Recruiting Soldiers of the Written Word: The Los Angeles Review’s Online Summer Workshops, 2011

It’s that time of year again, folks–time for another round of LAR workshops, spiffed up and buffed for the summer season. 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 yet more workshops with our editors that writers from all corners of the world–not just the West Coast–can benefit from.

Writing, reading, and falling in love with the written word are all processes. None of these happen using the linear or intuitive side of the brain alone, and none of these happen suddenly rather than gradually. To accommodate this, these online workshops will combine writing exercises, discussion, and critique of creative writing, all the while encouraging the writer to reflect, question, and learn to take risks.

Our online workshops are a chance for you to work directly with the editors and the notable contributors of The Los Angeles Review, and to interact with likeminded writers from all over the world. Each four-week intensive workshop will give you the chance to write new work, gain feedback on existing work, and learn fresh angles of approach to writing that can surprise–even startle–both the writer and the reader.

JUNE

  • Sweating the Small Stuff: Poetry with Poetry Editor Tanya Chernov

This poetry workshop is designed for writers who want to jump-start their poetry practice, those who want to keep the engine oiled, and those who approach writing and reading with sincerity. 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 every writer must know how to go about digging oneself out of those ruts.

If you’ve ever sweated over three words and a comma, you know what we mean. If you believe in inspiration but also believe in plain hard work, then this workshop is your jam.

  • Creating Swift, Tight Miracles on the Page: Flash with Liz Prato

Flash prose is exploding in popularity in our short attention span society, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be packed with emotional resonance and evocative language. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to tell a meaningful story — true or imagined — in less than 1000 words.We’ll discuss published examples of flash fiction & nonfiction, create new work using writing prompts, and examine your work-in-progress in a fun and supportive workshop format. Short-shorts are a perfect way to sharpen your storytelling skills, whether you want to write micro-fiction, a memoir, or a novel. They’re also an excellent avenue for new writers to break into publishing for the first time.

JULY

  • Yanking the Thread: Discovering Connective Elements in Nonfiction with Editor Ann Beman

This four-week class will be focused on exploring literary nonfiction in a variety of forms. Nonfiction includes a wide range of forms, all of which aim for the same goal: making connections. Students in this course will learn to recognize, analyze, and most importantly, practice several forms.

  • The Modern Book Review with Editor Joe Ponepinto

The modern book review not only examines the book in question, but also connects the work to literary traditions and discerns its place in art and society—and book reviews are among the fastest avenues to publishing credits in the literary world.

Registration cost for each class is $150, and includes 2 issues of The Los Angeles Review, which will be used as the texts for the class.

Registration is now open. Email a 1-page writing sample to lareview.editor@gmail.com, and include “Workshop Application” and either “Poetry,” “Flash,” “Nonfiction,” or “Reviews” in the subject line of your email. Because space in each workshop is limited, we encourage you to apply early.

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