SUMMER/FALL 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. 

To formally join a class, use the Register Button below each workshop description. Refund Policy: included in the price of each multi-week workshop is a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop up to 10 days before the class starts, all but the enrollment fee will be refunded. After the 10-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 10-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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NOVEL | FLASH FICTION | GENERATIVE FICTION | POETRY

ONLINE 8-WEEK FLASH FICTION: THE ART OF SUDDENNESS - CLASS BEGINS Monday, October 15, 2018

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This ONLINE fiction writing workshop is for those with no knowledge of or intermediate experience with flash fiction. Over eight weeks, writers will examine the constrictive yet artistically expansive form of flash fiction. Participants will read published examples of flash fiction and discuss efficiency of prose, economy of language, white space/subtext, structure, sentence beauty, and debate the importance (or unimportance) of narrative to determine how flash fiction is sometimes story, and other times, perhaps, a reflection of an idea, a thought, a feeling, or stressing the complexity of an experience.

Though each week will include self-paced and peer-discussions of craft and published works, the central focus will be the discussion of student work. Writers will generate four new works of flash fiction (under 1,000 words) that will be workshopped every 1-2 weeks to further flex their aesthetics in a brief space. Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructive environment by both peers and the instructor. Writers will leave class with four new works of fiction with peer feedback and a broader knowledge of the form, setting up writers to continue revising and polishing in the months to come.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories by Robert Shapard (Editor), James Thomas (Editor) and Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories by Tom Hazuka (Editor), Denise Thomas (Editor), James Thomas (Editor) as the texts for this course.

Instructor Zachary Tyler Vickers is the author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! [Indiana University Press]. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he was the Provost's Fellow. He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction. He has been a finalist for the Calvino Prize, the Gertrude Stein Award, and the ProForma Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals. You can learn more at www.ztvickers.com.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students.

  • Zachary Tyler Vickers, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • October 15, 2018 to December 10, 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.

Register for ONLINE FLASH FICTION using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ONLINE 5-WEEK FINDING YOUR MATERIAL IN THE REAL WORLD - CLASS BEGINS Monday, October 15, 2018

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This online course will give writers new tools to generate, track, and develop a bank of unique story ideas. How do great writers come up with their ideas? How can we control the finicky process of inspiration? How do we find the material we were meant to write? In this class, students will learn to use an idea tracker to manage and expand their ideas, and create an individualized media diet that provides a steady flow of inspiration. We’ll also use Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook to unpack the demystify the way a writer’s imagination works. And we’ll learn to develop and combine those ideas into the right beginning for a draft. Students will leave the class not only with dozens of new ideas, but also methods to keep ideas flowing in perpetuity. Avoid cliché stories and writers block by having a ready stable of stories. This class is open to writers of all levels and genres.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer.

Instructor Ethan Chatagnier is the author of Warnings from the Future, a short story collection forthcoming from Acre Books in fall 2018. His stories have been awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize and named a notable story of the year in the 2011 Million Writers Award. His work has been published or is forthcoming in literary magazines including the New England Review, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Barrelhouse, Ascent, and Necessary Fiction. He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he won the Larry Levis prize in poetry, and of Emerson College, where he completed his M.A. in Publishing and Writing.

Fee: $325 for new students; $300 for returning students.

  • Ethan Chatagnier, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • October 15, 2018 to November 12, 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.

Register for ONLINE FINDING YOUR MATERIAL using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ONLINE 6-WEEK ADVANCED POETRY WRITING - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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What’s your aim? Revive your love of poetry? Assemble a poetry manuscript? Prepare for graduate school? Connect with a community of poets? Whatever your goal, I welcome you to six-weeks of poetic challenge, encouragement, and inspiration! Through a combination of principles of writing, psychology, poetics, and play, this course will help you to dispel writer’s block, develop figurative and sensory language, and drive, structure, revise, and publish your poems. Each session includes writing exercises, craft lectures, open discussions, and reading assignments. Topics we’ll tackle include the writing practice, associative leaps, deep-imagery, prosody and poetic forms, tension and juxtapositions, the poetic line break, diction, compression, deep revision, and ideas for poetic engagement beyond our class. “The poets? The poets lie too much.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Note: Students are required to purchase a copy The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux (W.W. Norton, 1997) .

Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of two ekphrastic poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach). Baugher’s books are collected in libraries around the world, including the British Library. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her writing has been published (or forthcoming) in 100 journals, including Tin House, The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Boulevard, Nano Fiction, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. She’s taught at Northeastern University; University of Phoenix; Seattle Public Library; Port Townsend Writers’ Conference; Richard Hugo House; Interlochen Center for the Arts; University of Washington–Experimental College; and Eastern State Hospital, among other places. Her interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, dancers, and choreographers. Her poems have been adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Contemporary Dance Theatre (OH), Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida), and University of North Carolina-Penbroke. As a spoken-word artist, Baugher has performed at arts festivals around Seattle, and in 2011 she presented her poetry at the Library of Congress. Currently Baugher is a Poetry Reader for Boulevard Magazine. http://JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com.

Fee: $395 for new students; $370 for returning students.

  • Janée J. Baugher, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • September 26, 2018 to October 31, 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.

Register for ONLINE ADVANCED POETRY using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ONLINE 8-WEEK NOVEL I with Colin Winnette - CLASS BEGINS Monday, July 23, 2018

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This ONLINE novel workshop is for beginners with an interest in starting a novel and experienced writers looking for guidance and feedback on a new project, or a project in the works. We’ll review the foundational elements of the novel form (setting, character, point of view, voice, scene), using examples from published novels, and looking for instances in our work. With these elements in mind, we’ll focus on the opening of the novel as the place where it establishes its central concerns and primary components. We’ll draft openings for our own novels at the beginning of class. As a group, we’ll look at these openings and discuss what’s being accomplished (what’s established, how it’s working, and what might be standing in its way), while offering constructive feedback for future revisions. The goal of this process will be to help you better understand and articulate your new project’s instincts and inclinations. This class will also emphasize the importance of establishing and maintaining a writing routine, which is critical for the long-term, multi-faceted project that is a novel. Although we’ll work with the larger novel in mind, we won’t concern ourselves with the finished product just yet. We’ll work instead to build a strong foundation that can guide you on your journey toward completion.

Each week will include a brief craft lesson, but the central component of the class will be the discussion of student work. This is a safe place, designed for honest exploration and growth. Student work will be discussed in a respectful, constructively critical manner. The goal is to support one another so that we can more effectively challenge ourselves and our own work. You’ll have 2 opportunities to have your writing critiqued in class, and every student will receive typed feedback from the instructor and their classmates. A private conference with the instructor via Skype is included.

NOTE: Students are required to obtain a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft as a foundational text for the course.

Instructor Colin Winnette is the author of several books, including Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio) and The Job of the Wasp (Soft Skull Press). His writing has been published in numerous publications, including McSweeney's, Playboy, and The American Reader. He was a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine's Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Robert Coover, and he was the winner of Les Figues Press's NOS BOOK CONTEST, for his novel Coyote. His novels have been translated into Italian and French.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students.

  • Colin Winnette, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • July 23, 2018 to September 17, 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.

Register for ONLINE NOVEL I using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.