Polish Your Prose

with Chris Daley & Sacha Howells (Online)

Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
December 7 and 14, 2019

We’ve been getting many requests for a class on the true basics of creative writing—grammar, diction, and sentence-level editing. However, while these elements might be basic, they’re also the foundation of writing that delivers clarity, precision, and a compelling prose style. As co-founders of WordCraft, a writing consultant collective in Los Angeles started in 2013, Chris Daley and Sacha Howells will bring their technical skills and editing knowledge to this two-day online seminar. Participants will get a chance to brush up on those grammar lessons they missed or forgot and walk away with some tips and tricks for polished writing. Have some fun learning how to strengthen your editing abilities and improve the quality of your sentences.

This class is open to students of all levels and will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$160 for new students; $140 for returning students

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Chris Daley is the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and she is currently Lecturer in Writing at the California Institute of Technology. Chris is also a founder of editing collective WordCraft LA. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, FORTH MagazineAngels Flight • literary westDUM DUM Zine, Front Porch Journal, Cease, Cows, Los Angeles Review of Books, and various academic collections. An essay originally published in The Collagist was included in the W.W. Norton anthology, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. Her photography has appeared in RedividerGesture Literary Journal, Bartleby Snopes, and Print Oriented Bastards. Chris previously served as a judge for the fiction and first fiction awards of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Work on her novel in progress An Astonishing Force for Betterment has been supported by the Ucross Foundation, the Yefe Nof California Writing Residency, and the Studios of Key West. Email Chris at chris@writingworkshopsla.com.

Sacha Howells has worked as a writer and editor for almost two decades. As a managing editor at a small press, he oversaw the publication of dozens of textbooks in the social sciences, and his writing on film, music, and pop culture has been published widely online and in print. His fiction has appeared in The Coachella Review, Menda City Review, and Tesseracts, and he was fiction editor of the literary magazine VORTICAL. He has been named a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Ragdale Foundation Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished Fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he cofounded WordCraft, a collective of writing consultants, teachers, and editors based in Los Angeles.