Tools for Writing Fiction
with Laura Warrell in Culver City

Culver City
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 25 to September 12, 2019


Dreaming up interesting characters and situations can be one of the easier steps to writing a story or novel, but putting all the elements of fiction together to craft compelling plots poses the greatest challenge to all writers. This eight-week workshop will help you deepen your understanding of the elements of fiction—character development, plot structure, point of view, dialogue, voice, pacing, theme, and more—so you can apply them to your work, whether a novel in progress or the spark of an idea. For the first two weeks, students will complete in-class writing exercises, read instructive essays about storytelling, and discuss published fiction from a craft perspective. During the last six weeks, students will be invited to bring in their own work to receive feedback from their instructor and peers in a traditional workshop setting. Students will have the chance to share their work in a serious yet friendly environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class. The course is open to beginning and experienced writers.

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

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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.


"Westside Fiction is an excellent class for beginners and old timers alike. Laura Warrell is a fabulous workshop host with a talent for inspiring insightful discussion that educates us both as writers and as readers." —Carrie Sorosky

"I took Westside Fiction with Laura Warrell, and everything about our session was thought-provoking and deeply rewarding. I learned so much. We not only had wonderful writers in our group, but their reading expertise was incredible. Laura's notes were wonderful, thorough, and manageable." —Robin Parkinson