FALL 2018 SEMINARS

Our industry and craft-focused seminars are one time, three hour classes. At Writing Workshops Dallas, we care about the craft of writing as much as we care about the business of writing. We know how hard won your work is. Our mission is to get your work in shape and out into the world so that it can find a readership beyond the workshop table or your critique group. We're proud of our talented instructors, all widely published and experts in their field, who have a strong desire to help writers navigate the many paths to seeing their work into the world, from surviving the first draft, to revising, and eventually publishing. We offer a rotating schedule of seminars and are always adding new topics. If you would like to suggest a seminar topic, feel free to use the Contact Page to let us know what you'd like to see on the schedule.

All returning students receive a discount. Our refund policy is simple: If a writer enrolls in one of our seminars and can't make it we will send you the link to the Live Stream along with all seminar materials so that you can watch the seminar at your convenience within 30 days of the seminar date.

SEMINARS

Special NaNoWriMo Prep Seminars

5 NaNoWriMo Prep Seminars in the Month of October

It’s NaNoWriMo time! From experience, we know that writers who prepare for NaNoWriMo reach their goal of 50,000 words, and we’re here to help you stay focused with five craft-focused seminars the month before NaNoWriMo begins so that you are ready to go when November 1st rolls around. These special seminars will be led by Tex Thompson, Jaye Wells, JR. Forasteros, and Blake Atwood. To register for one of our NaNoWriMo Prep seminars below, just click the registration button under the seminar and add it to the cart. All Seminars will meet at The Drawing Board in Richardson.

Note: You can attend these NaNoWriMo seminars a la carte or buy a bundle and receive a discount. Each individual seminar is $50, or you can buy discount bundles of 2 or more Prep seminars:

  • First Package: 2 seminars at $80

  • Second Package: 3 Seminars at $120

  • Third Package: 4 Seminars at $160

  • Fourth Package: All 5 Seminars at $200

What Editors Want: How to Submit Everything from Short Stories to Novels

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Writing is easy. The hard part is getting someone other than a loved one to read what you’ve written.  To do that, more often than not, you have to get past the dreaded editor, those heartless gatekeepers of the publishing industry who delight in smiting submissions for the smallest of transgressions. Fear not, brave writer, in this three-hour seminar, we’ll go over the basics of submitting (Where should I send my work? How should I submit my work?), to the lesser-known points of publishing (Do editors even read cover letters? Should I ‘pay to play’? What’s a beta reader, and do I need one?). We’ll also discuss how to deconstruct a rejection slip and what to look for in a contract once you are accepted. Whether you are a new writer or a seasoned submitter, join us in exploring the ways to win an editor’s heart.

Instructor David LaBounty is a recovering playwright and has been publishing other people’s words since 1999. He is the owner of Blue Cubicle Press, home of the award-winning, internationally recognized literary journals Workers Write! and The First Line, and his own work has appeared in numerous journals, zines, and newspapers and on stages across the country.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • David LaBounty Presenter

  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Author Platform 101: Building Your Brand without Selling Your Soul

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

How many Twitter followers do you have? Do you blog regularly? What's your email newsletter about? Nobody writes because they want to build a platform. But if you want to get published, it's a necessary evil. The good news: Platform-building doesn't have to be a chore, and it doesn't have to leave you feeling gross. How can you build a platform that is a natural extension of your writing? What elements should you focus on? And do you really have to have a blog? We'll answer these questions and more in this in-depth seminar about building your career and your brand.

Instructor JR. Forasteros is the author of Empathy for the Devil. He also blogs for NorvilleRogers.com and is a prolific podcaster. He leads an Awaken Creativity Writers' Group for Art House Dallas, and his writings have appeared in several essay collections, Grace and Peace magazine and Relevant magazine. JR. is also a pastor, training a team of volunteer preachers in writing for public speaking.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • JR. Forasteros, Presenter

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Dialect to Die For

A Special NanoWriMo Prep Seminar

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30PM TO 9:00PM

When it comes to dialect, we often hear that 'less is more'. So how do you render a good Scottish brogue, or Southern drawl – and for that matter, how can you give a non-English-speaking character a voice that's distinct but still readable?  In this class, we'll examine how to represent accents and speakers of other languages in a way that captures their voices without reducing them to verbal tics, gimmicks, or stereotypes.

