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Westside Nonfiction

with Lisa Fetchko in Mar Vista

7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 13 to April 10, 2019 (with no class on February 27)


In this eight-week mixed levels workshop, we will read and discuss different forms of nonfiction including the personal essay, creative nonfiction, memoir, and the lyric essay. With short exercises, field research, and an in-depth look at craft—especially narrative voice, structure, and the “carnality” (as Mary Karr puts it) of detail—students will define and hone their own nonfiction style(s). Over the course of the workshop, we will read some great writers, old and new, and look at some promising venues for short nonfiction, including “Modern Love” at the New York Times, “First Person” at Vox, and The Common: A Modern Sense of Place. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop two pieces, whether they are stand-alone pieces or part of a larger project. Writers with some experience will be encouraged to use the workshop to bring one piece—or a chapter from a larger piece—to fruition.

This class will take place in Mar Vista, 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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Lisa Fetchko has published essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translations in a variety of publications including Ploughshares, Bookforum, and n+1. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. Lisa has an MFA from Bennington College, where she studied both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches in the bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at Mount Saint Mary’s and has taught writing in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. In addition to teaching and writing, she has worked in architecture and documentary filmmaking in the United States and Latin America.