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SUMMER 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

WWLA: THE CONFERENCE

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Autry National Center

These craft topics will be covered at the Conference:
Character
Plot
Urgency in Fiction
Dialogue
Revision
Point of View
The Art of the Overshare in Nonfiction
Worldbuilding
The Power of Memoir

Curious? See the full schedule here.  Still curious?  Read about the presenters here.
Want to hang?  Enroll for $220 here.

POETRY 
The Practice of Poetry: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Elline Lipkin in Altadena)

2 Saturdays, July 12, 2014 and July 19, 2014
10 am to 1 pm

1 SPOT LEFT!

This two-day 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.  To generate new work, students will try some writing exercises that they can continue during the week and use to build an ongoing practice; the second meeting will be devoted to workshopping new writing. Students will receive feedback on up to two poems.

This seminar is open to students of all levels.  It will be held in Altadena, 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

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FICTION
Fiction I (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10, 2014 to August 28, 2014

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 Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Fiction II (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 16, 2014 to September 3, 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 course 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group 
Section 1 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 7, 2014 to August 25, 2014

1 SPOT LEFT!

Section 2 (taught by Darcy Vebber in Larchmont/Hancock Park area)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 8, 2014 to September 9, 2014 (no class 8/12 and 8/19)

3 SPOTS LEFT!

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 Beachwood Canyon, and section 2 will take place in the Larchmont/Hancock Park area.  In both groups, wine, sparkling water, 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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NONFICTION
Mixed Levels Nonfiction (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 17, 2014 to September 4, 2014

SOLD OUT!

This 8-week workshop is open to writers of all experience levels.  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. You’ll have the chance to develop and improve your nonfiction through a process of drafting, feedback, and revision. Short writing assignments will also be due each week. Students working on longer nonfiction projects are also encouraged to enroll.

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
Course fee: $390 for new students; $350 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

 

 

 

PAST:

SPRING 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

SEMINARS:

Writing About Music: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

2 Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm
May 10, 2014 and May 17, 2014

1 SPOT LEFT!

For many of us, music is as powerful a force in our lives as breath or food. It permeates our days, making them richer with a personalized soundtrack. If you are a writer, you might find yourself creating characters who are musicians, pitching reviews of Morrissey’s autobiography or the new Beck album, recalling the story of your first concert, or writing an essay about the complex relationship between Dolly Parton and third wave feminism. In this seminar, we will look at various models of music writing and students will write two original pieces: one short essay the first week and another piece for the following week—either fiction, journalism, memoir, or review.

This seminar will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be provided.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$155 for new students; $135 for returning

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

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Adapting Fairy Tales: 1-Day Seminar (taught by Clarissa Romano in Silverlake)

Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
May 24, 2014

1 SPOT LEFT!

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 seminar will take place in the instructor’s home in Silverlake, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be provided.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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

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POETRY:

Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop (with Elline Lipkin in SIlverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 22, 2014 to June 17, 2014  (no class 6/3)

SOLD OUT!

In this 8-week workshop students will focus on starting new poems and developing a poetry practice.  Our focus will be on building new poems, revising them, and discovering a poetic voice. We will also spend time considering the usefulness of rhetoric as a theme: using letters, directions, lists, litanies, and dramatic personae as a starting point, and working to make each poem one’s own.  There will be an emphasis on revision and trying new poetic devices.  At the end of the workshop, students will have developed useful tools for building and revising poems, and will have initiated a poetry practice.

This course will take place in Silverlake where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $390 for new students; $350 for returning students

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

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FICTION:

Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Clarissa Romano in Santa Monica)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 16, 2014 to June 4, 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 course will take place in Santa Monica, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Fiction I (taught by Margaret Wappler in Highland Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 24, 2014 to June 12, 2014

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 at Monte Vista, an artist-run space in Highland Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Fiction II (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 16, 2014 to June 4, 2014

1 SPOT LEFT!

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction III (taught by Seth Fischer in Highland Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 17, 2014 to June 19, 2014

4 SPOTS LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

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

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $390 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Novel II (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 29, 2014 to July 1, 2014

SOLD OUT

In this 10-week course, students will continue working on their novels, with the goal of writing and/or revising 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 ask students to think deeply about their projects and 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Silverlake, where wine and sparkling water–and the occasional delicious snack–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for all students (payment plans available to returning students)

This class is open to experienced writers who have written at least 40 pages of a first draft. To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com with a description of your writing experience. You may be asked to submit a short writing sample.

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Advanced Novel Writing: Revision Workshop (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 15, 2014 to July 15, 2014 (no class 7/1)

6 SPOTS LEFT!

Congratulations, you have completed the first draft of your novel…but what now?  This advanced course is designed for the experienced writer who has recently finished, or is almost finished, with the first draft of a novel, and seeks help revising it.  This class will meet ten times over a fourteen week period to critique and discuss student work.  For the first seven meetings, there will be intensive workshops of student writing every other week; between these workshops, the class will meet to do writing exercises, discuss revision techniques, and share work casually. For the last six weeks, the class will meet every other week to workshop larger excerpts.  This schedule will allow students to have time to write, revise, and read the work of their peers.

By the end of the class, students will have received feedback on a total of 75 pages of their novels-in-progress, as well as one detailed critique from the instructor.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

This class demands a serious commitment from students, not simply to their own writing, but to the writing of their fellow students. Note: On certain weeks, students will be expected to read up to 150 pages of work by their classmates.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Price: $475 for all students (payment plans available to returning students)

This class is open to experienced writers only.  To apply for entry, and to inquire about the course’s schedule of meetings, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 21, 2014 to June 9, 2014

SOLD OUT

Section 2 (taught by Darcy Vebber in Larchmont/Hancock Park area)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 29, 2014 to June 17, 2014

SOLD OUT

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 Beachwood Canyon, and section 2 will take place in the Larchmont/Hancock Park area.  In both groups, wine, sparkling water, 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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NONFICTION:

Nonfiction I (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 24, 2014 to June 12, 2014

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 course will take place at the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Nonfiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt Washington)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 22, 2014 to June 10, 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 at the instructor’s home in Mt. Washington, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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WINTER 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

SEMINARS:

Beginnings & Endings: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

2 Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm
February 8, 2014 and February 15, 2014

SOLD OUT!

How do you start an essay or memoir in a way that immediately tells the readers who you are and what you have to offer? How do you start a short story or novel in a way that makes the readers unable to tear themselves from the page? How do you end a work so that both you and the readers are left with a feeling of complete satisfaction? While there are no one-size-fits-all answers to these questions, there are tips and tools to help. In this two-day seminar, we will discuss strategies to effectively begin and end, considering successful models and practicing techniques. 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

$155 for new students; $135 for returning students

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

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The Art of Characterization: 1-Day Seminar (taught by Edan Lepucki in Larchmont/Hancock Park area)

Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
February 22, 2014

SOLD OUT!

What makes a fictional character believable?  How can we create complex characters with complex problems? How does character inform content? This one-day seminar will tackle these questions, among others, through writing exercises, craft discussions, and close readings of published fiction. Students will be expected to complete two short writing assignments prior to the seminar.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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

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FICTION:

Mixed Levels Fiction (taught by Caeli Widger in Santa Monica)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2014 to March 19, 2014 (no class 2/26)

SOLD OUT!

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 course will take place at The Writers Junction 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction I  (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 15, 2014 to March 12, 2014 (no class 2/26)

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 Beachwood Canyon where wine, 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Highland Park)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 18, 2014  (no class 2/25)

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 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
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction III (taught by Margaret Wappler in Silverlake)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 23, 2014 to April 3, 2014  (no class 3/13)

2 SPOTS LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in Silverlake, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $390 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction IV (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to April 1, 2014 (no class 2/25)

4 SPOTS LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $390 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Novel I (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to April 1, 2014  (no class 2/25)

SOLD OUT!

