I’m an instructor with Writespace, an awesome grassroots literary organization here in Houston. Please find information about my work with them below.
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!
Start Your Story! (ONLINE) | Runs from January 8th - February 13th | $210 - $270 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, taking them apart to see how they work, and we’ll apply those techniques in a series of fun and inspiring exercises. We’ll also set aside time to talk about the process of getting started: 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 to mystery to science fiction and fantasy!
Note: This is an online workshop. We'll be utilizing Google Classrooms and you'll have the freedom to participate based on your schedule. You can also take the workshop if you aren't in Houston! Interested? Register here!
Worldbuilding | Saturday, January 19th | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | $45 - $70 In fiction, setting can be as important of a character as the people. And in speculative fiction, that character often needs to be built from the ground—and history, and culture, and physics—up. In this workshop, we’ll be tackling worldbuilding. What issues arise when you set a story in a world that’s not our own? How can we build worlds as complex and lived-in as the real one? How can we avoid creating the same fantastical world that’s been created a thousand times before? We’ll attempt to answer these questions and more through writing exercises and class discussion. This workshop is designed to have you step forward carrying the seeds of a brand new world. Interested? Register here!
Start Your Novel | Saturday, February 23rd | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | $45 - $70 So you’ve decided to write a novel! But now what? Where do you start? Should you outline first or just dive right in? How do you hold the entire story in your head? And do you really have to write 100,000 words for it to be a novel? Are all these questions making you question your novel-writing decision in the first place?
Never fear. This workshop will answer your questions and help you jump-start your novel. Together, we’ll discuss some of the common questions and concerns related to starting a new novel, such as word count, maintaining a writing schedule, and the benefits and drawbacks of outlines. Then we’ll turn to our own novel projects—and if you don’t have one yet, this workshop is the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas! With a series of fun, customizable exercises, you’ll develop a sense of the novel-writing approaches that work best for you. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with the seeds of a new novel and a plan for helping them grow. 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!
Writing a Great Antagonist Young Writers Workshops (Teens & Tweens) Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It Crafting Effective Prose How Do I Get Started? Q&A Novel Writing Workshop Advanced Fiction Speculative Fiction Critique Using Tropes Effectively How to Submit Your Work Like a Pro Jumpstart Your Writing with Dungeons and Dragons Scrivener 101 Speculative Fiction