SUMMER 2018 SPECIAL TOPICS 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 limited to eight writers. Students will have their work critiqued in class and will receive written feedback from the instructor and their classmates. Private consultations with the instructor will also be provided. 

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.

BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER | DOCUMENTARY WRITING

8-WEEK THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, May 30, 2018

5 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This workshop is for any writer interested in building a career from their writing. Led by Blake Atwood, who’s now in his fourth year of full-time business as an author, editor, and ghostwriter, this class will provide an overview of the many ways a writer can become a working writer in today’s crowded marketplace. Using publishing guru Jane Friedman’s recently released book, The Business of Being a Writer, this eight-week workshop will cover:

  • Week 1: How to build a life as a writer
  • Week 2: Understanding the publishing industry
  • Week 3: Getting traditionally published
  • Week 4: Self-publishing
  • Week 5: Other published avenues
  • Week 6: Establishing your platform
  • Week 7: How writers make money (pt. 1)
  • Week 8: How writers make money (pt. 2)

The class will also hear from multiple working writers throughout the course, whether in-person, via live video interview, or via a prerecorded message. Each student will be encouraged to pursue at least one aspect of one avenue, like crafting a pitch for an online magazine or establishing your online presence, and will have their efforts workshopped by the group. By the end of the class, a student will have a much deeper grasp of the realities of establishing a career as a working writer and will have taken practical steps toward doing so.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman. 

Instructor Blake Atwood is an author, editor, and ghostwriter who has been traditionally published as a co-writer and has self-published three books, including an audio book and Spanish editions of his first book. He also works with editing clients pursuing both paths. He is the host of the podcast, All Apprentices: Quick Editing Tips.

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

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.

8-WEEK DOCUMENTARY WRITING - A CROSS-GENRE WORKSHOP - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, June 7, 2018

10 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Documentary is a term we most commonly associate with nonfiction film, and with a writer or director’s attempt to capture “the real” in some fashion. Documentary writing, in the form of plays, poems, and fiction or nonfiction stories, shares many processes and characteristics with documentary film. Each attempts to communicate the circumstances of actual events with authenticity, and to translate the lives or experience of others for our consumption. Each can also challenge an audience’s perception of what and who is real, or raise questions about the editorial choices we make in depicting events or experience. This cross-genre workshop is designed for writers of all types who are interested in exploring documentary writing and research methods, and applying them to creative projects. 

We'll read and discuss a range of documentary texts over the eight weeks of the course -- from those based on transcripts, recordings, letters, interviews, witness, or cultural ephemera to experimental compositions, verbatim dialogue, and other forms of appropriation -- and we'll create our own documentary texts along the way. We will also consider the various ways writers continue to define the concept of documentary in a creative context, whether they are using a journalistic model of reporting, embedding in a culture or subculture, or negotiating the terms and ethics of representation in their writing. 

Each writer in the course will complete short exercises, keep a research journal, and have the opportunity to present material for workshop twice. The final project (a set of poems, a short play, a short story, or something else proposed by the writer) will be due at the end of the course. Writers may also collaborate with one or more classmates on a more substantial final project if desired. The course fee includes an e-coursepack containing all assigned readings (delivered via email prior to the first meeting), as well as a private conference with the instructor. Each writer will also receive written feedback from the instructor and classmates following the two workshop submissions.

Instructor Robin Myrick is a writer, visual artist, educator, and consultant based in Dallas. She holds an MFA in Writing and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts and is in progress on a doctorate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Robin has enjoyed a long career as a grant writer and development consultant, training and working with nonprofits at the local, state, and national level, and raising more than $14 million for nonprofits in Texas. She has also written for the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below to ensure there is still room in the class.