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.
Crafting Effective Prose | Saturday, August 5 | 9:30-12:30 | $40-$65 All stories require fascinating characters and a compelling plot to be successful. But how do we reveal those characters and stories? Movies have images, music and sound. Comic books combine art and writing. Prose fiction, though, just has words.
In this workshop, we’ll examine these powerful building blocks of fiction by focusing on the importance of effective prose. How can the prose of a story highlight and enhance classic story elements like character, structure and plot arcs? How many metaphors are too many? What other writing styles can we employ to tell our stories well, or should we all just try to write like Hemingway? Through a combination of writing exercises and discussion of classic examples, we’ll answer these questions and more. Interested? Register here!
How Do I Get Started? Q&A with Elizabeth White-Olson | Saturday, August 19 | 9:30-11:30 | $30-$50 What do I need to know to become a published writer? Where should I start a story? How do I keep my writing going? When should I find an agent? Who can help me get my writing published? If you've ever found yourself asking any of these questions, then this session is for you. Be sure to come with your questions! Cassandra Rose Clarke and Editor Elizabeth White-Olsen will share their hard-won advice from working many years in the writing field to answer these and many other questions. If you’re a beginning writer, Clarke and White-Olsen will get you ahead in your knowledge of both the writing process and how to pursue a writing career. They will set you on the right path on your writing journey and direct you to local and national literary organizations and online resources that will support you every step of the way. Interested? Register here!
Science Fiction and Fantasy | Mondays, August 21-October 2 (no Class September 4) | 3:00-6:00 | $195-$285 Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you! This course will provide an overview of the SFF genre. Together we will consider those elements of writing which are crucial to crafting compelling speculative stories, such as building our own worlds, extrapolating the fantastic from reality, and creating compelling non-human characters. In addition to discussing classic and contemporary SFF works, you will participate in writing exercises and bring in your own work for critique. Come to class prepared to write and discuss, and by the end of the six weeks, you will have completed at least one SFF short story. 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!
Worldbuilding Writing a Great Antagonist Young Writers Workshops (Teens & Tweens) Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It Fiction for Beginners