On a much happier note,

I’m happy to announce that The Los Angeles Review, where I serve as Managing Editor, is opening registration for two all-new fall writing workshops.

We LAR editors have long felt we wanted to be a different kind of literary magazine; we didn’t want to simply pick work we liked and put out a couple of editions every year. We wanted to work with our authors, develop relationships with them, and promote their work to the best of our ability. We wanted to build and contribute to our writing community, to help writers develop their talents, and to be a model of literary citizenship. This year, we’re happy to bring community to the writer by offering workshops with our editors that writers from all corners of the world–not just the West Coast–can benefit from. If you’re interested in learning more about writing fiction or poetry from two of the most talented ladies I know, check out the info below, or visit http://www.losangelesreview.org.

LAR Fall Poetry Workshop with Poetry Editor Tanya Chernov

This workshop is intended for people who want to jump-start their poetry practice and to keep the engine oiled. You’ll do plenty of writing and reading, and have lively discussions about both the craft and the process of poetry. The weekly homework assignments (workshopped the following week) are designed to provide fresh angles of approach that can surprise–even startle–both the writer and his/her readers. As writers, we all get stuck in ruts, and this workshop will offer ways of digging ourselves out, whether we use these strategies to simply get started at writing or to revise a particularly challenging poem.

The class is suitable for a wide spectrum of poets. The focus of the class is generative: to get everybody going and excited about doing new work, to take away strategies that can help with their current and future writing–and to have a great time while we’re at it.

About the workshop leader: Tanya’s poetry has been published all over the literary map, ranging from experimental forms to traditional, from literary narratives to imaginative farces. Tanya holds an MFA in poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and serves as both the Poetry Editor and Translation Editor for the Los Angeles Review.

Dates: November 1 to November 30

Cost: $150, includes our texts for the class, The Los Angeles Review issues 6 and 7.

How to apply for this workshop: Email lareview.poetry@gmail.com with a brief writing sample. Please include “Fall Workshop” in the subject line of your email.

Application Deadline: October 26

 

LAR Fall Fiction Workshop with Fiction Editor Stefanie Freele

This introduction to short fiction workshop is open to the new and curious short story writer. Our goal is to encourage turning ideas into stories. Prompts and exercises will generate fresh and unexpected writing, and students will read and discuss examples of stellar short fiction, fine-tune workshop pieces, and explore what it means to be a writer.

About the workshop leader: Stefanie’s short story collection, Feeding Strays (Lost Horse Press) was a finalist for both the Book of the Year Award and the 2010 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Stefanie is the fiction editor of The Los Angeles Review and the 2010/2011 Healdsburg Literary Laureate. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

Dates: November 1 to November 30

Cost: $150, includes our texts for the class, The Los Angeles Review issues 6 and 7.

How to apply for this workshop: Email lareview.fictioneditor@gmail.com with a brief writing sample. Please include “Fall Workshop” in the subject line of your email.

Application Deadline: October 26

 

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