In this 10-week course, students will write the first 40 pages of a novel. 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 ask students to think deeply about their projects and 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Silverlake, where wine, sparkling water–and the occasional delicious snack–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for all students (payment plans available to returning students)

This class is open to experienced writers only. To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Advanced Novel Writing: Revision Workshop (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)

(every other) Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to May 27, 2014

SOLD OUT!

Congratulations, you have completed the first draft of your novel…but what now?  This intensive course is designed for the experienced writer who has recently finished, or is almost finished, with the first draft of a novel, and seeks help revising it.  This class will meet ten times over a four month period to discuss and critique student work.  On weeks that the class doesn’t meet, the instructor will email helpful articles and tips about craft, as well as the occasional writing exercise that focuses on revision and structure.  By the end of the class, students will have received feedback on a total of 120 pages of their novel-in-progress as well as one detailed critique from the instructor.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in downtown L.A., where wine, sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

This class demands a serious commitment from students, not simply to their own writing, but to the writing of their fellow students. Note: On certain weeks, students will be expected to read up to 120 pages of work by their classmates.

This class is open to experienced writers only.  To apply for entry, and to inquire about the course’s schedule of meetings, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

Enrollment limit: 6 students
Price: $600 for all students (payment plans available to returning students)

If you’re interested in applying, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 16, 2014 to March 13, 2014 (no class 2/27) 

Section 2 (taught by Darcy Vebber in Larchmont/Hancock Park area)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 11, 2014

SOLD OUT!

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 Beachwood Canyon, and section 2 will take place in the Larchmont/Hancock Park area.  In both groups, wine, sparkling water, 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 writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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NONFICTION:

Nonfiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2014 to March 19, 2014 (no class 2/26)

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 course will take place in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

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

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

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Nonfiction II

Section 1 (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 16, 2014 to March 6, 2014  SOLD OUT!

Section 2 (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 11, 2014  1 SPOT LEFT!

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 already be familiar with most of the particular concerns of personal narrative (hybridity of form, the importance of scene, retrospective versus immediate point of view, authenticity of voice, memory, ethics). 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. Since this course is designed for more experienced writers, previous enrollment in WWLA’s Nonfiction I course is suggested but not required.

Section 1 will take place in Los Feliz, and Section 2 will take place in Mt. Washington.  In both classes, wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students (per section)
Course fee: $390 for new students; $350 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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POETRY:

Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop: Building and Revising a Collection (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 21, 2014 to March 18, 2014 (no class 2/4)

SOLD OUT!

Are you working on a poetry manuscript?  Would you like to be? During this eight-week mixed-levels poetry workshop students will learn how to assemble a poetry manuscript by considering what poems can gather into a book project and what still needs to be written. We will also focus on the process of revising individual poems.  Students are welcome to bring in entire or partial poetry manuscripts for consideration or to submit new poems weekly.  Exercises will illuminate how to construct a book’s architecture and help students to understand the process of submitting a manuscript for publication, whenever it is ready.

This course will take place in Beverly Grove, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $410 for new students; $370 for returning students (This includes a $20 parking permit.  Payment plans available to returning students)

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

 

 

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PAST CLASSES:

FALL 2013 CLASS SCHEDULE

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop  (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 8 , 2013 to December 3, 2013 (no class November 26, 2013)

SOLD OUT!

This 8-week class is designed to bring writing students even deeper into their practice of poetry. Each meeting will focus on a different type of contemporary poetry, such as the New York School of Poets, the “confessional,” New Formalism, the gurlesque, or Language poetry.  Students will read published writers whose work exemplifies each movement and then try a series of prompts to better understand the techniques and characteristics of this movement. Each week students will have the chance to read established poets’ work, have a poem reviewed, and offer feedback on each other’s writing. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the traditions of various schools of poetry, and to engage with fellow students in a craft-focused workshop environment.

This course will take place in Beverly Grove where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$400 for new students; $360 for returning students (price includes a parking pass; payment plans available to returning students)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

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NONFICTION

Using Fiction Techniques in Memoir: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

2 Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm
December 7, 2013 and December 14, 2013

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 seminar will take place in Los Feliz where coffee, sparkling water and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 26, 2013 to November 21, 2013  (no class 10/10)

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 course will take place in Mt. Washington, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Nonfiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Downtown L.A.)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2013 to November 20, 2013

3 SPOTS LEFT!

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 course will take place in Downtown L.A., where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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FICTION

Writing Sex: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Fairfax District)

Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm
October 19, 2013 and October 20, 2013

SOLD OUT!

What makes a successful sex scene? This two-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.  On both days there will be opportunities to share and critique work in a respectful and comfortable environment.

This seminar will take place in the Fairfax District where coffee, sparkling water and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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Craft and Structure: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

2 Sundays, 2 to 5 pm
October 20, 2013 and October 27, 2013

5 SPOTS LEFT!

This 2-day seminar will cover the elementals of craft and structure in fiction writing. From Aristotle’s Poetics and Monomyth, to syntax and style, this seminar will offer students a chance to hone their craft, arm themselves with new techniques, and be cured of bad writing habits.  The second meeting will be devoted to a rigorous and open-minded workshop of student writing.

This seminar will take place in Beachwood Canyon, where coffee, sparkling water and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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The Novel from Beginning to End: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)

2 Sundays, 4 to 7 pm
October 6, 2013 and October 20, 2013

6 SPOTS LEFT!

What is a novel and what is my novel? First-time 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 seminar will take place in downtown L.A., where wine, sparkling water and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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Fiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 26, 2013 to November 21, 2013 (no class 10/31)

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 per section
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction II (taught by Margaret Wappler in Silverlake)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 25, 2013 to November 20, 2013  (no class 10/16)

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 course will take place in Silverlake, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction III (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2013 to December 11, 2013 (no class 11/27)

1 SPOT LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)

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

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Fiction IV (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2013 to December 17, 2013 (no class 10/8 and 11/26)

SOLD OUT!

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

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

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students only)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group

Section 1 (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2013 to November 19, 2013

1 SPOT LEFT!

Section 2 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30, 2013 to November 18, 2013

1 SPOT LEFT!

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 Echo Park, and section 2 will take place in Beachwood Canyon.  In both groups, wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 for all students

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

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SUMMER 2013 CLASSES:

POETRY

Reading and Writing Poetry: 2-day Seminar (with Elline Lipkin in Altadena)

2 Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm
July 20, 2013 and July 27, 2013

6 SPOTS LEFT!

This two-day mixed-levels seminar is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry. Students will read and discuss a variety of published poems, and complete a series of in-class writing exercises. The seminar will explore different types of poetic forms and introduce students to major craft questions, such as how to work effectively with metaphor and how to use rhythm to enhance meaning. Techniques such as enjambment, line length, and use of white space on the page will be discussed as well. The second meeting will be devoted to formally workshopping poetry by students. This seminar is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This seminar will take place in Altadena, where coffee and sparkling water will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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Poetry III (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 16, 2013 to September 10, 2013 (no class August 20, 2013)

2 SPOTS LEFT!

This 8-week advanced class is designed to bring experienced writing students even deeper into their practice of poetry. In each meeting, the class will focus on a different poetic device or technique, and students will read writers whose work exemplifies a poetry challenge students can then try themselves. Students will explore different types of poetic forms, read established poets’ work, and offer feedback on each other’s writing. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at a more rigorous level, and to engage with fellow students in a serious workshop environment.

This course will take place in Beverly Grove where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Poetry III is by application only, and it’s recommended for students who have studied poetry for at least a year, and/or who have taken two or more poetry classes with Elline.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

$400 for new students; $360 for returning students (price includes a parking pass; payment plans available to returning students) To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

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NONFICTION

Food Writing: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Amelia Morris by Echo Park)

2 Saturdays, 12 to 3 pm
August 3, 2013 and August 17, 2013

5 SPOTS LEFT!

Food writing takes many forms, from literary journalism to memoir to fiction to the personal essay to travel writing and more. In this class, students will read and analyze various examples of published food writing from these different genres, discussing what makes the piece successful. Students will also complete a number of writing exercises designed to bring their own eating and cooking experiences to life on the page.

