"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


Workshops


“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

in-person 6 week series: September 26, October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 2022 6:30-8 pm Monday nights

Hybrid option may be available soon so contact me for more details. 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. 6 week series Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. $180.

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

Next Series 2022: Sept 21, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, and Jan 12 from 5-8 pm on Zoom


In this intimate workshop, the goal is to revise your first draft by pushing further to the next level, strengthening your writing skills, and simultaneously 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 readings and deadlines to keep you accountable and move your writing forward. $300 for four months. Thursdays 5-8 pm.

Monday, April 18th, 2022 - Writing through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft

5:30-7 pm

A poetry workshop for creatives who want to take such paths through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft. You don't need any experience, but curiosity. April is National Poetry Month. Join us in a playful, supportive workshop to try new approaches to writing one to three new poems.  This is a FREE pop up workshop in collaboration with the Sierra Poetry Festival, April 30th in Nevada City.


3/9 2022 6-8 pm Virtual Workshop: Write a Blog that Stands Out in a Crowd
 
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.   - Elmore Leonard

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

This series includes guidance from an editor, discussion of your specific questions and detailed notes for each workshop and most importantly, the power of joining a community of writers! $45

 

Virtual! Workshop Series: Literary Submissions and Publication Wednesday nights 2/23 and 3/2 and 3/9, 2022

6-8 pm on Zoom

I offer this workshop series the beginning of each new year to refresh and revive our submission goals and process. 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. If you are ready, push the SUBMIT button!  $45 each or all 3 for $120

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

2/23 Wednesday 6-8 pm Workshop 

Literary magazine submissions, chapbooks, and contests for all genres

 

3/2 Wednesday 6-8 pm Workshop

Author Platform - A plank is anything that gets your name, face, or work in front of interested people. Here are some examples:
  • Internet: Blogs—yours and others you write for, forums you participate in, social media, websites, e-mail newsgroups you participate in, e-mail lists, podcasts, vodcasts
  • Media: Television exposure or contacts, radio, bylines, publications you write for or edit, previous book publications, articles and reviews you write,
  • In-Person: Classes you teach, talks you give, book signings, clubs or other organizations you participate in (both professional and genre), events you attend, writers you support, workshops and conferences you attend, readings,

We’ll figure out how to match those planks that will reach your audience with the planks you’re capable of executing.

Writer residencies, conferences, and workshop opportunities for all genres  
 

3/9 Wednesday 6-8 pm Workshop

This workshop is designed to help writers and bloggers understand their publishing options and how to develop an online presence as a writer. Blogging is one of the planks of this public platform. Other planks in this platform that we'll cover in this workshop include social media, networking, publishing.

Here are some of the things we'll cover:
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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