FACULTY
 


Edan Lepucki

Writing Workshops Los Angeles was founded by Edan Lepucki, and she currently serves as Director of Special Projects. Edan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel California, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great Reads pick and an Amazon best book of the month. Her next novel, Woman No. 17, will be published in May 2017. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she has taught at the University of Iowa, Oberlin College, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles TimesNarrative Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Review, among other publications, and she’s a staff writer for The Millions. Edan has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation, and Squaw Valley Writers Conference. The winner of the 2009 James D. Phelan Award, she has also published a novella, If You’re Not Yet Like Me. To contact Edan, email edan@writingworkshopsla.com.


Chris Daley

Chris Daley is the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She has worked as a writing instructor for several universities, including the California Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College (CUNY), and Loyola Marymount University. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Chris is also a founder of editing collective WordCraft LA. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesFORTH MagazineAngels Flight • literary westDUM DUM Zine, Crony, Los Angeles Review of Books, and various academic collections. An essay originally published in The Collagist was recently included in the W.W. Norton anthology, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. Her photography has appeared in RedividerGesture Literary Journal, Bartleby Snopes, and is forthcoming in Print Oriented Bastards. Chris previously served as a judge for the fiction and first fiction awards of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, and she was a Ucross Foundation writer-in-residence and a finalist for the Baltic Writing Residency. Email Chris at chris@writingworkshopsla.com.


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Neelanjana Banerjee

Neelanjana Banerjee’s short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, PANK, The Liner, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Online, World Literature Today, The Literary Review, Nimrod, and anthologies like Breaking the Bow: Speculative Stories Inspired by the Ramayana (Zubaan Books, 2012) and Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian (Arsenal Press, 2003), among other places. She co-edited the award-winning Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) and The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Shifts and Quakes of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and has been awarded writing residencies from Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. Her journalism about literature and culture can be seen at Colorlines, Fiction Writers Review, HTML Giant, Hyphen, Word Riot, and other places around the World Wide Web. She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press and teaches creative writing at UCLA. She lives in El Sereno and is working on her first novel.Visit her online here.


Bernard Cooper

Bernard Cooper is the author of memoir, My Avant-Garde Education, recently published by W.W. Norton. He is also the author of The Bill From My FatherMaps To AnywhereA Year of RhymesTruth Serum, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. Cooper is the recipient of the PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, the O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim grant, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays of 19881995, 1997, 2002, and 2008. His work has also appeared in magazines and literary reviews including Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Story, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and for six years was the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine. Visit him online here.


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Christopher DeWan

Christopher DeWan has published more than forty short stories in journals including A cappella Zoo, Bartleby Snopes, Necessary Fiction, Passages North, and wigleaf, and he has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. His collection of domestic fabulism, Hoopty Time Machines, is forthcoming from Atticus Books in September 2016. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Arts and a degree in philosophy and theater from Cornell University, and he is the Acting Chair of Creative Writing at the California State Summer School for the Arts. Learn more about Chris here


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Dawn Dorland

Dawn Dorland attended the MFA program at the University of Maryland on a teaching fellowship and won an award for her fiction and essay classes. Her short fiction appears in Green Mountains Review online, The Drum, and is collected in Paragraph; her essays are available on the GrubStreet blog. Dawn’s novel-in-progress Econoline, about generational poverty and American class ascent, has been supported by six national arts organizations, including Ragdale. An excerpt of Econoline was awarded Third Place in the 2016 Writers @Work Emerging Writer competition, judged by Peter Ho Davies. She is a two-time finalist for the Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia & Stockholm and was named a Visiting Artist by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in rural Minnesota in 2015. Dawn also teaches at the Downtown Women’s Center, serving the homeless women of Skid Row, and annually at GrubStreet’s Muse & the Marketplace conference as a Teaching Scholar.


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Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer is a current contributor and former editor at The Rumpus, and his work has also appeared in PANK, Guernica, Best Sex Writing, and other journals and anthologies. His essay “Notes from a Unicorn” was also selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2013, and he has attended residencies at Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, and elsewhere. He is also a professional developmental editor of novels and memoirs. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where he also teaches.


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Elline Lipkin

Elline Lipkin is a scholar and poet who has edited for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and journals. Her collection of poetry The Errant Thread was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award.  Her second book, Girls’ Studies, explores contemporary girlhood in America and was published by Seal Press.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature.  She is widely published as a poet and her nonfiction writing has appeared in Salon.com, Ms., and other contemporary sources.  A former resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Dorland, Elline has been a speaker at the Napa Valley Writers Conference and the Writer-in-Residence at the Paper & Book Intensive.  Elline has taught creative writing to students of all ages and is the current Poet Laureate of Altadena. 


