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.
Fiction for Beginners Sundays, February 12 - March 26 | 3:00 to 6:00 PM | Early Bird Pricing: $185-$215
Telling stories has been a part of the human experience for as long as there have been humans, but the experience of formalizing those stories into a work of written fiction can be a daunting process. In this workshop, we’ll examine the basics of good fiction: plot, character, dialogue, and setting. We’ll read and discuss both classic and contemporary short stories, examine them to see how they work, and apply the techniques we learn in a series of fun, inspiring writing exercises. We’ll also set aside to time to talk about the process of actually writing: How do you make time to write? How can you find a good critique group? What happens after you’ve finished a story? And at the end of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to have their work—either a short story or a chapter from a novel—critiqued. All genres are welcome, from literary fiction to mystery to science fiction and fantasy!Register here!
Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It Saturday, March 25| 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM | Early Bird Pricing: $30-$45
Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we’ll discuss the elements of tension, from cliff hangers to pacing, from character motivations to story stakes. We’ll dissect some high-tension examples from published stories and participate in several writing exercises in order to put these elements to work. Bring a laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, share, and try new things! 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!
Worldbuilding Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing a Great Antagonist Young Writers Workshops (Teens & Tweens) Crafting Effective Prose Q&A for Beginners