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.

 

8-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS June 6, 2017

1 SPOT REMAINS 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 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 FICTION II - CLASS BEGINS June 7, 2017

5 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This workshop is built for Intermediate and Advanced 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 / June 7, 2017 to August 2, 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 Non-Fiction I: Introduction to the Personal Essay - CLASS BEGINS June, 5 2017

6 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 Non-Fiction I: Introduction to Literary Journalism - CLASS BEGINS June 6, 2017

8 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.

6-WEEK POETRY I: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POETRY - CLASS BEGINS 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 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.

Poetry from the Senses - April 30, 2017 - 1PM TO 4PM

3-HOUR SEMINAR

What is poetic imagery? From one perspective, poetic imagery is the activation of the imagination's sensory networks. The reader encounters a reference to a visual, auditory, olfactory or tactile phenomenon, and, in his or her own mind, reconstructs a perceivable object. In this intensive generative seminar, we will discuss the value of concrete imagery in a poetic context, the implications and entailments of the individual senses, and how, as poets, we can create new work both around and out of our own sensory experiences. Through brief readings, shared writing exercises and traditional workshop, we will focus on how to make our writing powerfully sensual, vivid, and deeply connected to basic (or "universal") human experience as made available to us via perception. Participants will also leave this workshop with a set of new tools that they can employ in sustaining their own independent writing practices. 

Fee: $30

  • Joe Milazzo, presenter
  • Sunday, April 30, 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.

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