Writing Classes & Workshops

JULY 2015: Because my schedule is so full right now, my normally-scheduled writing classes are on hold. Please feel free to contact me regarding one-on-one coaching if interested.

Breaking Into Freelance Writing – $140  $99

Welcome to the most flexible, personalized writing course available, designed for those who want one-on-one instruction instead of generic lectures in a crowded classroom environment.

This four-week course will improve your grammar, punctuation, format, and style, but I also teach students how to generate topics, find markets, send a pitch, and sell articles. If you’re ready to turn your hobby into a money-making endeavor, this is the class for you.

Unlike other online classes—which require students to log into a web site on a certain day at a certain time to “attend class”—my course is tailored to your schedule. You’ll receive one lecture per week to read at your leisure, along with an assignment to complete. But instead of random writing exercises, you’ll  write about the topics you want to focus on. You’re then free to ask as many questions as you like, not only about the lectures but also about your own projects and the writing business in general.

When I critique your assignments, I act as your editor by polishing your work. By the end of the course, you’ll have two finished articles ready to sell.

For more information, see the complete course outline, read the FAQ, and read comments from former students.

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Fiction Workshops

Unlike a class, there are no lectures in workshops. Instead, we’ll devote all our time time to polishing your writing. There is also no class schedule. You’re free to submit your work any time after enrolling.

Before you begin a workshop, you should have at least a first draft of your work completed. For the Novel Writing Workshop, a rough outline of the entire book is helpful as well.

Novel Writing Workshop – $125
When writing fiction, the beginning of your book is crucial. Agents and editors often make decisions based on your first chapter alone, so those first pages must be as perfect as possible. You’ll submit the first 5000 words of your book (roughly 2-3 chapters), which I’ll edit and critique. In addition to fixing any grammar and punctuation problems, we’ll work on style, setting, plot, pacing, character development, and all the other elements of great fiction.

Short Story Workshop – $100
Short fiction can be even more challenging than a full-length novel. You’ll submit a completed short story (up to 4000 words) which I’ll edit and critique. I’ll fix any grammar or punctuation errors, offer suggestions on plot, pacing, and style, and discuss the fine details of crafting a compelling short story.