SPRING/SUMMER 2018 ONLINE 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 inclusive and intentionally small. Students will have their work critiqued in an interactive online classroom provided by Wet Ink and will receive written feedback from the instructor and their classmates. Private consultations with the instructor will also be provided via Skype. 

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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FICTION | NONFICTION | POETRY

ONLINE 10-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS Monday, April 30, 2018

5 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This ONLINE fiction writing workshop is for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who simply want to brush up on the basics. Through the study of published works, writers will learn to be discerning readers, awake to both the complexities of meaning in a work, and to the strategies and tools the author uses to create a compelling world. The course focuses on teaching the fundamental techniques of fiction — plot, scene, characterization, setting, point of view, and dialogue. Our goal is to study what writers do and apply it to our own writing, making their techniques our own as we go along. In week 1, you'll write your first draft. In the subsequent weeks, writers will work towards crafting solid second and third drafts.

Though each week will include an exploration of craft and of published work, the central focus will be the discussion of student work. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of honing each writer's craft. Each writer will have 2 opportunities to have their work critiqued in class and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and their classmates. A private conference with the instructor via Skype is included.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and Ron Carlson Writers a Story as the foundational texts for this course.

Instructor Nicole Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Los Angeles. She earned a degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the Programs In Writing at UC Irvine. Her fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Drunken Boat (now Anomaly), Fiction Southeast, and elsewhere, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was chosen by Stuart Dybeck for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2016. She is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow.

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

  • Nicole Kelly, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • April 30, 2018 to July 2, 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 SHORT FORM: WRITING FLASH FICTION & CREATIVE NON-FICTION - CLASS BEGINS Monday, April 9, 2018

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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.

Instructor Cara Benson is an award winning writer whose stories, poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Electric Literature, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM, and in syndication. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Cara is Program Manager for The Millay Colony for the Arts and has been a Visiting Writer for The New York State Writers Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Evergreen College, Kelly Writers House at PENN, Stonecoast MFA, and Toronto New School of Writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

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

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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.

Instructor Tori Telfer is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Her first book, Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History (Harper Perennial), was published fall 2017, and called “exceptionally well-sourced and engaging, if gory” by NPR. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Salon, Vice, Jezebel, The Hairpin, The Awl, GOOD magazine, Chicago Magazine, The Establishment, and elsewhere, and has been featured several times on longform.org

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.

ONLINE 8-WEEK POETRY I - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, January 11, 2018

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This ONLINE COURSE is an introductory workshop in poetry writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who want to brush up on the basics. The course aims to help you develop and refine your sense of what you like in a poem—what do you want your poems to do, and how can you make them do it? To that end, we’ll read published poems from a wide range of very different poets, in addition to prose discussions of what makes poetry tick, and apply those case studies to student work. Topics covered include metaphor/simile/conceit, imagery, the use of abstract and concrete language, the poetic speaker as a character, and purposeful line breaks. Although most of the work we'll read will be free verse (the default mode for contemporary poetry), we'll also look at the traditional forms and metrical schemes that are always hovering in the background of the English poetic tradition.

Though each week will include an exploration of craft and of published work, the central focus will be the discussion of student work. Student poetry will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of honing each poem's craft. Each poet will have four opportunities to have their work critiqued in class (every other week, up to two poems each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and their classmates. A private conference with the instructor via Skype is included.

Note: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Poet’s Companion and The Oxford Book of American Poetry as the foundational texts for this course.

Fee: $400 for new students; $375 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Jonathan "J.G." McClure, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • January 11, 2018 to March 1, 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.