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.

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

ESSAY | NOVEL | PLANNING A SERIES| FLASH FICTION | GENERATIVE FICTION | POETRY

 

ONLINE 8-Week Intro to the Personal Essay

Class Begins Monday, October 15, 2018

1 SPOT OPEN

There is no form more timeless, or more timely, than the personal essay. But without guidance, writing narrative about your own life can be daunting. People often worry, Is it really ok to admit to things I'm not supposed to have done or felt? What if my boss reads it? What if my dad reads it? What if I hurt someone's feelings? What if my memory of events doesn't line up with someone else's memory? This class will explore those questions and others. You will get weekly writing prompts, a fun community of fellow essayists, and two chances to have your work critiqued by the group and the instructor. You will read great essays and discuss why they work (the instructor will provide links, so you won't need to buy books). Most importantly, you will do plenty of essay-writing. By the end of the course, you will have at least one polished essay. This class is for all writers, whether you've hardly written a word or have been writing for years. All you need is an Internet connection. No prior nonfiction study or workshop experience is required.

NOTE: The instructor will provide links to assigned reading material, so you won't need to buy books for this course.

Instructor Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a nonfiction book forthcoming from Crown Publishing. Her work has appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, Harper's, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Tin House Open Bar, Paris Review Daily, Travel & Leisure, Glimmer Train Stories,  The Southern Review, Lenny Letter, Playboy, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a Hawthornden Castle Residency and the Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also a seven-time Moth Story Slam winner who has been featured on NPR.

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

  • Diana Spechler, 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 PERSONAL ESSAY using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

 

ONLINE 8-Week Novel I with Jaye Wells

Class Begins Monday, October 22, 2018

3 SPOTS OPEN

Writing a novel is a complex and time-consuming endeavor that requires mental stamina. Writers who want to master the form need a toolbox of craft techniques, a supportive network, and mentoring from a pro who has been there and can offer proven strategies for success. This course, taught by USA Today Bestselling author Jaye Wells, is for writers of all levels and genres who are serious about learning the craft of writing great novels. Each week, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of novels, including characterization, world building, plotting and story structure, themes, and point of view. In addition, we’ll focus on building the skill of reading like a writer as we analyze a classic published novel and by critiquing each other’s work to underscore craft concepts. Students will have two opportunities to have pages of their novel-in-progress workshopped in a supportive environment with the goal of improving craft, voice, and clarity. In addition, each student will receive one-on-one mentoring from the instructor to address individual goals and challenges.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, which will be used to illustrate concepts explored in class.

Instructor Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of nineteen speculative fiction books, including her most recent novel, High Lonesome Sound. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Learn more about Jaye at www.jayewells.com

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

  • Jaye Wells, Instructor

  • Enrollment limit: 8 students

  • October 22, 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 NOVEL I using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ONLINE 8-Week Planning Out a Novel or Series

Class Begins Monday, October 22, 2018

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This is a workshop in fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who want to streamline their writing process. Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate has been named one of the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018, the class is designed to make you a more methodical and organized writer of long-form fiction. The course focuses on techniques that can be used to assemble a complete story bible (a document, wiki or other interactively-formatted file that keeps data about your story universe and characters consistent and accessible) and a workable, detailed outline.  Time will be spent  doing both individual and group hands-on activities, and homework will be assigned to further develop ideas generated during those activities.  Homework will be workshopped interactively via Wet Ink, and students will have opportunities to read much of what they write in class for further peer input.  Student fiction will be workshopped in a supportive, respectful, and constructively critical environment with the goal of improving an individual’s voice and vision for their piece.

Each week we will focus on the theory found in Terry Brook’s Story Engineering and Nancy Kress’s Dynamic Characters (along with excerpts from additional works) to explain WHY writers need to think specifically about things such as plot structure and worldbuilding, and WHY you really need to get to know your characters if you want them to drive the story.  The main focus will be on generating, evaluating and organizing original student content (much of which will belong only in the story bible, not necessarily the novel itself). 

Each writer will have an opportunity each week to have his or her work critiqued (up to seven pages), and will receive feedback using through Wet Ink from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference via Skype with the instructor is included. This course is also OPEN to EXPERIENCED writers who want to add new techniques to their skill set

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress as the foundational texts for this course.

Instructor Amber Royer's debut Science Fiction novel, Free Chocolate (June 2018), was named one of Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018!

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

  • Amber Royer, Instructor

  • Enrollment limit: 8 students

  • October 22, 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 PLANNING A NOVEL OR SERIES using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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 Monday, October 22, 2018

ENROLLING NOW

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.