"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 2024

“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 

2024 Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop 6 week series

In-person and on zoom

March 4 - April 8, 2024

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. 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.

2024 Workshop Series: Take action now on Literary Submissions and Publication with Guest Authors

January 30, February 13th & 27

Tuesday nights 6-8 pm

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!  
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 


Past Workshops 2023:

Poetry in the Garden mini-series Tuesdays, August 22 and 29

Even if you don’t get poetry, you will learn how to play with language and genre in this generative workshop! Write new poems and learn tips for re-entering a poem.

·       Prompts will guide your writing to discover new expression of form and technique.

·       Tea, chocolate, and community.

8/22 and 8/29

5:30-7:00 pm

$25 each night

Downtown Truckee

Hybrid! Book Project Workshop Series

Special Summer Series 2023: 5/16, 6/5, 7/11, 8/22 on Zoom and in person

“Literature is where I go to explore the highest and the lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.” – Salmon Rushdie

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip."   - Elmore Leonard
In this intimate workshop, the goal is to work with a small, focused group of writers to structure and write a book project. Each session will include information and tools for developing your book project. We will read and write with focus on strengthening your writing skills and exploring meaning in your writing. This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to begin a new project or move forward with the next draft. You will get professional feedback for developing the heart of the subject as well as the 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  a supportive community, session notes, readings and deadlines to keep you accountable and move your craft of writing and your project forward. This workshop includes a one hour personal coaching session (a $75 dollar value).
$200 for three monthly sessions - choose dates from May through August.  One Evening of each month 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Limited to 6 participants. Hybrid (in person and on line). This workshop includes a one hour personal coaching session (a $75 dollar 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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