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Westside Fiction

with Laura Warrell in Culver City

7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 19 to April 9, 2019

This eight-week mixed levels workshop is designed for both short story writers and novelists. For the first three to four weeks, students will complete in-class writing exercises and discuss published short fiction and excerpted novels from a craft perspective. During the last four to five weeks, students will be invited to bring in their own work to receive feedback from the instructor and their peers. The class will cover such topics as characterization, pacing, point of view, structure, voice, and theme, and there will be short take-home writing assignments designed to help students explore different topics and story ideas. Students will have the chance to workshop their writing in a serious environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class.

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

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

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Laura Warrell has worked as a writing instructor for several colleges in Boston and Los Angeles, including the Berklee College of Music and Northeastern University. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Salon, The Writer, Post Road Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Racialicious, as well as Broadsheet in Madrid, Spain and other international publications.  She was a contributing writer to Numero Cinq Magazine and an assistant fiction editor at Upstreet Magazine. Laura is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has attended residencies at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Tin House Writer’s Workshop.


"Westside Fiction is an excellent class for beginners and old timers alike. Laura Warrell is a fabulous workshop host with a talent for inspiring insightful discussion that educates us both as writers and as readers." —Carrie Sorosky

"I took Westside Fiction with Laura Warrell, and everything about our session was thought-provoking and deeply rewarding. I learned so much. We not only had wonderful writers in our group, but their reading expertise was incredible. Laura's notes were wonderful, thorough, and manageable." —Robin Parkinson