Workshops/Master Classes


Kevin McIlvoy (5/24-25/14) and Karen Joy Fowler (9/13-14*/14)

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Master  Class with  Kevin McIlvoy

May 24-25, 2014  •  Saturday - Sunday  •  10 to 4 

Kevin “Mc” McIlvoy  has taught creative writing for thirty years. He serves as a faculty

Kevin McIlvoy

Kevin McIlvoy

member for the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing. He recently retired as Regents Professor at New Mexico State University where he was editor of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol. His work has appeared in TriQuarterlyHarper’s MagazineThe CollagistThe Southern ReviewRiver CityPloughshares, and The Missouri Review. He has published four novels: A WaltzLittle PegHyssop, andThe Fifth Station, as well as a collection of stories, The Complete History of New Mexico.  He describes himself as a learner-teacher who expects writers to recognize that the moment before them always provides insight into “the big picture” of their past and future lives as artists. He mentors writers and edits book manuscripts through his website:

Mc’s Master Class will include craft lecture and review and discussion of  manuscripts. Mc asks that participants be prepared to articulate with exceptional specificity the possibilities in their own work, and, in light of those possibilities, their usual approaches to transforming the work. Assuming that writers do not wish to merely bandage, patch, and repair “problems” in their drafts, he will propose specific methods for avoiding “default” modes of structure, for achieving dynamic balance in the larger and smaller elements, for reckoning with the complexities of narrative sensibility, and for gaining new insight into the presentation of setting and time. He will center this class on distinctions between “construction” and “creation” of the work, and on distinctions between the reader’s “reactions” and the reader’s “responses.”

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler

 Master  Class with  Karen Joy Fowler

Date Change: Sept. 13-14, 2014

Saturday-Sunday  •   10:00 to 4:00 

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.  Her most recent novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, was published by Putnam in May 2013.  Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011.    She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation.

This will be a lecture and manuscript discussion class.


John Freeman  Award-winning author,  book critic and former editor of Granta. December  2013   

John Freeman, former editor of Granta and one time president of the National Book Critics Circle, has written about books for more than two hundred publications worldwide, including the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, La Republica, and La Vanguardia. His first book, “The Tyranny of E-mail”, was published in 2009. His latest book, “How to Read a Novelist” was published in October 2013. His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, ZYZZYVA, and The Paris Review. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

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Lakeshore Writers Workshop Fall 2014

Spring Writing Workshops: These are generative workshops focused on creative process and the craft of writing.

8-WEEK WEDNESDAY EVENING: 6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                                            TBA

8-WEEK THURSDAY MORNING: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm                                                                         TBA

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One-On-One Coaching and Manuscript Consultation on-going, by arrangement.

Lakeshore Writers is located in the Bellevue Club on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

For additional information regarding workshops, cost and availability, or to arrange for one-on-one coaching and manuscript consultations, please contact Teresa.


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