“Writing Time” (you can click on it above) is a collection of my posts about writing and dates 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 some upcoming workshops:




In February 2018 I’ll be conducting a workshop based on my book A Year of Writing Dangerously at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival –


Also in February 2018 (8th to 11th) I’ll be teaching a workshop based on my book Kicking in the Wall in the four day intensive Writers Studio at UCLA Extension. It’s boot camp for writers. For more info: 310- 825-9415



UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

I’m planning a spring Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead. (Not boot camp, more like TLC for writers.) Please contact me if you’re interested. No dates set yet. 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 eight participants.

The price of $875.00 includes everything – the workshops and one-on-ones with me, two nights in a shared condolet at the Conference Center (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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I’m teaching Advanced Non-Fiction in the Writers Program starting next April. Work must be submitted to get into the class and it’s limited to twelve students. Please contact the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension if you’re interested. (310- 825-9415)

The workshop in Pasadena at Vromans Bookstore meets once a month on Saturday from 9:00 – noon and is limited to twelve writers. Because of Thanksgiving we’re not meeting in November but will meet December 9th in a different time slot: noon to 3:00.  The next three workshop dates for 2018 are 1/27/, 2/24 and 3/24 at the usual time – 9:00 – noon.  You can sign up for one workshop or all three as a package. Please contact Vromans ( 626-449-5320) for more information and to sign up.


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