SPRING 2018 NON-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.

CLICK ON A LINK BELOW TO NAVIGATE TO THE GENRE COURSE OFFERING OF YOUR CHOICE:

PERSONAL ESSAY/MEMOIR | WRITING THROUGH GRIEF | ONLINE NONFICTION

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO THE PERSONAL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, March 28, 2018

4 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Did you know that Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, Wild, which later became a blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon, was based off of one of Strayed’s personal essays? In this course we will read that piece, in addition to many others, in order to identify and investigate the fundamental techniques of personal 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 narrative frame and rendering scenes to ethical concerns 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. No prior nonfiction study or workshop experience is required.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone and You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, by Lee Gutkind. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

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

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / March 28, 2018 to May 16, 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

10-WEEK NONFICTION I/II: WRITING THROUGH GRIEF - CLASS BEGINS Sunday, April 1, 2018

7 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Everyone has their own way of grieving, and writers likewise have unique methods of approaching this topic. Some memoirists begin to write even as something tragic unfolds, while others seek distance and perspective. Which set of approaches will most benefit you? Can writing through grief also bring clarity and comfort to your readers, just as it has for so many before? In this course we will explore four different experiences of grief, and four different ways of writing about it, by reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Mark Doty’s Heaven’s Coast, Sonali Deraniyagala’s Wave, and Emily Rapp’s The Still Point of the Turning World. We will uncover not only how this subject is approached emotionally, but also how it’s rendered stylistically and rhetorically, so that we can apply these techniques to our own processes of writing.

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 course is open to writers with any level of experience.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase copies of The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion; Heaven’s Coast, by Mark Doty; Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala; and The Still Point of the Turning World, by Emily Rapp.

Fee: $595 for new students; $570 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Sundays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / April 1, 2018 to June 3, 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 8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO LONGFORM JOURNALISM - CLASS BEGINS April 16, 2018

9 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

In the 1960s, a genre called “New Journalism” exploded onto the reporting scene. No longer was “objectivity” the ultimate journalistic goal; this new sort of writing was chaotic, messy, colorful, in-depth, expensive to assign (ha), and brimming over with the voice of the writer. Its pioneers were writers like Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Gay Talese; today, its lovechild, “longform” journalism, is thriving on the internet via both old-school publications and websites like The Atavist Magazine, Longreads, and California Sunday. It’s characterized by length (say, 2,000-20,000 words) and by elements of creative writing like scenes, narrative arc, dialogue, and characters. And it’s super fun to write. But where does one start?

Over the eight weeks of this course, we’ll read some of most energetic, crackling longform writing from the past 50 years, and try to figure out how the pieces work, both formally and emotionally. We will talk about the techniques of longform (do you just, like, interview someone for seven hours and hope a story comes out the other side?) and whether or not objectivity is overrated. Students will also work on their own longform projects, which can range from purely reported to reported-personal to personal-historical and everything in between. (Note that these will not be straightforward personal essays, though.) By the end of the class, you will have your own longform piece that will be workshopped in class and receive private feedback from the instructor. You will also have a better understanding of the current longform scene, including publications to pitch and practical tips for finding story material.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, by Tom Wolfe and The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison.

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

  • Tori Telfer, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • April 16, 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.