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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

Welcome the Muse—A Generative Poetry Seminar
with Elline Lipkin

Two Saturdays
September 1 and 8, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this two-day online seminar, students will engage with a variety of exercises and poetry prompts to get them writing. During week one, we will look at examples of successful and surprising poems and then try imitation, playful experimentation, and different tricks to engage with the seeds of poem-ideas from new angles.  During our second class meeting, we will continue experimenting as well as creatively revising the work generated during the week to see how we can further improve each poem. Perhaps a long poem needs to be shorter or one image needs expansion?  We'll talk about how to find the "white heat" of a poem and work through drafts to coax out the central idea lurking within the work.

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

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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 new; $285 returning
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

How to Compose & Publish a Prose Chapbook
with Chelsea Biondolillo


10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)
July 28, 2018 to September 8, 2018 (with no class on August 11)

This six-week online workshop is designed for flash prose writers (fiction and nonfiction) who are ready to take the next step in their work—a completed manuscript. Students will start with an idea and end up with a finished draft of a chapbook of approximately 25 pages of flash prose. We will talk about what makes a collection feel cohesive and how we can explore themes via form and content experiments, while strategic mini-workshops will give writers the chance to check in with readers. Weekly assignments will guide participants through a first draft and then focus on techniques for organizing and revising. Assigned readings will illustrate a range of fiction and nonfiction solutions to the unique problem/opportunity that the chapbook constraint provides. In the last week of class, we will talk through places to submit your work, including contests and indie presses.

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


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$200 new; $175 returning

Submission Support Group with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo


12:00-1:00 pm (Pacific)
July 7 to September 8 (with no class on July 21 or September 1)

The submission support group is back by popular demand! Participating writers will meet weekly to focus specifically on sending out their work for publication or other literary opportunities with Women Who Submit co-founder Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. There will be no written assignments beyond 1) prepare to submit, 2) submit, and 3) support the other people in the group as they submit. During your time together, you'll pool your knowledge of literary journals and magazines, agents, small presses, contests, and other calls for submission. The group will also discuss how to stand out in the slush pile and what makes for a successful query letter, book proposal, and residency application. The first two submission support groups have produced over a dozen acceptances or recognitions so far, including poetry, fiction, and photography publication, a nonfiction book contract, performance on a podcast, and honorable mention by Daniel Handler.

This group is open to writers of all genres and levels, as long as they are prepared to actively submit their work over the course of the term. The eight meetings will be held online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.

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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 new; $285 returning
(Payment plan available to returning students.)

Short Story Crash Course with Chris Daley


11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
July 22, 2018 to August 26, 2018

In this six-week online workshop, we will address the particular demands and delights of the short story. We will cover elements of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, voice, tense, dialogue, point of view, and creating stakes. We will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and complete writing exercises designed to tackle specific short story techniques. Starting in week three, students will have the opportunity to workshop one short story (up to twenty pages) in a respectful and serious environment that prioritizes community, craft, and commitment to the practice of being a writer. This class is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners.

This class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please email us at