For the first class meeting, students will arrive with a 3-page response assignment (to be assigned to you once you’ve registered for the course), which will be critiqued by the class. Two weeks later, for the second meeting, there will be a more formal workshop of student work based on a separate, much more open-ended writing assignment.

This seminar will be held in the instructor’s home in Echo Park. For sustenance and inspiration (and fun), small bites, prepared by the instructor, will be provided.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students.

Price: $150 for new students; $130 for returning students
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Nonfiction I (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 25, 2013 to September 12, 2013

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Nonfiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10, 2013 to August 28, 2013

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available to returning students)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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FICTION

Flash Fiction: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)

2 Saturdays, 12 to 3 pm
July 13, 2013 and July 20, 2013

6 SPOTS LEFT!

This two-day seminar will examine the rewards and challenges of this tricky form. Students will read and analyze compelling examples of published flash fiction, and they will also complete a number of in-class exercises designed to investigate the genre further. Topics such as precision, narrative propulsion, description and voice will be discussed. The second class will be devoted to the formal workshopping of student writing.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

$150 for new students; $130 for returning students
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Structure: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

2 Sundays, 2 to 5 pm
July 14, 2013 and July 21, 2013

2 SPOTS LEFT!

In this two-day seminar, students will learn an assortment of story structure techniques. We’ll discuss Aristotelian structure, monomyth and archetypes, allegory, and more. We’ll also look at the differences between story structure and character structure and how all of these story elements can help bring out emotion, make revision easier, and most importantly, prevent students from getting stuck or suffering from that myth called “writer’s block.” We will spend the second session workshopping student writing assignments, using the stories as a vehicle to discuss the structure and craft we covered in the first session.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

$150 for new students; $130 for returning students
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 3, 2013 to August 21, 2013

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Mt. Washington. Refreshments—and the occasional snack—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students per section

$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction II (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10, 2013 to August 28, 2013

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 course will take place in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction III (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 16, 2013 to September 17, 2013

SOLD OUT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Silverlake, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students

$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

 

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

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 9, 2013 to September 3, 2013 (no class 7/23)

SOLD OUT!

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.

 

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students

Price: $250 for all students
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Writing Workshops Los Angeles also offers one-on-one instruction in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

 

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SPRING 2013 CLASS SCHEDULE

FICTION

Fiction I

Section 1 (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 17, 2013 to June 5, 2013

Section 2 (taught by Neelanjana Banerjee in Silverlake)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 25, 2013 to June 13, 2013

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.

Section 1 will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, and Section 2 will take place at the instructor’s home in Silverlake. The classes are the same, just different instructors and at different times. In both courses, wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students per section
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Hancock Park)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 23, 2013 to June 11, 2013

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)./del>

This course will take place in Hancock Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served./del>

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)/del>

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com/del>

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Fiction III (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 16, 2013 to June 18, 2013

SOLD OUT!

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique./del>
For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback./del>

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served./del>

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)/del>

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com/del>

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Fiction IV (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mt. Washington)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 10, 2013 to June 12, 2013

2 SPOTS LEFT!

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.
This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Mt. Washington, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Novel Writing III (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 1, 2013 to June 26, 2013

SOLD OUT!

In this 9-week course, students will work on novels they have already started.  The first few weeks of class will be devoted to 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 their aesthetic goals. There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep students on task, and there will even be time set aside in class to write.  The final weeks of the course will be devoted to workshopping student novel excerpts (35 pages maximum) in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class.

This course is designed as a continuation of the Winter 2013 Novel Writing II class. Students who haven’t taken the previous class are welcome to apply, but please note that the course is open to experienced writers only.  Students must have at least 75 pages of a manuscript to be eligible for the course.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in downtown L.A., where wine and sparkling water–and the occasional gourmet cheese–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for all students (Payment plans available!)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 25, 2013 to June 13, 2013

1 SPOT LEFT!

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.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course)

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

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NONFICTION

Mixed Levels Food Writing Workshop (taught by Amelia Morris by Echo Park)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 16, 2013 to June 4, 2013

2 SPOTS LEFT!

In this 8-week workshop students will examine the breadth and depth of food writing, from memoir to essays, and even a bit of fiction. Students will read and analyze various examples of published food writing, and they will also complete a number of in-class exercises designed to help them describe, capture and interpret the sensory and communal aspects of eating and/or cooking.  Students will have two opportunities to workshop their writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

This workshop will be held in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water will be served.  For sustenance and inspiration, the instructor will also occasionally provide small bites!

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (payment plans available!)

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

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Nonfiction I (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 24, 2013 to June 12, 2013

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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Nonfiction II (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 25, 2013 to June 13, 2013

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 already be familiar with most of the particular generic concerns of personal narrative (hybridity of form, the importance of scene, retrospective versus immediate point of view, authenticity of voice, memory, ethics). 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 projects, and each writer will have the opportunity to submit 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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POETRY

Poetry I/II (with Elline Lipkin in Pasadena)
Saturdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
April 20, 2013 to June 15, 2013 (no class 5/25)

4 SPOTS LEFT!

This 8-week mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry. Each week students will consider a particular theme through an in-class writing exercise, read examples of other poems, and be given an assignment sheet of poetry prompts to use during the week. Students will explore different types of poetic forms, practice using a variety of writing techniques, and offer feedback on each other’s work. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This course will take place in Pasadena, where coffee and sparkling water—and the occasional assortment of breakfast pastries—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students (payment plans available!)

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

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Poetry III (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)
Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 23, 2013 to June 11, 2013

1 SPOT LEFT!

This 8-week advanced class is designed to bring experienced writing students even deeper into their practice of poetry.   In each meeting, the class will focus on a different poetic device or technique, and students will read writers whose work exemplifies a poetry challenge students can then try themselves. Students will explore different types of poetic forms, read established poets’ work, and offer feedback on each other’s writing. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at a more rigorous level, and to engage with fellow students in a serious workshop environment.

This course will take place in Beverly Grove where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Poetry III is by application only, and it’s recommended to those students who have studied poetry for at least a year, and/or who have taken two or more poetry classes with Elline.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$400 for new students; $360 for returning students (payment plans available!)  **this class fee includes a $20 parking permit**

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

 

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WINTER 2013 CLASS SCHEDULE

FICTION

Fiction I (taught by Shannan Rouss in West Hollywood)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 24, 2013 to March 14, 2013

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in West Hollywood, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction II (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2013 to March 19, 2013  (no class 3/5)

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 course will take place in Beachwood Canyon where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction III (taught by Margaret Wappler in Mount Washington)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 23, 2013 to March 27, 2013

SOLD OUT

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.
This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Mount Washington, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students.
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction IV (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 16, 2013 to March 27, 2013 (no class 3/6)

SOLD OUT

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students.
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

For more information about the application process, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com.

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Novel Writing II (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 23, 2013 to April 10, 2013 (no class 3/6 and 3/13)

SOLD OUT

In this 10-week course, students will continue working on newly-conceived novels.  The first few weeks of class will be devoted to 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 their aesthetic goals. There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep students on task, and there will even be time set aside in class to write.  The final weeks of the course will be devoted to workshopping student novel excerpts (40 pages maximum) in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class.

This course is designed as a continuation of the Fall 2012 Novel Writing I class. Students who haven’t taken the previous class are welcome to apply, but please note that the course is open to experienced writers only.  Students must have at least 40 pages of a manuscript to be eligible for the course.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in downtown L.A., where wine and sparkling water–and the occasional gourmet cheese–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students.
Course fee: $400 for all students (Payment plans available!)

To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2013 to March 19, 2013 (no class 2/19)

SOLD OUT

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.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students.
Price: $250 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course)

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

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NONFICTION

Food Writing: 2-Day Seminar (taught by Amelia Morris by Echo Park)
2 Saturdays, 12:00 to 3:00 pm
February 9, 2013 and February 23, 2013

SOLD OUT

This two-day seminar will examine the breadth and depth of food writing, from memoir to essays, and even a bit of fiction. Students will read and analyze various examples of published food writing, and they will also complete a number of exercises designed to help them describe, capture and interpret the sensory and communal aspects of eating. For the first class meeting, students will arrive with a 3-page response assignment (to be assigned to you once you’ve registered for the course), which will be critiqued by the class. Two weeks later, for the second meeting, there will be a more formal workshop of student work based on a separate, much more open-ended writing assignment.