Instructor Tex Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of  Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org!

Fee: $50 | Live Stream Available!

  • Tex Thompson, Presenter

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30PM to 9:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

FREE Meet & Greet @ High Fives in Dallas

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 5:00PM TO 8:00PM

Writing Workshops Dallas is hosting a FREE Meet & Greet on Sunday, October 7th at High Fives in Dallas and we'd love to meet you! Come out if you're interested in talking to our faculty about our upcoming October Classes or if you just want to meet other writers in Dallas and talk shop. It doesn't matter if you're a current or former WWD student, we'd love for you to be part of this community. Our mission is to bring writers out of the wilderness and into community. In fact, we were founded on the basis that having a literary community is essential to the life of any creative writer.

Finding a community is an important step that leads most writers to take their work and craft more seriously. We're proud to be part of the thriving literary scene in Dallas. If you've heard about Writing Workshops Dallas and would like to know more about us, come to High Fives on October 7th from 5PM to 8PM and let us buy you a drink. We'd love to meet you and discuss your work.

RSVP by clicking the button below and we'll have some drink tickets with your name on them. Until then, happy writing! Contact us HERE if you have any questions.

  • Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 5:00PM to 8:00PM

  • Meet & Greet @ High Fives: 1804 McMillan Ave Dallas, TX 75206

How to Start a Career in Journalism

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:30PM

Cyrus Farivar has been a professional journalist for nearly 15 years—early on in his career, as a freelancer, he wrote the very first story for the New York Times about podcasting. He's reported both for radio and print, both in the US and abroad, as a freelancer and a staffer, and has published two non-fiction books. In more recent years, he's used public records laws to gain access to 4.6M license plate reader records from the Oakland Police Department, among others. In this seminar he'll teach you how to get started as a journalist, and in particular, how to use state and federal records laws to your advantage to tell compelling journalistic stories. We'll go through a series of examples as to how to go about crafting such records requests, and what to do if they're denied.

Instructor Cyrus [suh-ROOS] Farivar is a Senior Tech Policy Reporter at Ars Technica, and is also an author and radio producer. His second book, Habeas Data, about the legal cases over the last 50 years that have had an outsized impact on surveillance and privacy law in America, is out now from Melville House. His first book, The Internet of Elsewhere—about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea—was published in April 2011. He previously was the Sci-Tech Editor, and host of "Spectrum" at Deutsche Welle English, Germany's international broadcaster. He has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times and many others. He’s also survived three VfDs on Wikipedia. However, on a 4th VfD attempt in February 2007, he was, in fact, deleted. He was added back briefly in 2015, then deleted again. His PGP key and other secure channels are available here. He is based in Oakland, California.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Cyrus Farivar Presenter

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Click the button below to register for the seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

FREE MFA Seminar @ Deep Vellum Books

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:30PM TO 9:30PM

Have you been considering whether or not to pursue an advanced degree in creative writing—wondering what you’ll get out of it, whether it will be worth it, and how much it will cost? If so, join Blake Kimzey and Mag Gabbert from Writing Workshops Dallas as they host a panel of local writers in an open discussion of the pros and cons—and ins and outs—of pursuing an MFA in creative writing. This FREE roundtable event will take place on Thursday, October 11th from 7-9pm at Deep Vellum Books. Topics will include the application process, available funding, job applicability, and much, much more! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions, or to tweet them in advance: #MFAQs @DallasWriters.

This FREE program is co-sponsored by Writing Workshops Dallas and Deep Vellum Books. To RSVP, click on the button below.

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 9:30PM

  • Seminar meets at Deep Vellum Books: 3000 Commerce Street Dallas, TX, 75226

Click the button below to RSVP for the MFA Seminar. Contact us HERE if you have any questions.