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“Responsive, enthusiastic and very, very well-organized. I have participated in many online workshops, including those organized by other lit mags as well as during my low residency MFA. I have completed three of The Eckleburg Workshops creative nonfiction workshops. I’m ready to enroll again. Publication is great encouragement, of course, but the experience of those four weeks far exceeds the success that follows them.” — Lori White, Student

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Short Short Fiction

Description

This workshop explores the tricky art of writing and editing short short (flash) fiction, or stories under 1,000 words. Writers of short short fiction face the unique challenge of creating something fragmentary, but complete; something brief, but satisfying; little moments that hint at a whole world. This workshop will focus on various approaches writers can take to write complete and complex stories in 1,000 words or fewer.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
Short Short Fiction | August 2015
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Developing a Short Film Script

Description

Making a feature film is a challenge, yet writing scripts that can actually be made is vital for the development of a blossoming filmmaker. The "Developing a Short Film Workshop" will take you through the entire filmmaking process from purpose, to premise, to structure, to the written word. You will leave this 4 week workshop with a 5-7 page screenplay critiqued by your peers and faculty that has the potential to be turned into a feature script. The goal is to draft a short screenplay that you can shoot and if it gains attention, be able to follow-up with a feature script.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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Reimagining Plot: Experimenting with Form in Creative Nonfiction

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The Reimagining Plot workshop will introduce students to various forms and organizational approaches for creative nonfiction that break the rules of the traditional plot and narrative structures. Students will complete a combination of short writing exercises and three new complete works that will receive feedback from fellow classmates and the instructor. Each writing assignment will give students a chance to incorporate new narrative approaches into their work.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Conflict Poetry

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Conflict Poetry is the study of and creation of poems with a focus on both external and internal conflict--i.e., war zones, domestic violence and more. 4 weeks. 4 new poems written by you. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
Conflict Poetry | April 2014

 

 

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Magic Realism II Workshop

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Pre-Requisite: Magic Realism IMagic realism (magical realism) is the perfect balance of literary fiction with fantastical elements. This is not fantasy and it's more than realism. It is the sweet spot of literary fiction. In the Magic Realism II Workshop, we'll study advanced techniques in exploring and writing magic realism.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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Writing Identity in Short Fiction: Declaration

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Writing Identity in Short Fiction: Declaration is a 4 week course that asks the questions: What is identity and how does it manifest in our writing? How does one’s identity inform the creative process? And in what ways do we reach back to our beginnings to explain who we are, who we’ve become, and who we aspire to be? Are we what we write? Or do we write to proclaim who we are? During this course, you will be given writing prompts to examine identity as a theme in your writing. Each day, the class and I will critique these prompts and at the end of the week, you will choose one of the prompts to expand upon. This will become the foundation for a short story, a draft of which will be due at the end of the workshop. You will be given short reading assignments each week that will complement brief written lectures on identity as a feature of storytelling. Each student will have a one-on-one conference call with the instructor at the end of the workshop to discuss the short story draft. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Historical Fiction I: Foundations

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The course objective is to prepare writers, of all levels, with the skills necessary to complete a historical short story or novel chapter. We will explore a variety of topics geared to learning how to research your novel, and how to incorporate history into setting, characters, and plot. The class will consist of research and world building exercises, analysis of popular historical novels, and written fiction. Students will develop either a short story or a work-in-progress novel throughout the weeks. Students will leave with a thorough understanding of the historic novel, and feel confident to create a work of their own, hopefully building on the piece developed in workshop.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Novel II Workshop: Setting as Three-Dimensional Canvas

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PREREQUISITE: You must have completed a first draft of a novel or short story that you plan to expand into a novel prior to taking this course.

This course works well with "Novel I: Create Unforgettable Characters," "Novel III Workshop: Form Narrative Arc That Grabs from Beginning to End" and "Literary Matchmaking." We suggest taking the workshops in order but are happy to work with writers in one or two workshops as well.

