The 90-Day Novel © Telecourse is an intensive workshop designed to guide the writer from initial idea to the completion of a first draft. This program is available for both fiction writers and memoirists, and is offered to writers at all levels.
Instructor Alan Watt is the Creative Director of L.A. Writers' Lab, bestselling author, and writer/director of Interior Night. He founded L.A. Writers’ Lab in 2002 as a place for writers to deepen their craft by learning to marry the rigor of structure to the freedom of the muse. He has taught everyone from award-winning authors to A-list screenwriters, journalists, poets, actors, professional athletes, war veterans, housewives, doctors, lawyers, television showrunners, Emmy-winning directors, first-time writers, and anyone else with a story to tell.
PLUS*, Q&A WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS:
Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction and an Alex Award, and The Color Master (2013), a NY Times Notable book. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her family, and teaches creative writing at USC. Here is a link to her latest book: The Color Master.
Janet Fitch is the author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film, and Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film. She has written a young adult novel, Kicks, short stories, essays, articles, and reviews, contributed to anthologies and regularly teaches at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She taught creative writing for 14 years in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, as well as VCFA’s Writing and Publishing program, A Room of Her Own (AROHO), the UCLA Writer’s Program, and Pomona College. She lectures frequently on fiction writing. Here is a link to her latest book: The Revolution of Marina M.
Writer and educator Cynthia Bond has taught writing to homeless and at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles for over fifteen years. Cynthia attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism on an academic scholarship, then moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Cynthia acted for many years in in New York with the Negro Ensemble Company. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Cynthia founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. At present, Bond teaches at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. Here is a link to her latest novel: RUBY (published by Hogarth Press, a division of Random House in April 2014).
Author, journalist, and screenwriter Jerry Stahl has written eight books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight (made into a film with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson), and the novels Pain Killers and I, Fatty (optioned by Johnny Depp). Former Culture Columnist for Details, Stahl’s widely anthologized fiction and journalism have appeared in a variety of places, including Esquire, The New York Times, Playboy, The Rumpus, and The Believer. Most recently, Stahl edited the anthology, The Heroin Chronicles, published by Akashic Books in January 2013; and his latest novel, Bad Sex On Speed was released in January 2013 by A Barnacle Book, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Most recently Stahl co-wrote the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Here is a link to his latest novel: Happy Mutant Baby Pills (published by HarperCollins).
Diana Wagman is the author of five adult novels, one young adult novel, and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction.Here is a link to her latest novel: Extraordinary October.
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