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Summer Block
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

The essay is one of the most durable and varied forms of literature, ranging from lyric prose and creative nonfiction to arts criticism and immersive journalism. Unlike other classes focused on short memoir and personal essay, this workshop is designed to produce inquisitive essays in which the primary focus is not personal experience and the work of memory. However, the essay genre invites writers to explore the world around them and to discover what they think about a particular subject, whether politics, the arts, science, current events, family, travel, or something else entirely. A well-crafted essay is an act of engagement that leaves the writer, as well as the reader, changed. During these eight weeks, students will participate in a rigorous discussion of published essays and student work in an atmosphere that prioritizes community, craft, and commitment to the practice of being a writer.

This class will take place in Burbank, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.


7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 1, 2018 to June 26, 2018 (with no class on May 29)

Summer Block has contributed essays, short fiction, and poetry to The Toast, The Awl, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney's, PANK, and many other places. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, most recently California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State. She is currently working on a book about occult communities in the San Fernando Valley.


“Summer is a great teacher. She went above and beyond with her written feedback, which was so extensive and thoughtful, and so helpful. She also is one of those teachers who manages to find something intelligent and supportive about everything we read in class... I really, really enjoyed this class and the warm, fun atmosphere Summer created.”