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.
Novel-Writing Workshop | Ten Thursdays beginning March 8th | 6-9 PM | $335-$395 Do you struggle to keep your stories under 6000 words? Have you ever received feedback comments in short story workshops like, “I want more!” or “This feels like the start of something bigger”? Have you reached the point at which you feel ready to immerse yourself in a piece of writing, rather than dole your stories out in bite-sized chunks, but you’re not quite sure how to venture into a longer form?
If so, then this is the workshop for you. We will focus exclusively on writing the novel, studying the particular challenges and expectations that arise when writing long-form fiction. We’ll talk about building structure and juggling subplots. We’ll look at ways to avoid the dreaded “sagging middle.” And we’ll attempt to answer that age-old question: Should I outline or not? In addition, writers will have the opportunity to see either their completed manuscript, or an excerpt, critiqued, depending on where they are in the process. Writers with no completed novels are welcome, as are writers of all genres. Interested? Register here!
Using Tropes Effectively (and Fighting Cliches!) | Saturday, March 17th | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | $40-$65 The infamous pop-culture wiki TV Tropes defines a trope as “a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly.” How many “storytelling shorthands” can you name off the top of your head? And how many of those have worked your way into your writing?
While tropes are a necessary part of storytelling, as writers we want to ensure that we are using them properly--that is, that we’re using the tropes, and not letting the tropes use us. In this workshop, we will learn to become more aware of tropes in writing and examine the ways that we can subvert and play with tropes to great effect. 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 Crafting Effective Prose How Do I Get Started? Q&A Science Fiction & Fantasy Advanced Fiction Scrivener 101 Speculative Fiction Critique