plot, characterization, scene, dialogue, and point of view. In class, students will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques. Students will have the chance to workshop their writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class. 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 Chris Daley in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 28, 2016 to June 16, 2016

This eight-week intermediate level workshop will focus on writing short fiction. This class will cover elements of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, voice, tense, dialogue, point of view, and creating stakes. In class, students will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and complete writing exercises designed to tackle specific techniques within their own work. For the last six weeks of the course, students will be workshopped in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. There will be one brief homework assignment every week, and students will read their classmates’ work in advance of workshops.

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.

 


 


Westside Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Christopher DeWan in Brentwood) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 26, 2016 to June 14, 2016

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 from a craft perspective. The class will cover such topics as characterization, pacing, point of view, structure, voice, and theme, and there will be short take-home writing assignments designed to help students explore different topics and story ideas. 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 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.)

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

 


 

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Novel I (taught by Ivy Pochoda in West Adams) – ONE SPOT LEFT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 26, 2016 to June 14, 2016

In this eight-week class, students will conceptualize their novels and write the first pages of a draft or further develop 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, setting, pacing, tension, and voice. 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 West Adams, 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 applying or signing up, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

 


 


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

Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
April 25, 2016 to June 20, 2016 (No class on May 30)

In this eight-week class, students will develop and write 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 is intended for experienced writers who have taken Novel I or have at least 30 pages of a novel in progress.

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 applying or signing up, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

 


 

NONFICTION

 

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Nonfiction I (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mount Washington) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 28, 2016 to June 16, 2016

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 Mount 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 Seth Fischer in Pico Fairfax) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 26, 2016 – June 21, 2016 (No class on May 3)

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 on a frequent basis.

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 Pico Fairfax, 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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Memoir Writing (taught by Chris Daley in Hollywood/Franklin Village) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 26, 2016 to June 14, 2016

In this eight-week advanced workshop, students will develop, write, and/or revise their memoirs in progress. Students will read and discuss published memoir chapters and excerpts to examine the tools of the genre, and they will complete writing exercises designed to bring their projects into sharper focus. The class will address issues 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 Hollywood/Franklin Village, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

This workshop is open to experienced writers only and seats are limited due to returning students. To apply for entry, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.

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