SUMMER 2018 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. Refund Policy: included in the price of each multi-week workshop is a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop up to 5 days before the class starts, 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. If a writer enrolls in one of our seminars and can't make it we will send you the link to the Live Stream along with all seminar materials so that you can watch the seminar at your convenience within 30 days of the seminar date. We have this refund policy because we keep our classes intentionally small. Dropping a class at the last minute or after the class starts means that someone else who wanted to be in the class cannot participate, and so we don't offer refunds after the 5-day grace period. For a writing workshop to function, enrolled students must be dedicated to the class.

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

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SEMINARS

Book Marketing 101

A Recipe for Sizzling Sales

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Is your book marketing strategy a little bland? You’ve invested time, energy, sweat, and maybe some tears into writing your book. But without the right marketing strategy, you and your book will languish, never connecting with the readers (and reviewers) who need to find your work. Using digital tools, you can create a marketing recipe that will get your book noticed without giving you heartburn. In this practical, how-to filled session, you’ll learn to have fun with marketing while attracting and keeping loyal readers. The importance of creating a compelling author website and critical elements for producing a high-quality, marketing-worthy book will be discussed. We’ll also examine the best social media platforms for authors and how to use them to build reader engagement and drive book sales. Using email marketing strategies effectively, building a team of devoted book ambassadors, and establishing a true-to-yourself brand will also be covered. A marketing “recipe book” will be provided to each attendee to help build and execute a successful marketing plan. This seminar will cover:

  • Establish an author brand people love
  • Learn how to engage more effectively with social media communities
  • Build a loyal following of devoted book ambassadors
  • Overcome intimidation in this new marketing world
  • Get the answers to burning questions about book marketing
  • Leave with a recipe for a complete book marketing strategy

Instructor Shayla Raquel is an expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 manuscripts and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Shayla's award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist and lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Shayla Raquel, Presenter
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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Self-Editing Seminar

How to Self-Edit: 50 Essential Tips for Honing Every Manuscript

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

As featured in D Magazine's "Five Things You Must Do in Dallas," this seminar, led by full-time editor and author Blake Atwood, will delve deep (or is it deeply?) into the challenging and robust (poor word choice) process of self-editing. You will learn specific, practical self-editing tips so you can present your most inrediblest (Are you even trying?) work to an editor, agent, publisher, or audience. You will also learn the differences between developmental editing and copyediting, how to know when you should stop self-editing, how to find and work with an editor, what you can expect to pay for professional editing, and what it’s like to work with an editor. This interactive seminar will help writers of all kinds, from novelists to nonfiction authors to poets to screenwriters. 

As an included bonus, every student will receive a digital copy of Blake Atwood’s Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor as well as a digital download of the seminar’s tips.

Instructor Blake Atwood is an author, editor, and ghostwriter who has been traditionally published as a co-writer and has self-published three books, including an audio book and Spanish editions of his first book. He also works with editing clients pursuing both paths. He is the host of the podcast, All Apprentices: Quick Editing Tips.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Blake Atwood, Presenter
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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Story Craft: Mastering the Art of Promises & Payoffs in Fiction

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Great stories don’t happen by accident. The best writers understand the tools of the craft and use them to construct tales that surprise and satisfy their readers. To master these skills, writers must learn how to effectively make compelling story promises in their opening lines and pages as well as deliver surprising yet satisfying payoffs by THE END. In this workshop, you’ll learn about:

  • The tools that make effective and intriguing promises
  • Concrete examples of how bestselling authors use these tools in their stories
  • Delivering on your promises by effectively landing your payoffs
  • Tips for revision and working with these tools with your critique partners
  • How to apply these principles to your own work in progress with hands-on exercises

Students will also receive worksheet templates they can use for current and future projects. This class is for writers at all levels. 

