I’m an instructor and editor with WriteSpace, an awesome grassroots literary organization here in Houston. Please find information about my work with them below.
Editors' Extravaganza | Saturday, October 21 | 9:30 AM -12:30 PM | $40-$55 Sure, you know Franz Kafka, Charles Dickens, and Emily Dickinson, but do you know Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Edward Buller-Lytton, or Thomas Wentworth Higginson? The writer-editor relationship has long been an intrinsic aspect of the publishing world, but many writers aren’t sure when to seek an editor, how to find one, or even what it is exactly that an editor does.
Come get your questions about editors answered at the Writespace Editors’ Extravaganza. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Writespace’s current lineup of editing consultants, receive feedback on your work from your editor of choice, and ask questions about the ins-and-outs of the editing process in a panel discussion with our editors. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even find the Maxwell Perkins for the draft of your own Great Gatsby. Interested? Register here!
Advanced Fiction | Tuesdays, October 24 & 31, November 7 &14 | 6-9 PM | $150-$180 You’ve been writing for awhile, and you know the basics: plot, character, point of view, setting. It’s time for you to step up to the next level as writer. But where to start?
This workshop will build upon those basic elements of fiction, going in depth with story structure, complex characterization, voice, dialogue, and style. We’ll closely examine classic and contemporary short stories from a variety of genres, explore new techniques through a series of generative writing exercises, and workshop students’ story drafts. We’ll also set aside time to talk about the publication process and the business aspects of writing fiction. All fiction genres are welcome in this workshop, from literary to mystery to speculative and everything in between. Interested? Register here!
Members Only First Page Feedback Session | Saturday, November 18 | 1-4 PM | $40 Have you ever wondered what a critique from a professional editor is like? Do you wish you could have an editor's support and feedback, but you don't feel ready to incur the cost? Or, are you just starting out and would like to know what's important to keep in mind as you begin to craft a memoir, a collection of poetry, or a novel? Writespace members, come share fellowship with your fellow writers as we enjoy an encouraging and supportive roundtable of first page critiques. In three hours we will embark upon a fast and fun, yet in-depth adventure in which we explore the fundamentals and subtleties of dozens of craft elements essential to composing great stories. By the end of our session, attending writers will have attained greater clarity about what questions good writers ask as they work, as well as a clearer sense of what editors and agents look for when they receive a pitch or a submission. Also, each writer will be assigned an exercise or prompt customized to the page we critiqued and designed to vitalize both the specific work and the writer's development. Please note: This workshop is for Writespace members—if you are not a member and would like to attend, please join Writespace at thislink. Interested? Register here!
Scrivener 101 | Saturday, December 2 | 1-4 PM | $40-$55 How many of us have wasted time scrolling through a three hundred page Microsoft Word document looking for one specific scene? The powerful, designed-for-authors writing software Scrivener has a solution for this. How many of us have deleted pages of material only to realize later that we want it back? Once again, Scrivener to the rescue. Or maybe you just want to organize your story notes in one place? Or write on a simple blank screen as clean as a sheet of paper? Scrivener can do all these things and more.
In this workshop we will learn the fundamentals of using Scrivener software for writers to discover how it can streamline your drafting and editing process. As powerful as Scrivener is, it can be overwhelming to new users, so we will start simple and learn through hands-on experience. By the end of the workshop, students will walk away with an understanding of Scrivener’s basic functionality, and perhaps a whole new approach to writing. Interested? Register here!
These are workshops I've taught through Writespace in the past. Watch this page or the Writespace website, as I may be teaching them again!
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