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Introduction to Fiction

Learn the basics of fiction and start working on a short story or a novel in this recurring course taught by one of our fiction instructors. 

inspiration2publication offers this 4-week online workshop on a regular basis when we get at least three students to sign up. Let us know if you want to take this course with your writing group! 

Sign up using the form below to be notified when we offer this workshop next time! Email all your questions to i2p@antioch.edu

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(Re)Work It: Learning to Edit Professionally for Yourself and for Publishers with Seth Fischer
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| Led By September 24 - October 8, 2018
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You can write thousands of pages, but without editing, it’s unlikely any of those pages will see the light of day. And while writing sometimes feels an act of faith, editing is where you can master concrete techniques to improve your work. Learn how to map your narratives, improve your sentences, and add precision to every bit of writing you produce.

September 24 - October 8, 2018

2-Week Class 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

In a two-week intensive course, I’ll show you how the professional developmental editing process works for fiction and creative nonfiction, from looking at structure to copy editing each sentence to the minutia of proofreading. Get your work ahead of the curve or learn new marketable skills that writers and the publishing industry desperately need.

CLASS OBJECTIVES

  • Learn how the editorial process works, from developmental editing to copy editing and proofreading.

  • Discover how to map out a narrative and find signs that a sentence needs to be more precise.

  • Practice these tools on a short piece of your own, or one I can choose for you.

  • Obtain skills that will help you improve not just your own writing but the writing of everyone in your writing community. 

Week 1: Discussion and Submit

We'll discuss the ins and outs of the developmental editing process, which looks at the big picture in a book length narrative. We'll go over story mapping, tracking character arcs, and other macro-level editing tools. I'll also show you an example of a developmental edit, to see what they look like, and you'll submit a global edit of a short piece of your choosing.

Week 2: Practical Application

We'll discuss the ins and outs of the copy editing and proofreading process. We'll discuss consistency of voice, clarity, precision, and other road blocks you might run into at the sentence and paragraph level, and you'll practice this on a short piece of writing. 

ABOUT SETH FISCHER

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SETH FISCHER'S writing has appeared in Guernica, Joyland, Buzzfeed, PANK, and Best Sex Writing and listed as notable in The Best American Essays. He is a developmental editor for independent publishing houses and individual clients. Seth is also the nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown and was a contributing editor at The Rumpus, and he teaches for Antioch University Los Angeles, UCLA-Extension, and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. 

Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in PANK, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Guernica, Lunch Ticket, and other publications, and he was the first Sunday editor at the online literary magazine The Rumpus. His essay "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013 and was included in Best Sex Writing 2013. He was a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He is also a professional developmental editor and ghostwriter, and he teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles.July 18 - August 1, 2016

 

You can write thousands of pages, but without editing, it’s unlikely any of those pages will see the light of day. And while writing sometimes feels an act of faith, editing is where you can master concrete techniques to improve your work. Learn how to map your narratives, improve your sentences, and add precision to every bit of writing you produce.

 

In a two-week intensive course, I’ll show you how the professional developmental editing process works for fiction and creative nonfiction, from looking at structure to copyediting each sentence to the minutia of proofreading. Get your work ahead of the curve or learn new marketable skills that writers and the publishing industry desperately need.

 

Class Objectives:

 

·      Learn how the editorial process works, from developmental editing to copyediting and proofreading

 

·      Discover how to map out a narrative and find signs that a sentence needs to be more precise

 

·      Practice these tools on a short piece of your own, or one I can choose for you

 

·      Obtain skills that will help you improve not just your own writing but the writing of everyone in your writing community

 

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About Seth Fischer:

 

Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in PANK, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Guernica, Lunch Ticket, and other publications, and he was the first Sunday editor at the online literary magazine The Rumpus. His essay "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013 and was included in Best Sex Writing 2013. He was a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He is also a professional developmental editor and ghostwriter, and he teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles.

 

Publishing Development Package (Book-Length)
$178.00
September 24 - October 22, 2018
Publishing Development Package (Book-Length)
$178.00
| Led By September 24 - October 22, 2018
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Kick off your 2018 school year with a real-life plan to take your writing career to the next level. These two practical and affordable classes are designed to bring your work out into the world.

Seth Fischer will help you learn to edit your writing and prepare it for publication in "(Re)Work It: Learning to Edit Professionally for Yourself and for Publishers", September 24 - October 8

Lilly Barels will help you complete a final draft of a query letter, understand how to find the right agent for the manuscript being queried, and recognize when to query in "Art of the Query Letter: How to Woo an Agent from the Slush Pile", October 8 -  October 22

The price is at $178, which is a 10% discount from the sum of the two classes combined.

