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Grammar Redux: Comprehensive Tools for Writers with Kate Maruyama
| Led By January 15 - March 5, 2018
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A crash course and a playful boot camp on grammar for those who’ve forgotten, were never taught properly in the first place, or just tuned out during that class.

You may be a very good writer, but find grammar a challenge. It is the bugbear of writers. Teachers berated you for it, editors red-pen you for it, your stories suffer for it. The truth is, it’s simply a box of tools which is extremely handy for any writer.  It was often taught so drily that our eyes glazed over the moment the teacher began the lesson.

Fortunately, Karen Elizabeth Gordon, a writer, saw the difficulty in scholarly grammar books and put together the infinitely readable The Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed. Her comprehensive approach has made definitions and examples so simple and concrete that I used it to complement my kids’ schoolbooks. They came away with a more solid grasp on grammar than I had growing up and in teaching them, I found that I had at my fingertips, better tools with which to approach my craft. I also knew with a newfound comprehension what the heck my editor was talking about when he said things like “parallelism” or “misused gerund” or “dangling modifier.”

Over the course of six weeks, we will review the basic tools of grammar in a playful, hilarious way, and glance over some of the more erudite terminology. Each week we will give a quiz, not for a grade, but as a way to test your comprehension of the subject. My hope is that you walk away from this class confident in the tools that make your writing work, better able to approach the editing process and that you will be able to submit your work to journals, agents and magazines with more confidence. If you are a writer who edits on the side, you will also be armed with the terminology to back up your changes.


January 15 - March 5, 2018


Identify parts of speech and their uses

Develop a comprehensive vocabulary for identifying and talking about grammar

Develop tools to take back to creative writing

Develop tools useful in editing, workshopping or reviewing other writers’ work.


Sentences, overview, parts of speech





This goes beyond identifying these parts of speech we all remember, into how each part of speech works in a sentence, and gives it life and forward movement.

We will also be writing a piece of flash prose, fiction or otherwise, to use over the course of this class.


Nouns: in depth, complements, direct objects, indirect objects, appositive, direct address

Once you know what each noun is doing in a sentence, you can maximize its effect as well as judging whether it needs to be there.


Verbs: in depth, transitive, intransitive, linking, auxiliary. Tense, Number and Voice.

Verbals: infinitives, (as adjectives, as adverbs) Participles, gerunds.

Verbs are the power of your sentence. The variety of tenses is useful, we will discuss the impact a verb can have on a sentence and how different tenses can distance your reader or pull them close.


Adjectives and adverbs, in depth: Adjectives: Possessive, Demonstrative, Indefinite, Interrogative, Numerical, Article. Adverbs: modifying verbs, sentences, adjectives. Linking verbs.

We were always told to add adjectives when writing in grammar school, in this examination of their varieties, heft and influence, you will be able to identify them and their usefulness and perhaps cut a few.

Adverbs are a tool many editors can’t stand, but they are actually quite flexible and useful.


Pronouns: More versatile and numerous than you ever knew. Varieties and uses. Cases.

Agreements. Parallelism.


Phrases: Prepositional, Participial, Gerund

Clauses: Independent, Dependent, which brings us around to Sentences again.

We will review the class and go back to those flash pieces from week one, identifying and talking about grammar choices we have made, and what we might do differently.


Kate Maruyama's novel HARROWGATE was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Arcadia, Stoneboat, Whistling Shade and on Salon, Duende, The Rumpus among other journals as well as in two anthologies: Winter Horror Days and Phantasma: Stories. She teaches in the BA and MFA programs for Antioch University Los Angeles as well as for Writing Workshops Los Angeles and the inspiration2publication program. She writes, teaches, cooks and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.


Spanner, Slammer, Socket: Building a Poet’s Toolbox with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
| Led By January 22 - February 26, 2018
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In this four-week course, those new to poetry will be introduced to essential craft tools and be given plenty of exercises for building new work with added guidance for tightening what materializes on the page. We will be paying special attention to figurative language, imagery, sound, line and word choice, as the building blocks to creating fresh and compelling poetry.

