We're super excited to have a great slate of online classes enrolling this spring. And we're even luckier to have Instructors like Tori Telfer (Lady Killers, Harper Perennial 2017), Nicole Kelly (Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, MFA UC-Irvine), and Cara Benson (New York Times, Electric Literarure) teaching these classes:
No matter where you live, we're happy to welcome you into our writing community! Won't you join us in 2018!
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.
To register, simply click on the photo above! We look forward to having you in class with us this spring!
Our Spring 2018 workshops and seminars at Writing Workshops Dallas are Now Enrolling! In addition to our multi-week Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenwriting workshops, this year we've added Online Workshops in Fiction, Summer Teen Classes, Grant Writing Services, and an exciting series of craft-focused Seminars that you can attend in-person or Live Stream.
We believe having a literary community is essential to the life of any creative writer, no matter the stage of your career. And we're thrilled to be part of the thriving literary scene in Dallas and proud of the writers who've trusted us with their work. Check out our Testimonials page to see what our students have to say about us. We'd love for you to become part of our community in 2018! This is the year you write your story and find your readers. Our classes are inclusive and intentionally small, and spots are filling up. So check 'em out and avoid the waitlist before your spot is taken!
In 2017, we had 224 writers in the classroom and we've added online classes this year through Wet Ink, an online platform built and designed exclusively for creative writing classes. Do you like being tethered to the craft concerns of teaching creative writing in order to fuel your own creative practice? Do you enjoy mentoring emerging writers? Giving great feedback on work and creating lessons that help students grow into the kind of writers they dream of becoming? If you're passionate about these things, have a track record of publication and some teaching experience, we'd love to talk to you. We're looking to add online courses in the following disciplines:
Intermediate & Advanced Short Fiction
Screenwriting (Intro - Advanced)
Feel free to tell us if you'd like to teach something that we don't have listed here. We're open to your ideas for great course offerings. We follow the passion of our teaching artists, and we like to try new things at Writing Workshops Dallas. Tell us how you'd like to be part of our growing creative writing community in 2018 and include a link to your website and/or Twitter handle. Introduce yourself via the Tell Us About Yourself button below. We look forward to hearing from you!
At Writing Workshops Dallas we take your writing seriously. We place the highest importance on teaching the craft of writing so that students can produce meaningful and memorable work that has the opportunity to find a readership beyond the workshop. Essential to our mission, we want writers to be part of a literary community that goes beyond the workshop table. We were created on the basis that having a literary community is essential to the life of any creative writer.
It was such an amazing turnout at Interabang Books on Tuesday night for the panel on building and finding literary community. We were honored to be part of this amazing night. Thank you to The Writers' League of Texas for putting on this great event, featuring our Director, Blake Kimzey, and Dallas-based authors Kathleen Kent, Tex Thompson, and Melissa Lenhardt.
Don't let your writing goals dissolve into the new year! For many writers, finding a community is an essential step that leads them to take their work and craft more seriously. It's time you found your writing community. If you're looking for an excellent creative writing workshop in Dallas, you've come to the right place! We hope you’ll take your next step with us and enroll in one of our many creative writing courses, available on the Classes page.
Simply click on the photo above to view our available classes! We look forward to having you in class in 2018!
We're so thrilled to have Kelly Luce join our staff at Writing Workshops Dallas! Kelly will focus on individual manuscript critique and editing, MFA application prep, as well as one-on-one coaching. She is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), a Book of the Month selection and one of Elle's Best Books of 2016.
After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, Kelly moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts. In 2015 she received an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, where she was editor-in-chief of Bat City Review and the editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.
Kelly's short fiction and essays have appeared in New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Sun, The Southern Review, New England Review, American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, and other publications. She is the Essays Editor for Electric Literature and was a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in an old grist mill in Knoxville, Tennessee.
If you're interested in working with Kelly, check out our Critique and Coaching page to get in touch with us or click on her picture above. You can also read a short piece Kelly wrote about reading for the O. Henry Prize Stories. We look forward to hearing from you!
Are you looking for your writing community and don't know where to start? Writing can feel like a solitary pursuit, but in reality, a strong community can be key to writing success. If you're seeking motivation to put pen to paper or looking for feedback on your work, finding a writing/critique partner or group can take you and your work to the next level. But how do you go about finding your writing soul mate(s)? And once you've found them, how do you deliver effective feedback on others' work, and how do you keep your group or partnership going?
Come to Interabang Books on January 23rd at 7PM for a panel discussion moderated by The Writers' League of Texas, featuring our Director, Blake Kimzey, and Dallas-based authors Kathleen Kent, Tex Thompson, and Melissa Lenhardt. Join this panel of writing professionals for insights into finding your writing community and don't let your writing goals dissolve into the new year. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks, D Magazine, for highlighting Blake Atwood's Seminar on Self-Editing as one of the "5 Things You Must Do This Week." To join the seminar, click on the photo above. AND: we offer live streaming for those of you not in Dallas. We hope to see you this weekend!
In 2017, Writing Workshops Dallas enrolled 224 writers in our classes & seminars. It was a great year to be a writer in Dallas, and we're excited about all we have planned this coming year. We've added a Live Streaming option for all of our seminars, and our first multi-week Online Workshops in Fiction and Poetry start this month as well, meaning: you can participate in our seminars and workshops no matter where you live, coast to coast or around the globe. Won't you join us? Here's to a great 2018, and may all your writing goals find their finish line! You can find all of our current class offerings by clicking on the photo above. Happy New Year!