 

Publishing Development Package (Shorter Works)
$178.00
September 24 - November 5, 2018
Publishing Development Package (Shorter Works)
$178.00
| Led By September 24 - November 5, 2018
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Kick off your 2018 school year with a real-life plan to take your writing career to the next level. These two practical and affordable classes are designed to bring your work out into the world.

Seth Fischer will help you learn to edit your writing and prepare it for publication in "(Re)Work It: Learning to Edit Professionally for Yourself and for Publishers", September 24 - October 8

Kate Maruyama will help you learn how to effectively submit your fiction, non-fiction, poetry and articles to literary journals, online journals and other publications in "SUBMIT! How to get your work out there", October 22 - November 5

The price is at $178, which is a 10% discount from the sum of the two classes combined.

 

Subvert the Trope! Storytelling Workshop with Haley Isleib
$199.00
October 1 - October 29, 2018
Subvert the Trope! Storytelling Workshop with Haley Isleib
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| Led By October 1 - October 29, 2018
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Get ready to write! This course will take you from freewriting to peer-reviewed pages of a new story. Along the way, we’ll be intentionally using, subverting and smashing common tropes to generate and revise our work.

The course is intended for all writers. Many of the published stories we will examine will be from genres such as fantasy, fairytale and science fiction. We will also use film and television references in our discussions. However, tropes and archetypes are identifiable across all genres and the class will be useful whether you write contemporary literary fiction or epic undersea dystopias set on far away planets.

4-WEEK WRITING COURSE

October 1 - October 29, 2018        

OBJECTIVES:

  • Write and receive feedback on up to 10 pages of prose.
  • Explore archetypes, tropes and clichés to discover ways to use these concepts to spark ideas for stories, build and structure stories, and create delight and surprise for readers.
  • Build skills to identify story tropes in stories you read and in your own writing.
  • Receive and provide useful feedback on writing assignments, which will help you revise work.
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to identify tropes that resonate for you, and have tools to use this knowledge to create new fiction.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER:

Week 1 - We will develop a solid definition of a story trope (and cousin concepts like archetype and cliché) through reading assignments and discussion. Our writing this week will be informal freewriting to loosen up our trope-muscles and explore which tropes you might use for future assignments.

Week 2 - In our readings, we’ll examine methods for subverting tropes and upending expectation. Our writing this week will be up to ten pages of new fiction using a trope as a starting point. Write a short story or start something longer!

Week 3 - We’ll take a closer look at how story tropes arise from their cultural context and storytelling milieu. We’ll read and give feedback on each other’s pages and work on revising our own pages. You may be given personalized exercises tailored to your story.

Week 4 - We will explore a case study of one recent trope and how it evolved. We will turn in our revised pages and discuss what’s next for your story.

ABOUT HALEY ISLEIB: 

Haley Isleib writes in Portland, Oregon. She’s a fan of Story, all kinds in any format--books, movies, games, graphic novels, poems, miscellany found abandoned at bus stops, etc. Her writing has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Plasm and Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon, and she is the recipient of a fellowship in poetry from Literary Arts of Oregon. Her script Drones & Drivers won the Feature Script category at the Other Worlds Austin screenwriting competition in 2015 and her short films have screened in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. She is currently a judge for the NYC Midnight Writing competitions.

 

She holds an MFA in Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, with a focus on Writing for Young People. She’s the Programming Coordinator for the Oregon Writers Colony Annual Conference and volunteers with the Cascade Writers Workshop. Find more at haleyisleib.com.

 

Art of the Query Letter: How to Woo an Agent from the Slush Pile with Lilly Barels
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| Led By October 8 - October 22, 2018
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So, you wrote a book and now it's waiting to be on bookshelves. If you aren't planning to self-publish and the owner of Penguin Random House isn't your cousin, then you probably need a literary agent. Join me for this 2-week crash course that'll get you down and dirty with the elusive query letter. We'll use real examples that worked--including mine! And create a plan of action for taking your query into the world of literary agent slush piles. 


(P.S. if you aren't sure what the heck a slush pile is, I'll be sure to explain that too).

