CLASSES & SEMINARS

All Writing Workshops Dallas instructors are professional writers, teachers and editors, who have taught at major universities and attended top MFA programs across the country. Our instructors are dedicated teachers who have a passion for the craft of writing. Workshops are limited to eight writers. Students will have their work critiqued in class and will receive written feedback from the instructor and their classmates. Private consultations with the instructor will also be provided. 

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below each class or seminar description to ensure there is still room in the class/seminar. Included in the price of each course is a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop within 5 days of a class start date, all but the enrollment fee will be refunded. After the 5-day grace period, there are no refunds, and students will be required to pay the full course fee.

All returning writers receive a $25 discount on any course offering.

FICTION | NON-FICTION | SCREENWRITING | POETRY

SUMMER FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK FICTION I - Section 001- CLASS BEGINS Sunday, August 13, 2017

8 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is a beginning workshop in short  fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who simply want to brush up on the basics; it's designed to make you a better reader and writer of short fiction. The course focuses on teaching the fundamental techniques of fiction writing, with in-class workshopping of student manuscripts and discussion of some assigned outside reading. We’ll use Ron Carlson's concepts of inner story, outer story, and narrative inventory and focus on fundamental techniques of fiction, including plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, timeline, and point of view. Each week we’ll focus on craft and discuss published work, though the central focus of each class meeting will be the discussion of student work. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of improving an individual’s voice and vision for their piece via traditional elements of craft.

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is OPEN to EXPERIENCED writers who want a refresher course on the basics of craft and the function and role of the workshop.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories edited by Tobias Wolff as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Sundays 6:00PM to 8:30PM / August 13, 2017 to October 8, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet on September 3rd in honor of Labor Day Weekend).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

 

8-WEEK FICTION I - Section 002 - CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 14, 2017

8 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is a beginning workshop in short  fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who simply want to brush up on the basics; it's designed to make you a better reader and writer of short fiction. The course focuses on teaching the fundamental techniques of fiction writing, with in-class workshopping of student manuscripts and discussion of some assigned outside reading. We’ll use Ron Carlson's concepts of inner story, outer story, and narrative inventory and focus on fundamental techniques of fiction, including plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, timeline, and point of view. Each week we’ll focus on craft and discuss published work, though the central focus of each class meeting will be the discussion of student work. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of improving an individual’s voice and vision for their piece via traditional elements of craft.

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is OPEN to EXPERIENCED writers who want a refresher course on the basics of craft and the function and role of the workshop.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories edited by Tobias Wolff as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Mondays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / August 14, 2017 to October 9, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet on September 4th in honor of Labor Day Weekend).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

8-WEEK FICTION II - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This workshop is built for Intermediate fiction writers, both short story writers and novelists. The course is designed around in-class workshopping of student manuscripts and discussion of some assigned outside reading. We'll study Benjamin Percy's craft essays, which will help students write stories with narrative momentum without sacrificing literary merit or voice. Each week we’ll focus on craft and discuss published work, though the central focus of each class meeting will be the discussion of student work. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of improving an individual’s voice and vision for their piece via traditional elements of craft.

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy as the foundational text for this course. This course is intended for writers with workshop experience.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and City of Thieves by David Benioff as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays  7:00PM to 9:30PM / August 16, 2017 to October 4, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

SUMMER NON-FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO THE PERSONAL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Monday, June, 5 2017

3 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Did you know that Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, Wild, which later became a blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon, was based off of one of Strayed’s personal essays? In this course we will read that piece, in addition to many others, in order to identify and investigate the fundamental techniques of personal nonfiction writing. We will also consult selected chapters from Lee Gutkind’s You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, which will guide our weekly discussions of topics ranging from narrative frame and rendering scenes to ethical concerns and fact checking. 

