My online classes can start anytime and anywhere, but I’m slated to teach several classes in the upper Midwest throughout the first half of 2019. Here’s where you can find me:
Fiction Writing Workshop (4 meetings) in Madison
4 weeks; Wednesdays, 6-8pm; Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St., Madison, WI
Are you interested in working with a small group of fiction writers with similar goals? This supportive and critique-based workshop combines brief lectures on craft with a traditional workshop focused on your writing. For people already writing original creative work, this workshop will help sharpen your skills while working toward completion of publishable work. We’ll discuss and refine manuscripts with instructor and peer feedback.
Section 1: Wed. April 10 – May 1, 6-8pm
Section 2: Wed. May 8 – May 29, 6-8pm
(You may sign up for both.)
Saturday Seminars in Madison
Essentials of Writing: Beginnings
Sat, Feb 16, 1-3 pm; Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St., Madison, WI
The beginning of your story is the key to getting agents, publishers, and readers to give your story a chance. It’s crucial to have a beginning that delivers a hook. However, the beginning has several other jobs, too, which makes writing a good beginning particularly challenging. In this workshop, we’ll examine the roles of the beginning and how to successfully juggle them for a successful and moving story.
Essentials of Writing: World-building
Sat, May 18, 1-3 pm; Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St., Madison, WI
Authors can get pretty excited about the invented worlds of their stories. But that excitement sometimes translates to excessive description and digression. In this workshop, we’ll examine how to create the world and history without stalling the story. Leave with practical tips on incorporating back-story, setting, and exposition.
Let’s Just Write: An Uncommon Writers Conference (from Chicago Writers Association)
March 16-17; Warwick Allerton, 701 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
A weekend conference with 12 presenters, author interviews, and live lit event. I’ll be teaching a course on writing character interiority (thought and emotion) as well as a course called “No-fear Revision: From Panic to Publication.
April 4-7; Madison Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI
A four-day conference featuring a full schedule of panels and seminars on craft and publication, with opportunities to pitch to agents and get critiques. This year’s conference features keynotes from Jennie Nash of Author Accelerator and Jane Friedman! I’ll be team teaching a class on scene writing with Ann Garvin of The Fifth Semester, and I’ll teach a class on getting tension on every page.
Untitled Town Author and Book Festival
April 26-28; Green Bay, WI
An annual literary event in Green Bay, Wisconsin that promotes all aspects of book culture. Over the course of a weekend, festival attendees can choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay. The vast majority of these events are free and open to the public. Through signings and readings, the festival also showcases local, regional, and national publishers and their books. I’ll be teaching a class on Tension Big and Small.
Write by the Lake Writing Retreat
June 17-21; Pyle Center, Madison, WI
A week-long writing retreat; you sign up for a course with a single instructor and meet every day from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. But the conference also has several afternoon sessions. This is basically like an MFA residency in a low-res program. A great selection of instructors. My course will be on engineering your story structure. We’ll look at how to create an outline for your story so you can really wrap your head around the entire thing.