SPRING 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 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. 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 work, 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

Writing Out of the Wilderness: A Publication Seminar

Survive Rejection, Forge a Path to Publication, & Make Yourself Findable

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 3:00PM -5:30PM

Blake Kimzey, Director & Founder of Writing Workshops Dallas, will show you the resources and strategies you need to put your work out in the world with purpose. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From in 2018, he 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. There is a saying that writing is rejection. That's true: everyone has been rejected many times. But over time those form rejections should turn into personal rejections and eventually become acceptances. Do you feel stuck in your journey to publication? If so, let us help! If you're submitting your work for publication you know that only the top 1 - 2% of all submissions are accepted by literary journals and literary agents. Those are long odds, and we want to help you improve them. With so many writers vying for publication you need to make sure your work has received the attention it needs before you spend hours researching markets, writing cover letters, and staring at your e-mail hoping to receive an acceptance from an editor or offer of representation from an agent. Blake will also discuss building a memorable character and believable setting, and how to use narrative inventory to architect your story. 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
  • How to engage with and become part of the online literary community

Fee: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Blake Kimzey, Presenter
  • Sunday, February 25, 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.

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

A Writer’s Blueprint for The Social Media Game

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

For writers in the digital age, establishing a social media presence is a must. Having a strong social media presence not only builds your audience but can also connect you to agents and publishers.  But for many writers, navigating social media effectively can be overwhelming.  Questions quickly arise: Which social media platform is the best for writers? What type of content should I post? How do I grow my audience? I like the idea of Twitter but don’t know how to use it the right way...what can I do? And lastly, can I REALLY land an agent from a social media account? In this seminar, you’ll not only get answers to all the questions above—you’ll also receive actionable tips on how to establish a social media presence that will move your writing career forward in 2018!

Fee: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Whitney Davis, Presenter
  • Sunday, March 4, 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.

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

Writing Characters People Get Attached To

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 4:00PM TO 7:00PM

Why do certain characters stick with you long after you’ve finished a book? What makes a character memorable? We've all read books that seem technically perfect with clean plotting and tight prose, yet the characters themselves are forgettable. What makes a dynamic character? How do you write a character that compels the reader to keep reading? We'll discuss the importance of early emotional attachment to your protagonist, and how to maintain that attachment throughout a novel-length work. This interactive seminar will also offer answers to:

  • What is the difference between a static and a dynamic character?
  • How do I create a transformative character arc?
  • Why is it important for a character to have agency?
  • How do I give a character agency?
  • Am I starting the story in the right place for this character to be appealing?
  • How do I introduce a character’s backstory in a way that feels organic?
  • How can a character show different sides when interacting with others?
  • How does a character’s goal relate to attachment?
  • How do I introduce flawed characters in a way that the reader still attaches to them?

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: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Amber Royer, Presenter
  • Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 4:00PM to 7:00PM
  • 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.

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

Grant Writing Fundamentals

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

This seminar will introduce you to the basics of grant writing, and the essential components of a good argument for funding. We’ll cover grant structure and content, rhetorical technique, and practical strategies for engaging the types of audiences you may encounter when attempting to raise money for yourself or your organization. This seminar is recommended both for novice grant writers and those who would like to refresh their skills with an afternoon of discussion and situational writing practice.  We’ll explore both the craft and purpose of this form of persuasive writing, and also discuss how grant narratives read from the perspective of the gatekeepers, program officers, grant reviewers, board members, and others who have a stake in considering your funding request. You are welcome to bring in a proposal you are working on or examples of grant guidelines if you’d like to use them as writing prompts, but no prior grant writing experience is required or expected.

Please note: this seminar focuses on the craft and strategy of grant writing rather than funding sources or how to find them. If you need help with funding research, you can find local assistance at the Dallas Public Library’s Grants Information Service and additional resources at foundationcenter.org.  Writing Workshop Dallas’ Grant Review and Mentoring Service also offers one-to-one coaching that can assist you in targeting grant requests to the funding sources that best match your needs and the work you do.

