SUMMER 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. 

To formally join a class, use the Register Button below each 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. 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.

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

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SHORT STORY | NOVEL | ONLINE FICTION

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

6 SPOTS OPEN

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. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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

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

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO FICTION - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 22, 2018

6 SPOTS OPEN

This workshop is built for Beginning & Intermediate 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 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. 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 a City of Thieves by David Benioff as the foundational texts for this course.

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

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

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

Register for INTRODUCTION TO 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

4 SPOTS OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 SPOTS OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 SPOTS OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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