teaching writing

Saturday at Vromans

  Come join us at Vromans this coming Saturday (12/10/16) 9:00 – noon for a writing workshop. We’ll be doing writing exercises and workshopping (if you have something you want to read for feedback please email me or leave a comment so I can schedule you in.)  We meet the second Saturday of every month…

Rollercoasters & Caterpillar Goo

Here’s the rollercoaster of writing a book: Oh, it’s good! Oh, it’s boring! Oh oh! Awful! Wonderful! Up and down for months if not years. Sometimes you have to write a bad book to get to the good book. Sometimes you get breathless with anxiety and decide take up knitting or skate boarding or raising…

Bear Witness

Yesterday was a hard day. I was lucky though, I had a class to teach. A roomful of like minded people who wrote their way through tears and anger. Some of the writing exercises I had prepared a few days before turned out to be timely. A line from a Mary Oliver poem as a…

Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop

I’m excited about the new writing workshop that starts next Saturday (October 8th) at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena. Whether you’re just beginning to write or have a manuscript in process, come join us on this new adventure. Below is the info about the workshop from Vromans website:   Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop Saturdays,…

Naked in Public: Writing Workshops

  I read somewhere that the two things people fear more than death are public speaking and writing. Now when you combine the two, getting up and reading what you’ve written in front of a bunch of people – well it’s a wonder that anyone ever has the nerve to take a writing workshop. After…

Upcoming: Writing Dangerously – or Otherwise

  I’ll be teaching in La Canada at Flintridge Books with Victoria Zackheim and Anne Perry on Sunday October 2nd- ( www.WriteTeachers.com) and starting an ongoing workshop at Vromans in Pasadena on Saturday morning October 8th. Hope to see those of you living in that part of town at one or the other – or…

WriteTeachers Workshop 7/17/16

  Next Sunday, 7/17/16. Victoria Zackheim, Anne Perry and I are conducting writing workshops at Flintridge Bookstore in La Canada from 10:00 am  to 3:00 pm. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, come join us. I’ll be doing a session for those of you with work-in-progress – so if you have a partial manuscript bring…

Literary Groundhog Day

There really are no cast-in-stone answers for literary problems. I wish there were, it would make life so much easier and calmer. My students ask: What should be the structure of this memoir? How do I end this essay? What’s the right voice for it? Each is a mystery to solve – whether it’s my…