This seminar will be held in the instructor’s home in Echo Park.  For sustenance and inspiration, small bites, prepared by the instructor, will be provided.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students.
Price: $150 for new students; $130 for returning students (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course

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

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Nonfiction I (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 24, 2013 to March 14, 2013

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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Nonfiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 9, 2013 to February 27, 2013

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 already be familiar with most of the particular generic concerns of personal narrative (hybridity of form, the importance of scene, retrospective versus immediate point of view, authenticity of voice, memory, ethics). Students will read a broad array of published memoir and personal essays, and develop their own work through a process of drafting, feedback, and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. Weekly in-class and homework exercises will help establish and refine structure, style, voice, and texture. Writers will have the opportunity to submit work for review every other week.

Since this course is designed for more experienced writers, previous enrollment in WWLA’s Mixed Level Nonfiction course is suggested but not required.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students.
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (with Elline Lipkin in the Fairfax District)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 22, 2013 to March 12, 2013

SOLD OLD

This 8-week mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry. Each week students will consider a particular theme through an in-class writing exercise, read examples of other poems, and be given an assignment sheet of poetry prompts to use during the week. Students will explore different types of poetic forms, practice using a variety of writing techniques, and offer feedback on each other’s work. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This course will take place in the Fairfax District, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students (payment plans available!)

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

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PAST COURSES

FALL 2012 COURSES:

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (with Elline Lipkin in Beverly Grove)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 9, 2012 to December 4, 2012 (no class 11/20)

This 8-week mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry. Each week students will consider a particular theme through an in-class writing exercise, read examples of other poems, and be given an assignment sheet of poetry prompts to use during the week. Students will explore different types of poetic forms, practice using a variety of writing techniques, and offer feedback on each other’s work. This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This course will take place in Beverly Grove, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students (payment plans available!)
If you enroll before 9/15, you will get a $20 parking pass FOR FREE!
**After 9/15, students have the option of paying $20 for a street parking pass; or, they can try for a metered parking nearby**

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

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NONFICTION

Blogging for Writers: Seminar and Workshop (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)
2 Saturdays, 12 to 4 pm
October 6, 2012 and October 20, 2012

This two-day course is designed for writers of all levels who are interested in launching (or re-focusing) their own blogs. In the first meeting, the class will read and reference a variety of notable blogs (both monetized and non-commercial) and use these examples to examine the reader experience and discuss the specific considerations of blogging, i.e. aesthetics, visual assets/elements, quality content, branding, and consistency.

Each student will be expected to arrive at the first class with three blogs they follow/enjoy. For the second meeting, two weeks later, students will have handed in the name of their blog, a sentence or two summing up their concept, and their first post (due one week prior), which will all be workshopped in class.

This course will be held in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where sparkling water and some manner of fancy snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $150 for new students; $130 for returning students

If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com
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Mixed Levels Nonfiction (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
October 4, 2012 to November 29, 2012 (no class 11/22)

In this 8-week mixed levels 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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FICTION

Young Adult Fiction Writing: Seminar and Workshop (taught by Cecil Castellucci in Silverlake)
2 Sundays, 12 to 4 pm
October 21, 2012 and November 4, 2012

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 fears about what is, and isn’t, allowed in the genre. Students will do in-class writing exercises to get them exploring 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, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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Fiction I (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2012 to November 20, 2012

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

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

***

Fiction II (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 3, 2012 to November 28, 2012 (no class 11/21)

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 course will take place in Echo Park where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction III (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)
Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 1, 2012 to December 17, 2012 (no class 10/15 and 11/26)

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of cheese and chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction IV (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 3, 2012 to December 12, 2012 (no class 11/21)

This 10-week course is designed for advanced writers with extensive workshop experience who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique. This course is by application only.

For the first few weeks, the class will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. Students will be given optional out-of-class writing assignments, and there will be short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will write two pieces of fiction (short stories or novel excerpts); one of those manuscripts will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be given to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available!)
For more information about the application process, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Novel Writing I (taught by Ivy Pochoda in Downtown L.A.)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2012 to December 18, 2012 (no class 11/13 and 11/20)

In this 10-week course, students will write the first 40 pages of a novel. 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 ask students to think deeply about their projects and 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Downtown L.A., where wine, sparkling water–and the occasional delicious snack–will be served.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$400 for all students (payment plans available!)

This class is open to experienced writers only. To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com with a description of your writing experience. You may be asked to submit a short writing sample.

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group (taught by Amelia Morris in Echo Park)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 2, 2012 to November 27, 2012 (no class 11/20)

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.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course)

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

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***Summer 2012 Courses***

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (taught by Elline Lipkin in the Fairfax District)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 24, 2012 to September 18, 2012 (no class 8/7)

This 8-week mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry.  Each week students will consider a particular theme through an in-class writing exercise, read examples of other poems, and be given an assignment sheet of poetry prompts to use during the week.  We’ll explore different types of poetic forms, practice using a variety of writing techniques, and offer feedback on each other’s work.  This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This course will take place in the Fairfax District, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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NONFICTION

Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
July 26, 2012 to September 13, 2012

In this 8-week mixed levels 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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FICTION

Fiction Writing I (taught by Seth Fischer in Echo Park) **CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 25, 2012 to September 12, 2012

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Echo Park, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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6-Week Fiction Writing Group (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area) **CLASS FULL**
Sundays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
July 15, 2012 to August 26, 2012 (no class 7/22)

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.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where coffee and sparkling water–and the occasional assortment of bagels–will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $200 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course)

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

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Fiction Writing II (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area) **CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 9, 2012 to September 10, 2012 (no class 7/23 and 9/3)

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 course will take place in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional assortment of sweets—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction Writing III (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon) **CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 11, 2012 to September 12, 2012

This 10-week course is designed for experienced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of fiction writing craft and technique.

For the first few weeks we will discuss published fiction and do in-class writing exercises. There will be optional out-of-class writing assignments, and we will hold short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions.  Each student will write two pieces of fiction (a short story or a novel excerpt); one of those stories will be workshopped by the class, and the other will be turned in to the instructor for feedback.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and an occasional assortment of chocolates—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $380 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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8-Week Fiction Writing Group(taught by Mary Guterson in North Hollywood) **CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST**
Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Begins July 11, 2012

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.

This class will begin July 11th, and it should meet every Wednesday evening until September 5th.  However, due to Mary’s work schedule, occasional meetings might have to be cancelled and rescheduled, and the class may thus run past September 5th.  Either way, the class will meet a total of 8 times.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in North Hollywood, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional snack, will be served.

Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course)

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

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PAST CLASSES:

Spring 2012 classes:

NONFICTION

Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction Writing: Personal Essay and Memoir (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Mondays, January 16, 2012 to March 5, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

In this mixed level 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (taught by Elline Lipkin in the Fairfax District)
Tuesdays, April 24, 2012 to June 12, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in the power and pleasure of poetry.  Each week students will consider a particular theme through an in-class writing exercise, read examples of other poems, and be given an assignment sheet of poetry prompts to use during the week.  We’ll explore different types of poetic forms, practice using a variety of writing techniques, and offer feedback on each other’s work.  This class is an opportunity for students to explore the art and craft of poetry at any level with the chance to experiment with words and feel inspired.

This course will take place in the Fairfax District, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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FICTION

Fiction Writing I (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST**
Mondays, April 23, 2012 to June 11, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

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.  There will be in-class discussion of published fiction from a craft perspective, and students will do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques.  Each week there will be short writing assignments to complete outside of class, which students will turn in for feedback from the instructor.  As this course is designed for beginning writers, there won’t be any formal workshopping, though occasionally students will be asked to bring copies of their work to share with the group. The class is also open to more experienced writers who simply want to brush up on the basics.

