CLASSES & SEMINARS

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. Included in the price of each course 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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SUMMER TERM II SEMINARS

FREE MFA SEMINAR @ DEEP VELLUM BOOKS

Why Would I Get an MFA in Creative Writing: A Roundtable Discussion

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Join DFW-area authors Kendra Greene, Logen Cure, Joe Milazzo, Blake Kimzey, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Sebastian H. Paramo, and Evan Cleveland for a candid and open discussion of the ins, outs, ups, downs, pros and cons of pursuing an advanced degree in creative writing. The goal of this roundtable conversation is to inform, advise and help emerging writers decide if the MFA is right for them. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns, or to Tweet them in advance: #MFAQs @DallasWriters. This FREE program is sponsored by Writing Workshops Dallas and Deep Vellum Books.

Fee: TOTALLY FREE! 

  • Sunday, July 23 1:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Seminar will meet at Deep Vellum Books at 3000 Commerce / Dallas, TX 75226

Simply confirm your Registration for this FREE seminar using the button below: 

PUBLICATION SEMINAR

Writing Out of the Wilderness: Craft a Memorable Story, Survive Rejection, and Forge a Path to Publication

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 6:00PM TO 8:30PM

Blake Kimzey, founder of Writing Workshops Dallas, will show you the resources and strategies you need to put your work out into the world with purpose. He'll discuss the mountain of rejection any writer will face on their way to publication and how to overcome the odds and forge a path to publication. This talk is geared toward fiction writers, poets, and non-fiction writers. 

Topics will include: strategies for submitting work to literary journals and contests, crafting a smart cover/query letter, attending conferences/residencies, taking charge of your professional development, how to make yourself findable online to editors and agents, and how to engage with and become part of the online literary community. 

Blake will also discuss building a memorable character and believable setting, and how to use narrative inventory to architect your story.

Fee: $35 or Free for former/current students

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below.

SELF-EDITING SEMINAR

How to Self-Edit: 50 Essential Tips for Honing Every Manuscript

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Full-time editor and author Blake Atwood will delve deep (or is it deeply?) into the challenging and robust (poor word choice) process of self-editing. You will learn specific, practical self-editing tips so you can present your most inrediblest (Are you even trying?) work to an editor, agent, publisher, or audience. You will also learn the differences between developmental editing and copyediting, how to know when you should stop self-editing, how to find and work with an editor, what you can expect to pay for professional editing, and what it’s like to work with an editor. This interactive seminar will help writers of all kinds, from novelists to nonfiction authors to poets to screenwriters. 

As an included bonus, every student will receive a paperback copy of Blake Atwood’s Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor as well as a digital download of the seminar’s tips.

Fee: $65 or $45 for former/current students

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below.

SUMMER TERM II FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK FICTION I - CLASS BEGINS Sunday, August 13, 2017

6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This is a beginning workshop in short  fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who simply want to brush up on the basics; it's designed to make you a better reader and writer of short fiction. The course focuses on teaching the fundamental techniques of fiction writing, with in-class workshopping of student manuscripts and discussion of some assigned outside reading. We’ll use Ron Carlson's concepts of inner story, outer story, and narrative inventory and focus on fundamental techniques of fiction, including plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, timeline, and point of view. Each week we’ll focus on craft and discuss published work, though the central focus of each class meeting will be the discussion of student work. 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 via traditional elements of craft.

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is OPEN to EXPERIENCED writers who want a refresher course on the basics of craft and the function and role of the workshop.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories edited by Tobias Wolff as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Sundays 6:00PM to 8:30PM / August 13, 2017 to October 8, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet on September 3rd in honor of Labor Day Weekend).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

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 FICTION II - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, August 16, 2017

6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This workshop is built for Intermediate fiction writers, both short story writers and novelists. The course is designed around in-class workshopping of student manuscripts and discussion of some assigned outside reading. We'll study Benjamin Percy's craft essays, which will help students write stories with narrative momentum without sacrificing literary merit or voice. Each week we’ll focus on craft and discuss published work, though the central focus of each class meeting will be the discussion of student work. 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 via traditional elements of craft.

Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy as the foundational text for this course. This course is intended for writers with workshop experience.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy and City of Thieves by David Benioff as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Blake Kimzey, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays  7:00PM to 9:30PM / August 16, 2017 to October 4, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • Class meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

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

SUMMER TERM II NON-FICTION CLASSES

8-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO THE TRAVEL ESSAY - CLASS BEGINS Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CLASS IS FULL

This is a workshop in travel writing both for those new to the workshop format and those eager to return. This is a genre, not unlike a place, with a long history and imprecise borders; it crosses paths with place writing, adventure narratives, scientific and journalistic reports, memoir, and the road story, among others. In this course we recognize that travel is not so much a matter of distance as of discovery, of making sense not just of novel experience but of how experience is perceived and understood. The course pursues the art and craft of the travel essay through critical in-class workshopping of student essays and discussion of assigned texts. We’ll reference Robin Hemley’s notions of immersive writing and subjectivity as we work towards thoughtful, compelling prose. 

Each essayist will have two workshop dates to share their writing (up to 25 pages each time) and receive written feedback from their classmates and instructor.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11: True Stories from Around the World by editors James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly and Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Kendra Greene, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / June 21, 2017 to August 16, 2017 (NOTE: This 8-week class is scheduled over NINE weeks and WILL NOT meet the week of July 3rd in honor of Independence Day).
  • Class meets at a private Dallas residence in Junius Heights. Enrolled students will be provided an address.