By exploring time, place and the vital iconic entities, your settings within each individual scene will not merely lay flat as backgrounds to your characters but rather your settings will weave into the lives of your characters and provide three-dimensional support, movement, arc and inspiration. Using a number of guided structural and narrative explorations, you will explore three individual scene settings and will identify their pulse points and potentials then bring these potentials out with individualized edits and end comments by the instructor and fellow workshop writers. By the end of the workshop, you will not only have explored your settings in your novel, you will have created at least three additional works, short stories, scenes or chapters.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Evolving Origins: A Poetry Workshop

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How can contradictions of various culture experiences shape your unique poet's voice? How can you use authentic experience to write beyond pre-existing social conceptions of race, ethnicity, and gender? This 4-week workshop will lead writers through a series of questions, prompts and exercises utilizing personal experiences and various cultural traditions to help craft poems. Students will offer feedback on each other’s work. We will also analyze existing poems that utilize popular culture, in order to better fuel creativity and spark discussion on how poetry informs and responds to social and political ideologies.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Writing the Short Poem

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Capturing the essence of an important concept or personal experience within the confines of a short poem can be tricky. How can you harness each word to ensure it resonates with readers? The mission of Writing the Short Poem is to provide inspiration and both creative and practical strategic guidance on ‘writing the short poem’, which students will utilize to write four new poems, one per week. Topics include: focusing on the significance, weight, and impact of each word; metaphor creation; culling extraneous words, unfocused images, and extended personal monologue; the importance of showing V. telling; the power of first and last lines; and how not to stray from the poem’s core.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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The Poetry Chapbook Workshop

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In "The Poetry Chapbook Workshop," we'll talk about what a chapbook is, what makes a strong manuscript, and engage with our own body of poems to see what themes emerge from our work. We'll also explore some chapbook presses, what to look out for when submitting, and how to find the right home for your manuscript. The workshop will provide opportunities for feedback on their poems and cover letters. By the end of the four weeks, you will have a draft of a chapbook manuscript.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Poetry I

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Poetry I is the study of and creation of poems with a focus on place, subject, body and gender, how authentic experience informs our linguistic expression.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
Poetry I | June 2015

 

 

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Essay III: Body Narrative

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This workshop goes well with "Essay I: Find Your Personal Voice" and "Essay II: The Art of the Lyric Essay."

The body speaks its own language, and every writer has a voice that relates to body awareness. In this four week workshop, we will study and write body narratives. You will receive personalized feedback on your essays from peers/instructor.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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Make It Shiver: Memoir Writing, Long and Short

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The 'Make It Shiver: Memoir Writing, Long and Short' Workshop is an exciting doorway into making art from personal experience. In this 4 week course, we will up the stakes on subjects that come from our own lives by identifying and applying what makes a reader turn the pages: manipulation of time, imagination, language, and other elements of craft.  We'll read the work of at least four masters of the memoir/personal essay. In an online forum, we'll discuss how they make their pieces "shiver," how they take simply living through an event and elevate it to a powerful experience on the page. In terms of individual work, we'll write 3 short memoir pieces OR one longer piece/one short. These pieces will be read and commented on by faculty and fellow students. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Essay I: Find Your Personal Voice

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Tell your story. Discover and explore your organic voice and share your personal narrative in a gripping and essential way. "Find Your Personal Voice" workshop will teach you how to not only compose your stories, but also how to make your stories compelling. In this 4-week online workshop we will read a wide range of essays from contemporary masters of the personal essay. The "Essay I" workshop will focus on how to create narrative flow within your essay, improve craft techniques such as pace and rhythm, find the best structure to suit your narrative, and revision. Each participant will have new and polished work with feedback from both peers and instructor. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Essay II: The Art of the Lyric Essay

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This workshop goes well with Essay I: Find Your Personal Voice. Are you wondering how to form lyrical language within your creative nonfiction? Lyric essays are popular with both print and online journals. In this workshop, writers will read lyric essays and study prose and poetry for cadence and voice. By the end of this four week workshop, you will have new works with personal feedback from peers/instructor.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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Developing a Short Film Script

