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This class is an introduction to putting together a non-fiction book proposal. So, you’ve found a killer true story and you want to write a book about it. How do you start? We’ll go over how to decide if your story is a book or a shorter piece, how to figure out if it’s already been done, what to look for in an agent, the mechanics of a book...

$18
W.   Aug 3rd, 6:30pm
All levels
(387)

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Nonfiction—pieces that spring from the real world—is everywhere. Magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, websites. And nonfiction has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from straight to zany to lyrical, encompassing every topic imaginable from schoolyard memories to a trek in Nepal to the creation of the universe. Here...

$340
6 sessions
M.   Aug 1st, 7pm
Beginner
(213)
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Feature articles are the human side of journalism—pieces that go beyond the facts, exploring the world in a personal and compelling way. Such articles can examine virtually any topic, from the latest news to the newest trends to profiles of interesting people. And they can even grow into narrative nonfiction books. To succeed at features, you need...

$150
F.   Sep 23rd, 10am
All levels
(213)

Are you eager to test the waters of creative writing but not sure where to start, or how? Have you written previously but been away for a while and hope to dip back in? Here you will be guided surely and safely into the writing life. There’s no pressure to work on a specific project or even settle on which type of creative writing you prefer. The...

$340
6 sessions
Th.   Aug 4th, 10am
Beginner
(213)
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Are you eager to test the waters of creative writing but not sure where to start, or how? Have you written previously but been away for a while and hope to dip back in? Here you will be guided surely and safely into the writing life. There’s no pressure to work on a specific project or even settle on which type of creative writing you prefer. The...

$150
F.   Sep 9th, 10am
All levels
(213)

Who doesn’t love the pleasure of literary laughter? We’re talking about essays, memoirs, articles, short stories, and novels that are humorous. It can be anything from a true story about the special hell of raising kids to a far-fetched tale of a would-be knight tilting at windmills. As Mark Twain says, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to...

$150
F.   Jul 29th, 10am
All levels
(213)

You’ve spent months, or years, sweating and swearing over a book and now you’re ready to draw the interest of agents and/or publishing houses. Or perhaps you’re in the midst of writing a book and you want to know the publishing challenges up ahead. The question looms: how do you get a book published? Here you will learn how to navigate the ins-and-outs...

$190
2 sessions
Th.   Sep 8th, 7pm
Beginner
(213)

This class will teach you fact-checking basics, whether you’re applying for a job as a fact checker (although rare, they do still exist) or you need to double-check your own writing. So you’ve written an article, blog post, book, or other item of nonfiction and you’re ready to publish. Before you foist it on the public: are you sure each and...

$16
Th.   Sep 8th, 6:30pm
All levels
(387)

The quiet magic of Goodnight Moon grows into the zaniness of Dr. Seuss and widens into the dazzlement of Harry Potter then matures into the straight talk of Judy Blume and the gritty reality of The Outsiders. Such is the amazing journey children take through books. These stories are a treasured part of childhood and they linger for a lifetime. To...

$150
F.   Sep 23rd, 10am
Advanced
(213)

This open-level class is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through insightful critique and focused discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive...

$360
7 sessions
T.   Sep 6th, 6:45pm
All levels
(6)

There’s a reason why writers gravitate to cafes and libraries, where it can help just to be surrounded by others doing the same thing. The challenge of persevering through the long and lonely process of writing a full-length work can be daunting. The Writing Room is here to help. Whether you’re putting off starting a novel, memoir or narrative...

$410
8 sessions
Th.   Sep 8th, 6:30pm
All levels
(6)
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Discover how to work as a writer in a changing industry by completing two publishable pieces. This class will show you where opportunities are and which are right for you. You'll workshop two pieces in any format including news stories, roundups, services pieces, listicles, profiles, personal essays, interviews, and features. The class will address...

$550
8 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
Beginner
(48)

In this workshop, we'll take your idea, develop it, and turn it into something you can write and sell. Got a great idea for a nonfiction book but don't know what to do with it? With a professional and powerfully-written book proposal, you'll be able to get the attention of busy agents and editors and sell them on your book. By the end of the course,...

$550
8 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
All levels
(48)

With demand for "true and shocking" narratives apparently at a peak, this course will ask participants to explore alternative ways that personal lives, histories, and relationships can be used as creative material, and what the reasons might be for doing so.  Together, we'll ask what can be uniquely expressed by performance and writing that incorporates...

$180
8 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
All levels
(26)

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City. The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned....

$150
No Upcoming Schedules
All levels
(213)
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