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.
Jumpstart Your Writing with Dungeons & Dragons | Saturday, August 18th | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM | $80-$110 Love tabletop gaming and writing? See how they can join forces as we set out on an epic role-playing literary adventure! This class will kick off with a discussion of the intersection between role-playing games and the craft of writing. Then, we’ll dive into a streamlined D&D session, complete with writing exercises to help you develop your character, build your imaginary world, and more! We’ll finish the day off with a chance to record your adventures--and perhaps you’ll leave the session with the start of something greater! Interested? Register here!
Novel Writing Workshop | Ten Wednesdays Starting September 26th | 6:00 - 9:00 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!
Scrivener 101 | Saturday, October 20th | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | $45 - $70 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 software Scrivener has a solution. 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 organize your story notes in one place. Or just write on a simple blank screen. Scrivener can do all that and more.
This workshop will serve as an introduction to Scrivener, showing how it can streamline your drafting and editing process. As powerful as Scrivener is, it can be overwhelming to new users, so we’ll be diving right in and getting 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!
Speculative Fiction | Two Saturdays Starting November 3rd | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | $85 - $115 Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you!
This workshop 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 the real, and creating compelling non-human characters. With a blend of writing exercises and in-class discussion, you will walk away from class with a better understanding of this exciting, imaginative genre. Interested? Register here!
Scrivener 102 | Saturday, December 15th | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | $45 - $70 So you’ve finally got a handle on the Scrivener basics. You’ve been using the software for drafting and revising, and you can compile and export a document like a pro. But do you ever feel like you aren’t using Scrivener to its full potential? Do you scroll through the menus, wondering what exactly all these functions are? Do you want to branch out from using Scrivener for fiction and explore your options for other types of writing, including screenplays or scholarly work? Or maybe you just want a deeper understanding of the software’s capabilities. Regardless, this is the workshop for you!
This workshop will build on the foundation established in Scrivener 101, going into more depth about Scrivener’s functionality and exploring some of its more unique features. Though having taken Scrivener 101 isn't a requirement to register, it is expected that students in this workshop will already be familiar with Scrivener and comfortable using it. Please bring a laptop with Scrivener installed. 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 Speculative Fiction Critique Using Tropes Effectively How to Submit Your Work Like a Pro