Instructor Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of nineteen speculative fiction books, including her most recent novel, High Lonesome Sound. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Learn more about Jaye at www.jayewells.com

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Jaye Wells, Presenter
  • Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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The Ones We Love to Hate: Writing Villains Who Beg Your Readers to Root for Them (and Make Your Heroes Better Too)

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

JR. Forasteros, author of Empathy for the Devil, will give you the secrets and strategies to write villains and antagonists who make your stories shine, ratchet up the tension, and make for compelling drama. A hero is only as interesting as their opponents. But how do we keep villains from feeling like 2-dimensional, moustache-twirling cardboard stand-ins? This seminar will help you understand what makes a great opponent for your protagonist. You'll learn to diagnose stories that aren't working. JR. will help you find the right amount of villainy to make your hero earn their applause. Topics will include:

  • The basics of strong character development
  • The difference between a villain and an antagonist (and which one you need)
  • Writing compelling dialog (and when your villain should monologue)
  • How to make a villain more sympathetic even if they're evil
  • Using your hero and villain/antagonist relationship to make the other more compelling

Instructor JR. Forasteros is the author of Empathy for the Devil. He also blogs for NorvilleRogers.com and is a prolific podcaster. He leads an Awaken Creativity Writers' Group for Art House Dallas, and his writings have appeared in several essay collections, Grace and Peace magazine and Relevant magazine. JR. is also a pastor, training a team of volunteer preachers in writing for public speaking.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • JR. Forasteros, Presenter
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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Criminal Minds: The Elements of Crime Writing

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Whether you’re writing historical fiction or contemporary crime novels, certain craft elements remain the same: an engaging plot, robust, multi-dimensional characters, pacing and building tension with the narrative.  This three-hour class will focus on effective strategies for writing exciting stories in the crime and mystery genre, where the demands for sustained tension and creative and unique narratives are the keys to writing a killer story.   There will be time for short writing exercises, and participants are encouraged to bring their own short stories, or outlines and extracts from their novels-in-progress for discussion of what’s working, and what’s not.

  • Building durable, robust characters that can carry the action
  • The distillation of dialogue, authentic to time and place
  • Narrative pacing
  • Maintaining suspense for your readers
  • Dynamic conflict resolution

Instructor Kathleen Kent’s fourth book, titled The Dime, is an Edgar-nominated contemporary crime novel set in Dallas. The New York Times picked The Dime as one of their “Latest and Greatest” in crime fiction, March 2017.  The second book in the Detective Betty series will be published by Mulholland Books in the spring of 2019.  The Dime has been optioned by 20th Century Fox for a TV series, produced by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves. Ms. Kent is also the author of three bestselling historical novels, The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Kathleen Kent Presenter
  • Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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Scrivener 101: How to Start Using Your New Favorite Writing App

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Writers who’ve made the switch to Scrivener as their go-to word processor often talk about the software with reverence. They can’t believe they ever accomplished anything prior to seeing the light of Scrivener’s immense functionality for every kind of writer. Novelists, bloggers, screenwriters, poets, and nonfiction writers can all benefit from Scrivener’s robust features. In Scrivener 101, we’ll cover as many of those benefits as we can within three hours:

  • Setting up your perfect writing environment
  • Importing and organizing content
  • Storyboarding with the Corkboard view
  • Creating and implementing custom metadata for deep analysis and organization
  • Tracking your daily progress and setting total word count goals
  • Backing up and syncing your work
  • Tracking revisions and taking snapshots
  • Inserting images, comments, and footnotes
  • Exporting to various file formats
  • Using Scrivener for iOS
  • and more.

Scrivener is available for both Windows and Mac, but differences abound between the two versions. Before attending this interactive seminar, it’s highly recommended that you download the trial version of Scrivener or purchase the application. During the seminar, we will all work together through the application, and you’ll best learn how to use Scrivener by using it during the seminar.

Instructor Blake Atwood is an author, editor, and ghostwriter who has been traditionally published as a co-writer and has self-published three books, including an audio book and Spanish editions of his first book. He also works with editing clients pursuing both paths. He is the host of the podcast, All Apprentices: Quick Editing Tips.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Blake Atwood, Presenter
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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How to Build a Wildly Engaged Readership (with joy and less stress)

Build your List, Wow them Well, and Sell your Books

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 5:30PM

Mary DeMuth, multi-published (traditional and indie) novelist and nonfiction author, will give you the tools you need to build a highly engaged, enthusiastic readership. She’s spent the last decade building her tribe, creating viral pass-along content, and selling books as a result. Have you ever felt like you’re shouting your book’s worth to an echo chamber? Are you turned off by the Ned Ryerson’s (the insurance salesman in Groundhog Day) of the publishing world who constantly ask and sell? There is a better, more joyful way to engage your readers. In this seminar, you’ll learn the ins and outs of list building (it’s the less sexy than social media, but it merits the best results), discover how to create personalized content, and you’ll find innovative, non-Ryerson ways to legally gather subscribers. Topics include:

