As almost every working writer will tell you, the best (and, really, only) way to become a writer is to write. While writing is often likened to taking a lonely, solitary journey through a bleak and barren wilderness, we at Writings Workshops Dallas like to go on our journeys together.Read More
This is a workshop in travel writing both for those new to the workshop format and those eager to return. This is a genre, not unlike a place, with a long history and imprecise borders; it crosses paths with place writing, adventure narratives, scientific and journalistic reports, memoir, and the road story, among others. In this course we recognize that travel is not so much a matter of distance as of discovery, of making sense not just of novel experience but of how experience is perceived and understood.
The course pursues the art and craft of the travel essay through critical in-class workshopping of student essays and discussion of assigned texts. We’ll reference Robin Hemley’s notions of immersive writing and subjectivity as we work towards thoughtful, compelling prose. Each essayist will have two workshop dates to share their writing (up to 25 pages each time) and receive written feedback from their classmates and instructor. 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!
The Fiction II workshop is built for Intermediate and Advanced fiction writers, both short story writers and novelists. The course, now enrolling, 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. This course is intended for writers with workshop experience.
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!
We're excited to announce our lineup of Summer 2017 classes! Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction workshops are enrolling now and classes will begin the first week of June. In the coming weeks we'll also confirm the dates for our Screenwriting workshops for the Summer 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 summer classes.
And you can use the Contact link above to send any questions you might have about summer enrollment or our editing services. We look forward to hearing from you!
If you're a fiction writer looking to get to the next level or if you've been hiding from your work or if you've never taken a creative writing class then our 8-Week Fiction Workshops are for you.
Each week we focus on craft and discuss published work, though the central focus of each class meeting is 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. What are you waiting for? Bring your work and wonder!
For more information and to register for a Fiction Workshop click on the photo above!
How do you write a screenplay? We're glad you asked, because Whitney Davis is teaching our 8-week Introduction to Screenwriting class this spring! You've been wanting to write that script for years and NOW is the time. Plus: the class will be a blast. It starts April 11th and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
In this 8-week course for screenwriting novices, students will get a comprehensive overview of screenwriting and come away with the skills needed to confidently begin the process of writing an original screenplay. In class, you'll cover topics such as the technical format and structure of screenplays, the differences between TV and feature film scripts, single cam vs. multi cam screenplays, and the top 10 deadly sins to avoid when writing a screenplay. We'll round out the course by analyzing a few of the 2007 Oscar nominated screenplays for best feature, and close out our time by giving our students an opportunity to write a scene or two of their own. You'll learn so much!
Though the class meets in person, Whitney is offering a few Skype spots in this class if you wanna take the class and don't live in Dallas. To check it out, simply click on the photo above!
If you're a poet living in #LiteraryDallas we're excited to offer Poetry II: The Craft of Revision. This is a 6-week poetry workshop led by Sebastian H. Paramo that begins on May 17th. Bring your poems!
This workshop will focus on one of the more important skills in writing: revision. We will go beyond taking out a line or changing a word and focus on revising with an eye for finding new openings in the poems we get stuck on. We will employ rules to force ourselves to be creative and break free. Workshops will be anchored by poems written by established writers and those by contemporary poets experimenting with form. We will read essays on craft and a few poems each week to steady our discussions. Our pieces will focus on finding their best form and way of retelling what we want to say. Students will be required to bring in three poems to revise, and our final class will focus on preparing a revised piece for submission.
Each writer will have five opportunities over the course to have their work critiqued. Students will be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer and supports their vision and voice. A private conference with the instructor is included.
For more information on the class or to register, click on the photo above!