This course will take place at Mimoda Dance Studio (located behind Paper or Plastik Cafe) in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 10 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

For more informtion, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Fiction Writing II (taught by Adam Cushman in Beachwood Canyon)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST**
Wednesdays, April 25, 2012 to June 13, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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Mixed Levels Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop (taught by Sherri L. Smith in Glassell Park)
Wednesdays, April 25, 2012 to June 13, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 pm

In a world where teens have access to everything from the internet to the latest video games, how is it that the young adult (YA) novel is one of the fastest-growing and flourishing genres in the fiction book market today? Teens are hungry for a different kind of interaction.  This mixed-levels workshop focuses on developing the tools specific to writing the compelling fiction today’s demanding YA audience craves. Students study various methods employed in published YA fiction and learn to shape characters, plot, and pacing in a voice that speaks to teen readers. Through weekly exercises and group critiquing, students build their book ideas into a complete outline and one polished chapter.

This course will take place in a fellow student’s home in Glassell Park, where tea, light snacks, and the occasional glass of wine will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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Fiction Writing Group **CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM to get on wait list!**
Wednesdays, April 11, 2012 to May 30, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 pmIn this new offering from Writing Workshops Los Angeles, students will have the opportunity to be a part of a fiction writers’ group, headed 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 create 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.
Come join this eight week course and get writing!
One and a half to two hours (length of class is dependent upon the number of students signing on, and the amount of work shared each week).Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Price: $250 (students must pay the full amount up front; no payment plans available for this course.)

Didn’t find what you’re looking for?  Email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com to request a class for next session, or to work one-on-one with a WWLA instructor!

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winter 2012:

POETRY

Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (taught by Elline Lipkin in Studio City)
Tuesdays, January 24, 2012 to March 13, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in both the power and pleasures of poetry.  Weekly, students will study examples of both traditional and modern poetic forms, such as the sonnet, villanelle, and sestina, and look at other poetic techniques such as use of rhyme, meter, metaphor, imagery and the line.  Students will be offered in-class exercises to use as a starting point for their own work and then be invited to continue with these as they develop a sense of poetic voice and vision.  There will be short critiques of students’ works-in-progress as well as additional reading offered to expand understanding of the breadth and depth of this genre, both through its lyric traditions and more innovative forms.

This course will take place in Studio City, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

FICTION

Young Adult Fiction Writing Seminar and Workshop (taught by Cecil Castellucci in Silverlake)
2 Saturdays, January 21, 2012 and February 4, 2012
12 to 4 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 fears about what is, and isn’t, allowed in the genre.  Students will do in-class writing exercises to get them exploring 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 where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 for new students; $130 for returning students

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

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Fiction Writing I (taught by Adam Kaplan in the Park La Brea area)
Thursdays, February 9, 2012 to March 29, 2012
7:30 to 9:30 pm

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 there will be short writing assignments to take home, which students will turn in for feedback from the instructor.  As this course is designed for beginning writers, there won’t be any formal workshopping, though there will be opportunities for students to share their writing with the group.  The class is also open to more experienced writers who simply want to brush up on the basics.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Park La Brea area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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Mixed Levels Short Fiction: Writing Into Structure (taught by Mary Guterson in North Hollywood)
Tuesdays, January 24, 2012 to March 13, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 pm

All writers and artists learn from imitation. In this 8-week course, students will examine the structures of a variety of published stories, and then borrow (imitate) those structures to create their own work both in class and at home. Students will do plenty of in-class exercises geared toward improving craft and generating new material. The basics of fiction–plot, characterization, dialogue, point of view, scene, voice–will be covered throughout the course. Any at-home assignments will be emailed to one another in advance of course meetings so that students can read each other’s work and be prepared to talk about it in class. Students also have the option of submitting one longer story (up to 20 pages) for a written critique. This is a fun and free-flowing class, designed for writers of all levels. Come prepared to write and create.This course will take place in the instructor’s home in North Hollywood, where wine, sparking water–and the occasional snack–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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Novel Writing II (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM TO GET ON WAIT LIST **
Saturdays, January 14, 2012 to March 31, 2012 (no class 2/18 and 2/25)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

In this 10-week course students will continue working on newly-conceived novels.  The first few weeks of class will be devoted to 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 their aesthetic goals. There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep students on task, and there will even be time set aside in class to write.  The final weeks of the course will be devoted to workshopping student novel excerpts (40 pages maximum) in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class. This course is designed as a continuation of the fall 2011 Introduction to Novel Writing Workshop, and is open to experienced writers only.  Students must have approximately 30-50 pages of a manuscript to be eligible for the course. To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where coffee and sparkling water–and the occasional assortment of breakfast pastries–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $410 for new students; $370 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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Please note that Chris Daley teaches intermediate and advanced workshops in nonfiction writing which are only open to students who have completed her mixed levels course.  If you’d like to work with her one-on-one, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.

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Fall 2012:

FICTION CLASSES

Fiction Writing I (taught by Mary Guterson in North Hollywood)
Wednesdays, September 21, 2011 to November 9, 2011
7:30 to 9:30 pm

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 you will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques.  Each week you will have short writing assignments to do on your own, which you will turn 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in North Hollywood, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Fiction Writing Workshop (taught by Mary Guterson in North Hollywood)

Tuesdays, September 20, 2011 to November 8, 2011
7:30 to 9:30 pm

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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in North Hollywood, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Introduction to Novel Writing (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area) **CLASS FULL**
Saturdays, September 24, 2011 to December 10, 2011 (no class 10/29 and 11/26)
10 am to noon

In this 10-week course, you will develop your idea for a novel–and write the first 30 to 40 pages.  We 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 you to think deeply about your project and your aesthetic goals.   There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep you on task, and we will even set aside time in class to write.  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 course is open to experienced writers only.  To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com with a description of your writing background; you may be asked to submit a short writing sample.

This class will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where coffee and sparkling water–and the occasional basket of bagels–will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $410 for new students; $370 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

NONFICTION CLASSES:

Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
**CLASS FULL**
Tuesdays, September 27, 2011 to November 15, 2011
7:30 to 9:30 PM

In this 8-week mixed levels 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Intermediate Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir (taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
**CLASS FULL**
Thursdays, October 6, 2011 to December 1, 2011 (no class 11/24)
7:30 to 9:30 pm

This 8-week intermediate course is designed for writers who have started to explore the memoir or personal essay genre, but in most cases, they have yet to commit to a concrete book-sized project.  The students will already be familiar with the particular generic concerns of personal narrative (persona, reader relationship, situation vs. story, introspective homework, authenticity, retrospective vs. immediate point of view, hybridity of form). Students will read several book-length models and develop their own essays or chapters through a
process of drafting, feedback, and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. Weekly in-class and homework exercises will help establish and refine structure, style, voice, and texture. Writers will have the opportunity to submit work for review every other week. Previous enrollment in the Mixed Level course strongly suggested.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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3-Hour Creative Writing Exercise Sessions
$25 per student

There are 2 sessions to choose from, in fiction and poetry:

Saturday, September 3, 2011
3 to 6 pm
Poetry writing with Elline Lipkin in Studio City

Saturday, September 17, 2011 **CLASS FULL!**
10 am to 1 pm
Fiction Writing with Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area

In this 3-hour class, you will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  You’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those of you who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay & Memoir (with Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 12, 2011 to August 30, 2011

In this mixed-levels 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional delicious snack—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Intermediate/Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir (with Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
August 11, 2011 to September 29, 2011

This advanced level course is designed for writers who have started a memoir or essay collection and have some idea of the persona, audience, and purpose driving their work. There will be some assigned readings, but the focus will be on developing projects through a process of drafting, feedback, and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. Weekly in-class and homework exercises will help establish and refine structure, style, voice, and texture. Students will discuss the particular generic concerns of personal narrative and memoir, and they will have the opportunity to submit work for review every other week. An advanced project or previous enrollment in the Introduction/Mixed Level course strongly suggested.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional delicious snack—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Fiction Writing Workshop (with Mary Guterson in the Melrose/Highland area) *CLASS FULL*
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
June 28, 2011 to August 16, 2011

This mixed-levels class is designed for both short story writers and those just embarking on their novels. 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 course will take place in the Melrose area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com
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Mixed Levels Poetry Writing Workshop (with Elline Lipkin in Studio City) *CLASS FULL; EMAIL WRITINGWORKSHOPSLA@GMAIL.COM TO GET ON WAIT LIST*
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
June 30, 2011 to August 25, 2011 (no class July 7th!)

