This just in…

My latest class schedule for improv and creative writing classes, October – December! I’ll probably throw in a few Art Walks as well (this is a thing I do when the weather is not unbearably hot in Austin, where we grab our art supplies, go for a hike, and then create art together), so keep your eyes open for those come October. For now, though…

Intro to Fiction: Short Story Class (10-week course, online via Zoom)

Upcoming Dates: Monday nights, 7-9:30pm CST, October 25 – December 27

OVERVIEW:
This is a course for writers of any experience level who want to…
– Become an expert at writing a compelling plot for a story
– Create rich, developed characters, backstory, and dialogue
– Master the art of description, details, and showing; not telling
– Learn to develop and trust your own writing style
– Write
– Write
– Workshop each other’s work
– Read & learn from some excellent short stories.

In this class, we focus on learning the elements of great storytelling, first and foremost, and do so by way of creating a short story. (Fiction – between 1,500 and 10,000 words.) That means we focus on creating new work during these ten weeks. We spend the first five classes of the course learning various elements of storytelling, reading a short story per week on each theme, and creating the bones and details of our stories. Then, we work on writing the short stories themselves. And then we workshop as a group.

Price: $500 with some scholarship pricing available. More information here.



CREATIVE WRITING WEEKLY GROUP (10-WEEK GROUP, ONLINE VIA ZOOM)

Upcoming Dates: Thursday nights, 7-9:30pm CST, October 21 – December 30

OVERVIEW:
This is writing group for those who have already taken the above Intro to Fiction course, or have equivalent experience. In this group, things will be less structured. There will still be plenty of writing exercises and tools provided; but the first five classes will not be spent in lessons. You’ll already have those under your belt. Instead, much more time will be spent writing, supporting each other’s process, and in the end, workshopping the stories you’ve come up with (optional.) Additionally, the focus of this group is more flexible – you can choose to work on a new short story, revise your previous short story from the class, begin working on a novel, an essay, articles, etc. Overall, this is a group of writers, supporting each other in their writing.

Price: $350 with some scholarship pricing available. There is no online registration for this group, as it is limited only to previous students or those with equivalent experience. Please get in touch!

CONNECTION-BASED IMPROV: LEVEL 1, 6-WEEK COURSE, IN-PERSON

Upcoming Dates: Sunday evenings, 7 – 9 PM, October 17 – November 21

OVERVIEW:

Here we have an in-person improv class for those living in Austin, Texas. It’s not just any improv class, though: this class is slightly more focused on connection and relationship with each other. These classes are Covid-cautious and are offered outdoors.

This class is the equivalent to an intro or level 1 improv class. If you already have experience, you may be a better fit for the level 2 class on Tuesday nights.

Price: $200 with some scholarship pricing available. Registration is now open!

CONNECTION-BASED IMPROV: LEVEL 2, 6-WEEK COURSE, IN-PERSON

Upcoming Dates: Tuesday nights, 7-9 PM, October 19 – November 23

OVERVIEW:

Here we have an in-person improv class for those living in Austin, Texas. It’s not just any improv class, though: this class is slightly more focused on connection and relationship with each other. These classes are Covid-cautious and are offered outdoors.

This class is the equivalent to a level 2 / advanced improv class – perfect for those who have already taken my level one, or an equivalent class.

Price: $200 with some scholarship pricing available. Contact me for details. No online registration, in order to make sure all signing up have appropriate experience!

Soooooo, I’ve finalized my creative class / group schedule for this summer and fall! Here’s what I’ve got so far…

IMPROV CLASSES:

– in person, in Austin

– six week series

Level 1: July 11 – Aug 22

*Sunday nights

*no class July 25

Level 2: July 6 – Aug 24

*Tuesday nights

*no class July 27

CREATIVE WRITING:

– online via Zoom

– 10-week series

Intro to Fiction: Short Story Class: Aug 2 – Oct 11

*Monday nights

*no class Labor Day

Weekly Writing Group: Aug 5 – Oct 7

*Thursday nights

You can sign up for the level one improv class and intro to creative writing class here. Contact me if you’d like to sign up for level two improv, or the writing group here!

I could have sworn I *just* updated this blog, but like so many things that involve time these days, I was surprised to find that it’s been a minute. An over-eight-months kind of minute.

So what have I been up to? Where has the time gone?

The short of it: global pandemic, stress, teaching lots of classes, teaching fewer classes, starting to write a new book, finishing that new book, relational upheaval, relational unknown, that whole global pandemic thing suddenly coming to an abrupt halt (“What global pandemic…?”), and of course, spending time with the one consistent: my dog, Roonil.

So, a lot has been going on, and yet time has started slipping by at an alarming rate. It still has that slick quality that the pandemic gave it – where every day felt similar and routine became safety and safety became paramount – where time just fell away and it was Monday, and then Monday, and then another Monday again… Time is moving just as quickly, still, even though things have changed.

(“What global pandemic…?”)

Maybe this is just getting older. Maybe this is just the way it feels when days are hot and the sun is ruthless. Or maybe I’m just waiting for something.

It feels like something is about to change; like I’m anticipating the next chapter of my life. I can see it – it’s just there. Maybe on the other side of this oppressive heat. Maybe when one more shoe drops. (How many shoes are there? I thought there were just supposed to be two…) Maybe when I’ve finally rested, just a little longer, just five more minutes, after this year. After this decade. But as it is, I’m in the middle. These words have ended and new ones have yet to begin. I’ve landed on an accidentally blank page.

But it gives me time to pause. And rest. And wonder:

What do I want next, exactly? For career? For family? For my home?

I’ve whittled this dream down over the years to a fine point that feels more solid than amorphous; a point so fine I could cut my finger on it. But the details of how and when exactly, they’re still coming into focus. It seems outside of my control, other than to live brave and true, and say yes to the things that give me life. No to the things that don’t.

And so I’ll wait, and live, and let the heat of summer wash over me and make me lazy and heavy-feeling. I’ll teach classes. An announcement on that will come soon – I promise. I’ll make art. I’ll write – maybe I’ll even start posting here again.

Mondays will become Mondays will become Mondays.

And someday soon, maybe on the other side of all this heat, a new chapter will begin.

Don’t worry. I’ll let you guys know how the story’s going.