Each week, we will talk about the assigned readings, participate in writing exercises, and—most importantly—discuss each other’s work. Students will have two opportunities to have their work critiqued (up to 25 pages each time), and they will receive feedback from the instructor as well as their classmates. In addition to providing written feedback, students will also be expected to adhere to respectful and open-minded workshopping standards.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone and You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, by Lee Gutkind as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Mondays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / June 5, 2017 to July 31, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY JOURNALISM - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Reading literary journalism is the literary equivalent of watching a great documentary, or listening to an addicting podcast, like Serial or S-Town. The stories are true, but they’re conveyed beautifully and artistically, and often with more than a little rhetorical bias built in. In this course, we’ll read several short pieces written by the masters of this genre—from George Orwell to Joan Didion to Hunter S. Thompson—in order to identify and investigate the fundamental techniques of this brand of nonfiction writing. We will also consult selected chapters from Lee Gutkind’s You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, which will guide our weekly discussions of topics ranging from research methods and rendering scenes to choosing a perspective and fact checking. 

Each week, we will talk about the assigned readings, participate in writing exercises, and—most importantly—discuss each other’s work. Students will have two opportunities to have their work critiqued (up to 25 pages each time), and they will receive feedback from the instructor as well as their classmates. In addition to providing written feedback, students will also be expected to adhere to respectful and open-minded workshopping standards. 

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Art of Fact, edited by Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda and You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, by Lee Gutkind as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / June 6, 2017 to August 1, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO THE TRAVEL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, June 21, 2017

8 SPOTS REMAINS OPEN

This is a workshop in travel writing both for those new to the workshop format and those eager to return. This is a genre, not unlike a place, with a long history and imprecise borders; it crosses paths with place writing, adventure narratives, scientific and journalistic reports, memoir, and the road story, among others. In this course we recognize that travel is not so much a matter of distance as of discovery, of making sense not just of novel experience but of how experience is perceived and understood. The course pursues the art and craft of the travel essay through critical in-class workshopping of student essays and discussion of assigned texts. We’ll reference Robin Hemley’s notions of immersive writing and subjectivity as we work towards thoughtful, compelling prose. 

Each essayist will have two workshop dates to share their writing (up to 25 pages each time) and receive written feedback from their classmates and instructor.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11: True Stories from Around the World by editors James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly and Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Kendra Greene, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / June 21, 2017 to August 16, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • Class meets at a private Dallas residence in Junius Heights. Enrolled students will be provided an address.

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

SUMMER SCREENWRITING CLASSES

COULD YOUR NOVEL BE A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE? TIPS ON ADAPTING YOUR NOVEL TO FILM - Sunday, JUNE 11, 2017 - 4PM TO 7PM

3-HOUR SEMINAR

Whether most writers admit it or not, they’ve probably imagined seeing their novel on the big screen.  In this workshop, we will discuss what to consider when adapting your novel to a screenplay. We will cover everything from pre-existing Intellectual Property to what executives look for in a script, to what to keep or cut in the adaptation.  If you’ve ever wondered about taking the plunge and turning your novel into a screenplay, this is the workshop for you! 

Fee: $60

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below.

INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING: 8 WEEKS TO A FIRST DRAFT - CLASS BEGINS Sunday, June 25, 2017

6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

In this workshop, students will take the fundamentals of screenwriting and turn their knowledge into reality. Many times, screenwriters get bogged down in the “what if’s” and “what now’s" of writing to the point of being paralyzed.  But, in this class, students won’t have the luxury of procrastination!

In this 8-week course, students will complete a first draft of a feature film or TV pilot. Each student will be led through the writing process by a seasoned literary manager from Los Angeles and receive immediate feedback from her and their peers. Students will get a quick overview of film format, then jump right into brainstorming, outlining, scene invention, speed-writing, dialogue, trouble shooting plot holes, and will leave with a completed draft of a screenplay. Prerequisite: Intro to Screenwriting or prior knowledge of screenwriting is necessary.

