Courses

Catalog
My Account

Cast Your Net: Web Presence and Social Media for Writers with Brodie Foster Hubbard
$199.00
| Led By May 1 - May 29, 2017
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

Cast Your Net: Web Presence and Social Media for Writers

All types of people are writers, introverts and extroverts alike. But many share the same obstacle as a creative in the technological age - how do we represent ourselves online, and build and engage with an audience? In this course, writers in any genre will learn how to best apply their talents and personality to their author website and social media accounts to promote themselves and their work. 

MAY 1 - MAY 29, 2017

4-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

1. Compare strategies for online engagement from authors across genres.

2. Create a simple website and open social media accounts and/or learn how to apply strategies to existing site and accounts.

3. Practice writing blog posts, Facebook updates, tweets, etc., and communicating with fellow authors and readers online.

4. Create a plan for publicizing upcoming work, and readings and other appearances. 

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1: 

We will begin by getting to know each other and our writing, all of which will become material for your upcoming activities. We will also look at established authors and assess how they manage their web presence and social media posting. 

Week 2: 

We will channel our inner webmaster and start building or improving on our author websites and social media accounts, testing different platforms and analyzing what is and what isn't a good fit. 

Week 3: 

Having established the sites and social media platforms we are moving forward with, we will write and critique sample blog posts and social media posts/updates, acting as each other's beta testers by replying as readers.

Week 4: 

To conclude, we will create plans for how to further develop our websites and map out a tentative schedule for social media campaigns.

ABOUT BRODIE FOSTER HUBBARD

Brodie Foster Hubbard is a lifelong writer born in Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating with a BA in English Literature at Arizona State University, Hubbard worked in Los Angeles, California for ten years in print journalism, reality television, publishing and small press events. He moved back to Arizona shortly before completing his MFA at Antioch University, and currently works as a consultant for artists, entrepreneurs, educators, organizations, and other website creators with their questions about their web and social media presence. He resides in Maricopa County, Arizona with his wife, their child, and a menagerie.

 

Making Poems: Turning Thoughts, Memories, and Life Experiences into Poetry with Dana L. Stringer
$199.00
| Led By May 1 - May 29, 2017
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

There are numerous approaches to poetry writing, and in this exciting 4-Week introductory course, designed for writers who are new to the poetry genre, students will learn the essential nuts and bolts of poetry writing in a safe and supportive online environment. The course will primarily focus on free verse poetry and introduce the use of specific poetic devices to help craft effective poems. Students will write poems prompted by writing exercises, provide peer feedback, read selected poems from contemporary poets, and participate in online discussions.

May 1 - May 29, 2017

4-Week Online Writing Course

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic elements of poetry writing, familiarize students with key terminology, help students develop their poetic voice, assist students in crafting poems and gain a solid understanding of the art and craft of poetry writing.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

WEEK 1

In the first week, students will learn the role of the line in poetry by exploring the various effects created with line breaks, line length, stanzas, pauses, enjambment, end-stop, and punctuation.  Students will draft their first poem, post it, and receive peer feedback.  Students will also read and discuss a selected poem.

WEEK 2

In the second week, students will learn key terminology and how to employ the use of figurative language in poetry. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of concrete and sensory details. Students will draft their second poem, post it, and receive peer feedback.  Students will also read and discuss a selected poem. 

WEEK 3

In the third week, students will explore the use of sound devices that contributes to musical qualities of poetry. Students will draft their third poem, post it, and receive peer feedback.  Students will also read and discuss a selected poem. 

WEEK 4

In the final week, we will discuss helpful tools and resources available for poetry students, including important websites, poetry readings, workshops, and essential poetry books to read.  There will be an open forum discussion where students can ask any additional questions concerning specific poetry topics.

