SUMMER 2018 – FICTION


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You may be wondering which fiction class you should take. If you use the form above, we will be happy to advise you on the most appropriate class for your project and/or experience. Keep in mind that Fiction I is generally for beginners who are not yet decided on whether they would like to write short stories or a novel (or some other fiction form). Fiction II and The Art of the Short Story are generally for writers who have taken Fiction I and are leaning toward writing short stories. Novel I is for students who have decided they wish to write a novel and are in the early stages of their project. Novel II is generally for writers who have taken Novel I and have advanced further into their projects. Mixed Levels classes are customized for both level I and II students. If you prefer a class on the weekend, on the westside, or on young adult fiction, we have those options as well.


ONLINE CLASSES


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$200 new; $175 returning

Submission Support Group with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

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Online
Saturdays
12:00-1:00 pm (Pacific)
July 7 to September 8 (with no class on July 21 or September 1)

The submission support group is back by popular demand! Participating writers will meet weekly to focus specifically on sending out their work for publication or other literary opportunities with Women Who Submit co-founder Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. There will be no written assignments beyond 1) prepare to submit, 2) submit, and 3) support the other people in the group as they submit. During your time together, you'll pool your knowledge of literary journals and magazines, agents, small presses, contests, and other calls for submission. The group will also discuss how to stand out in the slush pile and what makes for a successful query letter, book proposal, and residency application. The first two submission support groups have produced over a dozen acceptances or recognitions so far, including poetry, fiction, and photography publication, a nonfiction book contract, performance on a podcast, and honorable mention by Daniel Handler.

This group is open to writers of all genres and levels, as long as they are prepared to actively submit their work over the course of the term. The eight meetings will be held online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 new; $285 returning
(Payment plan available for returning students.)

How to Compose & Publish a Prose Chapbook
with Chelsea Biondolillo

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Online
Saturdays
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)
July 28, 2018 to September 8, 2018 (with no class on August 11)

This six-week online workshop is designed for flash prose writers who are ready to take the next step in their work—a completed manuscript. Students will start with an idea and end up with a finished draft of a chapbook of approximately 25 pages of flash prose. We will talk about what makes a collection feel cohesive and how we can explore themes via form and content experiments, while strategic mini-workshops will give writers the chance to check in with readers. Weekly assignments will guide participants through a first draft and then focus on techniques for organizing and revising. Assigned readings will illustrate a range of fiction and nonfiction solutions to the unique problem/opportunity that the chapbook constraint provides. In the last week of class, we will talk through places to submit your work, including contests and indie presses. 

This class is open to stduents of all levels and it will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 new; $285 returning
(Payment plan available for returning students.)

Short Story Crash Course with Chris Daley

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Online
Sundays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
July 22, 2018 to August 26, 2018

In this six-week online workshop, we will address the particular demands and delights of the short story. We will cover elements of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, voice, tense, dialogue, point of view, and creating stakes. We will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and complete writing exercises designed to tackle specific short story techniques. Starting in week three, students will have the opportunity to workshop one short story (up to twenty pages) in a respectful and serious environment that prioritizes community, craft, and commitment to the practice of being a writer.

This workshop is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners. The class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please contact us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


LOS ANGELES SEMINARS


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

One-Day Seminar: Re-Vision—An Inside-Out Novel Revision Seminar with Kate Maruyama in Glendale

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Saturday
July 21, 2018
12:00 to 4:00 pm

In this intensive four-hour seminar, you will learn concrete revision techniques you can take away for your next rewrite. You will leave the class energized with an action plan for an intensive and results-oriented rewrite of your specific novel. During the class, we will roll up our sleeves and look your plot and structure, and how to rearrange your scenes to create building tension. We will explore your character and plot progression, the progression of information given to your reader over the course of a book and, on a micro level, you will learn how to dismantle a scene and recreate it to create the most punch.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Glendale where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please contact us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$100 new; $90 returning

 

One-Evening Seminar: The Clock—Time in Fiction
with Laura van den Berg in Los Feliz

