"Thank you for a great workshop. It feels good to get the creative juices flowing again!"
The goal of our workshops is to help you beat the block, banish the fear. This is done through in-class writing and sharing, helpful feedback, and an encouraging environment. No one is forced to share his or her work, or offer feedback.
A nonhierarchical atmosphere, combined with group guidelines, keeps the writer "safe" and encourages risk taking and growth. In most workshops, you will be able to submit a manuscript (up to 20 pages) for a full critique. One-on-one meetings with the facilitator are also available.
Most sessions are held at Desiree's home in Long Beach.
6 or 8-Week Workshops
Our most popular workshop. Writers meet once a week for 8 consecutive weeks. Each session lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. We write, share and grow together as artists. Aspects of craft -
character development, plot, description, etc - are also discussed. Fun and creative writing prompts will surprise and support your creative journey. Click here for schedules and registration.
$120 - 180
Per session fee is $30
Beginning Novel & Short story writing
For writers who have more than an idea for a novel or short story. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the writing process, all designed to help you make meaningful progress on your project. Beginning a novel or short story can be a daunting task, especially for first timers. Let me help you take that idea out of your head and onto the page.
$100 (five weeks)
A workshop designed to help you move your work to completion. Manuscripts will be critiqued by the leader and other participants. We will also do writing exercise that will explore the basic elements of the novel such as theme, scene construction, character develompent, and much more.
Working with others in the revising stages of a manuscript is very powerful, and you will make substantial progress. Each participant will be required to read, mark up and offer feedback for all manuscripts. We will meet for 8 sessions, usually bi-weekly; however, the group determines the meeting time and frequency. Click here for schedules and registration. This workshop is limited to 4 writers.