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** This program is FULL. We are no longer accepting online reservations for this program. **

To be added to the waitlist, please email Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] with 1) your name, 2) email address and 3) telephone number.

In this seminar,  join author Janet Fitch and discover how the great prose stylists produce their effects—and try out their methods and approaches for yourself.  Learn how to read as writers do and how to create your own stylistic experiments by actively engaging with the writers you love. For writers and readers alike!

This is a free program that will be held at the Studio City Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.


Reservation and Wait-list Policy

LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.

Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained. If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time to the best of your ability so we can keep an accurate reservation count as well as accommodate other guests who wish to attend. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native. In 1978, she graduated from Reed College with a degree in history, during which time she also attended Keele University in England in Russian studies. After deciding to become a fiction writer, she began publishing short stories in literary journals, while  working as a typesetter, proofreader, graphic artist, freelance journalist, as managing editor of American Film magazine, and the editor of The Mancos Times Tribune, a weekly newspaper in Colorado. She has taught fiction writing at Pomona College, the Writer’s Program at UCLA, the MPW program at USC, and is regular teaching faculty at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Fitch is the author of the novels Paint It Black and White OleanderWhite Oleander was chosen as a featured selection of Oprah’s Book Club, sold nearly a million copies, and was developed into a 2001 movie. Paint it Black was recently made into a feature film, directed by Amber Tamblyn.  She has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies such as Los Angeles Noir, Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, Room of her Own, Salon.com, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books.  Fitch’s new novel, The Revolution of Marina M, set during the Russian Revolution will appear in October 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation/wait-list policy for this seminar?
    Due to room capacity and the interactive nature of this program, program space will be limited to no more than 40. Once that capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist. If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Where should I park?
    The Studio City Library has an ample parking lot. There is also street parking available -- please pay attention to parking signs.
  • What should I bring?
    Please bring a pen and a notebook. Also, bring questions and be ready for an engaging discussion with Janet and fellow participants!