SUMMER 2018 – SPECIAL TOPICS


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

Flash! Workshop with Bernard Cooper in Silver Lake

Closed


Thursdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 19, 2018 to September 6, 2018

Flash is the shortest of short-form narrative—shorter even than a short story, sometimes as short as a single sentence. But just because it's short doesn't mean it's easy! Flash demands a writer use all the elements of storytelling (character, setting, plot, etc.) in a way that's distilled down to its most sudden, urgent, and evocative form.

Flash, says Amy Hempel, is "like most ordinary short stories—only more so." How can we make our own stories "more so"? During this eight-week workshop, we'll read diverse examples of minimalist storytelling (fiction and creative nonfiction) and write many of our own. We'll create and share work every week, and along the way, we'll experiment with techniques to make our flash "flashier."

This workshop is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners. The class will take place in Silver Lake, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$550 new; $500 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

Intensive Novel Manuscript Workshop
with Ivy Pochoda in West Adams

SOLD OUT


Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 24, 2018 to April 30, 2019 (estimated)

Congratulations, you have completed the first draft of your novel . . .but now what? This advanced course is designed for the experienced writer who has recently finished (or almost finished) the first draft of a novel and now needs readers and revision. We will read one entire manuscript, start to finish, once a month, and then we’ll meet to discuss only that book. Each student will be expected to hand in a written critique of the manuscript and discussions will involve structure, character development, narrative voice, and all the elements that make a good novel. The class will start with an organizational meeting on July 24 and repeat for as many months as there are students in the workshop on dates decided by the group.

This class will take place in West Adams, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

This workshop is open to experienced writers only via application. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please email us at info@writingworkshopsla.com.