It’s been a minute since I’ve last updated you guys. Since then, a lot has happened. I’ve been teaching more and more classes – improv, creative writing, figure drawing. I’ve started and now nearly finished the process of editing a dear friend’s latest book. I have continued to write articles and poetry and I make art here and there. And –


You hadn’t heard? Well, this is pretty much where we’re at.

And all that stuff I’d mentioned before? Yes, it’s still happening – more or less. My creative writing class has turned into an online class; we’re even looking at adapting the figure drawing and improv classes to be online. Because, oh yeah –


It looks sort of like this.

In the future post-apocalyptic scenario where this blog is the only remaining historical record of 21st century humankind, I’ll go ahead and tell you – this is because COVID-19 is spreading so rapidly all over the world, hospitals are becoming flooded and the death toll is going up. So we are attempting to slow the rate of transmission = less people in hospitals at once = less people in trouble = a euphemism for dead.

So here I am, making the best of the absolute craziest global situation any of us have seen. What does that look like?

  • I am creating. A lot. My work has slowed down dramatically because, oh fuck, one more thing –


… So I have a lot more time to be creative. That’s been looking like:

  • Making new art
  • Writing new poems
  • Actually, finally sitting down to write a blog post
  • Secretly / consensually recording phone conversations with my friend Scott. We are so funny we have decided to create a podcast that will never be heard.
  • Thinking about starting my own video series: My dog, Roonil, is the host – hear me out. So my dog is the host; I am the co-host. We’ve been quarantined for a year in a perhaps apocalyptic world. We keep you all updated on the state of the world as our minds unravel. Lots of dog side eye. We’re British for some reason. It’s gold.

For real though. Things have gone from a 0 to an 11 in a matter of weeks and each day brings some unbelievable new article or information. We are all doing our best not to panic, and I am lucky to have such social support and love.

And yes, I’m also eating my weight in chocolate and I haven’t washed my hair in like a week and I am at the point where this web series is actually sounding like a pretty great idea but –


I will keep you all updated and cheered as best I can via this blog. Knowing me, though, the next time I post will be in like three months and by then I’ll have gone full Howard Hughes.

So in the meanwhile, please get in touch if you are interested in joining one of my online improv or art classes. It’s important that we stay connected and playful during this time –

far the fuck away from each other –

but connected and playful all the same.

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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