The Writing Workshops offer poets and writers at all levels an experience designed to deepen your understanding of story and language. Faculty is composed of renowned authors eager to help you begin, continue or complete your books, poems, stories and essays.

This summer, enjoy a writing workshop in Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction, as well as a great line-up of craft talks and readings scheduled throughout the summer.

Check back in November to see the Writers Week line-up for 2021.

June 24 | A Talk with the Author & Activist

Luis J. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate 2014-2016, is author of 16 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.. His latest memoir is the sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyessey Through Love, Addition, Revolutions, and Healing. In 2020, his first book of essays, From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings from Native Xicanx Writer. He is the founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 30th year, and co-founder/president of Tia Chucan’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. With his wife Trini, he has a podcast called The Hummingbird Cricket. (http://hchpodcast.libsyn.com). https://www.luisjrodriguez.com/

 

 

Luis Rodriguez

(memoir, poetry)
(LA Poet Laureate 2014-2016)

July 1 |You Can’t Do That! Unless You Can

Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Broken River, and the story collections Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise. He lives in Ithaca, New York and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University. http://jrobertlennon.com/

 

 

J. Robert Lennon

(Fiction)

July 8 | Researching Personal Mythologies

Sasha LaPointe is a Coast Salish author from the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian tribes. She received her MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry.  Her memoir Red Paint is forthcoming by Counterpoint Press in 2021. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. http://sasha-lapointe.com/

 

 

Sasha LaPointe

(poetry, memoir)

July 15 | Voices, Visions, Poems

Matthew Dickman is the author of three collections, All American Poem, which won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry, Mayakovsky’s Revolver (W.W. Norton & Co, 2012), and Wonderland (W.W. Norton & Co, 2017); and co-author, with Michael Dickman, of 50 American Plays (Copper Canyon, 2012), and Brother (Faber & Faber, 2016). He is also the author of four chapbooks: 24 Hours, Wish You Were Here, Amigos, and Something About a Black Scarf. He was the recipient of a 2009 Oregon Book Award and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. He received an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center. Matthew teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program and writes advertisements for a living. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his two children. https://www.matthewdickmanpoetry.com/

 

 

Matthew Dickman

(poetry)

July 22 | Postcolonial Love Poem

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012, and her second, Postcolonial Love Poem was published by Graywolf Press in 2020. She is 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. https://www.nataliegermainediaz.com/

 

 

Natalie Diaz

(poetry)

July 29 | How to Be Kind: Complex Character Work

Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, Love Stories in This Town, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, The Nearness of You, The Sober Lush and The Jetsetters. Her bestselling novels have been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, and more. Amanda’s work has been optioned for film and television and translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Austin, TX and Ouray, CO. https://www.amandaward.com/

 

 

Amanda Eyre

(fiction)

August 5 | Honing Scene-Work in Nonfiction

Ismail Muhammad is a writer and critic based in Oakland, California, where he works as the reviews editor for The Believer and a contributing editor for ZYZZYVA. His criticism and nonfiction have been featured in the New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other venues. He is currently at work on a novel. https://www.ismail-muhammad.com/

 

 

Ismail Muhammad

(criticism, essays)

Hosted by Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog is the author of three books of poetry: Run the Red Lights, Rough Day, Mister Skylight, and a fourth, Travelers Leaving for the City, published this May from Copper Canyon Press.  His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review and Harper’s, and he has held fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Lannan Foundation, Richard Hugo House, and George Washington University. A former chair of the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Creative Writing Department, he has taught in the Summer Program since 2006. He lives in Portland, Oregon and co-hosts the literary podcast Lunch Box, with Ed and John with novelist J. Robert Lennon. https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/authors/ed-skoog/

 

 

Ed Skoog

Series Host

Fiction Writing Workshop

July 6-10, 2020

 

Good writing is the absence of bad writing, and that bad writing consists of the kinds of mistakes we all make at first. This workshop will help you distinguish the good from the bad, and understand how to prune your work so that your authentic voice comes through clearly and compellingly. Only then can you properly tell stories that get at the heart of what concerns and moves you most as storytellers.

In addition to developing your own writing, you will critique the writing of fellow students,  discuss published fiction, craft questions, and explore the writing life. You and your fellow students will help shape \ the workshop.

Open to all skill levels, though some previous experience writing fiction is ideal.