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Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama’s novel Harrowgate was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Stoneboat, Arcadia Magazine, Controlled Burn, Salon, and The Rumpus, among other online journals, as well as in two anthologies. In addition to Writing Workshops Los Angeles, she teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles in their MFA and BA programs. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family.


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Amelia Morris

Amelia Morris holds an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is the author of the blog Bon Appétempt as well as the memoir by the same name. She lives in Echo Park with her husband and two sons.


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Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Visitation Street published by Ecco / Dennis Lehane Books.Visitation Street was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Amazon Best Book of 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Self, and House & Garden, and she also works as a freelance editor. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. Ivy has a BA from Harvard College in Classical Greek and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in West Adams, Los Angeles with her husband Justin Nowell.


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Darcy Vebber

Darcy Vebber has published fiction in The Iowa Review and The Otis Review and nonfiction in The Village Voice and Parade Magazine. She has a BA in film from USC and worked for many years in film production. After she earned her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2006, she was an assistant to literary agent Betsy Amster, reading submissions and writing delicately worded rejection letters. She has been a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference twice, where she studied with Amy Hempel and Robert Bowsell. Currently, she writes about food for The Jewish Journal, and about the intersection of ritual and everyday life for Tribe Magazine. She also teaches writing to young adults at the non-profit Art Division in downtown L.A. She is finishing a novel.


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Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman is the author of five novels, most recently Life #6. Her second, Spontaneous, won the 2001 PEN West Award for Fiction. Her fourth, The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Her screenplay, Delivering Milo, was produced starring Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda.  She has had short stories and essays published, most recently in Conjunctions and The Colorado Review, and she is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times. 


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Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler wrote about arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times for seven years, and she has also published features and criticism in Rolling Stone, The Believer, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, Time Out Chicago, JANE Magazine, and several other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Black Clock, Facsimile, Public Fiction, and was recently anthologized in Joyland Retro. In 2011, on the same bill as Ann Beattie, she read from her novel in progress as part of the New American Writing series at the Hammer Museum. She’s led writing workshops for children and adults, including disadvantaged youth in the Cabrini-Green housing projects of Chicago. She holds a BA from Columbia College and an MFA in Critical Studies from the California Institute of the Arts. Her debut novel Neon Green was published in July.

 


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Laura Warrell

Laura Warrell has worked as a writing instructor for several colleges in Boston and Los Angeles, including the Berklee College of Music and Northeastern University. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Salon, The Writer, Post Road Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Racialicious, as well as Broadsheet in Madrid, Spain and other international publications.  She was a contributing writer to Numero Cinq Magazine and an assistant fiction editor at Upstreet Magazine. Laura is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has attended residencies at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Tin House Writer’s Workshop.



GUEST INSTRUCTORS
 


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Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block is the Lifetime Achievement Award winning author of over thirty acclaimed and widely translated books of fiction, nonfiction, short stories and poetry. She has also written a screenplay for Fox Searchlight and contributed essays, interviews, and reviews to many publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Nylon and Spin. Francesca teaches at Antioch University, Los Angeles and UCLA Extension and is currently finishing her memoir/writing guide The Thorn Necklace: Turning Pain into Art coming in 2018 from Seal Press. www.francescaliablock.com.


Scott O'Connor

Scott O’Connor is the author of the forthcoming book of stories Thalassa, the novels Untouchable and Half World, and the novella Among Wolves. He has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize and cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories. He has written for FOX, Universal Television, The New York Times Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. 


Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci is the NY Times bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, and the Eisner-nominated Odd Duck. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal.  Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN, Tor.com, and various anthologies including Teeth, After, and Interfictions 2. Upcoming in 2016 is an ongoing comic Shade, the Changing Girl with DC Comic’s Young Animal Imprint. She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two-time Macdowell Fellow, and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books


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Natashia Deón

Natashia Deón is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, GRACE, and is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellowship. Recently named one of L.A.'s "Most Fascinating People" in L.A. Weekly's People Issue, Deón is a lawyer, law professor, and the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit.  Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, and other places.


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Manuel Gonzales

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


Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. His first book of nonfiction, a memoir called Sirens, is out this January.


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Kim Young

Kim Young is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (The University of Utah Press) and finalist for the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Divided Highway (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). She is the founding editor of Chaparral, an online journal featuring poetry from Southern California, and her poems and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hotel Amerika, Western Humanities Review, POOL, and elsewhere. She teaches at California State University Northridge and holds an MFA from Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.