SPRING 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. 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, just as if you're sitting around a living room. (No driving plus students from all over the world—maybe! Our first online class had someone joining from New Zealand.) Our online offerings are scheduled at times that hopefully include as many people as possible across the U.S. and beyond. Our evening classes start at 5 pm and our weekend classes at 11 am, Pacific time.


ONLINE SEMINARS


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 course fee

Words + Images—Showing and Telling with the Photo Essay
with Chelsea Biondolillo


Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
May 12 and May 19, 2018

Combining texts and photos is not new, but social media and camera phones have brought the once expensive and time-consuming pastime of picture making to the masses. During this generative two-day seminar, we’ll look at the art and craft of combining words and images on the page to create essays that engage both viewer and reader. Whether found or taken, we will explore how photographs can inspire text, creating ekphrastic essays, and how writing can become an extension of the photographic eye and the essayist’s I.

In the first meeting, we will talk about the work created in preparation for class and read/view artist and authors who have combined photographs and nonfiction to create beautiful works of fine and literary art. We will talk about their different approaches and how each create a very different mood on the page. During the second meeting, participants will have the opportunity to workshop a piece of art/writing. This seminar is open to students of all levels.


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$150 course fee

Playtime—Experimenting with Form with Chris Daley


Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
June 9 and June 16, 2018

Collage. Footnotes. Instruction manuals. Invented languages. Lists. Letters. Peculiar perspectives. Recipes. Reverse chronology. Untagged dialogue. These possibilities are only the beginning of where your stories can go when you experiment with form. When reading realistic literary or genre fiction, you expect plots to develop, characters to behave, and tropes to trope in familiar ways, but you are free to break the boundaries set by these expectations. Form is a getaway car from the scene of traditional storytelling. In this online seminar, we will read and discuss writers who fiddle with form in fiction and other genre-bending work—such as Matt Bell, Carmella de los Angeles Guiol, Jamaica Kincaid, Lorrie Moore, Claudia Rankine, George Saunders, Sei Shonagan, David Foster Wallace, and Virginia Woolf—and we will try out some of our own experiments. This seminar is open to students of all levels.


ONLINE WORKSHOPS


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 new; $285 returning

From Your Point of View—Crafting an Essay
with Jessica P. Ogilvie

Thursdays
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Pacific)
May 3, 2018 to June 7, 2018

The essay is one of the most varied forms of literature, ranging from lyric to creative nonfiction to arts criticism and more. This six-week workshop is designed to produce inquisitive essays in which the primary focus is not solely internal and the work of memory, but rather merges the writer's experiences and interactions in the world with thoughtful insights and detailed observations.

Essay writing offers the rare opportunity to explore your experiences with a subject as an artist and a writer—whether politics, social justice, relationships, pop culture, current events, family, or something else entirely. Over the course of these eight weeks, students will learn how to trust their artistic instincts, constructing narratives that draw the reader in through deep description and storytelling. We will explore structure, rhythm, style, and voice through readings and in-class exercises, and you will have the opportunity to workshop an essay that you can pitch or submit to publications.


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning

Poetry Techniques with Elline Lipkin


Mondays
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Pacific)
April 30, 2018 to June 25, 2018 (with no class on May 28)

Do you want to know how a poem really works? This workshop will help you understand the mechanics of how poems are put together. This eight-week online workshop will take students through the basics of how a poem is constructed by studying rhyme and meter, looking at vivid images and effective metaphors, thinking about sound and visual effects, and exploring how to work with traditional and newer forms. Students will workshop one new poem weekly and discuss short readings that illustrate these techniques. You will leave this workshop with a stronger sense of what a poem does and what you can do with it.