Fee: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Robin Myrick, Presenter
  • Sunday, March 25, 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.

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

Writing Villains as the Mirror of Heroes

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 4:00PM TO 7:00PM

You often hear that a character needs to arc. But how does your protagonist realize she needs to change? What shows him the consequences of not arcing?  It's the villain, and the best protagonist/antagonist match-ups complement each other and come into direct conflict. We will focus on creating captivating protagonists and antagonists that challenge and test each other. This interactive seminar will also offer answers to:

  • What is the difference between a villain and an antagonist?
  • Why does my story need the baddest bad guy my character can logically face?
  • How can my protagonist and antagonist have the same psychological wound?
  • How can I logically show how the flaw in the antagonist can be a strength in the protagonist?
  • How can I show that my protagonist’s ability to change is what allows her to beat the antagonist?
  • How can my hero make his antagonist feel vulnerable?
  • How does showing the hero being drawn to the villain in some way add moral complexity?
  • How can I make the reader feel sympathy for the antagonist?
  • How can I build a hero and a villain that both feel like real people?

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: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Amber Royer, Presenter
  • Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 4:00PM to 7:00PM
  • 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.

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

Self-Editing Seminar

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

Sunday, April 8, 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.

Fee: $60 or $50 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Blake Atwood, Presenter
  • Sunday, April 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.

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

CROSS-GENRE SEMINAR

Breaking the Writer's Block

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

Many writers share the same secret fear: a crisp, blank page. How could this possibly turn into a novel, or your next nonfiction essay, or even your first poem? Why do you suddenly feel as though you have nothing to say? If these thoughts sound familiar, this jam-packed seminar is here to pull you right out of the slump and get the ink flowing again. In this interactive, three-hour class, we’ll examine a range of methods that acclaimed writers have turned to when their own wells ran dry, taking the time to explore the exciting potential within each new approach. We’ll also take part in several writing exercises that will begin to generate new topics and material for you to take home. By the end of the seminar, you’ll have a whole new set of tools at your disposal. We’ll top off the day by drafting a unique plan of action for achieving your goals, and you’ll leave with the motivation you need to hit the ground running.

Fee: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Mag Gabbert, Presenter
  • Sunday, April 14, 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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Telling Your Story: A Creative Workshop for Nonprofits

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 5:30PM

It's not always enough to do good and assume the public understands your value. An organization also has to be ready to translate its work into ideas that engage, enlighten, and persuade those it seeks to reach. Good storytelling is fundamental to demonstrating a nonprofit's merits and needs, especially when speaking directly to those who can provide the kind of support that allows an organization to serve its community well.  This seminar is designed for anyone working in the nonprofit world who is responsible for communicating the mission, ideas, or impact of programs/projects/services to an audience whose positive response is critical. Those who might benefit from this course include grant writers and development staff, program managers, board members, and others seeking to tell bigger stores in fewer words, and to craft effective narratives demonstrating the essential value of their organization.  Regardless of the audience, great nonprofit storytellers usually understand a few things about rhetorical strategy, dramatic structure, and the graceful art of (ethically) spinning facts, details, and circumstances to one's best advantage. So we'll discuss the complexities of language and persuasion, and ways that compelling prose can make all the difference.

Writing Workshop Dallas’ Grant Review and Mentoring Service also offers one-to-one coaching that can assist you in targeting grant requests to the funding sources that best match your needs and the work you do.

Fee: $55 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Robin Myrick, Presenter
  • Sunday, April 22, 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.

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

FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS Monday, March 26, 2018

3 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is a beginning workshop in short  fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who simply want to brush up on the basics. 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: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and City of Thieves by David Benioff as the foundational texts for this course.

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 9:00PM / March 26, 2018 to May 14, 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 FICTION I/II - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

1 SPOT REMAINS OPEN

This workshop is built for fiction writers at any point in their journey (beginners through intermediate), 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 City of Thieves by David Benioff as the foundational texts for this course.