  • How to see marketing as a joyful way to help people
  • Why implementing best practices in email list building and content creation is one of the best ways to sell books
  • What mistakes the majority of authors make when building their tribes
  • Who your audience is, and why culling your list is actually not counterintuitive
  • What competitive advantage authors have in marketing
  • Why learning to master “authentic copywriting” will increase reader engagement

Instructor Mary DeMuth is an international speaker and podcaster, and she’s the novelist and nonfiction author of over thirty-five books, including the latest: The Seven Deadly Friendships (Harvest House Publishers 2018). She loves to help people re-story their lives. She lives in Texas with her husband of 28 years and is the mom to three adult children. Find out more at marydemuth.com.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Mary DeMuth, Presenter
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 3:00PM to 5:30PM
  • Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206
  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

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6-Week Special: The Artist's Way Seminar

A Special 6-Week Seminar with Rex McGee

Thursday Nights, August 23, 2018 - September 27, 2018

THE ARTIST’S WAY SEMINAR has been taught to thousands of people looking for creative direction in their lives. People who enjoy visual art, performance art and writing have joined forces and realized that the challenges of creativity are not unique to any particular art form. Successful artists and beginners all face the same challenges. We will use any excuse to keep from living a fulfilled creative life; we surround ourselves with drama and other people who keep our lives chaotic to blur the focus from ourselves and our work. We oversleep, overeat, over-read, watch too much television and talk too much on the phone. We BLOCK, BLOCK, BLOCK until we can find blame and justify our real fear of actually living a creative life. Our fear of appearing foolish stops us from producing work. Our perfectionist tendencies stop us from starting or finishing a project. The deep desire many of us have to become GREAT artists prevent us from becoming artists at all. Our central fear may be that it is too late and that our talent is gone. We will look for any way to stop the pain... This eight-week workshop examines a variety of highly effective skills and practices designed to ignite passion and capture new ideas. Topics include:

  • THE METHOD OF THE MAGIC. Learn to recognize, nurture and protect your inner artist. You will move beyond pain and creative constriction.
  • LEARN THAT IT IS SAFE TO DREAM. We like to pretend it is hard to follow our heart’s dream. The truth is, it’s difficult to avoid walking through the many creative doors that will open for us. Leap and the net will appear. As we clarify our perceptions, we lose our misconceptions. We arrive at clarity, and clarity creates change.
  • RECOGNIZING POSSIBILITIES. As we gain strength, we free ourselves from our terrible fears of abandonment and we are able to live with a greater degree of spontaneity. We are freed from our constant demand for more and more reassurance, and our fellows are able to love us back without feeling so burdened. You will examine the idea that money worries are the ultimate creative block.
  • IDENTIFYING INSPIRATION. Art is not about thinking something up. It’s the opposite: it’s about getting something down. Instead of reaching for inventions, we learn to listen.
  • PROTECTING YOUR NEWFOUND ARTIST FROM HARM. Blocked artists are not lazy, they’re blocked. Procrastination is not laziness, it’s fear. The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist at all. This week, you will learn tools that involve taking creative risks, and these small risks teach you the courage that it takes to create.
  • AUTONOMY AS AN ARTIST. As an artist, self-respect comes from doing the work. Artists do not need to be rich, only richly supported. We kill parts of ourselves when we fail to nurture the artist within.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron as the foundational text for this course.

Instructor Rex McGee is a native of North Texas and a protege of the legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder. McGee has sold over 20 scripts for film and television since receiving his BA in Cinema from USC.  He has worked in both Los Angeles and Texas as a screenwriter and journalist, and he has conducted screenwriting and creativity workshops at SMU for the last 19 years. His film credits include Warner Brothers’ Pure Country, starring George Strait, Hallmark’s Where There’s a Will, starring Marion Ross and Keith Carradine, and the IMAX film, Texas: The Big Picture, for the Texas State History Museum in Austin. A member of the Writers Guild of America, West, he has collaborated on his screenplays with directors Jon Amiel, John Putch, Peter Masterson, Robert Mulligan, and Billy Wilder.  He adapted his own original screenplay of Pure Country for the musical stage, which premiered in 2017 at Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas:  purecountrythemusical.com

Fee: $395 or $370 for former/current students

  • Rex McGee, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Thursday Nights, August 23, 2018 - September 27, 2018, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Special 6-Week Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK MIXED LEVELS FICTION 001- CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 20, 2018

6 SPOTS OPEN

This workshop is built for fiction writers at any point in their journey, both short story writers and novelists. Led by Blake Kimzey, named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From in 2018, the class is 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: NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and a Short Story Collection TBD as the foundational texts for this course.