About Dana L. Stringer:

Dana L. Stringer

About Dana L. Stringer

Dana L. Stringer is a poet, playwright, freelance writer, and instructor.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and a BA from Morehead State University.  Her debut collection of poetry, In Between Faith, was published in 2014, and she has been a featured poet in various venues across the country.  Dana’s work has appeared in literary journals as well as anthologies.  She has also served as a contributing writer and associate editor for online and print outlets.  In addition, Dana is a produced playwright and a member of Working Title Playwrights.  Her produced plays and staged readings include:  Looter, Secret Life in a Sacred House, Colored in Winter, Solomon’s Porch, The Costume Waver, ID, and Kinsman Redeemer.  Dana is currently an instructional facilitator at Antioch University Los Angeles and an academic writing tutor for a nationally recognized eLearning corporation, serving colleges, universities, libraries, and school districts.  She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  For more information, visit:  www.danastringer.com.

 

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Your Story's Opening Pages with Connie Connally
$199.00
| Led By May 1 - May 29, 2017
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! — Your Story's Opening Pages

This course will explore how to open your novel or memoir with dramatic tension.  Whether you're writing a first draft or revising, set the course of your story by asking some crucial questions.  On your mark--What is your protagonist's inner and outer world?  Get set--What's wrong with that world?  Go!--What is the push that forces the protagonist into action?  When you know the answers to these questions, you're off and running.   

MAY 1 - MAY 29, 2017

4-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

1.  In preliminary exercises, we will identify the underlying tension in the story setting and the underlying uneasiness within the protagonist.

2.  You will plan the central conflict that will crescendo throughout the story. 

3.  You will write or revise a story opening (5-10 pages suggested) that hints of these conflicts and points toward more.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1: 

Examine questions focusing on conflicts in the story.

Week 2: 

Create a written or visual plan of the story's central conflict or threat.

Week 3: 

Choose (and state in writing) a way to hint or foreshadow that threat.

Week 4: 

Write a story opening that includes that hint or foreshadowing.

ABOUT CONNIE CONNALLY

Connie Hampton Connally holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.  She has had stories and articles published in magazines and in the Tacoma News-Tribune, and she has also edited a literary magazine.  Connie is now writing historically based fiction.  Her novel set in Stalinist Hungary, The Songs We Hide, will be published by Coffeetown Press in 2018.  She is an experienced teacher and loves interacting with writers at all levels. 

 

A Writing Practice with Andrea Tate
$99.00
May 8 - May 21, 2017
A Writing Practice with Andrea Tate
$99.00
| Led By May 8 - May 21, 2017
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $99.00

Quantity:

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.

May 8 - May 21, 2017

2-Week Writing Course

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This class is for those writers who let days, weeks, and months fly by without generating publishable work. Inspiration2publication offers classes that include publishing, submitting, querying, but what about those of us who will do anything to postpone their writing practice?

We can’t query, submit, or publish unless we write first!

We’re talking about writers who have had every excuse not to sit in the chair and bang out that first shitty draft. Andrea is the first to admit she’d do anything not to have to sit at her desk. Her back hurt, so she had to wait until her standing desk came. Her desk came but then the lighting in her office sucked. After getting a new desk lamp, she decided it was the rug, the temperature, the color of the walls, and on and on. She’d choose laundry over writing. Whatever she could do to avoid the chair—she’d sit in the dentist’s chair before sitting in her own. She finally realized she was never going to write a damn thing unless she had a practice. Once that happened, she began to write, query, submit, and PUBLISH! However, everyone’s practice is unique. This course will help you discover your unique practice.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER:

Week 1: Narrowing Down the Problem and Eliminating the Excuses

In Week One we 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. Andrea's adjectives were, "Dumb,"Busy,"Resentful." After sharing these words and the reasons "why" you use them to describe yourself, you will come to realize these words are not serving you, and are most likely extremely false. We will then help you create your new words. These words will become your mantra. These words will act like your favorite mentor cheering you on.

Day Two: You will pick a time today where you are free to write. I'm talking about at least two or three solid hours where you have no interruptions. You will write up to 500 words using a prompt from the class. You will 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 we 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

Andrea Tate is an adjunct writing professor at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Her essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Role/Reboot, A Daily Dose of Lit, andBleed. Andrea’s story “You” was published in the anthology Extract(s) in 2014, and is part of a memoir currently in progress. Andrea is an award-winning theatre director and an advocate for theatre arts in early education. She teaches acting and nonfiction writing workshops for Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Andrea received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. 

