FALL 2018 – ONLINE


 
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First things first: our online classes are just like our in-person classes, discussing and workshopping writing in real time, except we come to you. You'll click on a URL at the time the class begins and you and the rest of the class will appear Brady Bunch opening credits style. You'll be able to see and hear each other easily, as if you're sitting around a living room. Our online offerings are scheduled on the weekend to include as many people as possible. (No driving plus students from all over the world—maybe!) Jennifer McCharen of Berlin, Germany tells us, "I took 'Words + Images' with Chelsea Biondolillo and it was awesome! Perfect format, amazing prompts and readings, the best possible classmates, and a ton of inspiring fun. I'm definitely excited about upcoming WWLA online classes."


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning

Narrator as Cinematographer—Camera Shifts
in the Third Person
with Joshua Mohr

Closed


Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
October 20 and 27, 2018

Writers figuring out how to work in the third person point of view face a common challenge: How do I make the work more emotional, more intimate, more immediate? We know how to forge these bonds in the first person, and yet the third person can feel distant, obfuscating. This seminar will unpack our various options in the third person POV. We will ponder how style, diction, syntax, and ultimately, the protagonists' preoccupations can take work that feels unemotional and transition it into something nimble, vibrant, and vital. Writers ranging from Chris Offutt to Colson Whitehead to Susan Steinberg will supply techniques and examples that we'll examine and thoughtfully poach. The third person POV can read every bit as close as the first—it just takes some skill to manufacture that ever important camaraderie between the reader and main character.

This class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning

Show & Tell with Seth Fischer

Closed


Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
November 10 and 17, 2018

When you first hear it, “show, don’t tell” sounds like good writerly advice, but have you ever wondered how you’re supposed to tell a story without actually telling anyone anything? Have you ever felt like you lacked the tools to draft and revise your own writing with this advice in mind? This seminar will explore how to move past that old writing class cliché to think of your writing in terms of summary, scene, and story. Using examples from James Baldwin to Cheryl Strayed, students will explore how other writers have created successful scenes using dialogue, description, and action. They will delve into how these authors have written strong summary—using tools like detail, voice, and precision—and how they wove summary and scene together to tell immersive, compelling stories.

Before the seminar, students will do two short readings and one brief writing assignment, which can be either fiction or creative nonfiction. In the first meeting of the seminar, we will explore the readings and define our terms and concepts. In the second meeting, students will use this new knowledge to experiment with scene and summary in their own writing through a series of exercises. 

This class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.
 


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning

The Art & Craft of Fact in Nonfiction with Chelsea Biondolillo


Two Sundays
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)
December 2 and 16, 2018

Research can be a writer’s best friend and worst enemy. It can provide needed context and depth to an essay, but it can also start with a simple question like “do cats really always land on their feet?” and somehow turn into two hours spent watching Wild Animal Kingdom outtakes on YouTube. During this generative two-day seminar, we’ll look at ways to structure research tasks so they work for us, rather than against us, and how to incorporate the results of research gracefully into our prose.

In the first meeting, we will talk through effective methods for turning interviews into scenes and for adding background and historical information without stopping the flow of your narrative. During the second meeting, after a two-week break to write, we will discuss how much imagination a writer can use while still calling their reportage "nonfiction," and participants will have the opportunity to workshop their essays in progress. This seminar is open to nonfiction students of all levels.

This class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.


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

New Class! Websites for Writers with Chris Daley


Online
Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
December 8 and 15, 2018

Publishing companies and small presses are increasingly asking authors to do more of their own publicity, and agents often consider platform as part of a query’s appeal. As a result, it is more important than ever for writers to have a well-designed website. However, a professional website by an experienced designer can cost over $1000 and easily much more, leaving the writer without knowledge as to how to update content.

This two-day online seminar will walk you through creating your own Squarespace site from scratch. In the first week, we will cover best practices for author websites, discuss the different considerations that go into choosing a template, and learn the basics of how to navigate Squarespace and create a site. Writers will then spend the week customizing their own websites. At the second meeting, we will reconvene to provide feedback on the sites and discuss any questions or issues that have come up. The second meeting will also offer a basic introduction to setting up a newsletter and social media, using CSS to code design workarounds, and how to use the Squarespace forum when in doubt.

The class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details. Even if you’re not a writer, you’re welcome to come create a website with us.