SPRING 2018 FICTION CLASSES

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..

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

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SHORT STORY | NOVEL | ONLINE FICTION

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

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

8-WEEK NOVEL I - 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.