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Nonfiction II: Personal Essay & Memoir

with Elizabeth L. Silver in Encino/Sherman Oaks

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Elizabeth L. Silver
Encino/Sherman Oaks

7:30 to 9:30 pm

October 16, 2018 to December 11, 2018 (with no class on November 6)

This eight-week intermediate level workshop is designed for writers who have a clear idea of the persona, audience, and purpose driving their work, whether personal essay or memoir. Our main goal will be to bring projects toward completion through a process of feedback and revision in a challenging but supportive environment. There will be assigned craft readings and suggested exercises that will help students develop their projects. Writers will have the opportunity to submit work for feedback from the instructor and other students twice. 

This class will take place in Encino near Sherman Oaks, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

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Elizabeth L Silver is the author of the memoir, The Tincture of Time: A Parent's Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty (Penguin Press, 2017) and the critically acclaimed novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton (Crown, 2013), which was the Amazon Best Debut of the Month, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Book of the Summer, and published in seven languages. Elizabeth’s writing has appeared The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Lenny Letter, New York Magazine, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, The Millions, The Dallas Morning News, among others, and she has received fellowships and residencies from Ucross Foundation, Ragdale, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and the British Centre for Literary Translation. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Elizabeth lives with her family in Los Angeles. Visit her online at  www.ElizabethLSilver.com.



The Tincture of Time: A Parent's Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty

“A delicate weave of cultural analysis, personal history, and religious teachings in a meditation on the limits of science and the boundless capacity of the human heart.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Silver brings to this moving personal account a novelist’s pacing, a poet’s lyricism and a researcher’s meticulousness for fact.” —The Dallas Morning News

“Smartly conceived and well written. . . . An excellent book.” —Publishers Weekly

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

“Compelling debut . . . A clever examination of the nature of destiny and the choices we make, this thought-provoking book is reminiscent of John Grisham’s The Confession in its exploration of the death penalty. Silver has successfully written a suspenseful, absorbing tale. This is a special treat for mystery fans.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] searing debut . . . This devastating read stands less as a polemic against the death penalty than as a heartbreaking brief for the preciousness of life.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Bracing and combative . . . a classic slow-burn, with Ms. Silver spinning the web . . . and masterfully revealing the threads that connect [the characters] to each other and to the crime . . . The novel proceeds to its heart-wrenching conclusion by a series of feints and betrayals that would make Gillian Flynn stand and applaud.” —The Wall Street Journal