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

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Tuesdays  6:30PM to 9:00PM / March 27, 2018 to May 15, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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8-WEEK NOVEL I - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, March 27, 2018

6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This fiction workshop taught by David Eric Tomlinson, author of The Midnight Man (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2017), is for intermediate and advanced writing students interested in tackling the novel. The course focuses on teaching the fundamental techniques of structure, opening, plot, setting, characterization, dialogue, resolution, and (most importantly) revision. We'll use the snowflake method of building outward from a few basic directional ideas, with the goal of completing a detailed outline and five chapters by the end of the class, when we'll also discuss the querying and publishing process.

Each week we'll focus on craft, concentrating on both published work and work students have generated for class. 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 his or her work critiqued 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 Steven Pressfield's The War of Art and Robert McKee's Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, which will be used to illustrate several of the concepts discussed in class.

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

  • David Eric Tomlinson, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 6:30PM to 9:00PM / March 27, 2018 to May 15, 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 PLANNING OUT A NOVEL OR SERIES - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, March 29, 2018

6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is a workshop in fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who want to streamline their writing process. Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate has been named one of the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018, the class is designed to make you a more methodical and organized writer of long-form fiction. The course focuses on techniques that can be used to assemble a complete story bible (a document, wiki or other interactively-formatted file that keeps data about your story universe and characters consistent and accessible) and a workable, detailed outline.  Time will be spent in class doing both individual and group hands-on activities, and homework will be assigned to further develop ideas generated during those activities.  Homework will be workshopped interactively via Dropbox, and students will have opportunities to read much of what they write in class for further peer input.  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.

Each week we will focus on the theory found in Terry Brook’s Story Engineering and Nancy Kress’s Dynamic Characters (along with excerpts from additional works) to explain WHY writers need to think specifically about things such as plot structure and worldbuilding, and WHY you really need to get to know your characters if you want them to drive the story.  The main focus will be on generating, evaluating and organizing original student content (much of which will belong only in the story bible, not necessarily the novel itself). 

Each writer will have an opportunity each week to have his or her work critiqued (up to seven pages) via the Dropbox, and will receive feedback using Dropbox’s conference function from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference via Skype with the instructor is included. This course is also OPEN to EXPERIENCED writers who want to add new techniques to their skill set.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress as the foundational texts for this course.

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

  • Amber Royer, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Thursdays 6:30PM to 9:00PM / March 29, 2018 to May 17, 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.

ONLINE 8-WEEK SHORT FORM: WRITING FLASH FICTION & CREATIVE NON-FICTION - CLASS BEGINS Monday, April 9, 2018

8 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This ONLINE flash writing workshop is built for writers at any point in their journey (beginner through advanced) who want to focus on creating a batch of short pieces in either fiction or CNF – or both! Currently, there is an amazing abundance of flash being published in print and online. This course is designed to take part in this conversation. Not only will we read, discuss, write, and revise short works, but we will also consider possibilities for publishing this writing. Each participant will have the opportunity to workshop twice. This critique will be grounded on the principles of honesty, generosity, consideration, and respect. Participants will find their own writing and revising getting sharper as they hone their skills at responding constructively to others' work. A one-on-one conference with the instructor via Skype is included.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories and The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction as the foundational texts for this course.

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

  • Cara Benson, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • April 9, 2018 to May 28, 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.

ONLINE 10-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS Monday, April 30, 2018

7 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This ONLINE fiction writing workshop is for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who simply want to brush up on the basics. Through the study of published works, writers will learn to be discerning readers, awake to both the complexities of meaning in a work, and to the strategies and tools the author uses to create a compelling world. The course focuses on teaching the fundamental techniques of fiction — plot, scene, characterization, setting, point of view, and dialogue. Our goal is to study what writers do and apply it to our own writing, making their techniques our own as we go along. In week 1, you'll write your first draft. In the subsequent weeks, writers will work towards crafting solid second and third drafts.

