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

May we recommend Novel II or Weekend Fiction?

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. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please email us at


West Adams
7:30 to 9:30 pm

July 24, 2018 to April 30, 2019 (estimated)

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.


“Ivy Pochoda is, hands down, the best writing teacher I’ve had the privilege to study with. She has a singular ability to foster meaningful discussion about each writer’s piece within the group, encouraging her students to engage with each other’s work on a deeper level than most writing seminars manage to reach. Beyond that, Ivy is excellent at pulling out the most important details of an individual passage, and placing them contextually within the larger narrative arc of the student’s work. Her intelligence, insight, compassion, and wicked sense of humor have all inspired me to become a more conscious writer. Plus, if you take her class, you get to hang out with some seriously adorable bunnies. I highly recommend Ivy’s classes to any curious writing student!” —Emily Beyda

“Ivy Pochoda’s novel writing workshop is a true gem in the WWLA treasure chest. Not only is Ivy a gifted novelist, she is a skilled instructor who understands that the novel writing process presents unique challenges to the aspiring writer.  With that in mind, she guides her students towards achieving their long haul goal of completing a novel. Easier said than done.  Ivy’s ability to see the “big picture” with her critiques allows her to inspire and encourage students to stay focused and move forward with their work.  I have taken two of Ivy’s workshops, and would recommend her workshop to any writer serious about completing a lengthy manuscript.” —Dee Kettler White


Wonder Valley

“Incandescent . . .Pochoda keeps you guessing while bringing these lost souls wonderfully, intensely alive.” People (Book of the Week)

“A dizzying, kaleidoscopic thriller that refuses to let readers look away from the dark side of Southern California. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . It’s the memorable characters and beautiful prose that make the novel so successful. . . . Unexpected and pitch-perfect.” Los Angeles Times

“Audacious. . . . Each character is realized with vivid empathy. . . . A richly Californian novel, drenched in enough sunlight to illuminate the harshest of truths.”Entertainment Weekly

Visitation Street

“A powerfully beautiful novel” —New York Times Book Review

Visitation Street is urban opera writ large. Gritty and magical, filled with mystery, poetry and pain, Ivy Pochoda’s voice recalls Richard Price, Junot Diaz, and even Alice Sebold, yet it’s indelibly her own.” —Dennis Lehane