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 each course fee is a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all workshops. If a student drops the course 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.

 

INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS April 4, 2017

6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

In this 8-week course for screenwriting novices, students will get a comprehensive overview of screenwriting and come away with the skills needed to confidently begin the process of writing an original screenplay. We will cover topics such as the technical format and structure 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.  We will round out the course by analyzing a few of the 2007 Oscar nominated screenplays for best feature, and close out our time by giving students an opportunity to write a scene or two of their own. If you have NO prior screenwriting knowledge or experience, this course is a prerequisite for Screenwriting I, II and III.

Note: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style- 2nd Edition by Christopher Riley and Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need! by Blake Snyder 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.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / April 4, 2017 to May 23, 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.

8-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS April 4, 2017

5 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is a beginning workshop in fiction writing, designed to make you a better reader and writer of fiction. The course includes 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 also 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 Ron Carlson Writes a Story by Ron Carlson 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 / April 4, 2017 to May 23, 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.

8-WEEK FICTION II - CLASS BEGINS April 5, 2017

2 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is the intermediate workshop in fiction writing, which includes 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 some writing and/or workshop experience.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and Battleborn: Stories by Claire Vaye Watkins 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 / April 5, 2017 to May 24, 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.

8-WEEK FICTION III - CLASS BEGINS April 6, 2017

This is the advanced workshop in fiction writing, which includes the in-class workshopping of student manuscripts and discussion of some assigned outside reading. As an advanced workshop, we’ll focus more specifically on structure, individual technique and creative process involved in writing sophisticated, challenging, and linguistically developed short stories that fulfill authorial vision. 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 intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King and Jesus' Son: Stories by Denis Johnson 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 Thursdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / April 6, 2017 to May 25, 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 I: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POETRY - CLASS BEGINS MAY 16, 2017

This introductory course is designed to expose you to living poets and the contemporary poetry scene. We’ll examine poets some 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 .

Each week, we’ll participate in writing discussions and experiments to highlight these techniques. Our central focus will be on student work. Each writer will have four opportunities to have their work be critiqued. Students will be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer and 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 THE CRAFT OF REVISION IN POETRY - CLASS BEGINS MAY 17, 2017

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 give ourselves rules to force ourselves to be creative and break free again. Workshops will be anchored by visiting poems by established writers that have been revised and contemporary poets experimenting with form. We will read an essay on craft and a few poems per week to anchor 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.

2-HOUR SEMINAR

Writing Out of the Wilderness: Craft a Memorable Story, Survive Rejection, and Forge a Path to Publication - March 23, 2017 - 6:30PM -8:30PM

Blake Kimzey, published author, UTD Professor, and founder of Writing Workshops Dallas, will show you the resources and strategies you need to put your work out in the world with purpose. Blake will discuss the mountain of rejection any writer will face on their way to publication and how to overcome the odds and forge a path to publication. Topics will include: strategies for submitting work to literary journals and contests, crafting a smart cover letter, attending conferences/residencies, taking charge of your professional development, how to make yourself findable online to editors and agents, and how to engage with and become part of the online literary community. Blake will also discuss building a memorable character and believable setting, and how to use narrative inventory to architect your story. 

Fee: $10

  • Blake Kimzey, presenter
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Serj Bookstore: 400 North Saint Paul Street / Dallas, TX, 75201
  • Complimentary light snacks, beer & wine will be available
  • Hosted by Know How Dallas

3-HOUR SEMINAR

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

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.

COURSE BOOKS FOR PURCHASE

 
Battleborn: Stories
$9.87
By Claire Vaye Watkins
Jesus' Son: Stories
$9.63
By Denis Johnson