So, it’s been a minute.

I’ve been busy reorganizing my social life and personal relationships, having a birthday, a Christmas, a New Year, traveling, teaching, launching into *CAREER ACTION* mode for 2020, and you know, watching Downton Abbey.

But I’m here now to announce the official dates for my latest 10-week Intro to Fiction: Short Story Class.

It will be from February 24 – May 4 (no class March 16.)

For detailed information and registration, visit the event here.

Happy New Year, everybody!


❤ Natalie

Hey you.

Just a quick reminder that starting November 18, I’ll be teaching a 10-Week Short Fiction-Writing Class. It will be in Austin, Texas. It will awesome. And registration closes next week!

So if you’ve been wanting to register, but haven’t yet, get in touch today. Contact me through the Contact section of this site. Full details below!


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, voice, and narrator
– Write
– Write
– Workshop each other’s work
– Receive verbal and written feedback from myself and your classmates on your story
– End up with a polished and reviewed complete short story or single chapter of a longer work
– Read & learn from some of the best short stories

In this class, we will focus on writing short stories. (Fiction – between 1,500 and 10,000 words.)

That means, we’ll be focusing on creating new work during these ten weeks. If you find as you are writing that your short story is actually a chapter in a longer work, that is also acceptable – but you’ll need to let us know the greater context before we read yours. If you find that your short story is actually a memoir – we can talk about that.

We will spend the first four 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’ll begin working on writing the stories themselves. And then we’ll workshop.

Here is a detailed breakdown of our time together:
– 2.5 hours per week
– Each Monday for 10 weeks –
(first five classes): Nov 18 – Dec 16
(HOLIDAY BREAK): Dec 17 – Jan 6
(second five classes): Jan 6 – Feb 3

– Cost: $600
– Tuition is nonrefundable
– Maximum number of students accepted: 8

*Cost Breakdown: $50 per class + $10 per week for editing, reviewing, & reading assignments

*Class cost also includes supplies, including: copies of the short stories we’ll be reading, notebooks, pens, & snacks

Please let me know if you are interested as soon as possible, as I will only be taking a small number of students and spaces will fill quickly! Class members will be invited to join a private FB group upon enrollment and will receive an email with complete syllabus.

About Me:
I am an author, illustrator, and facilitator from here in Austin. I’m the author of seven books, including the bestselling Peter Able series. I’ve been writing and editing professionally for the past ten years and have been teaching classes on improv and creative writing for the past three.

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I’ve just finished reading an excellent short story called Girls, At Play by Celeste Ng. Before this, I read a short story by Flannery O’Connor, and before that, one by Toni Morrison.

All of this isn’t just for fun – though, these stories are amazing and it is quite fun – it’s because I’ll be teaching a creative writing class in about a month and a half, where the focus is short fiction.

In the class, we’ll go over the various elements of story-telling – plot, voice, setting, character, etc. – by way of lessons, discussion, and even games. Students will use each class to dive into writing their own story – from outlining plot points to writing out character backstories and descriptions. We’ll then have a break for the holidays, and when we return, the focus will be on writing our actual short stories, and then workshopping them as a group.

This will all take place from November through February, with 10 total classes. It will be in my cozy, downtown Austin home, complete with tea and hot chocolate and snacks, as the weather gets cooler.

I’d originally announced that this workshop would begin in October, but I decided to push it back by a month to begin November 18.

I’m offering $50 off registration to those who sign up before October 18 – less than two weeks away.

If you’re interested in learning more, please get in touch today as spots are already filling.

And if you have some time to spare, I highly recommend reading Girls, At Play.