Francesca Lia Block (Writing for Young People and Fiction) has published over 25 works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry for adults, young adults and children, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement award-winning Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books. She teaches at UCLA Extension and privately and is honored to be a part of the Antioch Los Angeles MFA program. Her latest publications are the adult novel The Elementals (St. Martins Press, 2012) and the young adult novel Love in the Time of Global Warming (Henry Holt 2013), an epic fantasy based on Homer’s The Odyssey with a female heroine.
Writing has literally saved my life but whether it’s your passion or just an interest, I know that it can enhance your life in a profound way. Teaching is also deeply satisfying for me. It is inspiring to help people find their deep, inner story and learn ways to tell it more effectively. I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell and that those with a burning desire to tell it and dedication to that desire can be successful. When you work with me I hope you will feel deeply supported but also challenged and encouraged to grow. I foster a nurturing environment where students can become more fully energized by the joy of the creative process.
As your mentor I will encourage you to write (25 pages, submitted electronically every month) and read extensively. I will work closely with you on overall structure and line-by-line details using Track Changes to give you my notes. Phone conversations are sometimes an option. Most importantly, perhaps, I will help you uncover what it is you truly want to say to the world. I think my greatest strength as a teacher is getting to know my students on an individual basis (at residency and during the term) and helping them dig deep into their psyches to bring out the story that is most relevant to them and, therefore, I truly believe, important for the world.