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Your Voice Inside the Picture: Ekphrastic Poetry with Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
$99.00
| 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: https://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/

 

Page Turners: Writing Compelling Fiction with Eduardo Santiago
$199.00
| Led By March 5 - April 2, 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

March 5 - April 2, 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.

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.

 

Mommie Brain: Document Your Parenting Journey with Rachel Schinderman
$199.00
| Led By April 2 - April 30, 2018
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My mom used to say, "Write it down, or you'll forget."  And in that way how moms are usually right, she was right.  If I don't write it down, I do forget, but if I do actually write it down I usually discover and remember and experience more. This is why we write. This is why we document.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Motherhood today is all encompassing.  Writing about motherhood fills every corner of the internet.  There are articles, listicles, pieces of advice, and everything in between covering every aspect of parenting, momoir as some call it; the heart of which is the personal essay. Documenting our children on the internet to scrapbooking to keeping old report cards is not new.  Exploring our own experiences as mothers though through essays and stories is. Whether you keep a memory journal, document a birth experience, or are trying to have an article published, this class will provide those tools.  This class will provide an opportunity for women to document their pregnancies as well as the experience of being a mother.

This class is designed to help capture a fleeting but important time in our lives as mothers, and to explore Momoir.  Let’s take our documenting of our kids beyond the scrapbook and let’s explore our own experiences as well.

Come exercise your Mommie Brain!

4-WEEK CLASS

April 2 - April 30, 2018

CLASS OBJECTIVES:

Identify, study, and compare different essays in momoir.

Develop free writing skills.

Create a writing routine.

Compose an essay that fits into momoir.

Learn about the motherhood essay market.

 

What This Class Will Offer:

Week One: I’m the Kind of Mother Who…

We will explore and read a few published essays in this form, both funny and more serious. 

We start JOT DOWN TIME, free writing to capture the moments we always think we will remember as we parent but most likely won’t.  We will do this each week.

We will answer the question, “I am the kind of mother who…” to be able to get to know each other and to explore where your story may lead.

Week Two: Other Mothers

We will share essays and articles with each other in this genre that we have discovered on our own and discuss what works and maybe what doesn’t.

We continue with Jot Down Time and a free write prompt.

We will start to pin down what you will write for an essay.  What is your story?

Week Three: Because I Said So… :-)

Continuing with reading and discussing published pieces and jot down time and writing prompts, we will review the first draft of your essay.  Writing is rewriting.  What does rewriting look like?  It looks different to most people, and we will explore applying notes and edits and sitting with your work this week.  Rewriting could be a walk in the park while your child naps in the stroller or it could be the quiet in the middle of the night, which as mothers we see a lot of.

Week Four: Separation Anxiety

Motherhood can be very isolating but when you find a community of other mothers, it can provide great comfort in a trying time.  We will present our final pieces and provide notes for each other as we continue to explore and share momoir and our own writing routines.

For those who want to explore publishing in this field we will also discuss the many avenues of parenting websites and magazines.

ABOUT RACHEL SCHINDERMAN

Rachel Zients Schinderman is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Los Angeles. As a teacher, she is the creator of the writing groups for moms, Mommie Brain  (www.mommiebrain.com), which was featured in Daily Candy.  As a writer she has had her work appear in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, The Manifest Station, The LA Times Magazine to name a few and had an ongoing column about parenting in The Santa Monica Daily Press also called Mommie Brain. As a mom she has two sons, ages 7 and 11. Learn more at rachelschinderman.journoportfolio.com or www.mommiebrain.com to read some of her work. She is also a regular performer in the hit show Expressing Motherhood and has placed twice in LA Parent's Moms Who Write Contest.  She has a Masters in Professional Writing from The University of Southern California and a Teaching Certificate from Antioch University, but more than all of that, she is excited by other people's stories and helping them discover them.  

 

Spanner, Slammer, Socket: Building a Poet’s Toolbox with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
$199.00
| Led By April 2 - April 30, 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.

4-WEEK WRITING COURSE

April 2 - April 30, 2018

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER:

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

LEARNING ACTIVITIES:

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.

ABOUT XOCHITL-JULISA BERMEJO: 

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 latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and the curator of HITCHED.  

 

 

 

 

Grammar Redux: Comprehensive Tools for Writers with Kate Maruyama
$299.00
| Led By April 16 - May 28, 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.

6 WEEK CLASS

April 16 - May 28, 2018

CLASS LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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.

WEEK ONE

Sentences, overview, parts of speech

Nouns

Verbs

Adjectives

Adverbs

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.

WEEK TWO

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.

WEEK THREE

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.

WEEK FOUR

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.

WEEK FIVE

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

Agreements. Parallelism.

WEEK SIX

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.

ABOUT KATE MARUYAMA

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.

 

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! 

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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