Work in Progress: Essay & Memoir
with Lisa Fetchko in Mar Vista

Eight Thursdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 17 to December 19
(with no class on October 31 and November 28)


It’s time to get serious! Whether you have done a lot of work on your project or are just starting out, this eight-week workshop will push you to make meaningful progress. The class will help you define the scope of your project—whether it's a memoir, a free-standing essay, or an essay collection—and identify and address structural, thematic, and writerly concerns. To see how good writers structure a longer piece, we’ll read a memoir and part of an essay collection. We’ll also do weekly writing exercises related to scene, setting, dialogue, and narrative voice. Most importantly, we will read and critique each other’s work (around 25 pages each) in a supportive workshop setting. This class will take place in Mar Vista, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Our Work in Progress classes are designed for writers who have started a first draft of a story, essay, or book-length project and who would like constructive criticism and astute readers as they continue to write. Writers can take multiple versions of our Work in Progress classes until their drafts are complete.

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.