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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 3 - September 17, 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 3 - September 17, 2018

2-Week Course 

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.

 

Art of the Query Letter: How to Woo an Agent from the Slush Pile with Lilly Barels
$99.00
| Led By September 10 - September 24, 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).

September 10 - September 24, 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

 

Your Voice Inside the Picture: Ekphrastic Poetry with Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
$99.00
| Led By September 10 - 24, 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

September 10 - 24, 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. 

ABOUT ADRIAN ERNESTO CEPEDA:

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the author of the forthcoming full-length poetry collection Flashbacks & Verses… Becoming Attractions from Unsolicited Press and the poetry chapbook So Many Flowers, So Little Time from Red Mare Press. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Frontier Poetry, poeticdiversity, The Wild Word, The Fem, Rigorous, and Lunch Ticket’s Special Issue: Celebrating 20 Years of Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing,

To date, Adrian has over one hundred and twenty five poems published in over a hundred 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.

Adrian is an LA Poet and graduate of MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. You can connect with Adrian on his website: https://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/

 

Page Turners: Writing Compelling Fiction with Eduardo Santiago
$199.00
September 17 - October 22, 2018
Page Turners: Writing Compelling Fiction with Eduardo Santiago
$199.00
| Led By September 17 - October 22, 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

September 17 - October 22, 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.

 

 
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