by Theresa Miller
I can be kind of cynical. So imagine my surprise when I was thoroughly captivated by an LA coffee shop. My little writing cove, my favorite hideout is The Bourgeois Pig. It’s nestled in a corner on Franklin Avenue in Echo Park. I grumbled something about the place being surrounded by hipsters (completely ignoring the fact that I was wearing the entire contents of Buffalo Exchange) and hesitated. But when I entered this quirky little coffee shop, I was immediately taken. My heart raced, my pupils dilated, and I thought to myself, “This is it.”
Is your film the type to be discussed by cinephiles in an Echo Park coffee shop, or is a story like yours likely to have a big opening weekend at the Cineplex? Find out this Wednesday night with Victor Levin’s (Mad Men, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton) Blockbuster vs. Indie class! In this class, you’ll learn how to make sure your script doesn’t get passed over and have a better understanding of how to fund, write, and sell your screenplay. Or, engage your audience with the most interesting story of all, your life. In bestselling memoirist Brett Paesel’s (NY Times, Self) Memoir Bootcamp next Tues., you’ll learn how to tell your personal story in the most captivating way possible. She’ll even give you feedback on up to 1200 words ever class!
Take a look at Writing Pad’s roster of classes below. They’re guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, teach you invaluable techniques, and help you write and amazing story. We hope to see you at a class soon!
2014 Classes And Events
Storytelling Essay Showcase
Instant Story: A Conversation With Nia Vardalos & Diablo Cody
Writing and Publishing the Modern Short Story
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp
Memorable Memoir 1 Day (Online)
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp (Online)
A Novel Approach
Novel Writing 1 Night (Online)
Novel Bootcamp (Online)
Journalism/Writing For the Web
Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (1-day)
Writing the Op-ed or Cultural Essay
Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (5-wk)
#FameSuccessLove: Harnessing The Power of Twitter
Pitching For The Press: A Query Letter Clinic
Writing Interviews and Reviews For Magazines or Newspapers
From Blog Post To Book Deal: A Blog Writing Workshop
Advanced Personal Essay Class (Online)
Writingpalooza: Find Your Literary Mojo
Writingpalooza: Find Your Literary Mojo (Online)
Writing Accessible Poems
Nonfiction Book Proposal
How to Hook an Agent
Indies to Blockbusters
Writing the TV Comedy
From Slashers To Body Snatchers: Writing The Horror Screenplay
Hollywood Insider: Breaking Into The Biz
Dream It, Write It, Pitch It: Screenwriting Bootcamp
Writing for Actors/Writing For The Stage
Life Is A Many-Storied Thing: A Storytelling Workshop (1 Day)
Going For The Gut: A Storytelling Workshop (1 Day)
One Person Show Workshop
Grand Slam Story: A Storytelling Workshop (5 Wk)
For this week’s writing prompt, make a list of three places in your city that you love with a passion. It could be a place where you go to be alone with your thoughts or feel connected to everyone around you. Maybe it’s an obscure little nook in your neighborhood, or maybe it’s a popular tourist attraction. Pick one of your favorite local hangouts. Add a sensory detail to it (smell, taste, touch, sound). What does it look like? How does it make you feel? Does it give you a rush or does it calm your nerves? Write about that special place for 10 minutes, and make sure to include that sensory detail. Tell us specifically why it’s the best place in the world.
At the Bourgeois Pig, no matter what time of day it is, it looks like it’s nighttime inside. That’s the way mama likes it. The way the strategically placed red lights hit the old furniture and muraled walls, you’d think you were in a Noir film. It’s the perfect place to brood. Behind the 1940’s inspired front counter, is a friendly bearded man serving delicious hot cocoa, or maybe warmed chocolate chip cookies.
Walk a little further in and you’ll hit the pool table area. An astonishing Rococo style mirror brings class and charm to the space and is offset by the worn out chairs and table for one. Peek behind the pool table and you’ve walked into a fairyland. In this nook is a huge fake tree, a beautiful lighting fixture made to look like a full moon, and comfortable couches. They even have a tiny (and I mean tiny) two person seating area right by the entrance, hidden even further by a wooden canopy. I’ve had successful dates, writing breakthroughs, and chill out sessions in this place. Living in a busy city, it’s one of the few places I feel totally relaxed.
What’s your home away from home? Write about your favorite local hideout for 10 minutes, and you could win a free class!