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One Thursday
August 30, 2018
7:00 to 10:00 pm

In fiction, time creates the borders of our worlds; as a result, our temporal choices impact everything else on the page. As such, time is not purely a technical concern but a philosophical one as well. Through a close reading of Edward P. Jones’s story “The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed” and other texts, this class will explore the relationship between time and narrative possibility, with an eye toward developing new strategies and vocabulary for handling questions around time in our work. The seminar will include craft discussion, writing exercises, and Q & A.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz where wine, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for The Clock, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


LOS ANGELES WORKSHOPS


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

Flash! Manuscript with Bernard Cooper in Silver Lake

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Thursdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 19, 2018 to September 6, 2018

Flash is the shortest of short-form narrative—shorter even than a short story, sometimes as short as a single sentence. But just because it's short doesn't mean it's easy! Flash demands a writer use all the elements of storytelling (character, setting, plot, etc.) in a way that's distilled down to its most sudden, urgent, and evocative form.

Flash, says Amy Hempel, is "like most ordinary short stories—only more so." How can we make our own stories "more so"? During this eight-week workshop, we'll read diverse examples of minimalist storytelling (fiction and creative nonfiction) and write many of our own. We'll create and share work every week, and along the way, we'll experiment with techniques to make our flash "flashier."

This workshop is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners. The class will take place in Silver Lake, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.


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

The Art of the Short Story with Christopher DeWan in Pasadena

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Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10, 2018 to September 4, 2018 (with no class on July 31)

Lorrie Moore said, “A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” This eight-week workshop is all about love affairs and photographs: We'll read and write short stories, we'll explore the elements that make up the genre, and we'll experiment with different ways to craft our writing. In addition to weekly exercises and prompts, each student will write a short story to workshop with the group. The class is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners.

The workshop will be held in Pasadena, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served. If you'd like to join a waitlist for The Art of the Short Story, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$550 new; $500 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

Intensive Novel Manuscript Workshop
with Ivy Pochoda in West Adams

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Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 24, 2018 to April 30, 2019 (estimated)

Congratulations, you have completed the first draft of your novel . . .but now what? This advanced course is designed for the experienced writer who has recently finished (or almost finished) the first draft of a novel and now needs readers and revision. We will read one entire manuscript, start to finish, once a month, and then we’ll meet to discuss only that book. Each student will be expected to hand in a written critique of the manuscript and discussions will involve structure, character development, narrative voice, and all the elements that make a good novel. The class will start with an organizational meeting on July 24 and repeat for as many months as there are students in the workshop on dates decided by the group.

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

This workshop is open to experienced writers only via application. Previous enrollment in Novel I or II recommended. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


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

Westside Mixed Levels Fiction with Laura Warrell in Culver City

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Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10, 2018 to August 28, 2018

This eight-week mixed levels class is designed for both short story writers and novelists. For the first three to four weeks, students will complete in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and excerpted novels from a craft perspective. During the last four to five weeks, students will be invited to bring in their own work to receive feedback from the instructor and their peers. The class will cover such topics as characterization, pacing, point of view, structure, voice, and theme, and there will be short take-home writing assignments designed to help students explore different topics and story ideas. Students will have the chance to workshop their writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

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


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

Young Adult Fiction with Zan Romanoff in Hancock Park

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Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10, 2018 to August 28, 2018

Writing young adult fiction should be easy, right? We’ve been young. We’ve had dysfunctional families, unhealthy friends, and embarrassing moments in the school bathroom. Maybe we've had compelling childhood fantasies of dystopian fairylands or alien creatures to chase across the galaxy. But it is every bit as complex to write a YA or middle grade story as it is to write one for adults. This workshop will explore YA’s unique parameters, how to get back in touch with your younger self, and the traditional elements of all good storytelling: character, setting, plot, style, language, and narrative voice. There will be readings and in-class exercises to help you develop your YA novel or short story. In the second half of class, students will have the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing they're interested in revising and expanding. 

This class will take place in Hancock Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for Young Adult Fiction, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.