SUMMER 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 up to 5 days before the class starts, 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 function, enrolled students must be dedicated to the class.

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

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NONFICTION I | NONFICTION II | FICTION/MEMOIR HYBRID

8-WEEK NONFICTION I: INTRO TO THE PERSONAL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 22, 2018

6 SPOTS 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 for writing personal nonfiction. 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 20 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.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

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

  • Mag Gabbert, 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

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

8-WEEK NONFICTION II: INTERMEDIATE PERSONAL NONFICTION WRITING - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, August 23, 2018

6 SPOTS OPEN

Once you know the basic techniques for writing nonfiction, the next step is to further develop your voice. David Sedaris is known for his witty, self-deprecating humor; Mary Karr for her southern dialect and irreverent tone. How will readers one day describe your own unique style? In this course we will read Alexander Chee’s essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel in order to identify and investigate the recurring hallmarks of a single author’s voice. We will also consult selected chapters and essays from Tell It Slant, by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, which will guide our weekly discussions of the ways in which form, subject matter, tone, and technique all work to shape a writer’s characteristic style.

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 20 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 class is open to students with mixed levels of experience, though some prior writing experience is preferred.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee and Tell It Slant, by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

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

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Thursdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 23, 2018 to October 11, 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.

8-WEEK MEMOIR & FICTION: EXPLORING VOICE & VISION IN DIFFERENT GENRES - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8 SPOTS OPEN

All stories, fiction or nonfiction, grapple with the interplay of truth and imagination. Writers strive to manifest a voice that will compel a reader’s trust but also empower their vision and drive to discover new, unanticipated meanings and possibilities in their narratives. The late Tom Wolfe, both journalist and novelist, described his hybrid work in these terms: “It’s not just that reporting gives you a bigger slice of life—lends verisimilitude to what you are doing—it’s that it feeds the imagination.”

In this spirit, we'll explore fiction and memoir as platforms from which to tell our stories. What genre might offer perspectives, form, and techniques to best realize your intentions? Or does one best suit the particular story you want to tell? You’ll have the opportunity to treat the same story in different genres, or maybe you have different ideas to pursue in both fiction and memoir. To guide our inquiry, we’ll consider the formal and expressive qualities of each genre through published short stories and creative nonfiction, along with essays on craft. The aim of this class is not to choose one genre over the other as the “right” one for you. Rather, we’ll approach our inquiry in the spirit of experimentation, guided by the questions: What domain summons your most authentic voice and ignites your most vital and powerful writing? How will you use your imagination to gain a deeper connection with your narrative and characters—whether they’re people you’ve known in life or are discovering on the page

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued during class and will receive written feedback from the instructor and classmates.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Stuff of Fiction, by Douglas Bauer and The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr as the foundational texts for the course.

Instructor Eden Elieff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a teacher, and private writing coach. She has published work in literary journals, the Dallas Morning News, and also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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

  • Eden Elieff, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 9 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 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

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.