October 8 - October 22, 2018

2-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

-- Complete a final draft of a query letter
-- Understand how to find the right agent for the manuscript being queried
-- Recognize when to query
-- Create an action plan for the querying process
 
Learning Activities:
-- Research/read successful query letters and understand why they work
-- Write a complete query letter
-- Share query drafts with peers to discuss strengths and opportunities for growth

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1:
-- Read real samples of successful query letters
-- Become familiar with the essential paragraph structure of a query letter
-- Write the first draft of a query letter
-- Trade queries with other students and provide/receive feedback
-- Start the query action plan
Week 2:
-- Understand the slush pile of a literary agent's inbox
-- Identify three agents that the student would like to query
-- Discover the general process of querying, which includes setting realistic expectations regarding the email process and receiving manuscript requests
-- Complete the final draft of the query letter
-- Complete the query action plan
 

ABOUT LILLY BARELS
 

A decade after receiving her BS in neuroscience from UCLA and being named Valedictorian, Lilly decided to pursue her true passion for writing and received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2014. She resides on Oahu as a full-time mother of two sandy children and a part-time writer of three novels. Lilly enjoys being an active member of the SCBWI and incorporates avocado into every possible meal. She is represented by Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency. Connect with Lilly on Twitter @lillybarels

 

Page Turners: Writing Compelling Fiction with Eduardo Santiago
$199.00
| Led By October 8 - November 5, 2018
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Creative writing is one of the most fulfilling ways to express yourself, and you're never too young or too old to give it a try. But writing the kind of book that keeps readers turning pages requires a special set of skills. Today’s books are in competition with 3D movies, five hundred television channels, and thousands of video games. Far-flung travel and adventure are just a credit card away. But nothing grabs your imagination and holds it as firmly as a well-written book.

In this four-week course we'll focus on the balance of craftsmanship and imagination essential to creating compelling fiction while keeping your own, unique voice. In this class you will learn the time-tested elements of fiction and, through consistent instruction and practice, you'll discover which tools best serve your individual style and voice. Are you unsure which point of view to choose? Structure a problem? Writing convincing dialogue is a challenge? You've come to the right place!

This course is designed for those who have an idea for a book but are having trouble getting started, and for those who have started a book and are looking for guidance and mentoring to see them through to The End.

4-WEEK WRITING COURSE

October 8 - November 5, 2018

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Explore the untapped power of your imagination.

Discover what your book wants to say.

Create compelling characters.

Choose the right narrator.

Bring bland prose to life.

Write precise and sparkling dialogue.

Identify the selling points of your work.

WHAT THIS CLASS OFFERS:

How do writers create tension and anticipation without pandering or cheapening their writing? Together, we will examine and identify the essential elements in the compelling novel, and how to apply these elements to your work.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

Week 1: Story structure and plot. Moving towards a complete, original, satisfying story sure to get your readers hooked. 

Week 2: Escalating conflict. Selecting character journeys and creating credible, stimulating conflicts.

Week 3: Tension, suspense, shock and surprise. Devising reversals and planning dramatic situations more like thrilla than vanilla.

Week 4: Fear and dread are your friend! Weighing emotional tension against physical tension. Looking at your life for suspense. 

YOU TAKE AWAY:

* Lessons that you can implement immediately, and a comprehensive resource that includes everything you need to write a successful novel.

* Sharpened creative writing skills, including improved narrative arc, world-building, authentic dialogue, and character development.

* A portfolio of twenty-five peer-critiqued pages.

* An overall story-focused critique of your pages by Eduardo Santiago.

ABOUT EDUARDO SANTIAGO:

Eduardo Santiago's first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and won Latino Book Award for Best Historical Novel. His next book, Midnight Rumba, won the New England Book Award - Best Fiction. His short stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, his nonfiction was published in the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler Magazine. A sought-after book coach and story editor, Mr. Santiago has helped dozens of writers reach The End.

Creative writing is one of the most fulfilling ways to express yourself, and you're never
too young or too old to give it a try. But writing the kind of book that keeps readers
turning pages requires a special set of skills. Today’s books are in competition with 3D
movies, five hundred television channels, and thousands of video games. Far-flung travel
and adventure are just a credit card away. But nothing grabs your imagination and holds
it as firmly as a well-written book.
In this four-week course we'll focus on the balance of craftsmanship and imagination
essential to creating compelling fiction while keeping your own, unique voice. In this
class you will learn the time-tested elements of fiction and, through consistent instruction
and practice, you'll discover which tools best serve your individual style and voice. Are
you unsure which point of view to choose? Structure a problem? Writing convincing
dialogue is a challenge? You've come to the right place!
This course is designed for those who have an idea for a book but are having trouble
getting started, and for those who have started a book and are looking for guidance and
mentoring to see them through to The End.
4-WEEK WRITING COURSE
March - March 30, 2018
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
* Explore the untapped power of your imagination.
* Discover what your book want to say.
* Create compelling characters.
* Choose the right narrator.
* Bring bland prose to life.
* Write precise and sparkling dialogue.
* Identify the selling points of your work.
WHAT THIS CLASS OFFERS:
How do writers create tension and anticipation without pandering or cheapening their
writing? Together, we will examine and identify the essential elements in the compelling
novel, and how to apply these elements to your work.
 
