My online classes can start anytime and anywhere, but I’m teaching a few in-person classes this fall (2019). Here’s where you can find me:
Fiction Writing Workshop (8 meetings) in Madison
8 weeks; Wednesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 30, 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.
Saturday Seminars in Madison
Essentials of Writing: Dialogue
Sat, Oct 19, 1-3 pm; Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St., Madison, WI
A lot goes into writing dialogue. There’s an art to the speech, which can’t sound exactly like spoken English but also can’t be as formal and articulate as written English. And then there’s the question of what you do in between the lines of speech—the action beats or stage business, as it’s sometimes called. We look at practical techniques for creating compelling dialogue and pitfalls to avoid. Open to writers of all levels.
Essentials of Writing: Voice
Sat, Dec 14, 1-3 pm; Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St., Madison, WI
Our enjoyment in reading is often rooted less in plot than in voice—the sense that the words on the page evoke a relatable narrative presence. In this workshop, we’ll examine the sources of voice in writing. We discuss narrator voice vs. character voice, and distinguish what makes a voice unique and what makes it strong. Gain practical tips for making your story one that sticks with readers. Open to writers of all levels.