2017 Courses


Open Truths:

Writing from Your Deepest Experience

November 1-29

This month-long course will offer a strong foundation for deep and sustained writing in any genre. We’ll start with practices that open the gateway to a flow of expression on the page. This will be followed by further practices that will allow you to explore unchartered terrain, perhaps buried images, feelings, and memories that have been hidden for many years. You’ll be guided in how to work with this “raw writing” and bring it to form. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your pieces with other writers for feedback and encouragement. The program will open gateways for you to write with greater truth, compassion, awareness, and depth in your own voice with support to complete your stories, poems, and other writing. Cost: $347 by Oct. 20; $397 after Oct. 20; includes webinars, a one-hour consultation, weekly practices, email support, and feedback on five pages of writing.

Open Poetry Online

Oct. 16-Nov. 30 (or dates by agreement)

This six-week program will help you open fully to your truest voice and express it on the page with vividness, precision, truth, and beauty. Discussions will introduce you to the essential elements of the craft and practices will help you to apply them to your own writing. Feedback on twenty pages of poetry will further assist your process, as will two one-on-one consultations by phone or in person. The program will open a deeper poetic awareness and understanding of the genre’s forms while you write and complete a small collection of poems. $497; can pay in three installments of $175.

Writing From the Inner Garden

(dates by agreement)

The aim of this program is to cultivate a deeper connection to the creative source so you can write in an easy, joyful way attuned to your own rhythms and inclinations. We will also strengthen the channels from creative expression to completed form and the sharing of creative work with your immediate milieu or a larger community. The program will enlarge your creative capacities on many levels and help you initiate and complete the writing you’re most called to at this time. (Please contact me for more details.)

The Art of Self-Editing:

Bringing Beauty to Words

In this intense four-hour workshop, you’ll learn ways to bring beauty to your writing by enhancing the clarity, cohesiveness, and coherence of your poetry, fiction, memoir, or other nonfiction writing. We’ll discuss how to find the best overall shape for your writing, as well as ways to sharpen and strengthen sentences, word precision, and punctuation. The workshop will cover how to make editing an enjoyable and productive process that builds on your writing strengths. You will learn the most common writing problems and how to solve them, as well as a host of editing techniques for any kind of writing. An in-class exercise will hone your skills and handouts will provide exercises and resources for further editing.*Note: please bring a page or two of double-spaced writing to edit.

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Three-Month Writing Program

(dates by agreement)

This program is designed to support new writing as well as ongoing projects that could benefit from editorial suggestions and other creative advice. The program starts with a one-hour consultation to discern what would help your writing process. We then create a plan to propel your writing through various means (practices, exercises, reading suggestions, creative approaches). Feedback on writing includes detailed comments on aspects such as cohesiveness and clarity, in addition to fine-tuning suggestions. Two more consultations follow, one per month. Participants can send in 15 double-spaced pages of prose (or 20 pages of poetry) for review with the option of buying more editing time, as needed, at a special rate.  The program will offer the support you need to take your writing to the next level. Cost: $497 (can pay in three installments of $175).