Instructor Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas. His short fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE Magazine, Redivider, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. He is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Mondays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 20, 2018 to October 8, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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 MIXED LEVELS FICTION 002 - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7 SPOTS OPEN

This workshop is built for fiction writers at any point in their journey, both short story writers and novelists. Led by Blake Kimzey, named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From in 2018, 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.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and a Short Story Collection TBD as the foundational texts for this course.

Instructor Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas. His short fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE Magazine, Redivider, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. He is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 22, 2018 to October 10, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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 NOVEL I with JAYE WELLS - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 21, 2018

4 SPOTS OPEN

Writing a novel is a complex and time-consuming endeavor that requires mental stamina. Writers who want to master the form need a toolbox of craft techniques, a supportive network, and mentoring from a pro who has been there and can offer proven strategies for success. This course, taught by USA Today Bestselling author Jaye Wells, is for writers of all levels and genres who are serious about learning the craft of writing great novels. Each week, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of novels, including characterization, world building, plotting and story structure, themes, and point of view. In addition, we’ll focus on building the skill of reading like a writer as we analyze a classic published novel and by critiquing each other’s work to underscore craft concepts. Students will have two opportunities to have pages of their novel-in-progress workshopped in a supportive environment with the goal of improving craft, voice, and clarity. In addition, each student will receive one-on-one mentoring from the instructor to address individual goals and challenges .

NOTE: Students are required to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, which will be used to illustrate concepts explored in class .

Instructor Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of nineteen speculative fiction books, including her most recent novel, High Lonesome Sound. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Learn more about Jaye at www.jayewells.com

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Jaye Wells, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 21, 2018 to October 9, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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

NON-FICTION CLASSES

 

8-WEEK NONFICTION I: INTRO TO THE PERSONAL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 22, 2018

6 SPOTS 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 for writing personal nonfiction. 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 20 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. No prior nonfiction study or workshop experience is required.

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.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 22, 2018 to October 10, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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 NONFICTION II: INTERMEDIATE PERSONAL NONFICTION WRITING - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, August 23, 2018

6 SPOTS OPEN

Once you know the basic techniques for writing nonfiction, the next step is to further develop your voice. David Sedaris is known for his witty, self-deprecating humor; Mary Karr for her southern dialect and irreverent tone. How will readers one day describe your own unique style? In this course we will read Alexander Chee’s essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel in order to identify and investigate the recurring hallmarks of a single author’s voice. We will also consult selected chapters and essays from Tell It Slant, by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, which will guide our weekly discussions of the ways in which form, subject matter, tone, and technique all work to shape a writer’s characteristic style.

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 20 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. This class is open to students with mixed levels of experience, though some prior writing experience is preferred.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee and Tell It Slant, by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Thursdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 23, 2018 to October 11, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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 MEMOIR & FICTION: EXPLORING VOICE & VISION IN DIFFERENT GENRES - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8 SPOTS OPEN

All stories, fiction or nonfiction, grapple with the interplay of truth and imagination. Writers strive to manifest a voice that will compel a reader’s trust but also empower their vision and drive to discover new, unanticipated meanings and possibilities in their narratives. The late Tom Wolfe, both journalist and novelist, described his hybrid work in these terms: “It’s not just that reporting gives you a bigger slice of life—lends verisimilitude to what you are doing—it’s that it feeds the imagination.”

In this spirit, we'll explore fiction and memoir as platforms from which to tell our stories. What genre might offer perspectives, form, and techniques to best realize your intentions? Or does one best suit the particular story you want to tell? You’ll have the opportunity to treat the same story in different genres, or maybe you have different ideas to pursue in both fiction and memoir. To guide our inquiry, we’ll consider the formal and expressive qualities of each genre through published short stories and creative nonfiction, along with essays on craft. The aim of this class is not to choose one genre over the other as the “right” one for you. Rather, we’ll approach our inquiry in the spirit of experimentation, guided by the questions: What domain summons your most authentic voice and ignites your most vital and powerful writing? How will you use your imagination to gain a deeper connection with your narrative and characters—whether they’re people you’ve known in life or are discovering on the page

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued during class and will receive written feedback from the instructor and classmates.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Stuff of Fiction, by Douglas Bauer and The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr as the foundational texts for the course.

