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Francesca Block

Antioch University Los Angeles

Francesca Lia Block (Fiction and Writing for Young People) 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, WWLA, and privately and is honored to be a part of the Antioch Los Angeles MFA program. Her latest publications are the adult novels Beyond The Pale Motel (St. Martins Press, 2014) and The Elementals (St. Martins Press, 2012) and she has a memoir/writing guide called The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process (Seal Press, 2018).

Teaching Statement

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 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 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  and read extensively. I will work closely with you on overall story structure and line-by-line details using Track Changes to give you my notes. Attention will be paid to characterization, plot and all aspects of voice.  Phone conversations are sometimes an option, and I may assign exercises and specific reading. Annotations consist of three paragraphs–summary, craft element and application in your own work. 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.

The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process
Dead Girls: Poems
Beyond The Pale Motel|
The Elementals
Necklace of Kisses
Teen Spirit
Love in The Time of Global Warming
The Island of Excess Love
Pink Smog
The Frenzy
Pretty Dead
Blood Roses
Girl Goddess #9
Fairy Tales in Electri-city: Poems
Open Letter to Quiet Light: Poems
How to (Un)Cage a Girl: Poems
My Miserable Life
House of Dolls
Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur
Guarding The Moon
The Rose And The Beast
Violet And Claire
I Was A Teenage Fairy
Dangerous Angels
The Hanged Man
Weetzie Bat

francesca lia block

Affiliate Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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