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. 

Lately my life has been very full – full of writing, researching, creating curriculum, teaching three improv classes per week, planning an upcoming 10-week creative writing intensive… Basically, I’ve had the bandwidth to work and to take care of myself and my dog. But not a whole lot in between.

Which, of course, is very satisfying for parts of me – especially those parts that thrive on self-reliance and creativity and productivity. But for the parts that need down time and deep connection – I really just haven’t had the time.

I’ll go through phases like this. You don’t write seven books in less than a decade by *not* having a streak of self reliance and a love for productivity. But it’s a lot harder to do *and* care for the relationships in my life that matter to me.

So – I’m taking a *small* step back.  I’m moving my just-announced Fiction-Writing course back by about a month to start November 18. We’ll have the first five classes, then a holiday break, then the last half of our course. If you’re at all nostalgic for school (like me), just think of it as fall and spring semesters.

I’ll still be teaching at night and writing during the days; but total, I’ve decided to keep my teaching nights to just two per week.

If you’re interested in the 10-Week Fiction course, I’ll still be signing up people all this month and next, but now there is a bit more time and spaciousness to get you guys registered. Event linked below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2793371114019003/

Thanks for being with me on the ups and downs of this strange highway of life. Don’t forget to stop and eat the roses.

I’ve just finished writing the curriculum for my upcoming creative writing workshop and I’m so freakin’ excited. It will be each week for 10 weeks starting in October.  Our focus will be on short story, but first chapters of longer works will also be accepted.

In this in-depth 10-week course, you’ll…

– Become an expert at writing a compelling plot for your 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 first chapter of a longer work
– Receive resources and support on publication
– Read & learn from some of the best short stories from the past 100 years
– Get to spend 2.5 hours a week learning & writing in a cozy home downtown, sipping tea and eating chocolate, with badass people

 

If this sounds like something you’re interested in – please let me know! I’ll only be registering up to 8 people. 

🙂