News | 2017 | Private Creative Writing Workshops

Due to the heartening and overwhelming encouragement I've received from many former students, I am now offering private instruction in creative writing. Before I continue, let me say now that if you can find what you're looking for in a traditional continuing education program, then by all means, I strongly encourage you to do so. However, if you're looking for something you can't find anywhere else, then maybe I can help you. Because I believe very strongly in creating a safe and trusting environment for my students to share their work (which can be very scary, especially the first few times they do it), these classes will be strictly limited to six participants, lessons will be tailored to each participant's projects and preferred genres, and each manuscript will receive detailed individual attention. Below is my initial course offering, and if it sounds like something you'd be interested in, I'd love to hear from you.

Writing the Short Story: From Blank Page to Manuscript Submission

Writing the Short Story:
From Blank Page to Manuscript Submission

In this intensive, limited-enrollment, workshop you'll be encouraged to write a single short story to the best of your ability. Starting with a blank page, you'll be supported through the complete writing process, from brainstorming content and completing a first draft to revising your manuscript and working with an editor to polish your story to shareworthiness for a specific market. Whatever your preferred genre, you'll use the core tenets of fiction (character, plot, structure, dialogue, setting, point of view, and theme) to hone your narrative through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, homework assignments, supportive critiques, and frank discussions. You'll then submit your story for publication consideration.

If you'd like to learn a bit more about me and how I teach, please, see my teaching philosophy.

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