SUMMER/FALL 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. 

To formally join a seminar or workshop, use the Register Button below each seminar or workshop description. Refund Policy: included in the price of each multi-week workshop is a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop up to 10 days before the class starts, all but the enrollment fee will be refunded. After the 10-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 the link to the Live Stream along with all seminar materials. 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 10-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

That's Easy For You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Led by novelist David Eric Tomlinson, author of The Midnight Man (Simon & Schuster, 2017; named a top crime debut of 2017 by BookPeople), this three-hour seminar will teach you how to write effective dialogue. After all, dialogue is the internal combustion engine of an effective plot, generating a feedback loop of action and reaction that can add tension, drama, absurdity, or comic relief to your story. It's also one of the most versatile multi-tools in a writer's arsenal, capable of revealing character, motivation, and backstory, while giving the author an excuse to explore themes or insights that might otherwise try a reader's patience. This seminar will examine how dialogue, done right, can propel your story to new heights.

Instructor David Eric Tomlinson was born and raised in Oklahoma, educated in California, and now lives in Texas. His debut novel The Midnight Man was published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster in 2017 and was shortlisted for the PEN Southwest Book Award in fiction. Since then, David has taught fiction seminars at several writing conferences and attended the 2017 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

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

  • David Eric Tomlinson, Presenter
  • Sunday, August 19, 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.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

6-Week Special: The Artist's Way Seminar

A Special 6-Week Seminar with Rex McGee

Thursday Nights, August 30, 2018 - October 4, 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: 15 students
  • Thursday Nights, August 30, 2018 - October 4, 2018, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Special 6-Week Seminar meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

Click the button below to register for this special 6-Week seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Writing Vivid Side Characters

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

You know you need a spectacular protagonist, facing off against an equally strong antagonist.  But what about all your spear carriers, love interests, sidekicks, mentors and henchmen?  They don’t always get much page space, so how can you use what you do give them to make them memorable?  We will focus on creating captivating side characters that add to the plot and earn their space on the page. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers to:

  • How can basing the way side characters think and act on real people I know help me characterize them without using as much page space?
  • Why should I give the more important side characters a backstory, even if it doesn’t make it onto the page?
  • How can giving side characters distinctive vocabulary lists/syntax help them to stand out?
  • Why should every side character have a distinctive role in the story?
  • How can combining two side characters sometimes make for a stronger story?
  • How can I design a love triangle where both love interests are viable choices for the hero’s future happiness?
  • What makes for a good sidekick/henchman?
  • What is the proper role for a mentor in my story?
  • Why should my side characters have their own goals and display agency?

Instructor Amber Royer's debut Science Fiction novel, Free Chocolate (June 2018), was named one of Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018!

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

  • Amber Royer, Presenter
  • Sunday, August 26, 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.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Promptapalooza:

a Free, Fun Night of Writing Prompts with WWD

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 6:30PM TO 8:30PM

Join us for an evening of linguistic invention. Choose from a huge array of creating writing prompts supplied by facilitator Joe Milazzo and start writing. The prompts span multiple genres — poetry, fiction and nonfiction (essay) — and cover topics such as sound, figurative language, theme, character, setting, collaborative writing and even interdisciplinary approaches (ekphrasis, hybrid texts, etc.). Participants will have an opportunity to share their original work and receive feedback on it during this session.

Instructor Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in Black ClockBlack Warrior ReviewBOMBThe CollagistDrunken Boat and elsewhere. He has taught creative writing at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Dallas, and The Writer's Garret. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press..

Fee: FREE - LIVE STREAM ALSO AVAILABLE

  • Joe Milazzo, Presenter
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 6:30PM to 8:30PM
  • 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.

Click the button below to register for this FREE seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Time Flies: Managing the Passage of Time on the Page

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Some stories take place in a matter of days, or even hours.  Others are multi-generational epics.  And yet, both need to fit into the number of pages you get for a book manuscript or screenplay.  So how do you manage the progression of time?  We will focus on utilizing effective pacing techniques. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers to:

  • How can chapter breaks function as time jumps?
  • How can I handle time compression/dilation?
  • What are gradual vs. abrupt time shifts?
  • When is it useful to use montage and summary?
  • If I’m working with non-linear time, how do I put events in a logical order?
  • How do I effectively structure a flashback?
  • How do I enter a flashback and then return to ordinary time?
  • Why should I limit my use of flashbacks?
  • What if I want to include elements of time travel?

Instructor Amber Royer's debut Science Fiction novel, Free Chocolate (June 2018), was named one of Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018!

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

  • Amber Royer, Presenter
  • Sunday, September 16, 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.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK MIXED LEVELS FICTION - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2 SPOTS OPEN

This workshop is built for 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. And 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. 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 Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott 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.

