Make Crime Pay

with Ivy Pochoda in West Adams

One Sunday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
November 3, 2019

What is a crime novel? What is a mystery? What is a thriller? How are these categories different from so-called literary fiction, if in fact they are? This one-day seminar will explore these genres and more, examining how to use elements of crime fiction, mysteries, and thrillers to create tension and suspense in even the most literary stories or novels. The class is open to anyone writing in any genre or people simply interested in learning more about these styles.

This seminar will be held in West Adams where coffee, tea, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley and Visitation Street. Wonder Valley won The Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Southern California Independent Booksellers Award, as well as the Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine in France. Visitation Street received the Page America Prize in France and was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Ivy’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Vogue. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. For many years she was a world ranked squash player. She teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in West Adams, Los Angeles.


“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