Our Executive Director, Blake Kimzey, is the featured guest on the Point of Departure podcast this month. Blake got to talk about founding and directing Writing Workshops Dallas, our work in the literary community here in Dallas, teaching, Writing Workshops Paris, and his own writing. Thank you to Brittany Griffiths and Christopher Moock for having Blake on the podcast! We think it is a great interview and you can listen to it via the button below if interested:
Writing Workshops Dallas is hosting 4 free NaNoWriMo Write-Ins on Thursdays in November, except Thanksgiving, from 6:30-10PM at The Drawing Board in Richardson, TX.
These Write-Ins are Free to attend, of course. Just let us know you’re coming. RSVP below.
Our Summer 2018 Teen Creative Writing Classes at Writing Workshops Dallas are starting in June! We'd love to have your teen join us!
Our belief is that anyone, no matter their age, has the ability to write a compelling story and deepen their understanding of the craft of writing. During our intensive one-week summer courses designed exclusively for teen writers, we focus on creating artful writing so that each student can leave the course with a greater understanding of how stories are made, from imagination, to writing, to revision. We want our teen writers to learn how to prize the sentence and the story, and so we also focus on generating new work each day over the course of the week. It is a fast-paced, exciting five days led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate has been named one of Barnes & Noble's 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018! Amber spent five years as a youth librarian where she organized teen writers' groups and teen writing contests, and also had the privilege of writing part of the original classroom-use materials for NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program. With two different sessions to choose from, we hope you'll join us for one of these week-long writing adventures!
We met so many wonderful writers last night at our Cocktail Meet & Greet at The People's 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 Summer 2018 in-person and online classes, now enrolling!
Writing Workshops Dallas is hosting a FREE Cocktail Meet & Greet on Thursday, May 3rd 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 Summer 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 May 3rd 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 writing!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
Reading literary journalism is the literary equivalent of watching a great documentary, or listening to an addicting podcast, like Serial or S-Town. The stories are true, but they’re conveyed beautifully and artistically, and often with more than a little rhetorical bias built in. In this course, we’ll read several short pieces written by the masters of this genre—from George Orwell to Joan Didion to Hunter S. Thompson—in order to identify and investigate the fundamental techniques of this brand of 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 research methods and rendering scenes to choosing a perspective 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.
This 8-week class begins on June 6th. For more information and to register for our 8-Week Introduction to Literary Journalism Workshop with Mag Gabbert, simply click on the photo above!
If you're a poet living in #LiteraryDallas we're excited to offer Poetry I: Introduction to Contemporary Poetry. This is a 6-week poetry workshop led by Sebastian H. Paramo that begins on May 16th. We hope you'll join us!
This introductory course is designed to expose you to living poets and the contemporary poetry scene. You'll examine poets from the early 20th century and quickly move toward poets writing today. We’ll look at Richard Hugo’s book The Triggering Town as a means for inspiration and finding your own voice. The line, the stanza, metaphor, and other fundamental techniques will be discussed.
Each week, you'll participate in writing discussions and experiments to highlight these techniques. The central focus will be on student work and each writer will have four opportunities to have their work critiqued. Students will be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer that supports their vision and voice.
For more information and to register for the course, click on the picture above!
Now more than ever the world needs your words. Poet Joseph Milazzo is teaching a 3-hour seminar on 4/30 at 1PM titled "Poetry from the Senses." We'd love to have you join us for this great workshop, as detailed below:
What is poetic imagery? From one perspective, poetic imagery is the activation of the imagination's sensory networks. The reader encounters a reference to a visual, auditory, olfactory or tactile phenomenon, and, in his or her own mind, reconstructs a perceivable object. In this intensive generative seminar, we will discuss the value of concrete imagery in a poetic context, the implications and entailments of the individual senses, and how, as poets, we can create new work both around and out of our own sensory experiences. Through brief readings, shared writing exercises and traditional workshop, we will focus on how to make our writing powerfully sensual, vivid, and deeply connected to basic (or "universal") human experience as made available to us via perception. Participants will also leave this workshop with a set of new tools that they can employ in sustaining their own independent writing practices. To register, simply click on the photo above!
Writing Out of the Wilderness: Craft a Memorable Story, Survive Rejection, and Forge a Path to Publication - March 23, 2017 - 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Blake Kimzey, founder of Writing Workshops Dallas, will show you the resources and strategies you need to put your work out into the world with purpose. He'll 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. 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, and how to engage with and become part of the online literary community. Blake will also discuss building a memorable character and believable setting, and how to use narrative inventory to architect your story. Hosted by Know How Dallas.
Fee: $10 / Register by clicking HERE
- Blake Kimzey, presenter
- Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
- Location: Serj Bookstore: 400 North Saint Paul Street / Dallas, TX, 75201
- Complimentary light snacks, beer & wine will be available
What do your favorite writers have in common? Simple: they finished their work. Come find your community at Writing Workshops Dallas and we'll give you a deadline to finish your work. We offer multi-level writing courses, seminars, and individual consultations to fiction writers, nonfiction writers, poets, and screenwriters. No matter the stage of your career, there is a place for you at Writing Workshops Dallas. Our classes are inclusive and intentionally small. Spring '17 classes are now enrolling. Click on the picture above to see available classes.
One of the hardest elements of writing to master is setting. How do you render a place with words and make it live on the page? At Writing Workshops Dallas we write from the dirt up. One of our best contemporary story writers, Ron Carlson, teaches that Nothing Happens Nowhere in our stories. We buy into that 100%. And so should you. So come discover your setting with us. It is essential to the work you are creating. Our writing workshops are now enrolling. Individual story editing and critique available anytime. Click on the photo above for a schedule of available classes.
Are you a creative writer living in Dallas, Texas? We'd like to meet you! We know writing is hard to do alone. No matter how you sit down and do it, creative writing is 99% hard work and 1% glory. So don't do it on your own. You can have a community with our writing workshops. No matter the stage of your career, there is a place for you at Writing Workshops Dallas. Our creative writing classes are inclusive and intentionally small, offered four times a year, beginning in January, April, July, and October. Come work with us! We can't wait to read your work. Simply click on the picture above to check out our available classes.