“Writing Time” (you can click on it above) is a collection of my posts about writing and the life of a writer. The posts date back to what now feels like the beginning of time.  I’ve published fifteen books in different genres, and a lot of essays, and I teach. Here are upcoming workshops:




An Advanced Non-fiction (memoir and personal essays) class at UCLA Extension this spring for ten weeks. Please contact the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension if you’re interested. (310- 825-9415)



UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

My annual fall Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead at the UCLA Conference Center  October 19th – 21st, 2018 (This is a private retreat and not part of UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.) Sign-ups will begin at the end of April. Here’s some info:

Maybe you have a final draft to complete, or maybe you’re just beginning and want to jumpstart your writing. Wherever you are in your work you’re welcome. You’ll have stretches of time to write, plus daily workshops where you can get feedback on your work, be inspired and do writing exercises.

The retreat is held at the UCLA Conference Center in the beautiful mountain town of Lake Arrowhead (less than 100 miles from Los Angeles). It begins at 1:00 on Friday and lasts until after lunch on Sunday. Enrollment is limited to ten participants.

The price of $880.00 includes everything – workshops and one-on-ones with me, two nights in a shared condolet at the Conference Center (FYI: beds are on separate floors with two private baths) three-course dinners with wine, buffet lunches and breakfasts. A fitness room, Jacuzzi, hiking trails, pool and tennis courts are available too.



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And I teach a workshop at the wonderful Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena:

The workshop at Vromans meets once a month on Saturday from 9:00 – noon and is limited to fourteen writers. (Nelson, pictured above, comes too.) You can get more information and sign up by contacting Vromans ( 626-449-5320)


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