Classes

Through the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, I’m teaching **online** classes — open to writers everywhere!

Freewriting Intensive, Dec 5-6: This year has been impossible. Let’s try to look ahead by generating new work for 2021. Through intensive freewriting and class discussion, we will delve deeper and complicate our initial ideas. This class is for first-time writers, writers in the muddled middle of a longer project, and writers feeling directionless after time away from the page. This course is a generative space, organized around writing prompts which underscore certain essentials (sensory details, challenging static characters/situations, objective correlatives, incorporating environment/setting). Register here.

Revision Intensive: Short Fiction, Dec 14: Have a story that needs work but you don’t know where to start? Nothing we write can stand on its own without some phase of revision. In this one-day short fiction intensive, you’ll learn different methods for revision and come away with resources and actionable steps for how to address revision in your work. Register here.

Together Apart: Building Community Right Now, Dec 17: Right now it seems like everything is on hold, but in many ways we have more accessibility to others than ever before. Learn how to create a writing community, find and assess writing opportunities, and foster a sense of stability and belonging during this uncertain time. We’ll cover several subjects in three hours, with an exhaustive resource list provided to students at the end of the class. Register here.

Revision Workshop: Fiction, Jan 19-Feb 23: Have a story that needs work but you don’t know where to start? Students learn different methods for revision, how to assess and incorporate feedback, and work through their own revision of a short story or novel excerpt. Nothing we write can stand on its own without some phase of revision. Students will come away with resources and actionable steps for how to proceed with further revision on their own. Register here.

Close Reading Workshop: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Jan 30-Feb 27: Part craft discussion, part workshop, part generative space. Each week, we will close-read an essay or short story and articulate the craft elements being used (for example: POV, subject juxtaposition, braided structure, dialogue as story), and then use those elements in our own work. You will write four short works, either essays or short stories, your preference. Register here.

Freewriting Intensive, Feb 27-28: Let’s generate new work for the new year. Through intensive freewriting and class discussion, we will delve deeper and complicate our initial ideas. Like going to the gym for writers, this class is a generative space about letting go of our inner editor. Class time is organized around writing prompts which underscore certain essentials (sensory details, challenging static characters/situations, objective correlatives, incorporating environment/setting, etc). Register here.