Workshops/Master Classes

Lakeshore Writers Workshop offers writing workshops focused on creative process and the craft of writing, in addition to developmental editing, manuscript and craft classes and workshops with visiting master teachers.

Fall Workshops enrolling now:

8-WEEK Tuesday EVENING: 7:00 to 9:00 pm                                                                                               January 5th – March 1st  •  7 to 9 pm  (No meeting Feb. 2nd)

8-WEEK THURSDAY MORNING: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm                                                                        January 7th –  March 3rd  •  10 am-12:30 pm (No meeting Feb. 4th)


Workshop with Master Teacher KEVIN (Mc) McILVOY

January 16-17 2016

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.”  Mc’s Master Class will include a craft lecture (topic TBD) and the review and discussion of  manuscripts.

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, to name a few. 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.


Karen Joy Fowler  Author of six novels and three short story collections. September 2014

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

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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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