This mixed-levels class is designed to immerse students in both the power and pleasures of poetry.  Weekly, you will study examples of both traditional and modern poetic forms, such as the sonnet, villanelle, and sestina, and look at other poetic techniques such as use of rhyme, meter, metaphor, imagery and the line.  Students will be offered in-class exercises to use as a starting point for their own work and then be invited to continue with these as they develop a sense of poetic voice and vision.  You will have short critiques of students’ works-in-progress as well as additional reading offered to expand understanding of the breadth and depth of this genre, both through its lyric traditions and more innovative forms.

This course will take place in Studio City, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Poetry Master Class
(taught by Sarah Manguso in Los Feliz)

Saturday, June 18, 2011
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Fee: $120

This one-day master class is designed for poets of all experience levels who want to become more attentive readers and writers. The instructor will discuss the various functional components — syntax, semantics, lineation, lexicon, imagery, rhetoric, tone — of one poem by each participant, with particular attention to the component that supplies that poem’s propelling engine. She will then present a “companion work” by an established writer that uses similar engines, and suggest possible revisions. She’ll also conduct two exercises: one an exercise in content generation, the other a revision/compression exercise that the class will do collaboratively.

This master class will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where sparkling water, fresh lemonade, and snacks will be served.

Application protocol: Once you sign up, you will be asked to email two poems directly to the instructor.  The instructor will choose one poem to present to the group. Before the class, all participants will receive an electronic document containing all poems and companion works to be presented during the class.

A writing prompt can be provided for anyone who would like to sign up but is intimidated by the prospect of submitting work beforehand.

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

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3-Hour Creative Writing Exercise Sessions
$25 per student

There are two sessions to choose from.

Saturday, June 11th, from 10 am to 1 pm **CLASS FULL**
Fiction Writing with Leslie Parry in Pasadena

Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 11 am to 2 pm
Nonfiction Writing with Chris Daley in Los Feliz
**CLASS FULL**

In this 3-hour class, you will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  You’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those of you who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!
If you’re interested in signing up, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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PAST CLASSES:

3-Hour Creative Writing Exercise Sessions
$25 per student

There are four sessions to choose from.

On Saturday, 3/26, from 10 am to 1 pm
-Nonfiction Writing with Chris Daley in Los Feliz
-Fiction Writing with Leslie Parry in Pasadena
-Fiction Writing with Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area

On Sunday, 3/27, from 10 am to 1 pm
-Fiction Writing with Mary Guterson in the Melrose-Highland area

In this 3-hour class, we will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  We’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!
If you’re interested, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Fiction Writing Workshop (with Mary Guterson in the Melrose-Highland area) ** CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST **

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 12, 2011 to May 31, 2011

This 8-week class is designed for both short story writers and those just embarking on their novels. For the first four weeks, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. We 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.   For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Melrose area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay & Memoir (with Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 19, 2011 to June 7, 2011

In this mixed-levels 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional delicious snack—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Intermediate/Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir (with Chris Daley in Los Feliz)
**CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST**
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 21, 2011 to June 9, 2011

This advanced level course is designed for writers who have started a memoir or essay collection and have some idea of the persona, audience, and purpose driving their work. There will be some assigned readings, but the focus will be on developing projects through a process of drafting, feedback, and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. Weekly in-class and homework exercises will help establish and refine structure, style, voice, and texture. Students will discuss the particular generic concerns of personal narrative and memoir, and they will have the opportunity to submit work for review every other week. An advanced project or previous enrollment in the Introduction/Mixed Level course strongly suggested.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional delicious snack—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)
If you’re interested in signing up, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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The Poetry Master Class
with Sarah Manguso on April 9, 2011 is sold out–but we’ve opened a second session!  This one will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 3 to 6 pm.  (The class structure, and the price ($120), is the same as the one on April 9th.)  Email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com to sign up.

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Poetry Master Class
(taught by Sarah Manguso in Los Feliz)

Saturday, April 9, 2011
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Fee: $120

This one-day master class is designed for poets of all experience levels who want to become more attentive readers and writers. The instructor will discuss the various functional components — syntax, semantics, lineation, lexicon, imagery, rhetoric, tone — of one poem by each participant, with particular attention to the component that supplies that poem’s propelling engine. She will then present a “companion work” by an established writer that uses similar engines, and suggest possible revisions. She’ll also conduct two exercises: one an exercise in content generation, the other a revision/compression exercise that the class will do collaboratively.

This master class will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where sparkling water, fresh lemonade, and snacks will be served.

Application protocol: Once you sign up, you will be asked to email two poems directly to the instructor.  The instructor will choose one poem to present to the group. Before the class, all participants will receive an electronic document containing all poems and companion works to be presented during the class.

A writing prompt can be provided for anyone who would like to sign up but is intimidated by the prospect of submitting work beforehand.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com to sign up.

Winter 2011 Class Schedule

Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Personal Essay and Memoir
(Taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

TWO SECTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm *CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST*
January 18, 20100 to March 8, 2011 (8 meetings)

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Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm *CLASS FULL; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST*
January 20, 2011 to March 10, 2011 (8 meetings)

In this mixed-level course, we will read and discuss published narrative nonfiction as a means to investigate questions of truth and storytelling, and where the two intersect. There will be in-class exercises that address specific craft issues such as scene and voice, among others, and every student will have the opportunity to workshop at least one piece of nonfiction writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional delicious snack—will be served.
Enrollment limit: 8 students

Course fee: $380 for new students; $340 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

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6-Week Introduction to Fiction Writing *CLASS FILLED; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST*
(taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)

Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 10, 2011 to February 21, 2011 (no class 1/31)

This 6-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 we will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and we’ll do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques.  Each week you will have short writing assignments to do on your own, and you will turn them in for feedback from the instructor.  As this course is designed for very-very 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$275 for new students; $250 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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Mixed Levels Short Story Writing Workshop *CLASS FILLED; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST*
(taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30
January 12, 2011 to March 9, 2011 (no class 2/2)

This mixed levels course is designed for students of varying experience levels who are interested in expanding their understanding of short story craft and technique.
For the first four weeks we will discuss published short fiction and do in-class writing exercises. There will be optional out-of-class writing assignments, and we will hold short critiques of students’ work-in-progress.  For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

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

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Mixed Levels Short Fiction and Novel Writing Workshop *CLASS FILLED; EMAIL TO GET ON WAIT LIST*
(taught by Leslie Parry in Pasadena)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 25, 2011 to March 22, 2011 (no class 3/8)

This 8-week class is designed for both short story writers and those just embarking on their novels. For the first four weeks, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. We 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.   For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Pasadena, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$380 for new students; $340 for returning students.  (Payment plans available!)