 

Laying Down the Tracks: Jump Start Your Screenplay in Four Short Weeks with Kate Maruyama
$199.00
| Led By June 5 - July 3, 2017
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

In this class, we will go over the basics of screenplay structure, character, and scene and will get you jump started on your screenplay in a friendly workshop environment. With your classmates, you will also work up a pitch that will not only help you move your screenplay forward but work it into a marketable entity.

June 5 - July 3, 2017

4-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

*To learn the basics of screenplay structure and scene.

*To learn how to create a pitch that will both further your screenwriting and help eventually sell others on the idea of your screenplay.

*To come away with a solid take on Act I of your screenplay.

*Obtain the tools to keep submitting on your own well into the future.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1: Scene

What makes a good scene? What are your basic elements and who are your main characters? Through scene you will be able to get to know your characters and what they want and be able to launch forward. Examples of great scenes will be given in class.

Week 2: The Three Act Structure

A movie’s blueprint. We will go over what needs to happen in three acts, with emphasis on the characters and situation you’ve created. We will ask questions of your story and get a solid sketch of an outline with which to move forward.

Week 3: The Pitch:

In screenwriting the pitch is everything! I will give you the basics of what makes a solid pitch, both elevator length and two page submission-worthy pitch. You will, having outlined your story, work it into a pitch to share with your classmates and workshop.

Week 4: Act I the Workshop:

By now you will have written Act I! We will discuss your work in a workshop environment and come up with an action plan for continuing your screenplay outside of class.

ABOUT KATE MARUYAMA

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama’s twenty years in the film industry started when she was an agency assistant at William Morris, where she learned the ins and outs, from contracts to deals, indie movies to studios films, indie releases to negative pickup. She moved on to Jon Peters Entertainment where she worked as a development assistant, developing pitches, giving notes on screenplays and finally was Director of Development at Sylvester Stallone’s company White Eagle at Universal where she worked with writers and executives developing pitches and screenplays for production. She was a script consultant for Demarest Films and for Village Roadshow Pictures for ten years. She then quit to write and learned the other side of the screenwriting world, with a number of scripts in development and had one screenplay produced. She has consulted on numerous screenplays since and has a knack for developing them into the type of material producers and actors are looking for.

Her first novel Harrowgate was published by 47North, and she appears in numerous print and online journals as well as in anthologies.

Kate holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in fiction where she is adjunct faculty in the BA program and Affiliate faculty in the MFA program. She teaches with Writing Workshops Los Angeles and is part of the team behind Antioch’s inspiration2publication program.

 

What the House Has to Say: Memoir as Poetry with Michael Passafiume
$199.00
| Led By June 5 - July 3, 2017
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

What the House has to Say: Memoir as Poetry

Now you hear what the house has to say.
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort...”

– from “Insomnia” by Dana Gioia

Each of us has a story to tell, a poem waiting to be written. Perhaps, like me, you survived a traumatic childhood; perhaps you survived one that was idyllic. Maybe yesterday brought you an unexpected moment of self-discovery on your way to the grocery store; maybe it was the same mind-numbing trip you’ve made countless times before to the same store whose aisles you could navigate blindfolded. And, even if it was the latter, I’m willing to bet something happened – perhaps not externally but internally. Think back...what was it? The point is: we are all walking autobiographies, and every moment of every day adds to our histories.

JUNE 5 - JULY 3, 2017

4-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

The primary goal of this course will be to compose poems based on childhood and adult memories and experiences. Along the way, we’ll discuss assigned readings, analyze various techniques and approaches to autobiography/memoir in contemporary poetry, and take a closer look at the usage of “me, myself and I” in the work of select authors of poetry and creative nonfiction (e.g. memoirists). Students will complete weekly exercises based on different poetic forms, such as the prose poem, the epistle poem and the dramatic monologue poem.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1: Just What is an Autobiographical Poem Anyway?

