My online classes can start anytime and anywhere, but I’m slated to teach several classes in the Madison area in the coming months. Here’s where you can find me:
June 2nd, 1:00 – 3:30, Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St.
Are you inspired to write, but unsure how to get started? Or do you start writing but have trouble finishing? Or are you a seasoned writer who’s feeling stuck? Join us for an afternoon of fun and original writing prompts, in-class writing exercises, and tips and techniques to get you going on your next writing project! Guaranteed to help you gain a sense of playfulness and confidence in your creative potential.
4 weeks, Wednesdays, May 16th – June 6th, 6:00 – 8:00, Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St.
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. Prerequisite: A novel opening or story project up to ten pages.
June 11-15, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St.
Reader engagement is rooted in two things: a story’s momentum and its resonance. By resonance, I mean the reader’s attachment to the story; the story’s power.
It is possible for a story to have lots of conflict but still fail to resonate. Think of all the TV series you’ve consumed in your life; many of them were quite effective at getting you to watch, but how many of them stuck with you? How many of them affected you? How many of them really had you rooting for the main character?
Momentum comes from conflict and tension, but resonance comes from below-the-surface things: how we identify with the character, how a character perceives conflict, and what the conflict means. This retreat week will focus on upping the wattage, getting readers to care about characters and their objectives. We’ll look between the lines, between the actions, between the dialogue, as we examine how to craft subtext, how to imply motivations, and how to convey characters’ interiority.
Contact me for more information or look at the UW’s course offerings.