Crafting the Story is a workshop for writers to develop skills and tools that can increase the impact of their story, whether true or invented, short or long form.
Writes: creative nonfiction; a little fiction
Sage Bennet, Ph.D., has been with WAW for twelve years. She worked privately with Terry on her 2007 book, Wisdom Walk: Nine Practices for Creating Peace and Balance from the World’s Spiritual Traditions, published by New World Library, which she uses as a required text in college classes in philosophy and world religions. She is working on a book that combines memoir and philosophy and is interested in exploring different genres in creative nonfiction and fiction. “Terry Wolverton is the best — a lucid, caring mentor.”
Writes: fiction and memoir
I have been in Crafting the Story workshop for just over a year. Under the guidance of Terry and with the input from my fellow workshoppers, one of my pieces, “Whispering,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. I continue to work on my experientially based novel, Light Was the Wild Card.
Writes: memoir and fiction
Angela Brinskele is a photographer and the Director of Communications at the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood. She is happy to be in her first formal writing class with Terry Wolverton at Writers At Work.
Writes: traditional (with iambic pentameter) poetry, free verse, short stories, essays, memoirs
Born in 1947 in Los Angeles, I attended Hollywood High and USC. I have worked mostly in property but have also done technical writing, yoga and Pilates instruction, and research for production companies. I have written a few instruction manuals (the ones you can understand, of course) and had poetry published in Japan. Almost two years ago I was told I had a fatal cancer, but true to my rebellious self, I have not died. I am semi-retired, active in HOA affairs and read to the blind at the Braille Institute.
Elaine’s stories have been published in several literary magazines, including ZYZZYVA, and one was a finalist in a Glimmer Train competition. In 2012, she received a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers fellowship. With the invaluable support of her Writers At Work family, she is writing a collection of short stories.
Writes: creative nonfiction and a little poetry
I’ve been a member of WAW for five years, braiding essays that draw upon my memories of growing up as a mixed-race “military brat” in Japan and the United States, my brother’s experiences as an enlisted airman in the US Navy during the Gulf War, and my current reflections on violence, militarism, race, and gender.
Writes: memoir (creative nonfiction)
I’ve been at WAW for 6 years and hope to die there. My first memoir, Where’s My Wand?, was published by Penguin and optioned as a TV series by Sony & Happy Madison. Almost finished with a second memoir.
Writes: dark comedy fiction
A mere chapter or two away from finishing my third novel under the guidance of Terry Wolverton and the WAW gang, I can say that Terry’s understanding of plot has successfully given me an excellent foundation for crafting a story. I’ve been a member of WAW for seven years and would not be the writer I am today if not for the insight of these brilliant folks. Also, there are always cookies. Cookies are good, too.
Writes: fiction, creative nonfiction, documentary film scripts
It took me ten years to get my college degree. When I finally finished, I had a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities; a degree that allowed me to pack in all my years of dabbling — in theater, dance, creative writing, “Marxist Interpretation of Culture” — and still graduate. To this day, I haven’t changed. I’m that same person, crossing boundaries and mixing up disciplines. I enjoy success in my life as a journalist, a documentary filmmaker, a published writer. Dance still influences my camera work. Critical thinking continues to guide my hand in writing in lyric essays.
David Stein is a writer and reality show producer. His published work includes “My Last Best Hand Job” — about his former illustrious hand-modeling career — which appears in Salon.com and was created at WAW. He is currently completing his first novel, a madcap romantic comedy. David is eternally grateful to Terry and the WAW gang for their expert and generous guidance and support.