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WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
Week 1: Story structure and plot. Moving towards a complete, original, satisfying story
sure to get your readers hooked. 
Week 2: Escalating conflict. Selecting character journeys and creating credible,
stimulating conflicts.
Week 3: Tension, suspense, shock and surprise. Devising reversals and planning
dramatic situations more like thrilla than vanilla.
Week 4: Fear and dread are your friend! Weighing emotional tension against physical
tension. Looking at your life for suspense. 
YOU TAKE AWAY:
* Lessons that you can implement immediately, and a comprehensive resource that
includes everything you need to write a successful novel.
* Sharpened creative writing skills, including improved narrative arc, world-building,
authentic dialogue, and character development.
* A portfolio of twenty-five peer-critiqued pages.
* An overall story-focused critique of your pages by Eduardo Santiago.
 
ABOUT EDUARDO SANTIAGO:
Eduardo Santiago's first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss was an Edmund White Debut
Fiction Award finalist and won Latino Book Award for Best Historical Novel. His next
book, Midnight Rumba, won the New England Book Award - Best Fiction. His short
stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, his
nonfiction was published in the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler
Magazine. A sought-after book coach and story editor, Mr. Santiago has helped dozens of
writers reach The End.

 

A Writing Practice with Andrea Tate
$99.00
October 15 - October 29, 2018
A Writing Practice with Andrea Tate
$99.00
| Led By October 15 - October 29, 2018
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Jump start your writing practice and produce real results. Join published writer/professor Andrea Tate, MFA, in an online community that promises to motivate you into creating a writing practice that works.

October 15 - October 29, 2018

2-Week Writing Class

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This class is for writers who let days, weeks, and months fly by without generating publishable work; it is for those of us who will do anything to postpone their writing practice.

You can’t query, submit, or publish unless you write first!

We’re talking about writers who use every excuse not to sit in the chair and bang out that first draft. Andrea is the first to admit she does everything and anything not to sit at her desk. Her back hurts, she’s hungry, she’s too full, she has laundry, or screw the laundry, she needs to shop for a new wardrobe ASAPThis course will help you discover your unique practice and eliminate the urge to avoid the chair. 

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER:

Week 1: Narrowing Down the Problem and Eliminating the Excuses

In Week One, you will have a new exercise daily. Here are examples of our first two days:

Day One: Before getting out of bed, write down how you think of yourself as a writer. Use adjectives and list as many as possible. "Lame," "Lazy," "Empty," you will post these adjectives then explain "why" you think these are true. After sharing these words and the reasons "why" you use them to describe yourself, you come to realize these words are not serving you, and are most likely extremely false. You create your new words. These words are your mantra. 

Day Two: You pick a time where you are free to write. I'm talking about at least two solid hours with no interruptions. You write up to 500 words using a prompt from class. You then share your writing for feedback and include a reflection of any challenges, and or successes with this writing exercise.

Week 2: Putting the New Practice Into Place

Once you eliminate the evil excuses that cause you to be a “writer who never writes,” we will put the new practice into place. Our online community will share their successes and tips for what is working and what needs adjusting. By the end of the two weeks, you will have a personalized plan that works for you, plus new writer friends who will support you. We promise that you, and the seat of your chair, will finally become one.

ABOUT ANDREA TATE

Andrea Tate is an affiliate writing professor at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She is the faculty advisor and instructor for Odyssey Online Magazine. Her essays are published in HippocampusHuffington Post, Role/Reboot, Nailed Magazine, and Jaded Ibis Press. Her story “You” is published in the anthology Extract(s) and is part of a memoir currently in progress. Andrea has a Post MFA in Teaching Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles where she also served as an editor on AULA’s Lunch Ticket. She lives in Agoura Hills with her husband, musician teenager, and a Shepard puppy she calls the Land Shark. 

 

 
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