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.

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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