Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process
with Francesca Lia Block
1:00 to 3:00 pm (Pacific)
February 24 to March 31, 2019
In this six-week mixed levels class designed for both short story writers and novelists (poets and screenwriters also welcome), we will break down the writing process using twelve interrelated questions to help structure your work. The questions are taken from the instructor's recently released craft book The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process. Each week, students will meet online for a short lecture on craft and receive a five-ten page assignment of scene work. These assignments will be completed and then emailed to the group for online discussion a week after they are due. We will also address the way the writing process, including the development of character and plot, can provide healing for the author on his or her own personal journey.
This class is open to students of all levels and will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 for new students; $285 for returning students
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 recently published a memoir/writing guide The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process. www.francescaliablock.com.
"In the midst of untangling her own deep-seated vulnerabilities and dreams, the incandescent Francesca Lia Block shares the twelve questions that help shape her words; they will become essential for every writer in search of a light in the literary wilderness." —Jade Chang, author of the New York Times bestseller The Wangs vs. the World
"Francesca Lia Block turns her unique punk-fairie style in a new direction in this fast-paced memoir of hope, disaster, magic, and sheer raw talent, mated with a down-to-earth approach to writing. This double dose of Block, as teacher and writer, is a combination sure to enchant and inform." —Janet Fitch, bestselling author of White Oleander and The Revolution of Marina M.
"The best art begins with the worst pain. In The Thorn Necklace, Francesca Lia Block shepherds us through the process that transforms wounds into words. The transformation's an alchemical one. The prima materia of daily living becomes the base metal of the soul's gold. By turns personal, masterfully intimate, and practical, this book is a must for any writer who aims to get at the heart of all matters: the heart. —Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of the New York Times bestseller Hausfrau
"In this lyrical and haunting meditation on the craft of writing, Block . . .cracks open her psyche and lays it bare in the hopes of inspiring other storytellers-to-be. Wise and inspiring, this is a must-read for artists of all stripes." ―Booklist **starred review**
"The Thorn Necklace is a 'grimoire,' a meditation on turning agony into art, at the same time that it functions as a guide to being creative. Block viscerally shows how she has taken the setbacks of her own life . . . and transformed them into literature that has ultimately inspired and sustained her readers. . . Mesmerizing." ―Los Angeles Review of Books