SUMMER 2017 – POETRY


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Poetry I (two sections taught by Kim Young in Glassell Park and Elline Lipkin in Franklin Village) – SOLD OUT

Section 1 with
Kim Young:

Thursdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
August 3, 2017 to September 21, 2017

Section 2 with Elline Lipkin:
Thursdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 27, 2017 to September 21, 2017 (with no class on August 24)

Through original creative work, revision, reading, and discussion, this eight-week workshop will focus on making poems that are driven by a keen attention to language, image, and sound. Our task will be engaging with each other’s work and the weekly readings in order to explore the ways poetry can recover more complex imaginative and perceptive possibilities. As poet Mark Doty wisely asserts: “Our metaphors go on ahead of us; they know before we do.” We will be putting Doty’s assertion to the test with an emphasis on generative writing exercises that lead us into surprising and unexpected creative spaces.

This class is open to students at all levels and will take place in Glassell Park or Franklin Village, where wine, sparkling water, small snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

Email us at enrollment@writingworkshopsla.com if you'd like to join the waitlist for Section 1.


Poetry II (taught by Elline Lipkin in Eagle Rock) – 2 spots left!

Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm

July 25, 2017 to September 12, 2017
 

 

In this eight-week intermediate workshop, students will continue to study a variety of classic and newer poetic forms to figure out how they do what they do so well. Students will have assignments that offer the chance to learn through imitation and example, and they will be encouraged to apply the craft techniques studied to their own ongoing writing projects. Students will use the table of contents from different models to discuss how to structure a poetry project and how sections, themes, and images speak to one another. Consideration will be given to ordering each student's own manuscript in development and students will have the opportunity to workshop up to 20 pages of poetry. We will develop a sense of community as we share our discoveries and deepen our practice of this craft. Previous experience studying poetry and/or enrollment in Mixed Levels Poetry is recommended.

This class is open to students at all levels and will take place in Eagle Rock, where wine, sparkling water, small snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$390 for new students; $350 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)


Submission Support Group (led by Chris Daley in Los Feliz) – SOLD OUT

Saturdays
12:00 to 1:00 pm

July 15, 2017 to August 26, 2017

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. 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 our time together, we will pool our knowledge of literary journals and magazines, agents, small presses, contests, and other calls for submission. We 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. We will meet for seven weeks in Los Feliz with a two-hour meeting on August 26 to wrap up before Labor Day. Coffee, sparkling water, and the occasional light snack will be served.

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