A warm welcome to our spring guest instructors!
Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the 2017 SCIBA YA Award winner, Pasadena, and the bestselling middle grade historical fantasy The Toymaker's Apprentice. Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. Sherri has worked in comics, animation, and construction. Currently, she teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College and for Hamline University's Children’s Writing MFA. Her latest book is Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?— part of the NY Times bestselling Who Was? series.
Sherri will be teaching what is likely to be the spring class with the most fun to be had. Over the course of one weekend in June, Tips & Tricks for Public Readings will help you conquer the challenge of reading in front of a crowd. This two-day event will walk you through the basics of what to wear, what to read, how to read it, and how to possibly even have fun while doing it. On Saturday, we’ll meet to pick a good excerpt, cover all the basics of a successful performance, and practice reading in front of each other. On Sunday, we’ll put our skills to the test with a (drumroll, please) public reading!
Sacha Howells has worked as a writer and editor for almost two decades. As a managing editor at a small press, he oversaw the publication of dozens of textbooks in the social sciences, and his writing on film, music, and pop culture has been published widely online and in print. His fiction has appeared in The Coachella Review, Menda City Review, and Tesseracts, and he was fiction editor of the literary magazine VORTICAL. He has been named a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Ragdale Foundation Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished Fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he cofounded WordCraft, a collective of writing consultants, teachers, and editors based in Los Angeles.
On May 19 in Los Feliz, Sacha will tell you Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Residencies. Ranging in length from a weekend to several months, residencies around the globe open their doors to writers and artists to allow them to shut out the noise of the world and focus solely on their work. This one-day seminar will look at selecting the right residency, workshopping biographies and project proposals, maximizing your chances, and managing your time to get the most from the experience once you’re there.
Pete Hsu is a Los Angeles-based fiction writer. He was a 2017 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, the 2017 Artist in Residence for PEN In The Community, and has been nominated for several other awards in fiction, including the Pushcart Prize. Pete’s short stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Margins, Friction Magazine, and others. He is the fiction editor for Angels Flight * literary west and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UCLA.
If you’ve been wanting to try out an online class, Pete will be teaching an online version of our Short Story Crash Course starting May 19. This six-week workshop will address the particular demands and delights of the short story. It will cover elements of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, voice, tense, dialogue, point of view, and creating stakes. Students will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective, complete writing exercises designed to tackle specific short story techniques, and workshop one short story (up to twenty pages).