SUMMER 2018 – SEMINARS


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ONLINE


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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 tricks to engage with a poem from new angles.  During our second class meeting, we will do more of the same, but also look at work generated during the week to see how we can improve the poems further.

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


LOS ANGELES


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

Re-Vision—An Inside-Out Novel Revision Seminar
with Kate Maruyama in Glendale

SOLD OUT


One Saturday
12:00 to 4:00 pm
July 21, 2018
 

In this intensive four-hour seminar, you will learn concrete revision techniques you can take away for your next rewrite. You will leave the class energized with an action plan for an intensive and results-oriented rewrite of your specific novel. During the class, we will roll up our sleeves and look your plot and structure, and how to rearrange your scenes to create building tension. We will explore your character and plot progression, the progression of information given to your reader over the course of a book and, on a micro level, you will learn how to dismantle a scene and recreate it to create the most punch.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Glendale where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.


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

Name Your Shame—How to Tell the Story You’re Scared to Tell (and Why You Should) with Erica Garza in El Sereno

SOLD OUT
 

One Sunday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
August 19, 2018

Each of us has faced painful or humiliating experiences in our lives and writing can be a therapeutic act for both the writer and the reader. Sandra Cisneros said, "I tell my younger writers not to write about the things that you remember, but the things that you wish you could forget." What if our greatest story lies in the memories and secrets we’ve kept buried for so long?

In this seminar, we will read and discuss excerpts from memoirs about painful experiences, as well as complete writing exercises in which we’ll approach sensitive topics in our own lives. Integrating techniques from narrative therapy in a safe and non-judgmental space, students will build confidence in writing about delicate subjects and potentially find resolutions not seen before.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in El Sereno where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for this seminar, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


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

How to Look—Finding the Descriptive Details You Need for Your Narrative with Lynell George in Los Feliz

SOLD OUT


One Saturday
August 25, 2018
1:00 to 5:00 pm

The stories that often stay with us longest sink us into distinct territory; they allow us to not just see the characters and their environs, but to carry them within, as if the experience is a memory of one's own. Precise, careful, and vivid details lift the very best journalism and creative nonfiction off the page. Too often, however, details can become distraction or can bog narratives down. Sometimes, too, a reader can discern a detail as afterthought—something sketched-in hastily simply to add "color." These imprecise descriptors tell us little or nothing of the character or add little to sense of place, but more critically, they work against your storytelling.

This one-day seminar will help you as a writer begin to look at and for details that will serve your narrative, those components that will add another layer to your narrative by honing all of your senses to produce indelible stories. During the seminar, we will read and discuss selections crafted by writers who have mastered the art of observation, who know how to select the telling detail, and we will test our powers of visual storytelling by creating vignettes that rely on our powers of seeing/looking. This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

If you would like to join a waitlist for this seminar, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$100 new; $90 returning

The Clock—Time in Fiction with Laura van den Berg in Los Feliz

SOLD OUT


One Thursday
7:00 to 10:00 pm
August 30, 2018

In fiction, time creates the borders of our worlds; as a result, our temporal choices impact everything else on the page. As such, time is not purely a technical concern but a philosophical one as well. Through a close reading of Edward P. Jones’s story “The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed” and other texts, this class will explore the relationship between time and narrative possibility, with an eye toward developing new strategies and vocabulary for handling questions around time in our work. The seminar will include craft discussion, writing exercises, and Q & A.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz where wine, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for this seminar, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.