Workshops, Talks & Classes
Myth : This Will Fix Everything
a workshop exploring myth’s capacity to instruct and inspire not only what we write, but how we write it.
Starting with a definition of myth as “a true story in tension with fact,” this audience-participation workshop constructs a three-line grid to mine mythology for character and plot development, high-concept pitches, query letters, brainstorming, and personal motivation.
Games for Getting Unstuck
an interactive Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game for Getting Unstuck
This workshop leads participants through a series of questions and activities to uncover and repair the places their creative process breaks down.
Start Where You Stand
an hour-long talk with Q&A for beginning and not-yet-begun writers on how to get started.
A synthesis of personal and researched experience designed to make the idea of writing less daunting and to provide aspiring writers with a variety of starting points to build their confidence and strengthen their commitment to writing. Covers genre and topic selection, motivation cultivating, discipline and basic elements of craft.
Procrastination, Writer’s Block and Stuck Stories
An hour-long survey of current research and best practices with Q&A
This talk covers the most common reasons writers procrastinate, get blocked, and/or don’t finish stories they start, with suggests on what to do about it.
Classes for Adults
Creative Writing 2.0, Story & Process Structure
A technique and process class focused on helping people write better stories more easily. We cover story structure and work session length, character development and procrastination, world building and writer’s block. It runs for 8 weeks at the end of which students have either a finished first draft of a short story or a solid, actionable outline for a novel.
Creative Writing 2.0,Deliberate Practice
A follow-up to the story and process class focused on putting theory into practice. Students produce multiple one-page synopses to hone their story structure and characterization skills and to build experience crafting complete arcs.
Classes I’ve taught at the middle and high school levels
Creative Writing I, Telling Stories
We all hear and tell stories every day, from the simple narratives that start, “You’ll never guess what I did this summer,” to the books we read, the movies we watch, and the jokes we wish Gramps wouldn’t tell again. In Creative Writing I, students explore why and how we all tell stories and learn how to do it better.
Creative Writing II, Short Stories
Beginning with micro-fiction and progressing from there, students study and create characters, plots and worlds — the Who, What, and Where of stories, and begin to look at word choice, pacing, metaphor, voice, and other elements of How.
Creative Writing III, Alternate Forms
Continuing from an ongoing study of stories—how they’re made, the ways they function, and why we need them, writing humor, personal essays, poetry, manifestos, children’s stories and comics.
Creative Writing IV, Special topics
An invitation-only, discussion-based class, students work all semester on a single story putting theory into practice, and working explicitly and deeply on time and muse management, as well as character development, story structure, and world building.