Over the next week, we'll be introducing you to our guest instructors for the summer term (unless you're already familiar with their excellent writing).
When a number of faculty members recommend someone to teach for us, we pay attention, especially when they've been published by a who's who list of literary journals: Ploughshares, AGNI, n+1, Bookforum and more. Lisa Fetchko is that highly recommended and widely published guest instructor and our first profile. Lisa will be teaching Westside Nonfiction, an eight-week workshop starting Wednesday, July 11 in Mar Vista.
Lisa Fetchko has published essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translations in a variety of publications including Ploughshares, Bookforum, and n+1. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. Lisa has an MFA from Bennington College, where she studied both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches in the bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at Mount Saint Mary’s and has taught writing in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. In addition to teaching and writing, she has worked in architecture and documentary filmmaking in the United States and Latin America.
Westside Nonfiction with Lisa Fetchko
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 11, 2018 to August 29, 2018
For the past few decades, we have been living in a golden age of nonfiction—there are more ways than ever to work in this incredibly versatile genre. During this eight-week mixed-level nonfiction course, we will explore several important strands of nonfiction: the personal essay, New Journalism, creative nonfiction, and the lyric essay. With short writing exercises, field research, and an in-depth look at craft—especially narrative voice, structure, and the “carnality” (as Mary Karr puts it) of detail—students will try their hands at one or more of these genres (other genres are welcome as well). Each student will have the opportunity to workshop two pieces (or two versions of the same piece as long as edits are substantial). There will be a strong focus on the challenges and rewards of editing, especially for students who aren’t new to nonfiction.
This class will take place in Mar Vista, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.
Learn more or enroll at www.writingworkshopsla.com/nonfiction.