Instructor Eden Elieff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a teacher, and private writing coach. She has published work in literary journals, the Dallas Morning News, and also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Eden Elieff, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 9 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 21, 2018 to October 9, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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

SCREENWRITING CLASSES

INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 20, 2018

5 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

In this 8-week course for screenwriting novices, the student will receive a comprehensive overview of the basics of screenwriting, and will leave the class with the skills needed to confidently begin the process of outlining and writing an original screenplay. Primarily lecture-based, each week we will cover/review topics that the student will have read about in the assigned readings. Topics include but are not limited to: screenplay structure, technical formatting of screenplays, the differences between TV and feature film scripts, single cam vs. multi cam screenplays, and the top 10 deadly sins to avoid when writing a screenplay. You'll round out the course by analyzing two pilot episodes (Modern Family and The Good Wife), looking at two different versions of LA LA LAND, and close the class with an analysis of the film. In our final time together, the instructor will lead a demonstration on how to use Final Draft, the industry standard screenplay writing software.

Note: Students are required to purchase The Hollywood Standard: The Complete Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style by Christopher Riley and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.

Instructor Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few. Whitney is a sought after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. In the last year, she has spoken at The Great American Pitchfest, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, The Genre LA Conference, and has paneled at events such as AWP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C, the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected as a guest of honor for an International Screenwriting Association event this past summer. You can find her at several more events in 2017. Whitney has a passion for storytelling and loves encouraging writers to fulfill their dreams.  You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Mondays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 20, 2018 to October 8, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING: FROM CONCEPT TO OUTLINE - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 21, 2018

3 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

In this 8-week intermediate screenwriting course, students receive a comprehensive overview of screenwriting and come away with a solid logline, synopsis and outline for their story: the necessary tools needed to begin writing an original screenplay or TV Pilot.  During class, students delve deeper into the basic topics to take their concept to the next level—from idea to the page. By studying and analyzing setting, characters, plot structure, act breaks and twists, dialogue and more, students will be ready to outline their story.  Each week, students take turns presenting ideas to the class and receiving live feedback from the class and instructor. During the last two classes, each student will pitch their concept and will feedback.  This class is for students with a basic knowledge of screenwriting who'd like to prep themselves to write a professional screenplay.

Note: Students are required to purchase Story by Robert McKee and The Anatomy of Story by John Truby.

Instructor Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few. Whitney is a sought after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. In the last year, she has spoken at The Great American Pitchfest, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, The Genre LA Conference, and has paneled at events such as AWP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C, the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected as a guest of honor for an International Screenwriting Association event this past summer. You can find her at several more events in 2017. Whitney has a passion for storytelling and loves encouraging writers to fulfill their dreams.  You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 21, 2018 to October 9, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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ADVANCED SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, August 23, 2018

5 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Capped at 8 students, this class designed for those ready to advance their screenwriting career. Students must submit a finished draft of a movie or TV pilot to the instructor via email a week before class begins. If your script is close to completion, please contact the instructor to discuss.  Each week, students will not only study advanced techniques in screenwriting (format, structure, etc.) but they will have the opportunity to workshop the finished scripts, with the class reviewing one script per week.  This portion of the workshop will include a table read, feedback and detailed notes from the instructor.  This class prepares students desiring to submit their work to screenwriting contests, fellowships and/or production companies. .

Note: Students are required to purchase Advanced Screenwriting by Linda Seger.

Instructor Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few. Whitney is a sought after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. In the last year, she has spoken at The Great American Pitchfest, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, The Genre LA Conference, and has paneled at events such as AWP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C, the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected as a guest of honor for an International Screenwriting Association event this past summer. You can find her at several more events in 2017. Whitney has a passion for storytelling and loves encouraging writers to fulfill their dreams.  You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Thursdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 23, 2018 to October 11, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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 CLASSES

6-WEEK POETRY I: POETRY FOR BEGINNERS - CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 27, 2018

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Have you always wanted to write poetry, but never found the time to give it a try? Or perhaps you aren’t sure where to start, or are nervous to share what you’ve already written? If so, this class is for you! In this jam-packed, six-week course, we’ll read poetry from historic time periods as well as the present moment in order to trace the evolution of the genre and see what’s most popular now. We will also consult selected chapters from Kenneth Koch’s Making Your Own Days, which will guide our weekly discussions of topics ranging from poetic forms and traditions to descriptive techniques and revision strategies.