Zoom sessions are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, allowing for plenty of flexible time for you to work on assignments, as well as scheduled time to interact directly with the instructor by appointment on Thursday afternoon

You will be required to send 15 pages (12-point font and double-spaced) of fiction to discuss during your workshop. These will be shared with fellow students.

Skill Level: Idyllwild Arts Writers Week is open to anyone with an interest in writing, from enthusiastic beginners to emerging and established writers, as well as MFA students and recent graduates.
Tuition: $495
Enrollment limited to 9 students 

Faculty: Vu Tran

Vu Tran’s first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year. His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Ploughshares, and other publications. He received a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, and has been a fellow at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas. He is a criticism columnist for the Virginia Quarterly, and is an assistant professor of practice at the University of Chicago, where he directs the undergraduate program in Creative Writing.

Vutranwriter.com

https://twitter.com/roomwithavu

https://www.instagram.com/vu.h.tran/

 

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Laptop or desktop computer with document software such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, the Zoom app, and high-speed broadband access
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins

If you have never used Zoom, here is a quick tutorial: Zoom tutorial video link.

You will be required to bring additional materials to your workshop.

Combining Magic and Intention in Poetry

July 6-10, 2020

 

Some people believe that a poem comes from some magical place, the unconscious, the muse, the ether. Other people believe that a poem comes from the writer’s intention. Still other people fall somewhere in between.

In this workshop, you will explore both the mysterious magical place where poetry might come from and learn about craft—the writer’s intention. Each day will be devoted to reading your poems, as well as workshopping each others’ poems. Bring your imagination and an open mind, and hopefully you will leave with new poems, new inspiration, new friends, and ideas for future poems.

Zoom sessions are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, allowing for plenty of flexible time for you to work on assignments, as well as scheduled time to interact directly with the instructor by appointment on Thursday afternoon.

In preparation for the workshop, you will be required to send 5 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages, that you would like to discuss during your workshop. These will be shared with fellow students.

Skill Level: All Levels
Tuition: $495
Enrollment limited to 8 students 

Faculty: Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s poetry books include OBIT, Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle. Her children’s picture book, Is Mommy?, was illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Beach Lane Books/S&S. It was named a New York Times Notable Book. Her middle grade novel, Love, Love was published by Sterling Publishing. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Lannan Residency Fellowship, and a Katherine Min MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles and is the program chair of Antioch’s Low-Residency MFA Program. She also serves on the National Book Critics Circle Board.

www.victoriachangpoet.com

Twitter: @VChangPoet

Instagram: @fattery12

 

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Laptop or desktop computer with document software such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, the Zoom app, and high-speed broadband access
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins

If you have never used Zoom, here is a quick tutorial: Zoom tutorial video link.

You will be required to bring additional materials to your workshop.

Writing the Memoir Essay

July 6-10, 2020

Many people dream of writing a memoir, of telling their most vital true stories, whether humorous, harrowing, adventurous, or simply to reflect on the poetry of the everyday experience. Writing an entire memoir, however, can be a daunting task! What if, though, we can learn to break up our stories into stand-alone personal essays–shorter true stories propelled by specific scenes, incidents, anecdotes, and epiphanies.

In this workshop, I will provide prompts and short readings by contemporary essayists that will inspire you and help you to identify some of your own foundational true stories. Anyone with a true story and a burning desire to tell it is welcome–no specific training or background required.

Zoom sessions are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, allowing for plenty of flexible time for you to work on assignments, as well as scheduled time to interact directly with the instructor by appointment on Thursday afternoon.

You will be asked to send a short personal essay in advance to discuss during your workshop.

Skill Level: All Levels
Tuition: $495
Enrollment limited to 8 students.
Faculty: Angela Morales

Meet your Faculty 

Angela Morales is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and is winner of the River Teeth Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She teaches creative writing at Antioch University and composition and creative writing at Glendale College. Her work has also appeared in Best American Essays, The Harvard Review, The Los Angeles Review, and other publications. 

http://www.angelamorales.net 
https://twitter.com/professorbgirl

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Laptop or desktop computer with document software such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, the Zoom app, and high-speed broadband access
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins

If you have never used Zoom, here is a quick tutorial: Zoom tutorial video link.

You will be required to bring additional materials to your workshop.

More information coming soon!

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