Summertime. The beach. The sand. The surf. Dodgers games. Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. In the summer it’s time to take it easy in the sun, right? You bet. Time to shirk your writing? NO WAY! You can grab your beach ball and have a summer BBQ, but you still need to write, write, write!

Oh, but you’re heading to France for your dream vacation, you say? Your only plans are to eat croissants and lounge at the café along the Champs-Élysées? Well, be sure to bring your laptop with you, because we offer several courses online that you can access from anywhere in the world.

Fun new online offerings include Zombies, Werewolves, and Other Teenage Misfits: Compelling Characters in the YA Novel (Online), with new instructor and young adult novelist Amanda Gersh. You’ll learn how to write believable shape-shifting, neck-biting teen characters.

Are you curious how “to do” lists, recipes, or even PowerPoint presentations can inform your writing? Our new course Using Found Texts: Deepening Your Fiction and Nonfiction (Online) with short story writer and St. Lawrence Book Award winner Yelizaveta Renfro will show you how.

Sticking close to home this summer? Looking to infuse life experience into your writing? Check out Rolling in the Deep: Writing from Personal Experience with long-time Wp’ instructor Steven Wolfson, who is also teaching the new intermediate-level course Don’t Stop Writing! A 6-Week Workshop in Creative Momentum.

Learn to strengthen your reporting and researching skills with Reporting the Truth of Your Memoir, a new two-day course with seasoned Wp’ instructor Alison Singh Gee.

For our screenwriters out there, check out Making Your Scenes Better: A Workshop in Scene-Craft with Jim Jennewein. This onsite course is for beginning and intermediate level writers looking to improve their scene writing. Think of some of your favorite movie scenes and get inspired!

For a unique perspective from someone on the agent side of the table, take a course with former Paradigm TV Literary Agent and current TV Lit Manager at Artist International, Zadoc Angell, who will be teaching TV Pilot Writing with a TV Lit Manager: Intermediate Workshop.

Here are a few more summer highlights in the Writers’ Program:

Building Your Literary Voice (Online) with Garret Freymann-Weyr

Writing Commercial Fiction (Online) with Nick Mamatas

Deepening Characters: A Writing Workshop with Lisa Lieberman Doctor

Taking the Mystery out of the Mystery: How to Write the Mystery Novel with Hannah Dennison

Show, Don’t Tell: Visual Storytelling with Philip Eisner

Online enrollment begins Monday, April 16. Make your summer plans now!

Sara Bond is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing.

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