Workshops

Now Scheduling fall 2023 through 2024. Please contact me.

One of my favorite responsibilities when I worked for a public library was leading writing workshops for teens! I love to pass along craft tips and strategies. If your creative writing students or writers’ group meets within 100 miles of Kansas City, MO, you can engage me to present in person. My workshops are geared for groups of 4 – 20 participants, aged 13 and up. And yes, I can adapt them for young-at-heart adult writers.

Book Clubs are another one of my favorite things! If your book club reads BridgeKeeper, and we can work out a date and time, I’ll Zoom in (virtually) free of charge.


Workshop topics

Show Don’t Tell The single most powerful rule of good writing. Sensory details, action and dialogue immerse readers in the story, allowing them to live the adventure right along with the characters. In this workshop I’ll use fun, interactive exercises to help writers understand and hone this essential skill.

Characters: Hero or Zero, for a character to be loved, or despised they have to be believed. In this workshop, I’ll give writers handy tools to help them create interesting, complicated, flawed characters who’ll steal readers’ hearts — or chill their souls.

Your Story, Start to Finish: Don’t let your stories end up stuffed in a drawer, abandoned half way through! We’ll explore how to start with a good idea – how to use scene and sequel, the building blocks of stories – and how goals and conflict propel characters’ journeys all the way to, The End. This is a great workshop for NaNoWriMo.

Book Clubs: I love ‘em! Let me know if your club reads BridgeKeeper. I’d be happy to stop in for a virtual visit.

Questions? Contact me for more information.