Let’s find out! We’ll read several examples of autobiographic poems, as well as an essay on confessional/autobiographical poetry. Students will write their first poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Week 2: Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Writers have enough on their collective plates – from making the time to write to quieting those pesky inner critics. If we start worrying about who’s going to read what we’ve written and, by extension, who might be offended by it...well, we’d never get any writing done. Students will write a second poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Week 3: Let’s Have Some Fun…with the Dramatic Monologue

One of the keys to writing a good dramatic monologue (or comedic, for that matter) is nailing down a speaker’s voice: we’ll focus on unearthing one of those voices this week. Students will write a third poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Week 4: This Really Happened to Me (On Second Thought, Maybe it Didn’t)

Just because this is a class about autobiographic poetry doesn’t mean we’re writing exclusively about ourselves or that everything we’re writing is “true.” Students will use the epistle (e.g. “letter”) form to write their final poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Strongly Recommended Text:

The Poet’s Companion– Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux: This book is an excellent resource for poets and includes essays on craft, as well as numerous writing prompts and exercises (a few of which we’ll be utilizing in class).

Recommended Texts:

Although not required reading, the books below are great starting points, chockfull of rich storytelling and lean heavily toward autobiography (in fact, the book by Nick Flynn is a memoir).

Lucifer at the Starlite– Kim Addonizio

The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems– Billy Collins

Birth Marks– Jim Daniels

All-American Poem– Matthew Dickman

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City– Nick Flynn
What the Living Do – Marie Howe

What Work Is– Philip Levine

ABOUT MICHAEL PASSAFIUME:

photo credit: Rachael Warecki, CameraRAW Photography

Michael Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer whose work has appeared in Black Heart MagazineDrunk MonkeysMadHat LitMeat for Tea and The Subterranean Quarterly, among others. His chapbook, archipelagos, was published by Blue Hour Press in 2015. A graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA in Creative Writing program, he also holds a BA in English and an MA in Theater from Binghamton University. Michael is currently at work on his first novel, All the Wrong Choices for All the Right Reasons.

 

Let's Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan
$199.00
July 10 - August 7, 2016
Let's Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan
$199.00
| Led By July 10 - August 7, 2016
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.”~ Truman Capote, interview to The Paris Review.

 

July 10 - August 7, 2016

4-Week Writing Course

This course will take you from story inception to a finished draft through several stages of revision. Along the way, you will learn elements of a short story. Our goal is creating a story that, as the writer Michael Swanwick put it, “is like a knife–strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.”

I want you to become a radical explorer of your story and its possibilities. I will encourage you to approach your story from different angles, striving to better understand your artistic intention and ways to realize it. 

The course is designed for writers of fiction who want to explore a structured approach to developing a traditional story, as well as for writers of creative nonfiction and poetry who want to delve into writing short fiction.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

• identify the initial idea for a short story;
• develop a short story by exploring point of view, characterization, timeline, sensory detail, imagery, and more;
• share their work in progress and provide feedback which will help their peers write the best possible story.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER: 

In Week 1 we will learn to identify the protagonist and the story.

In Week 2 we will do what Antonya Nelson calls “putting a clock on the story”.

In Week 3 we will explore theme and imagery.

In Week 4 will do something crazy and discuss what’s next for your story.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES:

• Writing exercises: Each week students will complete writing assignments that will take their stories from the initial idea to the finished draft.

• Share work and provide feedback in discussion forums: Students will post their writing and give feedback on each other’s work.

• Assigned readings: Students will read assigned short stories and discuss them in forums to develop a better understanding of elements of short fiction.

• Progress discussions: Students will be encouraged to discuss their progress and reflect on their process.

ABOUT NATALIE TRUHAN: 

natalie-truhan

Natalie received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a former Translation Editor of The Lunch Ticket literary journal. She lives in Los Angeles where she writes fiction and translates poetry. Connect with Natalie on Twitter or on Instagram.    

 

Introduction to Fiction
$199.00
Add to Cart
Course Details
List Price: $199.00

Quantity:

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

Introduction to Fiction

* indicates required

 

12Next