Classes


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WRITING WORKSHOPS LOS ANGELES – FALL 2015 CLASS SCHEDULE

 



SEMINARS

 

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

1-Day Seminar: The Plot Thickens—Tools of the Trade for Strengthening your Plot (taught by Kate Maruyama in Glendale)

One Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
November 7, 2015

Action moves a story forward, but plot is the real engine behind your story or novel, for it provides tension and deepens the reader’s understanding of a character’s needs and desires. How our characters deal with what happens to them drives how a story will unfold, and a narrative’s forward momentum depends not only on the progression of these elements but also the rate at which information is revealed to the reader.

In this one-day seminar, we will discuss these ideas further, and explore opportunities for plot you may not yet have seen. We will figure out how plot can build tension, action, and character simultaneously. We will read examples of writers with strong tools in plotting to see how you can use these tools to strengthen your own story, and we will do writing exercises that introduce you to practical plot techniques. You will complete this seminar with new, useful storytelling techniques as well as a plan for your specific manuscript.

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

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

 


 

Stephanie Ford

Stephanie Ford

1-Day Seminar: Imagined Audiences—A Generative Poetry Workshop (taught by Stephanie Ford in Downtown LA)

One Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
November 15, 2015

In this seminar, we will write poems addressed to different listeners, both real and imagined, to explore how redefining our sense of audience might open new paths for our poems. We’ll read published works that engage their readers in provoking ways, and we’ll consider how one of the deep pleasures of reading poetry is the invitation to listen anew. This seminar will include lecture, discussion, and a variety of writing experiments designed to stretch and sharpen your poetic voice.

This one-day seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Downtown LA, 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.

 


 

Chris Daley

Chris Daley

1-Day Seminar: Sentence Styling (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

One Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
November 21, 2015

Often what makes a work “literary” is the quality of the prose, and prose usually means how dynamic and interesting the sentences are—in terms of syntax, structure, word choice, clarity, details, and imagery. This one-day seminar will focus on developing vivid and consistent style at the sentence level to make your work more distinctive and artful. We will consider some models of exemplary style and conduct our own experiments. We will also practice editing with what Adair Lara refers to as “a warm heart and a cold eye,” so you should bring a sample of your own work (approximately 500 words). By the end of the seminar, you should be able to approach revision with a new set of style skills.

This one-day seminar is open to students of all levels and genres. It will be held in Los Feliz, 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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Ivy Pochoda

1-Day Seminar: Everyone’s A Critic—The Art of Book Reviewing (taught by Ivy Pochoda in West Adams)

One Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
December 5, 2015

If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you’re pretty opinionated when it comes to books. This one-day seminar will tackle the craft of book reviewing. We’ll examine what it means to be critical without being snarky and how to shower praise without sounding insincere or immature. We’ll look at different formats for reviews from lengthy essays to shorter blog posts. Students will also learn how to submit their reviews for publication—how to approach different websites such as The Rumpus, The Millions, and the Los Angeles Review of Books as well mainstream newspapers. Each student will be asked to write a short review before our meeting, to be discussed and revised in class.

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.


 

NEW OFFERINGS

 

Chris Daley

Chris Daley

Submission Support Group (led by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Sundays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
October 25, 2015 to December 13, 2015

In this eight-week submission support group, students will meet weekly to focus specifically 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 eight pages (2000 words) for feedback from the group. The submission could be a query letter, a book proposal, an application, a piece of flash prose, an excerpt from a longer work, etc.

The class 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 student’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. We will offer an additional hour toward the end of the term for a visit from an editor of a small press or literary journal. 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.

 


 

Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler

Memoir Writing Workshop (taught by Margaret Wappler in Highland Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 8, 2015 to December 3, 2015 (no class on November 26)

In this eight-week class, 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 trade, and do 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. Every week there will be a 5-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 at Pop-Hop Books & Print 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.


 

POETRY

 

 

Elline Lipkin

Elline Lipkin

Mixed Levels Poetry (taught by Elline Lipkin in Glendale)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 6, 2015 to December 1, 2015 (no class on November 24)

This eight-week workshop will focus on how to cultivate a practice of poetry as students integrate awareness, writing, and observation into their lives. Among other topics, the instructor will introduce poems that consider the uses of history: personal, factual, or political, filtered through time and the body’s memory. 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 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.

 



FICTION

 

 

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

Fiction I (taught by Kate Maruyama in Glendale)

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
September 30, 2015 to November 18, 2015

This eight-week course will introduce beginning writers to the basic techniques of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, 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.

 


 

Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman

Fiction II (taught by Diana Wagman in Echo Park)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 6, 2015 to December 1, 2015 (no class on November 24)

This eight-week intermediate level class is designed for both short story writers and novelists. For the first two weeks, students will do in class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and craft issues. The class will cover such topics as characterization, pacing, point of view, structure, voice, and scene.  For the remaining six 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 at least 25 pages of short story or novel manuscript.  There will be one short take-home assignment every week and students will be required to read their fellow students’ work in advance.

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.

 


 

Scott Cheshire

Scott Cheshire

Westside Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Scott Cheshire in Manhattan Beach)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30, 2015 to December 2, 2015 (no class on October 21 and November 25)

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
$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.

 


 

Neelanjana Banerjee

Neelanjana Banerjee

Weekend Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silver Lake)

Sundays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
September 27, 2015 to November 15, 2015

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. Every week there will be a five-page requirement to make sure students are writing and rewriting regularly. 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 Silver Lake, where coffee and sparkling water—and the occasional snack—will be served.

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

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

 


 

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

Novel Writing Workshop (taught by Kate Maruyama in Glendale)

Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
September 28, 2015 to November 16, 2015

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 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.

 


 

Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman

Intensive Novel Workshop (taught by Diana Wagman in Echo Park)

Sundays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
October 4, 2015 to November 22, 2015

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: each week, students should be prepared to workshop 60 pages from their classmates.

This class will take place in Echo Park, where coffee and sparkling water—and the occasional snack—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.

 


 

NONFICTION

 

 

Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer

Nonfiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Chinatown)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 16, 2015 to November 4, 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, respectful, and community-oriented environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

This class will take place in Chinatown, 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.

 


 

Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler

Nonfiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mount Washington)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 6, 2015 to December 1, 2015 (no class on November 24)

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 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.

 


 

Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler

Memoir Writing Workshop (taught by Margaret Wappler in Highland Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 8, 2015 to December 3, 2015 (no class on November 26)

In this eight-week class, 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 trade, and do 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. Every week there will be a 5-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 at Pop-Hop Books & Print 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.