Though each week will include an exploration of craft and of published work, the central focus will be the discussion of student work. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of honing each writer's craft. Each writer will have 2 opportunities to have their work critiqued in class and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and their classmates. A private conference with the instructor via Skype is included.

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

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

  • Nicole Kelly, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • April 30, 2018 to July 2, 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.

NON-FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO THE PERSONAL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, March 28, 2018

4 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

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

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

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

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / March 28, 2018 to May 16, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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10-WEEK NONFICTION I/II: WRITING THROUGH GRIEF - CLASS BEGINS Sunday, April 1, 2018

7 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Everyone has their own way of grieving, and writers likewise have unique methods of approaching this topic. Some memoirists begin to write even as something tragic unfolds, while others seek distance and perspective. Which set of approaches will most benefit you? Can writing through grief also bring clarity and comfort to your readers, just as it has for so many before? In this course we will explore four different experiences of grief, and four different ways of writing about it, by reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Mark Doty’s Heaven’s Coast, Sonali Deraniyagala’s Wave, and Emily Rapp’s The Still Point of the Turning World. We will uncover not only how this subject is approached emotionally, but also how it’s rendered stylistically and rhetorically, so that we can apply these techniques to our own processes of writing.

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

NOTE: Students are required to purchase copies of The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion; Heaven’s Coast, by Mark Doty; Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala; and The Still Point of the Turning World, by Emily Rapp.

Fee: $595 for new students; $570 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Sundays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / April 1, 2018 to June 3, 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

ONLINE 8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO LONGFORM JOURNALISM - CLASS BEGINS April 16, 2018

9 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

In the 1960s, a genre called “New Journalism” exploded onto the reporting scene. No longer was “objectivity” the ultimate journalistic goal; this new sort of writing was chaotic, messy, colorful, in-depth, expensive to assign (ha), and brimming over with the voice of the writer. Its pioneers were writers like Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Gay Talese; today, its lovechild, “longform” journalism, is thriving on the internet via both old-school publications and websites like The Atavist Magazine, Longreads, and California Sunday. It’s characterized by length (say, 2,000-20,000 words) and by elements of creative writing like scenes, narrative arc, dialogue, and characters. And it’s super fun to write. But where does one start?

Over the eight weeks of this course, we’ll read some of most energetic, crackling longform writing from the past 50 years, and try to figure out how the pieces work, both formally and emotionally. We will talk about the techniques of longform (do you just, like, interview someone for seven hours and hope a story comes out the other side?) and whether or not objectivity is overrated. Students will also work on their own longform projects, which can range from purely reported to reported-personal to personal-historical and everything in between. (Note that these will not be straightforward personal essays, though.) By the end of the class, you will have your own longform piece that will be workshopped in class and receive private feedback from the instructor. You will also have a better understanding of the current longform scene, including publications to pitch and practical tips for finding story material.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, by Tom Wolfe and The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison.

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

  • Tori Telfer, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Online / April 16, 2018 to May 28, 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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SCREENWRITING CLASSES

INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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This course is for the true screenwriting novice. Have you ever had a great idea for a movie or TV show but didn’t know where to begin? It can certainly be overwhelming as screenwriting has it’s own style, rules and format.  In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics, leaving you with a great foundation to write a screenplay of your own! We will cover topics such as screenplay formatting, how to properly structure a screenplay, feature film vs. television, single cam vs. multi cam screenplays and the top 10 deadly sins to avoid when writing a screenplay.  We will round out the course studying the Oscar nominated screenplays for best feature, and you will have an opportunity to write an original scene or two of your own!  If you have NO prior screenwriting knowledge or experience, this course is a pre-requisite for Screenwriting II and III.

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. Please contact the instructor, Whitney Davis, for a 25% discount on the Final Draft Software if you need it.

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

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 15 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / March 27, 2018 to May 15, 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 Wednesday, January 17, 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.

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

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / January 17, 2018 to March 7, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

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