Winter 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. 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.

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

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FICTION | POETRY

FICTION

ONLINE 10-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS Monday, January 22, 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.  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.)

  • Nicole Kelly, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • January 22, 2018 to April 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.

POETRY

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

9 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

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. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon.

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

  • Jonathan "J.G." McClure, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 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.

 

 

 
Battleborn: Stories
$14.40
By Claire Vaye Watkins
The Friends of Eddie Coyle: A Novel
$8.77
By George V. Higgins
Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction
$11.12
By Benjamin Percy