liz gonzález
Writer, Writing Coach and Consultant, and Instructor

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Private Coaching and Consulting

liz works one-on-one and in small groups with beginning to experienced writers. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching poetry, fiction, memoir, and essay writing and facilitating creative writing workshops. She enjoys working with writers at all levels of different ages and backgrounds. Consultations and coaching are personalized to your needs and can include:

  • Generative writing prompts
  • Guidance and support on specific craft techniques, goal setting and staying on track, starting and finishing a project, and preparing a manuscript for application to an MFA program, residency, or fellowship
  • Detailed feedback on short and long manuscripts, written and verbal
  • Recommendations of creative works and craft books to read
  • A sounding board for ideas and challenges

Writing services are offered through email, in person, video chat, and phone. For more information, contact liz

Creative Writing Classes through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Summer 2017: The Essential Beginnings of Fiction Writing: An Introductory Workshop (Online)

Course Description: Do you aspire to write creatively but don't know where to start? This supportive workshop provides you with many techniques to motivate and guide you. You learn how to transform observation and personal experience into imaginative prose, create dynamic characters and dialogue, and write from different points of view. By the end of the course, you will have in hand a series of short sketches or a draft of a short story and key tools you need to write creatively.

Fall 2017: The Essential Beginnings of Nonfiction Writing: An Introductory Workshop (Downtown Los Angeles)

Course Description: Sometimes the best stories are true. To help you turn your personal experiences, anecdotes from everyday life, and family stories into compelling narratives, this workshop teaches beginning writers the basic elements of good storytelling. You learn how to excavate memories and discover fresh or unexpected facets of your life stories. Through weekly exercises, you generate new material and learn an array of fictional techniques to tell your nonfiction story, including how to play with voice, focus on a small unit of time, and describe landscape and character. By the course's completion, you will have in hand a series of short sketches or a draft of a nonfiction piece.

Winter 2017: Cuento Poems: Turn an experience or a description of a person or place, real or imagined, into poetry that resonates.

Course Description: You will learn basics of narrative and hybrid poetry, study and discuss poems on different topics and to explore what a cuento poem is, including poems from American Life in Poetry, edited by Ted Kooser, and write poems in response to prompts. In a safe, supportive environment, you will workshop your drafts with the class. By the end of the course, you will have several polished poems and a better understanding of poetry, as a reader and writer. This course is open to all levels.

TBA: Writer as Witness to Life (Online)

Course Description: Writer as Witness to Life (Online) "A writer's work is to witness things," states essayist Edward Hoagland. But how do you write creatively about events and experiences that are personal and important to you without getting too self-absorbed, sentimental, preachy, or narrow? Through reading like a writer, discussions, lessons on craft techniques, and practicing those techniques in your writing, you learn to enhance your observational abilities, strengthen your descriptive skills, and write artfully on a human, universal level. Some topics you might explore as a "witness to life" include memories, the life or death of a loved one, family history, socio-political or historical events, or a specific time or place. This course is appropriate for fiction and memoir writers. The course goal is to have a revised draft of a short story or chapter, the beginning of a short story or chapter, or a series of sketches.

See the UCLA Extension website to search for liz's current classes and to register:
https://www.uclaextension.edu/

Testimonials

“liz's teaching and class structure were ON POINT. Her and one other instructor’s classes have been better than the other classes I've taken. The structure, readings and writing exercises simply made me learn more about writing than other classes.” ~ Leo Marquez, Writer as Witness to Life student

“Writer as Witness to Life was my first creative writing class. Since then I have taken seven online classes. liz's are the best, I believe. Her lectures were comprehensive, including definitions, examples from great literature, suggestions for brainstorming and a breakdown of the assignments, not to mention really great assignments.” ~ Melissa de Jesus

Instructor Evaluations by UCLA Ext. Writers' Program Students in The Essential Beginnings of Fiction Writing

"The instructor is knowledgeable in the topic and realizes we may not be. The delivery of lessons was perfect. One building on another."

"liz was the perfect combination of mothering guidance/supportive friend. She provided a wealth of invaluable information while providing a safe environment for creative expression."

"This was by far the best course taken so far."