Description

Making a feature film is a challenge, yet writing scripts that can actually be made is vital for the development of a blossoming filmmaker. The "Developing a Short Film Workshop" will take you through the entire filmmaking process from purpose, to premise, to structure, to the written word. You will leave this 4 week workshop with a 5-7 page screenplay critiqued by your peers and faculty that has the potential to be turned into a feature script. The goal is to draft a short screenplay that you can shoot and if it gains attention, be able to follow-up with a feature script.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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Writing the Ten Minute Play

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There is a ripe market for ten minute plays across the country with great opportunity for production. Learn the fundamentals of dramatic structure and how to utilize that effectively in this very popular genre. What is the difference between a skit, a character study and a complete play? Resources for submitting your play will be provided. Excellent for dramatic writers and for writers of all genres who have plays ready to burst out. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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Create Your Book Trailer

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Do you have a novel, short story collection or poetry collection coming out? Join "Create Your Book Trailer" and learn how to create a book trailer that will gather promotional interest for your book! In just 4 weeks, you will have your very own, custom book trailer to share with your publisher, readers and reviewers.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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Screenwriting I: Foundations, Characterization & Arc

Description

Screenwriting I is a creative lecture and individual workshop with an optional one on one pitch and critique session with Marc Lapadula, Yale professor in The Film Studies Program, award-winning playwright/screenwriter, and consultant for film producers, including New Line Films studio. In this foundational study of character development and scene framing, fiction and nonfiction writers will learn how to reshape their crafts for film, using award-winning film scripts and scenes from Winter's BoneWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape and Psycho. In this lecture workshop, you will begin new work and/or further explore existing work. Former students have written: (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, Olympus Has Fallen, The Break Up, The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars, Anamorph, Expendables 3, and Bride Wars as well as several other highly successful and/or critically-acclaimed films.

$110.00
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Breaking Books I: How to Get Started as a Reviewer

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This course will walk students through the basics of writing, pitching, and publishing book reviews. We will discuss the many ways book reviews are valuable for literary citizenship, networking, and building relationships within the publishing community. Assignments will include submissions bombing (in which students will craft work for interested markets that are lined up in advance of the course), drafting pitches, and mapping the ways that reviews can help accomplish one's goals for one's own creative work.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
Breaking Books: How to Get Started as a Reviewer | July 2015
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Mindfulness and Writing Workshop

Description

Stories live in the body and the present moment. In this course, we will both use writing as a way to check in more deeply with life and ourselves AND use mindfulness techniques as a way to drop deeper into our body narrative (breath awareness, body scans, how this can inform what we pen). By the end of the course youξwill create new work and have new tools for facilitating writing and drafts of poetry, fiction and/or personal essays.

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
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The Fine Art of Application Writing

Description

This course will walk students through the basics of writing convincing and persuasive applications to fellowships, grants, and other opportunities. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00$130.00
The Fine Art of Application Writing | August 2015
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Writing the Ten Minute Play

Description

There is a ripe market for ten minute plays across the country with great opportunity for production. Learn the fundamentals of dramatic structure and how to utilize that effectively in this very popular genre. What is the difference between a skit, a character study and a complete play? Resources for submitting your play will be provided. Excellent for dramatic writers and for writers of all genres who have plays ready to burst out. 

Register for two or more workshops in the same order and receive a 20% discount. Limited time and availability. This course is all online and offers individualized feedback on your work. It runs for four weeks and begins the first Sunday of the month. You will have all week to complete your lessons and will not need to login at particular times during the week, but rather, when it is convenient to your schedule. Weekly deadlines are set by your instructor and are usually set Sunday evenings. You will have access to class, peer and instructor interaction throughout the week, as part of the comment and forum sections located on each lesson page.

$110.00
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