Note: Students are required to purchase Story by Robert McKee, Dialogue by Robert McKee, as well as Screenwriting Software (Final Draft or equivalent). Please contact the instructor, Whitney Davis, for a 25% discount on the Final Draft Software if you need it. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Sundays 3:00PM to 5:30PM / June 25, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

ADVANCED SCREENWRITING: FINISH YOUR SCREENPLAY IN 8 WEEKS - CLASS BEGINS Monday, JUNE 26, 2017

10 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Students will workshop a screenplay that they are either currently working on OR a script that they want to rewrite/redevelop. Writer’s will workshop their ideas and receive detailed script notes from the instructor, a seasoned literary manager from Los Angeles, and fellow classmates. Discussion will include advanced topics such as characterization, non-conventional story structure, scene structure, visual story telling, and creating a unified script. If the student works hard, at the end of the class they will have a quality script ready to submit to screenwriting contests or TV fellowships. Prerequisites: Either Introduction to Screenwriting and/or Intermediate Screenwriting Or consent from class instructor.

Note: Students are required to purchase Making a Good Script Great by Dr. Linda Seger and Advanced Screenwriting by Dr. Linda Seger as well as Screenwriting Software (Final Draft or equivalent). Please contact the instructor, Whitney Davis, for a 25% discount on the Final Draft Software if you need it. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Mondays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / June 26, 2017 to August 21, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

SUMMER POETRY CLASSES

Poetic Form & Inspiration - Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 1PM TO 4PM

3-HOUR SEMINAR

Poetry can be defined in terms of its music; as a song. But any given poem is also a construction, a shape with angles and contours all its own; any given poem is a topography. In this intensive generative workshop, we will invent original forms for our own poetic occasions. To accomplish this, we will also consider the aesthetics of poetic form are expressed across global cultures: forms canonical as well as novel, simple as well as complex, expansive as well as compressed, and open as well as closed. Throughout, we will give consideration to how poetic forms not only frame "content" but also forge their own meanings independent of what they "contain." Participants will also leave this workshop with a set of new tools that can employ in sustaining their independent writing practices. 

Fee: $30

  • Joe Milazzo, Presenter
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Seminar meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC
  • Sparkling water and small snacks will be served.

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below.

6-WEEK POETRY I: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POETRY - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, MAY 16, 2017

8 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This introductory course is designed to expose you to living poets and the contemporary poetry scene. We’ll examine poets from the early 20th century and quickly move toward poets writing today. We’ll look at Richard Hugo’s book The Triggering Town as a means for inspiration and finding our own voice. The line, the stanza, metaphor, and other fundamental techniques will be discussed.

Each week, we’ll participate in writing discussions and experiments to highlight these techniques. Our central focus will be on student work and each writer will have four opportunities to have their work critiqued. Students will be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer that supports their vision and voice. 

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing by Richard Hugo and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetryedited by J.D. McClatchy as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $325 for new students; $300 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Sebastian H. Paramo, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / May 16, 2017 to June 20, 2017
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC
  • Sparkling water and small snacks will be served.

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

6-WEEK POETRY II: THE CRAFT OF REVISION - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, MAY 17, 2017

8 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This workshop will focus on one of the more important skills in writing: revision. We will go beyond taking out a line or changing a word and focus on revising with an eye for finding new openings in the poems we get stuck on. We will employ rules to force ourselves to be creative and break free. Workshops will be anchored by poems written by established writers and those by contemporary poets experimenting with form. We will read an essay on craft and a few poems per week to steady our discussions. Our pieces will focus on finding their best form and way of retelling what we want to say. Students will be required to bring in three poems to revise, and our final class will focus on preparing a revised piece for submission.

Each writer will have five opportunities over the course to have their work critiqued. Students will be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer and supports their vision and voice. A private conference with the instructor is included.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, edited by Brett Fletcher Laur and Lynn Melnick as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $325 for new students; $300 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Sebastian H. Paramo, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / May 17, 2017 to June 21, 2017
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC
  • Sparkling water and small snacks will be served.

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

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