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 2 poems 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 The Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition, edited by Robert Pinsky and David Lehman and Making Your Own Days, by Kenneth Koch.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review .

Fee: $395 for new students; $370 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Mondays 7:00PM to 9:00PM / August 27,  2018 to October 1, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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ONLINE CLASSES

ONLINE 8-WEEK NOVEL I with Colin Winnette - CLASS BEGINS Monday, July 23, 2018

5 SPOTS OPEN

This ONLINE novel workshop is for beginners with an interest in starting a novel and experienced writers looking for guidance and feedback on a new project, or a project in the works. We’ll review the foundational elements of the novel form (setting, character, point of view, voice, scene), using examples from published novels, and looking for instances in our work. With these elements in mind, we’ll focus on the opening of the novel as the place where it establishes its central concerns and primary components. We’ll draft openings for our own novels at the beginning of class. As a group, we’ll look at these openings and discuss what’s being accomplished (what’s established, how it’s working, and what might be standing in its way), while offering constructive feedback for future revisions. The goal of this process will be to help you better understand and articulate your new project’s instincts and inclinations. This class will also emphasize the importance of establishing and maintaining a writing routine, which is critical for the long-term, multi-faceted project that is a novel. Although we’ll work with the larger novel in mind, we won’t concern ourselves with the finished product just yet. We’ll work instead to build a strong foundation that can guide you on your journey toward completion.

Each week will include a brief craft lesson, but the central component of the class will be the discussion of student work. This is a safe place, designed for honest exploration and growth. Student work will be discussed in a respectful, constructively critical manner. The goal is to support one another so that we can more effectively challenge ourselves and our own work. You’ll have 2 opportunities to have your writing critiqued in class, and every student will receive typed feedback from the instructor and their classmates. A private conference with the instructor via Skype is included.

NOTE: Students are required to obtain a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft as a foundational text for the course.

Instructor Colin Winnette is the author of several books, including Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio) and The Job of the Wasp (Soft Skull Press). His writing has been published in numerous publications, including McSweeney's, Playboy, and The American Reader. He was a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine's Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Robert Coover, and he was the winner of Les Figues Press's NOS BOOK CONTEST, for his novel Coyote. His novels have been translated into Italian and French.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Colin Winnette, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • July 23, 2018 to September 17, 2018
  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

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ONLINE 8-WEEK FLASH FICTION: THE ART OF SUDDENNESS - CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 20, 2018

10 SPOTS OPEN

This ONLINE fiction writing workshop is for those with no knowledge of or intermediate experience with flash fiction. Over eight weeks, writers will examine the constrictive yet artistically expansive form of flash fiction. Participants will read published examples of flash fiction and discuss efficiency of prose, economy of language, white space/subtext, structure, sentence beauty, and debate the importance (or unimportance) of narrative to determine how flash fiction is sometimes story, and other times, perhaps, a reflection of an idea, a thought, a feeling, or stressing the complexity of an experience.

Though each week will include self-paced and peer-discussions of craft and published works, the central focus will be the discussion of student work. Writers will generate four new works of flash fiction (under 1,000 words) that will be workshopped every 1-2 weeks to further flex their aesthetics in a brief space. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructive environment by both peers and the instructor. Writers will leave class with four new works of fiction with peer feedback and a broader knowledge of the form, setting up writers to continue revising and polishing in the months to come.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories by Robert Shapard (Editor), James Thomas (Editor) and Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories by Tom Hazuka (Editor), Denise Thomas (Editor), James Thomas (Editor) as the texts for this course.

Instructor Zachary Tyler Vickers is the author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! [Indiana University Press]. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he was the Provost's Fellow. He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction. He has been a finalist for the Calvino Prize, the Gertrude Stein Award, and the ProForma Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals. You can learn more at www.ztvickers.com.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Zachary Tyler Vickers, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • August 20, 2018 to October 8, 2018
  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

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