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

SUMMER TERM II SCREENWRITING CLASSES

INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING: 8 WEEKS TO A FIRST DRAFT - CLASS BEGINS Sunday, July 2, 2017

1 SPOT REMAINS OPEN

In this workshop, students will take the fundamentals of screenwriting and turn their knowledge into reality. Many times, screenwriters get bogged down in the “what if’s” and “what now’s" of writing to the point of being paralyzed.  But, in this class, students won’t have the luxury of procrastination!

In this 8-week course, students will complete a first draft of a feature film or TV pilot. Each student will be led through the writing process by a seasoned literary manager from Los Angeles and receive immediate feedback from her and their peers. Students will get a quick overview of film format, then jump right into brainstorming, outlining, scene invention, speed-writing, dialogue, trouble shooting plot holes, and will leave with a completed draft of a screenplay. Prerequisite: Intro to Screenwriting or prior knowledge of screenwriting is necessary.

Note: Students are required to purchase Story by Robert McKee, Dialogue by Robert McKee, as well as Screenwriting Software (Final Draft or equivalent). Please contact the instructor, Whitney Davis, for a 25% discount on the Final Draft Software if you need it. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $390 for new students; $365 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Sundays 3:00PM to 5:30PM / July 2, 2017 to August 20, 2017
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

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

SUMMER TERM II POETRY CLASSES

WRITING THE SPARK BEYOND THE CARCASS: A Seminar on Poetry

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 7:00PM TO 9:30PM

Where does poetry come from? Gregory Orr said the poet seeks to use the spark and write  “beyond the carcass” to compose poetry. Emily Dickinson said we must write it slant. Frederico  Garcia Lorca asks us to play with the duende, the blood, to write. In this intensive seminar, we will generate  poems that trigger that spark and investigate the many pathways to poetry. To accomplish this, we  will review and discuss a few key moments from essays and poems on what inspires poetry and how  to access it from our feet and channel it onto the page. Participants will leave the workshop with a  set of tools to better access the root of that spark: like magic. 

Fee: $30

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below.

THE SOUNDS OF POETRY: A Seminar on Poetry

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 1:00PM TO 4:00PM

What qualities transform language into literary expression? For many, the specific realm of meaning with which literature is concerned is not informational, or argumentative, but experiential. Language is a material, but it is also a medium. Language conducts as much as language performs. The goal of this intensive generative workshop is to sharpen our sensitivity to the ways in which the sonic qualities of language do not simply provide pleasure but create and sustain meaningful patterns beyond denotative sense. We will review the chief means by which poets engage the musical qualities of language and experiment with creating new, poems of our own. Participants will also leave this workshop with a set of new tools that can employ in sustaining their independent writing practices. 

Fee: $30

  • Joe Milazzo, Presenter
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Seminar meets at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

Before completing your purchase, you must first receive enrollment confirmation using the Register button below.

6-WEEK POETRY I: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POETRY - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 8, 2017

10 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

This introductory course is designed to expose you to living poets and the contemporary poetry scene. We’ll examine poets from the early 20th century and quickly move toward poets writing today. We’ll look at Richard Hugo’s book The Triggering Town as a means for inspiration and finding our own voice. The line, the stanza, metaphor, and other fundamental techniques will be discussed.

Each week, we’ll participate in writing discussions and experiments to highlight these techniques. Our central focus will be on student work and each writer will have four opportunities to have their work critiqued. Students will be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer that supports their vision and voice. 

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing by Richard Hugo and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetryedited by J.D. McClatchy as the foundational texts for this course.  Both books are available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $290

  • Sebastian H. Paramo, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / August 8, 2017 to September 12, 2017
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

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

6-WEEK POETRY I: POETS WRITING DALLAS: A Place & Poetry Workshop

CLASS BEGINS Sunday, August 13, 2017

10 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN

Poets often find themselves wrestling with how to write place into their poetry. Sometimes it’s hard  to describe where we come from and how to embody that. We may feel self-conscious about our  language and what it means to identify who and where we are in a moment and time. John Clare,  William Wordsworth, and Emily Dickinson found themselves examining their place as poets  through their own personal vocabulary. What sort of vocabulary does Dallas or Texas have to offer  us? What words can you use to describe what you do for a living or where you are rom? While  Dallas has few notables who have written about it (Susan Briante, Roberto Tejada, Robert Trammell  and others) it’s important for the tradition to continue. In this workshop, we’ll ask ourselves to  consider what it means to write and access the poetry of place from within. We will begin at the root  of poetry and imagine what our unique language can bring to the table for our poetry. Each week,  we’ll read essays on poetry from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Harryette Mullen nd consider how we  evoke our sense of Dallas and who we are onto the page. Visits to White Rock Lake, Fair Park,  museums, and grocery stores will inform our writing process.  

Each writer will have five opportunities over the course to have their work critiqued. Students will  be expected to provide written feedback that is respectful and constructive for the writer and  supports their vision and voice. A private conference with the instructor is included.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of  Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, edited by Brett Fletcher Laur and Lynn Melnick as the foundational text for this course.  This book is available for purchase via Amazon at the bottom of this page.

Fee: $290

  • Sebastian H. Paramo, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Sundays 7:00PM to 9:30PM / August 13, 2017 to September 24, 2017 (NOTE: This 6-week class is scheduled over SEVEN weeks and WILL NOT meet on September 3rd in honor of Labor Day Weekend).
  • All classes meet at The Mix Co-Working Space in east Dallas: 9125 Diceman Drive / Dallas, TX 75218 / at White Rock UMC

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

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