  • 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

Register for MIXED LEVELS FICTION using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

8-WEEK INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED FICTION- CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 20, 2018

CLASS IS FULL - CONTACT FOR WAITLIST

This workshop is built for Intermediate & Advanced fiction writers, 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. 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.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott 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.

  • 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

Register for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED FICTION using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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

2 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.

  • 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

Register for NOVEL I using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

NON-FICTION CLASSES

 

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

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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.

  • 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

Register for NONFICTION I using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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

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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.

  • 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

Register for NONFICTION II  using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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

2 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.

  • Eden Elieff, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 9 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

Register for MEMOIR & FICTION using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

SCREENWRITING CLASSES

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

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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.

  • 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

Register for INTRO TO SCREENWRITING using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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

CLASS IS FULL - CONTACT US TO JOIN THE WAITLIST

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.

  • 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

Register for INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ADVANCED SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Capped at 8 students, this class designed for those ready to advance their screenwriting career. Students must have at least a partial draft of a movie or TV pilot to enroll in the class.  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.

  • 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

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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.

  • 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 FLASH FICTION: THE ART OF SUDDENNESS - CLASS BEGINS Monday, October 15, 2018

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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.

  • Zachary Tyler Vickers, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • October 15, 2018 to December 10, 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 6-WEEK ADVANCED POETRY WRITING - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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What’s your aim? Revive your love of poetry? Assemble a poetry manuscript? Prepare for graduate school? Connect with a community of poets? Whatever your goal, I welcome you to six-weeks of poetic challenge, encouragement, and inspiration! Through a combination of principles of writing, psychology, poetics, and play, this course will help you to dispel writer’s block, develop figurative and sensory language, and drive, structure, revise, and publish your poems. Each session includes writing exercises, craft lectures, open discussions, and reading assignments. Topics we’ll tackle include the writing practice, associative leaps, deep-imagery, prosody and poetic forms, tension and juxtapositions, the poetic line break, diction, compression, deep revision, and ideas for poetic engagement beyond our class. “The poets? The poets lie too much.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Note: Students are required to purchase a copy The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux (W.W. Norton, 1997) .

Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of two ekphrastic poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach). Baugher’s books are collected in libraries around the world, including the British Library. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her writing has been published (or forthcoming) in 100 journals, including Tin House, The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Boulevard, Nano Fiction, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. She’s taught at Northeastern University; University of Phoenix; Seattle Public Library; Port Townsend Writers’ Conference; Richard Hugo House; Interlochen Center for the Arts; University of Washington–Experimental College; and Eastern State Hospital, among other places. Her interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, dancers, and choreographers. Her poems have been adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Contemporary Dance Theatre (OH), Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida), and University of North Carolina-Penbroke. As a spoken-word artist, Baugher has performed at arts festivals around Seattle, and in 2011 she presented her poetry at the Library of Congress. Currently Baugher is a Poetry Reader for Boulevard Magazine. http://JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com.

Fee: $395 for new students; $370 for returning students.

  • Janée J. Baugher, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • September 26, 2018 to October 31, 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 5-WEEK FINDING YOUR MATERIAL IN THE REAL WORLD - CLASS BEGINS Monday, October 15, 2018

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This online course will give writers new tools to generate, track, and develop a bank of unique story ideas. How do great writers come up with their ideas? How can we control the finicky process of inspiration? How do we find the material we were meant to write? In this class, students will learn to use an idea tracker to manage and expand their ideas, and create an individualized media diet that provides a steady flow of inspiration. We’ll also use Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook to unpack the demystify the way a writer’s imagination works. And we’ll learn to develop and combine those ideas into the right beginning for a draft. Students will leave the class not only with dozens of new ideas, but also methods to keep ideas flowing in perpetuity. Avoid cliché stories and writers block by having a ready stable of stories. This class is open to writers of all levels and genres.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer.

Instructor Ethan Chatagnier is the author of Warnings from the Future, a short story collection forthcoming from Acre Books in fall 2018. His stories have been awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize and named a notable story of the year in the 2011 Million Writers Award. His work has been published or is forthcoming in literary magazines including the New England Review, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Barrelhouse, Ascent, and Necessary Fiction. He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he won the Larry Levis prize in poetry, and of Emerson College, where he completed his M.A. in Publishing and Writing.

Fee: $325 for new students; $300 for returning students.

  • Ethan Chatagnier, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • October 15, 2018 to November 12, 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 NOVEL I with Colin Winnette - CLASS BEGINS Monday, July 23, 2018

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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.

  • 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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