Funding for Writers: Grants and Fellowships (with Lyzette Wanzer)

Lyzette Wanzer



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21  |  This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for–or wish to learn about–writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. We’ll cover:

• The best places to locate opportunities
• The dreaded Project Statement, Work Plan, or Goals and Objectives question
• How to demonstrate a rising trajectory (remembering that most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there)
• Using headings and “buckets” to make your statement navigable
• Crafting clear, concise personal or “artist” statements (leave this class with a completed first draft in hand!)
• Why the marketing angle is so important
• Creating an effective literary resume

Lyzette Wanzer, MFA, is a San Francisco author, editor, and writing workshop instructor.


The Power of Point of View (with Cheryl Ossola)

Cheryl Ossola




SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 4 & 11  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. Perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes choose a narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In the first class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identify common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV.


Drawing Your Reader In: Creating Compelling Stories (with Thaisa Frank)

Thaisa Frank




SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 5 & 12  |  This two-day workshop covers pacing, suspense, narrative arc and voice—the four crucial elements that make the reader want to turn the page. This curiosity must be aroused in the agent who will sell your book and the editor who will buy it.

In addition to using examples from short fiction, short stories, the novel, and creative non-fiction, we will help participants brainstorm their collections of short fiction and their novels. Useful for both novelists, short story writers and writers of creative nonfiction.

.Thaisa Frank has published five books of fiction, including the novel Heidegger’s Glasses (translated into ten languages), three short story collections, and the nonfiction book, Finding Your Writers Voice.


Writing the Lyrical Essay (with Lyzette Wanzer)

Lyzette Wanzer




SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 11—DECEMBER 16  | Once relegated to the realm of belles lettres, the lyrical essay has become a highly popular genre in multiple disciplines, from journalism to the personal essay. Authors from Purpura and Forché to Didion and Dillard have written them. But what, exactly, is this form? Poetic essay or essayistic poem? Both – or neither? The form employs a series of images or ideas, rather than chronicle or argument, to sculpt a narrative. Often inconclusive, lyrical essays reach beyond archetypal classical frames to a meditative sense of place and displacement.

We’ll begin by identifying key components of the form, learn how to negotiate its terrain, and then get down to the business of crafting a lyric essay.


How to Write a Successful Book Proposal (with Julia Scheeres)

Julia Scheeres




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12  | The beauty of nonfiction books is that they can frequently be sold on the basis of a 40- to 60-page proposal. What is a proposal? Essentially, it is a business plan for your book – a document that outlines your book’s basic premise, provides data indicating that there’s a sizable audience for it, and otherwise convinces a publisher to give you money to write it. Memoirs, narrative journalism, business books, histories, and biographies can all be sold on proposal.

In this seminar, students will learn the seven components of a book proposal, read examples of proposals that sold, and get the lowdown on the publishing industry – including the best way to find an agent.


Creating a Unified Short Story Collection (with Laurie Ann Doyle)

Laurie Ann Doyle

Laurie Ann Doyle




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12  | Do you have six or more short stories and want to create a collection? This workshop is designed for you! In our one-day, hands-on class, we’ll talk about ways to unify your collection by setting, theme, and style, as well as character. We’ll look at acclaimed books of stories and examine approaches taken by different authors. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of publishing individual stories before your book is out, identify variables to help you determine the best order for the stories in your book, and do some in-class writing to share with others.


Spiritual Writing Intensive (with Lindsey Crittenden)

Lindsey Crittenden




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | At a time when the words “spiritual” and “faith” (never mind “religion”) can make us all nervous, how can we write—and read—about our beliefs and doubts without coming across as preachy, vague, or insipid? How do we describe the ineffable without sinking into abstraction? And do we embrace questions – doubts, even – without sounding wishy-washy? Just what is spiritual writing anyway?

In this one-day seminar, we’ll explore examples both contemporary and classic — from fiction writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Joy Williams, and Andre Dubus; poets Gerald Manley Hopkins and Pattiann Rogers; essayists Anne Lamott and Brian Doyle.


November Freelance Bootcamp (with Anisse Gross)

Anisse Gross




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19  |  Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. How will you make enough money? If you currently have a job, how do you transition into full-time freelancing? When can you take the plunge? Where will you find clients? How will you successfully pitch to publications, especially if you don’t have a portfolio?

It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to successfully make it as a freelance writer. In this one-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazines, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work.