"I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing." - John Cage


New Workshop Offerings for 2023

“There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as do exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, various as they are, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.”

— Jessamyn West 

2023 Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop

In-person and on zoom 

6 week series with chocolate and tea: January 9th through February 13th

6:30-8 pm Monday nights

This creative series is the most popular and longest-running workshop I offer. A fun and generative workshop for artists, writers, journalers, journalists, bloggers, beginners and experienced writers alike. Do you wish you wrote more? Want to feel a sense of community when you write? Want to start a book or finish a book? This series also supports Nanowrimo participants! Craft, technique, and prompts for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A kick in the butt for your writing life! Waiting for inspiration is also called procrastination.  So don't wait - connect with a community and improve your writing practice. Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. $180. This series will fill up fast as I keep the size of the group intimate. Sign up by email to tangledrootswriting@gmail.com or call 530-386-3901.

2023 Workshop Series: Take action now on Literary Submissions and Publication 

Tuesday nights February 28th, March 14th and March 28st on Zoom 6-8 pm

Optional self-guided community work sessions in person only on Tuesday nights March 7th and March 21st

I offer this workshop series the beginning of each new year to refresh and revive our submission goals and process. If you took this workshop last year, all the more reason to take it again and pick up right where you left off. If you haven't yet taken it, get started now! We will share the latest news in the world of publishing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Reassess your goals or set publishing goals for the first time in your writing life. Learn new tips for editing, researching, tracking submissions, publications. Strengthen your professional presence as a writer. Discover conferences and residencies and workshops that will feed your creativity, as well as scholarship and grant opportunities to help finances.
In a supportive community of writers, discuss tips and trends for submitting your work out into the world. Learn where to research resources for finding the best venue for a writing project and how to prepare a manuscript. Bring your specific questions to the workshops. In our optional work sessions, you can research, revise, edit, and prepare manuscripts for submission. If you are ready, push the SUBMIT button!  
$220 for the workshop series including a editorial review of a ten page manuscript ($75 value). 
You will finish this series with a plan for submissions, work submitted, residencies and opportunities identified, and scholarships applied for! The workshop series will include the latest info:
  • where to find the resources you need to get published in all genres
  • guidance from an editor
  • discussion of your specific questions
  • detailed notes for each workshop
  • the power of joining a community of writers 
  • Literary magazine submissions, chapbooks, and contests for all genres 
  • Author Platform - A plank is anything that gets your name, face, or work in front of interested people
  • Writer residencies, conferences, and workshop opportunities for all genres 
  • ten page manuscript review included


Virtual! Revision Master Workshop for Memoir, Fiction and Non-fiction

Next Series 2023: 2/1, 3/1, 5/3, 6/7 on Zoom and in person

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.   - Elmore Leonard
In this intimate workshop, the goal is to revise your first draft by pushing further to the next level, strengthening your writing skills and exploring meaning in your writing. This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to complete the next draft of a project for publication.  You will get professional feedback for developing the heart of the subject as well as the structure and organization of your project. Learn techniques to creatively unearth what really matters so that your writing stands out as surprising and original to an editor.  Expect session notes, readings and deadlines to keep you accountable and move your writing forward. 
$320 for four sessions February through the beginning of June. First Wednesday of each month 5-8 pm. Limited to 6 participants. Includes a one hour manuscript consultation ($75 value).

2023 TBA Write a Blog that Stands Out in a Crowd

In this workshop series we will learn techniques to:
·         Find your blog’s purpose
·         Create juicy content
·         Build traffic and community
·         Make time to blog
·         Connect with your audience
·         Techniques to write quality content in less time
·         Develop Purpose and Audience
·         Revitalize a blog
·         Edit your own blog posts

One on One Coaching

Take charge of your writing career, a book project, professional communications, or your PhD dissertation by hiring a writing coach. I can help you improve your writing skills and offer support and guidance to reach your deadlines. Call me to talk about your goals.

For Students - Master your Writing Skills and prepare College Application Essays  

One specialty of my coaching is working with elementary and high school students in customized coaching sessions to develop and improve writing skills and a passion for writing. Call me to talk about what would best support your student.

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