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WRITING WORKSHOPS LOS ANGELES – WINTER 2016 CLASS SCHEDULE



SEMINARS

Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci

2-Day Seminar: Young Adult Fiction Writing (taught by Cecil Castellucci in Silverlake) – SOLD OUT!

Two Saturdays
February 6, 2016, 12:00 to 3:00 pm and
February 20, 2016, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

This two-day course is designed for writers of all experience levels who are interested in writing young adult fiction but have yet to fully embark on a project. In the first meeting, the YA genre will be examined and demystified, and the instructor will discuss–among other topics–what makes a book YA, and address questions about what is, and isn’t, expected in the genre. Students will do in-class writing exercises to explore their stories and characters, and there will be an option to share some of these exercises with the group. Each student will be expected to bring their favorite YA novel to discuss with the class. For the second meeting two weeks later, students will have handed in ten pages of prose (due one week prior), to be critiqued in class.

This course will be held in the instructor’s home in Silverlake, 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.


 

Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda

2-Day Seminar: The Novel From Beginning to End (taught by Ivy Pochoda in West Adams)– 1 SPOT LEFT!

Two Sundays
February 7, 2016, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
and February 21, 2016, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

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.


 

NEW OFFERINGS

 

Darcy Vebber

Darcy Vebber

Writing Workshop for Grown-Up Women (taught by Darcy Vebber in Hancock Park) – 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
February 10, March 9, March 30, April 20, May 11, and June 15, 2016

This will be a traditional workshop for experienced women writers who want to share work, get feedback, and discuss craft and publication. Novelist Joshua Mohr says, “One of the hardest things about writing fiction is keeping your morale up” (and he ought to know as he just published his fifth novel). The group is limited to women writers of a certain age in the hopes that as people who have much in common, we might “get” each other in a way that will boost our morale and encourage our work. The group will meet on six evenings once a month to workshop two pieces. The work will be emailed in advance of the meeting so everyone has a chance to read carefully and make notes.

This course is open to students at all levels and will take place in Hancock Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$260 for all 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) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 26, 2016 to March 15, 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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Chris Daley

Fiction I (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 28, 2016 to March 17, 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 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.


 

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

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

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
January 27, 2016 to March 16, 2016

This eight-week intermediate level class is designed for both short story writers and novelists.  This class will cover the tools of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, voice, tense, dialogue, point of view, and progression. In class, students will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and do 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. 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 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.


 

Dawn Dorland Perry

Dawn Dorland Perry

Westside Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Dawn Dorland Perry in Mar Vista) – SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 23, 2016 to April 12, 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 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 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.

 


 

Neelanjana Banerjee

Neelanjana Banerjee

Weekend Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in South Pasadena) – 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Sundays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
January 31, 2016 to March 20, 2016

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 South Pasadena, 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.

 


 

Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler

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

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 26, 2016 to March 15, 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 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 applying or signing up, please email enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com.


 

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

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

Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
January 25, 2016 to March 14, 2016

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

 

Dawn Dorland Perry

Dawn Dorland Perry

Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer

Nonfiction I

Section I – Taught by Dawn Dorland Perry in Carthay Circle/Mid-City
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 25, 2016 to April 14, 2016 – SOLD OUT! 

Section II – Taught by Seth Fischer in Miracle Mile
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 2, 2016 to March 22, 2016 – 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 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.

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) – SOLD OUT!

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 28, 2016 – March 17, 2016

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.


 

Chris Daley

Chris Daley

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

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 26, 2016 to March 15, 2016

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 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. Previous enrollment in Nonfiction II or Memoir Writing recommended.

This class will take place in Franklin Village/Hollywood, 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.