Are you unsure how to create a metaphor? Are the differences between assonance, consonance and alliteration unclear? No worries! In this class you will learn core poetry terms and have time to practice wielding each one. And through practice you will begin to discover which tools best serve your individual style and voice.

This course is designed for novice poets looking to build a base for their work and for prose writers looking to incorporate poetry elements into their work.


January 22 - February 26, 2018


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Identify poetry terms with attention to figurative language, sound, imagery, and line

Practice learned poetry elements by writing new work each week

Share work with peers for feedback, while providing feedback to others

Revise a poem created within the class to further understand how to craft a poem


In Week 1 we will learn to identify and practice figurative language

In Week 2 we will learn to identify and practice imagery

In Week 3 we will learn to identify and practice sound

In Week 4 we will tighten our poems through revision paying attention to line and word choice


Read Poetry:Each week students will read contemporary poems for examples of mastery of particular tools and discuss the reading with peers in an online forum

Writing exercises: Students will use weekly readings as jumping off points for writing exercises and experimentations

Workshop: Students will post their poems in the online forum for peer feedback and give feedback on other’s work.

Revision: Students will be encouraged to process peer and professor feedback in order to use the most helpful notes to craft one final, polished piece of poetry.


Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), a 2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellow, former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. She’s received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her poetry is published in American Poetry Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and Tahoma Literary Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and the curator of HITCHED.  





Your Voice Inside the Picture: Ekphrastic Poetry with Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
| Led By February 19 - March 12, 2018
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“That you are here…that life exists and identity. That the powerful [picture] goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

— Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

You can find inspiration for poetry everywhere! In this two-week workshop, we'll create poetry, using Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr as sparks of visual inspiration. You will learn the craft of ekphrastic poetry. Taking images from your cell phone or computer, you will look at your social media feed in a whole new way, as a launching pad for your own creative vision.  And at the end of two weeks, you will walk away with a few fantastic ekphrastic poems of your own.

2 Week Online Writing Course

February 19 - March 12, 2018

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course writers will be able to:

Draft, revise and edit a skillfully crafted ekphrasis poem

Research using the internet, bookmarks and social media feed by finding sources, posts and photographs that will inspire their work

Engage in drafting, revision and learning how to share and give feedback on their poetry.

Explore new and more challenging strategies on embracing your personally unique social media universe for writing poetry.

Week 1:

The first week we will learn the various types of ekphrastic poems by looking at poetry inspired by famous photographs and paintings. You will discover how posts, photographs and your daily interactions on your social media feed (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest) can inspire your poetry. You will  compose an ekphrastic poem with your classmates as a group writing exercise. By the end of Week 1, you will begin locating photographs and paintings from your social media feed and start crafting drafts of your first individual ekphrastic poems.

Week 2:

You will begin posting photographs and paintings from your unique social media feeds along with the poems you have crafted from those images. Your classmates will respond to each poem by giving positive feedback and you will all assist each other in crafting your own effective ekphrastic poems. 

If you choose to share your work, a collection of student work from this class will be featured on inspiration2publication’s blog at the end of Week Two.  

By the end of this two week class, you will have embraced the creative glory of crafting an ekphrastic poem. Remember that your internet social media universe is unique to you. Use those posts and photographs as inspirations to spark your imagination. Douglas Adams said it best: “Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.”

Your voice will always be inside the picture. Focus on the page and write the verse that reflects the picture of you. 

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet and a graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat, Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Frontier PoetryThe Fem, The Wild Word and he has three poems included in the 2016 anthology of Los Angeles Poets: Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles.

To date, Adrian has over two hundred poems published in over a hundred and fifty different publications.  One of his poems was named the winner of Subterranean Blue Poetry’s 2016 "The Children of Orpheus" Anthology Contest and two of his poems “Buzz Me” and “Estranged Fruit” were nominated for Best of the Net in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Adrian also had one of his poems “Longing for Our Airport Reconnections” featured in Shinpei Takeda’s Poems of Arrival for the Inscription Installation Exhibit at the New Americans Museum in San Diego, California.

You can connect with Adrian on his website:


Introduction to Fiction
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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! 

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