Creative Writing Workshops

I teach online creative writing courses for WOW! Women on Writing, an ezine promoting the communication between women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers, and readers. No prior writing experience is necessary in order to enroll, just an interest in learning the craft, meeting new people, and challenging yourself to create good art.

Current Classes

Music, Truth, and the Towns Inside Us 

Starts Monday, September 3, 2018.

This class is a cross-genre workshop inspired by Richard Hugo’s book on writing, The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing, which will guide the course content. Students will engage in experimental writing using a variety of prompts, as well as work with writing they’ve already written, applying the principles in the book. This is a multi-media class that includes music and film. The goal of the course is creative exploration, deepening our skills as writers, staying attuned to the music in our words, exploring the difference between facts and truth, and developing the real and fictional places within us that feed our work.

Tests, Menus, and Other Constraints

Starts Monday, October 22, 2018

This class focuses exclusively on borrowed form (or hermit crab) essays. Participants will engage in a close reading of examples of borrowed form essays and respond to discussion questions. They will also choose one borrowed form to use to write their own essay. They can choose to write a new essay using the form, or rewrite an essay that’s already complete using the form to see how that affects the work.

Speculative Memoir: Can Untruths Set You Free?

Starts Monday, January 7, 2019

This class will explore the use of fairy tales, myths, fables, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, and other genres to muddy the waters between fact and fiction in order to write personal experience in new and revealing ways. Students will survey examples of genre-bending fiction/nonfiction hybrids, memoir in verse, speculative memoir, personal essays that incorporate fictional tropes, and author interviews and reviews on the subject. Over the course of the workshop, we will read and discuss, in depth, Monster Portraits, by Sofia Samatar, a book the author describes as a speculative memoir, but is shelved as fantasy. Students will also experiment in creating their own speculative nonfiction narratives and submit them to the classroom discussion forum for feedback.