Spring Workshops at Writers in Progress

Good news: I’ll be leading half-day workshops on two of my favorite subjects this spring! Also, my Writing from Life workshop will be running again in April. Check out the details below…

Writing From Life

Lorrie Moore once said that, “for the writer, the facts of life are like ingredients in a kitchen cupboard.” The cake we make is the story we end up telling. “That,” she says, “is how life and art are related…” No matter what we write, our experiences, observations perceptions and inclinations are the greatest inspiration and fodder for our work. In this weekly generative workshop, writers will receive a series of prompts to help them tap into their deepest material and move them into a sustained period of writing. Afterward, we’ll have the opportunity to share our work and receive thoughtful feedback from the group.  Weekly craft tips!

Wednesdays, 6-9pm; 8-week spring workshop begins April 3rd ($325)  Register Now

Dialogue Intensive

Effective dialogue is the linchpin of successful scene-writing.  Dialogue can propel a story forward, reveal character, increase narrative tension: in short, dialogue done well engages readers like no other craft element. Yet, for almost all writers, writing compelling and authentic dialogue is one of the biggest hurdles. In this half-day intensive, writers will look closely at the elements of dialogue that make for effective scene work. Through exercises and examples, writers will learn how to craft dialogue that is purposeful, builds character, and develops the subtext that gives their scenes life. Participants should feel free to bring work that is already in progress, but writers of all levels and genres are welcome!

Saturday, April 20th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ($75)  Register Now

First Impressions: Writing Strong Beginnings

When it comes to sending our work out into the world, first impressions are often times all we have. With submissions piling up on editors’ and agents’ desks, writing a strong beginning is critical to getting our work noticed. But what exactly goes into a strong start? In this half-day workshop, we’ll go over the five things every first page needs, looking closely at examples of writers who do this successfully, and taking some time to work on our own. In addition to handouts, tips, and writing time, this workshop will include insights from working agents and editors about what they are looking for when they look at the first page. All genres welcome!

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., May 18th ($75)  Register Now

New Workshops at Writers in Progress

It’s been such an amazing few months teaching at Writers in Progress. I’ll be leading these workshops this winter, so if you’re within driving distance of Western Massachusetts, please come!

Community Writing Workshops

Join us for a morning of writing on the first Saturday of every month. Held in our bright and inspiring studio, our Community Writing Workshops include a brief warm up, a sustained writing period in response to a variety of prompts, and the opportunity to share work and receive supportive feedback. Suggested donation of $10, but writers are welcome to attend free of charge.

The first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. RSVP here

Writing the Body

There has never been a more important time to write about our bodies. In the current political climate, especially, it feels necessary to acknowledge the way our bodies can act as deep sources of creative inspiration. Our greatest stories come not from our heads but from our hearts, our shoulders, our hands, our backs. In this workshop, we will free ourselves from the self-consciousness and doubt that comes with writing and return to where our stories first began: our bodies. Through a series of meditations, exercises, prompts, and time to write, we will tap into our most fundamental selves, celebrate our bodies in their various stages, and bring our experiences of being alive in our bodies fully to the page.

Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.; six-week workshop starts January 8th ($265)  Register Now

Writing From Life

Lorrie Moore once said that, “for the writer, the facts of life are like ingredients in a kitchen cupboard.” The cake we make is the story we end up telling. “That,” she says, “is how life and art are related…” No matter what we write, our experiences, observations perceptions and inclinations are the greatest inspiration and fodder for our work. In this weekly generative workshop, writers will receive a series of prompts to help them tap into their deepest material and move them into a sustained period of writing. Afterward, we’ll have the opportunity to share our work and receive thoughtful feedback from the group. 

Wednesdays, 6-9pm; 8-week workshop begins February 6th ($325)  Register Now

"We Were Together"

There is rarely reason to celebrate in the life of a writer, but having this story (the story that started my entire collection) published in this journal (between the words of Kristen Arnett [!] and Elisa Albert [!!]) is more than enough reason for me.

"We Were Together" First Page

Read the whole story in the Fall 2018 issue of The Literary Review.

Bemis N U

A few days before I left the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska—a place I called home for three months in the winter of 2018—my friend and neighbor, John, interviewed me about my time in residency.

My time in Omaha was creatively challenging for me—a longer story I was working on came to a standstill and there were more weeks than I’d like to admit that I didn’t write—but when people ask me which residency I liked the most, I always say Bemis. Mainly because of what I learned from the amazing artists I was in residence with. What I love the most about John’s short video is how perfectly he captures that.

Check out my video below and some of the other residents whose time in Omaha John filmed.