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

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There will also be an Advanced Novel Workshop taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area, to begin in February of 2011. This course will be open to experienced writers who have at least 100 pages of a novel manuscript; students must apply for entry into the course.  If you’re interested, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com


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PAST CLASSES:

3-Hour Creative Writing Exercise Sessions
Easier on the body than a yoga class–and better for the imagination.
$25 per student

There are two sessions to choose from:
Nonfiction Writing with Chris Daley in Los Feliz, Saturday 12/11 from 10 am to 1 pm
Fiction Writing with Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area, Saturday 12/11 from 10 am to 1 pm

In this 3-hour class, we will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  We’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!
If you’re interested, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Short Fiction and Novel Writing Workshop
(taught by Leslie Parry in Pasadena)

Thursdays,7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 23, 2010 to November 11, 2010 (8 meetings)

This 8-week class is designed for both short story writers and those just embarking on their novels. For the first four weeks, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective. We 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.   For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Pasadena, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$360 for new students; $320 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

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

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5-Week Introduction to Fiction Writing Course **CLASS FULL**
(with Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax district)

Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 13, 2010 to October 11, 2010

This 5-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 we will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and we’ll do writing exercises designed to tackle particular techniques.  Each week you will have short writing assignments to do on your own, and you will turn them in for feedback from the instructor.  As this course is designed for very-very 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$225 for new students; $200 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

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

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Creative Nonfiction Workshop:  Personal Essay and Memoir **CLASS FULL**
(Taught by Chris Daley in Los Feliz)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 29th to November 17th (8 meetings)

In this mixed-level course, we will read and discuss published narrative nonfiction as a means to investigate questions of truth and storytelling, and where the two intersect. There will be in-class exercises that address specific craft issues such as scene and voice, among others, and every student will have the opportunity to workshop at least one piece of nonfiction writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Los Feliz, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional delicious snack—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
Course fee: $360 for new students; $320 for returning students (Payment plans available!)

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

For more information about our Chris, go here.

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Intermediate/Advanced Short Story Workshop **CLASS FULL**
(taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 22, 2010 to December 15, 2010 (10 meetings–no class on 11/10, 11/17, 11/24)

This 10-session course is designed for advanced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of short story craft and technique.

For the first few weeks we will discuss published short fiction and do in-class writing exercises. There will be optional out-of-class writing assignments, and we will hold short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions.  Each student will write two short stories over the course of the class, and one of those stories will be workshopped by the class.  There will be 3 weeks off before we workshop so that students can devote time to finishing their manuscripts.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 6 students
$400 for new students; $385 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

This course is by application only. Please email writingworkshopsla@gmail to inquire about submission guidelines.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Intermediate Novel Writing Course
(taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 5, 2010 to December 21, 2010  (10 meetings; no class on 11/16 and 11/23)

This 10-week course is open to more advanced writers who have written between 50-100 pages of a novel. For the first few weeks of this class we will do in-class writing exercises, discuss craft and technique from a novelist’s perspective, and conduct critiques of 1- and 2-page excerpts of students’ works-in-progress.  There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep you on task, and we will even set aside time for “lab” sessions, where students work seriously in-class, writing their manuscripts.  There will be two weeks off before we begin workshops so that students may commit their time to preparing their manuscripts for workshop.  The final weeks of the course will be devoted to critiquing student novel excerpts in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class.

Course will take place in instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

This course is by application only.  All students who sign up must have the minimum page requirement of a first draft to be eligible for the course. Please email writingworkshopsla@gmail to inquire about submission guidelines.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$410 for new students; $385 for returning students.  Payment plans available

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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One-Day Fiction Writing Exercise Sessions
Easier on the body than a yoga class–and better for the imagination.

$25 per student

There are 2 session sections to choose from:

Saturday, August 28, 2010 10 am to 1 pm  (with Leslie Parry in Pasadena)

Sunday, August 29, 2010 10 am to 1 pm (with Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area) ***CLASS FILLED***

In this 3-hour class, we will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  We’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.
Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!
If you’re interested, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Beginning/Intermediate Short Story Writing Workshop
(taught by Leslie Parry in Pasadena)

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 27, 2010 to September 14, 2010  (8 meetings)

This eight-week class is designed specifically for short story writers.  For the first four weeks, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction from a craft perspective.  We 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.  For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Pasadena, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$360 for new students; $320 for returning students.  Payment plans available.
If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Mixed Levels Fiction Writing Workshop ** CLASS FULL **
(taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)

Thursdays,7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 15, 2010 to September 2, 2010 (8 meetings)

This 8-week class is designed for both short story writers and those just embarking on a novel. For the first four weeks, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective.  We will also read nonfiction about craft and technique from such authors as Zadie Smith and William Boyd.  We 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.   For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$360 for new students; $320 for returning students.  Payment plans available.
If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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5-Week Intermediate/Advanced Short Story Workshop
(taught by Edan Lepucki in the Pico-Fairfax area)

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
August 4, 2010 to September 8, 2010 (5 meetings)

This is an accelerated course designed for advanced students who already have work to share with a group, and who are interested in deepening their understanding of short story craft and technique

For the first two weeks we will discuss published short fiction and do in-class writing exercises. There will be optional out-of-class writing assignments, and we will hold short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. For the final 3 weeks of the course we will workshop student manuscripts in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in the Pico-Fairfax area, where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 6 students
$300 for new students; $285 for returning students

This course is by application only. Please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com for more information.

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PREVIOUS CLASSES/SCHEDULES

Keep Writing in 2010: One-Day Fiction Writing Exercise Sessions
Easier on the body than a yoga class–and better for the imagination.

$25 per student

There are 2 session sections to choose from:

FICTION WRITING: Saturday, May 22, 2010 10 am to 1 pm (with Edan Lepucki in the Pico/Fairfax area) **FULL**

FICTION WRITING:  Saturday, May 15, 2010 10 am to 1 pm  (with Leslie Parry in Pasadena) **1 spot left!**

In this 3-hour class, we will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  We’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.
Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!
If you’re interested, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Beginning/Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop (taught by Leslie Parry in Hollywood) **CLASS FULL**

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 15, 2010 to June 10, 2010  (8 meetings; no class on May 27, 2010)

This 8-week class is designed both for short story writers and those just embarking on a novel.

For the first four weeks, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and novel excerpts from a craft perspective.  We 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.  For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work 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 course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon (Hollywood), where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$360 for new students; $320 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Advanced Short Story Workshop (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Fairfax District) **CLASS FULL**
Thursdays, April 22, 2010 to June 24, 2010 (10 meetings)

This 10-week course is designed for advanced students who are interested in deepening their understanding of short story craft and technique.

For the first few weeks we will discuss published short fiction and do in-class writing exercises. There will be optional out-of-class writing assignments, and we will hold short critiques of students’ work-in-progress and revisions. Each student will get to workshop at least one short story manuscript, if not two; the class will encourage everyone to turn in two short stories for feedback from the instructor.

Enrollment limit: 6 students
$400 for new students; $385 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

This course is by application only.  All students who sign up must have the minimum page requirement of a first draft to be eligible for the course. Please email writingworkshopsla@gmail to inquire about submission guidelines.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Intermediate Novel Writing Workshop (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Fairfax District) ***CLASS FULL***

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 5, 2010 to July 21, 2010  (10 meetings; no class on 6/16 and 6/23)

This 10-week course is open to more advanced writers who have written between 50-100 pages of a novel. For the first few weeks of this class we will do in-class writing exercises, discuss craft and technique from a novelist’s perspective, and conduct critiques of 1- and 2-page excerpts of students’ works-in-progress.  There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep you on task, and we will even set aside time for “lab” sessions, where students work seriously in-class, writing their manuscripts.  There will be two weeks off before we begin workshops so that students may commit their time to preparing their manuscripts for workshop.  The final weeks of the course will be devoted to critiquing student novel excerpts in an intense yet compassionate environment designed to challenge and inspire all members of the class.

Course will take place in instructor’s home in the Fairfax District where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

This course is by application only.  All students who sign up must have the minimum page requirement of a first draft to be eligible for the course. Please email writingworkshopsla@gmail to inquire about submission guidelines.

Enrollment limit:  7 students
$410 for new students; $385 for returning students.  Payment plans available

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Keep Writing in 2010: One-Day Fiction Writing Exercise Sessions
Easier on the body than a yoga class–and better for the imagination.

