For creative writers of all genres and experience levels, beginners to pros, “Write Where You Are: The Art of Being Present on the Page” may inspire you to write something truer, deeper, and perhaps funnier, than you ever imagined possible. My onsite classes take place in Studio City, California, and starting September 20, I'll be offering my new Zoom Video Class! This class will be the same format as my on-site class, but will allow people around the country and world to participate!
NOW ENROLLING: Fall 2017 classes!
On-site Class, Studio City, CA
Thursdays, Sept. 21 - Nov. 16* 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
* No class on October 12
New Zoom Video Class!
Take my class from the comfort of your own home!
Wednesdays, Sept. 20 - Nov. 15* 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. PST
* No class on October 11
More About My Writing Classes
My students are wise, accomplished men and women from diverse backgrounds, with various degrees of writing experience. Some have never written before; others are paid professionals. Everybody learns from each other. Each class has 6-10 students.
My class is not genre-specific, because no matter what you’re writing—poems, essays, fiction, memoir, blog posts, articles, blogs, or performance art—the process is the same. The structure/container takes on a different shape depending on the project, but the creative process does not. While most people gravitate toward a genre that feels right for them, several of my students write more than one genre.
My focus is on process rather than product. Engaging in the creative process honestly, and with integrity, automatically generates product. Product is excrement of process. I guide people as they work from the inside out, and provide an expansive yet intimate setting.
On-site writing classes take place in my San Fernando Valley home, aka “ The Tree House.” Many students have said my on-site class feels like a retreat, and part of this has to do with the surroundings, which include floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of mountains and sky, comfortable seating around a coffee table covered with inspirational books and journals, flowers, and candles. In the wintertime, flames flicker in the fireplace.
Zoom video class will be taking the place of Bella's beloved tele-class. We're excited this new technology is available!
Classes begin with a five-minute grounding meditation, which helps students come into the present moment. I begin and end the meditation with Tibetan bells or a singing bowl, and invite students to connect with their breath and drop down into their bodies.
After the meditation, we read the day’s writing prompts and ask for a volunteer to read them aloud. The list contains a page of one-line prompts I’ve gleaned from poetry texts, selected with my students in mind. I ask people to mark the ones that elicit a visceral response.
I host free literary salons several times a year featuring my students reading work they’ve written in my classes. We can accommodate 50 guests. This event is always eagerly anticipated, inspirational, and fun.
is a writer’s oasis, for both beginners and seasoned writers alike. She provides an environment that supports, encourages, and challenges the creative process in all of us. A great class for those who want to connect with their inner storyteller and get it down on paper. Highly, highly recommended!”
—David Cordova, High School History Teacher
Please note: Enrollment is contingent upon instructor’s approval and class availability.
New Students: After registration and payment, you will be taken to a final page to complete a New Student Application.