We met so many great writers last night at the Writing Workshops Dallas Holiday Cocktail Party at The Peoples Last Stand. Thanks to everyone who came out! If you're in #literarydallas and you couldn't make it, we hope to see you next time. Be sure to check out our Winter 2018 in-person and online classes, now enrolling: https://writingworkshopsdallas.com/classes/
Writing Workshops Dallas has partnered with the Producers of the new Aaron Sorkin film, MOLLY'S GAME, starring Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba, for a free screening at Angelika Film Center in Dallas on 12/20. MOLLY’S GAME is the true story of the 26-year-old woman behind the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world. Should be a great movie and a great night! Tickets are first come, first served, and you can download your two free tickets here or click on the movie poster above. We'd love to see you there!
Writing Workshops Dallas is thrilled to be featured by the Writers' League of Texas. With over 1,300 members statewide, the Writers’ League of Texas is a vibrant community that serves to educate and uplift Texas writers, whatever stage they may be at in their writing careers. In addition, the WLT offers valuable service to communities across the state with free programming in libraries and local schools. And so we're honored the WLT interviewed our Director, Blake Kimzey, about our mission at WWD, information on our workshops and seminars, and what we're up to in Literary Dallas. Click on the photo above to read the interview!
Writing Workshops Dallas is hosting a FREE Holiday Cocktail Meet & Greet on December 13th at The People's Last Stand at Mockingbird Station and we'd love to meet you! Come out if you're interested in talking to our faculty about our just-posted 2018 Winter Classes or if you just want to meet other writers in Dallas and talk shop. It doesn't matter if you're a current or former WWD student, we'd love for you to be part of this community. Our mission is to bring writers out of the wilderness and into community. In fact, we were founded on the basis that having a literary community is essential to the life of any creative writer.
Finding a community is an important step that leads most writers to take their work and craft more seriously. We're proud to be part of the thriving literary scene in Dallas. If you've heard about Writing Workshops Dallas and would like to know more about us, come to The People's Last Stand on December 13th from 5PM to 8PM and let us buy you a literary-inspired cocktail. We'd love to meet you, discuss your work and where you hope to be in your writing journey this time next year!
RSVP via the Contact page on our website if you think you can make it and we'll have some drink tickets with your name on them. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!
We're excited to announce our lineup of Winter 2018 classes! Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, and Poetry workshops are enrolling now and classes will begin in January. In the coming weeks we'll also confirm the dates for additional seminars for the winter term. Writing Workshops Dallas also offers individual manuscript critique, MFA application prep, and one-on-one coaching services available via the Coaching & Critique link above. Click on the picture above for a full listing of our winter classes.
You can also click the Contact link above to send our staff any questions you might have about winter enrollment or our editing services. We look forward to hearing from you!
We're running a FLASH SALE on all of our Seminars through the end of this weekend! When you register by 10/15, you'll get a 50% discount on the following Seminars:
- Networking 101: How to Network Like a B.O.S.S. on October 15th
- Scrivener 101: Mastering Your New Favorite Writing App on October 22nd
- Writing for TV & Film with Hollywood TV Executive Steve La Rue (X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Battlestar Galactica, among others) on November 2nd
- How to Self-Edit: 50 Essential Tips for Honing Every Manuscript on November 5th
If you're interested, there is still ONE spot left in our Fiction I Workshop, which begins 10/22. More information on this 8-week workshop below.
We've also added a 6-Week Poetry Workshop that starts on November 15th, led by Mag Gabbert. More information on this workshop here.
We believe having a literary community is essential to the life of any creative writer, no matter the stage of your career. And we're thrilled to be part of the thriving literary scene in Dallas and proud of the writers who've trusted us with their work and writing journey. Check out our Testimonials page to see what our students have to say about us.
We hope to see you in one of our workshops or seminars soon!
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.
For more information and to register for this class, simply click on the picture above! We look forward to having you in class and reading your work!
Steve La Rue, a 20+ year veteran Television Executive (SMU grad and former Student Intern at D Magazine!), takes a break from Surfing Hollywood and stops by Writing Workshops Dallas to talk Origin Stories of the iconic TV series he's championed in his unorthodox and varied career: The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to name a few. Successful Series all share one common trait. Find out what that trait is as Steve breaks down the current trends in Television and explains why it's not just Books that are getting Adapted for Television (and why Texas stories are needed now more than ever). Learn which Writing Pitfalls to avoid and Why the Writer's Origin Story is just as important as the main character's. Steve will discuss the following topics in conversation with Whitney Davis (founder of Whitney Davis Literary) followed by a Q&A:
The Importance of Regional Voices: TV & Film need to hear Dallas/Texas-based stories and voices. I am tired of stories set in either New York or Los Angeles. Get specific! Make it absolutely necessary to shoot in Dallas. Origin Stories: Most Writers don't know how to effectively communicate their own Origin Story or what's most interesting about them. We all know Luke Skywalker's, but do we know our own?! Trends in TV: Be aware, but do not chase. Writing Pitfalls: Don't write and re-write the same script ad nauseum. Knowing when it's time to move on and start something new is important. Write to write: Don't write to win an Oscar or an Emmy. The novelist Richard Bach says he avoids writing as much as possible and only puts pen to paper when an Idea grabs him by the throat and refuses to release him until he puts it down on paper. 5-Minute Pitch Sessions: Writers pitch me their Idea, then I pitch it back to them using a lot fewer words to concentrate their Idea. It's very fun and educational to watch others pitch and be re-pitched.
For more information and to register for this seminar, simply click on the picture above! We look forward to having you join us!
This workshop is built for Beginning and Intermediate fiction writers, both short story writers and novelists. 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.
For more information and to register for this class, simply click on the picture above! We look forward to having you in class and reading your work!