$25 per student

There are four session sections to choose from:

Saturday, March 13, 2010  (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Fairfax District) **FULL**
1:00 to 4:00 pm

or

Saturday, March 20, 2010  (taught by Edan Lepucki in the Fairfax District) **FULL**
1:00 to 4:00 pm

or

Saturday, March 20, 2010 (taught by Leslie Parry in Pasadena)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

or

Saturday, March 27. 2010 (taught by Leslie Parry in Pasadena) **FULL**
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

In this 3-hour class, we will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will give you new ideas and/or help you further develop projects you’ve already begun.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  We’ll go from one exercise to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.  Those who are interested may stay for 15-20 minutes after the session to share one exercise with your fellow writers.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.  Coffee, juice and sparkling water will be served!

If you’re interested, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Edan Lepucki is teaching a class at UCLA Extension this spring (downtown location!)

Writing the Short Story: Intermediate Workshop
Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm,
April 13-June 15, 10 meetings

Designed for students on the threshold of producing advanced work, this workshop emphasizes the “give-and-take” of in-depth criticism and the strategies for revision, as well as explores new fictional alternatives in a productive setting.

Prerequisite: At least two fiction writing courses or departmental approval.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Reg# V5442B
$520

To enroll, call (310) 825-9971 or (818) 784-7006. Or, go online to sign up.

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Short Fiction Workshop (taught by Leslie Parry) **CLASS FULL**

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 28, 2010 to March 18, 2010 (8 weeks)

For the first four weeks of this eight-week course, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction from a craft perspective.  We will cover such topics as characterization, point of view, structure, voice, and scene, and there will be short take-home writing assignments.  For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.

This course will take place in the instructor’s home in Beachwood Canyon (Hollywood), where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$360 for new students; $320 for returning students.  Payment plans available.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Introduction to the Novel II (taught by Edan Lepucki) **CLASS FULL**

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
January 13, 2010 to March 17, 2010 (10 weeks)

This 10-week course is open to more advanced writers who have already begun novels, but are still in the beginning stages.  All students who sign up must have at least 25 pages of a first draft to be eligible for the course.  For the first few weeks of this class we will do in-class writing exercises, discuss craft and technique from a novelist’s perspective, and conduct critiques of 1- and 2-page excerpts of students’ works-in-progress.  There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep you on task, and we will even set aside time for “lab” sessions, where students work seriously in-class, writing their manuscripts.  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.

Course will take place in instructor’s home in the Fairfax District where wine and sparkling water—and the occasional gourmet cheese—will be served.

Enrollment limit:  7 students
$410 for new students; $385 for returning students.  Payment plans available

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Get Writing in 2010: One-Day Fiction Writing Exercise Session (taught by Edan Lepucki)

Saturday, January 7, 2010  10 am to 1 pm CLASS FULL–but you can sign up for the second date!

SECOND SESSION ADDED: Saturday, January 16, 2010 10 am to 1 pm CLASS FULL–but email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.  Also, another session will be added in the spring!

In this 3-hour class, we will do a series of short in-class writing exercises that will help you get back into writing for the new year.  Some of the exercises will be favorites from previous courses, and some will be new.  We’ll go from one to the next fairly quickly, and by the end of the session you’ll have pages upon pages of new material.

This one-day session will take place in the instructor’s Los Feliz home, where plenty of coffee, orange juice, and sparkling water, will be served.

Enrollment limit:  8 students
Fee: $20.00  (A deal!)

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Edan Lepucki is also teaching two courses over winter quarter at UCLA Extension:

Intro to Fiction Writing (at the Writers’ Program downtown location)
Tuesdays, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
January 12-March 16 (10 meetings)
Reg# V3956B  $415
For more information, see the Extension course catalogue:

Creative Writing: Short Story (at the UCLA campus in Westwood)

XL 134A
Reg# V4209B $530 (Credit)
Reg# V4210B $475 (Noncredit)
For more information, see the Extension course catalogue:
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Introduction to the Novel **CLASS FULL**
Wednesday nights, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
September 30th to December 16th  (no class on October 7th and November 25th)

Class Limit:  7 students
Fee:  $410 (payment plans available)

In this 10-week course, you will develop your idea for a novel–and write the first 40 pages.  We 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 you to think deeply about your project and your aesthetic goals.   There will be a weekly page-count requirement to keep you on task, and we will even set aside time 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 a ll members of the class.

This course is open to experienced writers only.  To apply for entry, please email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com with a description of your writing experience.  You may be asked to submit a short writing sample.

Introduction to Fiction Writing at UCLA Extension (downtown location!)Class has already started!
Tuesday nights, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
October 6th to December 8th (10 weeks)

Class fee:  $415

It has been said that all of us have locked inside at least one good story to tell. This course is designed to tap into that story–and others–in a positive atmosphere. Through lectures on craft, short writing exercises, assignments, and discussion of student work, apprentice fiction writers learn the nuts and bolts of fiction writing, such as plot, conflict, characterization, dialogue, narrative voice, and point-of-view. This course focuses on short fiction but includes principles that students use in X 462.71 Novel Writing I: Writing the First Novel. The course goal is to draft one short story or a chapter of a novel.

This is a class I’m teaching for UCLA Extension.  To sign up, go to: https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/Course.aspx?reg=V3056


Fall 2009 Short Fiction Workshop
**CLASS FULL**
Thursday nights, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 8th to November 19th  (7 weeks)

$360 for new students; $320 for returning students (payment plans available!)

Enrollment limit: 6 students

For the first four weeks of this seven-week course, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction from a craft perspective.  We will cover such topics as characterization, point of view, structure, voice, and scene, and there will be short take-home writing assignments.  For the final three weeks of the course, we will workshop student work in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

5-Week Short Fiction Workshop, summer 2009 Already begun/class full

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm; July 30, 2009 to September 3, 2009  (no class on August 6th)

Enrollment limit: 6 students

Class Fee:  $230 for new students; $200 for returning students  (A great opportunity to take a W.W.L.A. course at a lower rate!)

This course is designed for the experienced writer who already has material to share in a workshop format. For our first class meeting, we will do some writing exercises, discuss published short fiction, and get to know each other as writers and readers.  Two weeks later, we will reunite to further discuss craft, and prepare for our student workshops, which will begin the following Thursday and continue until the end of the session.  Student manuscripts will be critiqued in an intense yet respectful environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of class.  Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.  The class will take place in the instructor’s Los Feliz home.

(This course is similar to my regular short fiction workshops except that it’s on an accelerated schedule.  This means we will begin our workshops after two meetings, rather than four, and there will be fewer students so that we have only three weeks of workshops, rather than four.)

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Short Fiction Workshop, spring/summer 2009 ** CLASS FULL **

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, May 21, 2009 to July 16, 2009 (no class 7/2)

$360 for new students; $320 for returning students (payment plans available!)

Enrollment limit: 8 students

For the first four weeks of this eight-week course, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction from a craft perspective.  We will cover such topics as characterization, point of view, structure, voice, and scene, and there will be short take-home writing assignments.  For the final four weeks of the course, we will workshop student work in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.

If you’re interested, email writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Short Fiction Workshop, Spring 2009 **CLASS IN SESSION**

Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, March 12, 2009 to May 7, 2009 (no class April 2nd)

$340 for new students; $310 for returning students

Enrollment limit: 8 Students

For the first four weeks of this eight week course, we will do in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction from a craft perspective. We will also read and discuss essays about writing and the writing life by such authors as Annie Dillard, Italo Calvino, and Lewis Hyde. For the final four weeks of the course we will workshop student work in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire every member of the class. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop one short story manuscript.

If you’re interested, please email Edan at writingworkshopsla@gmail.com

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Novel Workshop Winter/Spring 2009 **CLASS ENDED**

Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, January 12, 2009 to April 20, 2009

$410/student

Enrollment Limit: 6 students

Because the novelist faces different challenges than the writer of short fiction, W.W.L.A. has created a course specifically designed for those students working on longer projects. Each student will have two opportunities to workshop excerpts of their novel, and for our first class we will discuss If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino.

***If you’re interested, email Edan at writingworkshopsla@gmail.com***

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