Current Classes

Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp

Starts September 15
$250 for five weeks if you sign up before 8/22
$25 for ten weeks if you sign up before 8/22

Creative Nonfiction has asked me back for another round of Boot Camp. My students have been super positive about the class which is great for me as I love teaching it. One of my students wrote: “I want you to know this has been one of the most educational, inspiring, and motivating experiences of my life.”

If you’re interested in an online class that will encourage you to write daily, with encouragement from other writers and editorial feedback once a week from me, this is your class. Sign up at the Creative Nonfiction online classes page where you will also find many other amazing classes.

 edgeNovel Immersion

Hugo House
Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9, Oct 28 through Nov 2
$220.50 Hugo House members, $245 general public

Every November, writers around the world race to complete 50,000 words, the goal of participants in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In six weeks, you’ll set course for writing a novel, which you can pursue at your own pace. Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, you’ll devise a plot, develop characters, create vivid scenes, choose a point of view, and begin writing your novel. The very ambitious will finish a rough draft.

Registration begins August 12 for Hugo House members and August 19 for the general public. You can register online or call Hugo House at 206-322-7030.

Start Your Novel

Seattle Public Library
October 19, Central Library, 2 to 4 PM
October 29, Ballard Library, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

I’m teaching two sessions of this free class which is offered in October to inspire those brave enough to try writing a novel during National Novel Writing month: November. But it also will inspire those who want to take the writing of a novel more slowly. Two hours is enough time to sketch out a plot (and some subplots), develop a character, and discuss other decisions novelists make like point of view and theme.

 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference

February 11-15, 2015

I’m thrilled to be teaching at this famously inspiring writing conference in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, alongside luminaries such as Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Tracy Chevalier, Scott Turow, Richard Blanco, Angeles Mastretta (Mexico) and Jane Urquhart (Canada). I’ll be teaching a class on Writing the Non Fiction Book Proposal and talking about self-publishing on a panel with Judith Gille, author of The View from Casa Chepitos (which just happens to be in San Miguel; Judith is the one who encouraged me to participate in this conference!) and agent, April Eberhart. For more information or to register go to the conference web site.



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