NEW WIP CLASS WILL START September 15th
7:00 to 9:00 pm
September 15 – November 3, 2020
In the course of this eight-week novel workshop, we’ll explore aspects of each writer’s work, tackling issues such as plot, progression, scene, and character. Additionally, the class will cover techniques for sticking to a long-term goal—how to continue to find inspiration and fresh ideas and how to keep sight of the forest while surrounded by trees. You will workshop with your fellow writers in a comfortable, but challenging, intense, but respectful environment. This class will give you a deeper understanding of your own process and help you develop solid writing routines, while helping you move deeper into your manuscript. The meetings will take place in Glendale, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.
The Work in Progress classes is designed for writers who have started a first draft of a story, essay, or booklength project and who would like constructive criticism and astute readers as they continue to write.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$400 for new students; $380 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)
Manuscript Consultation and Writing Coaching:
I’ve been writing in one form or another for most of my life, productively for twenty five years, and my favorite thing to do is help other writers. I did it in my Hollywood executive days, working with professional screenwriters, cracking stories, helping make scripts stronger to get producers moving on them. Since then, I’ve helped dozens of writer friends and students with careful reading and notes, because what drives me nuts is when good people give up on good ideas.
I’m not here to teach you writing. You’re already writing, that’s why you’re here. But I can promise you, I have tons of tools I’ve gained over my twenty-five years of writing and teaching and mentoring experience that can help you on this maddening journey from idea to revision to book or screenplay. So many times we go from mind-blowing fantastic idea to the slog in the middle where we’ve lost our way and faith in our work and sometimes as far as the dreaded words, “Aw, it wasn’t such a great idea to begin with.” We all have demons that whisper in our ears, “You aren’t good enough, what’s this about anyway? Why are you writing at all?”
In my role as your book coach, I intend to help you quell those demons, find the natural strengths in your writing and get your head back into the story that had you sit down in the first place. I believe that by asking questions of your story, your characters, your themes, we can help you serve your book, which is its own animal, and help make it the best that it can be.
Along the way, I hope to give you tools that you can take back to your writing, because I hope that you, like me, are trying to get better at what you do every time you sit down to write.
I look forward to working with you.
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