“Thanks Prof Goldthwaite! I'm so glad I joined your class. Those techniques for helping us to flesh out a character the readercan believe work really, really well. Can't wait for Thursday!"
-- Rajal from SMU class.
I have the good fortune of teaching in Fort Worth and Dallas.
IN FORT WORTH, I teach Writing Circles that meet weekly in my West Fort Worth home. I chose the word “circle” because that’s “storytelling tradition” from the earliest campfires. The gatherings are small, the interests vast: novels, memoirs, short stories, essay, narrative or creative nonfiction. One group meets Tuesdays, 7-10 pm; the other, Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm.
WRITING CIRCLES will re-convene after the holidays, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 6 and 7 for a new six-week session.
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION, whether novice or experienced, by appointment.
EDITING OF MANUSCRIPTS for style as well as story structure—novels, short stories, essays, narrative nonfiction and biography, by appointment.
For all of these I get to apply over 40 years of experience from beginning journalist to author to teacher and editor.
CONTACT ME: email@example.com or
PH: 817 737 6958/817 726 0412.
IN DALLAS, AT SMU’S THE WRITING PATH…
(Dates & Times will be announced later but here’s a summary of classes):
NEW! SHORT FICTION — a 4-week session on writing compelling short stories, whether genre or literary fiction.
NEW! MEMOIR — Writing personal narratives or essays or a book. All of these are forms for your story. Decide what’s right for the story you want to convey and we’ll apply principles of writing and “personal” research toward a finished work (a plan for a book; a completed piece for an essay). Also, a 4-week class.
FOUNDATIONS OF CREATIVE WRITING — In this basic class, students explore various forms of writing—fiction, nonfiction, narrative nonfiction and even a bit of poetry. On this exploratory path we’ll also pick up the tools of writing for today’s reader, today’s market, completing the course with a story, an essay or an article. A 5-week class.
NARRATIVE NONFICTION: THE PROPOSAL — Because in nonfiction we submit only a proposal, not a completed manuscript, I teach the three basic elements of the proposal (with a presumption that the Foundations course has been taken): Writing the first three chapters; preparing a narrative outline, chapter by chapter, and the marketing proposal of platform, audience, competition, query, etc. A 12-week program.
For information on these and their schedules, please go to: smu.edu/creativewriting.
INSTRUCTION for Groups, Organizations and Conferences
Jan. 9 and 16 2015 – half day each, a “skills sharpening” workshop for communication professionals at Dallas Independent School District.
You and I together can devise a program that’s a fit for your group’s interests and writing growth needs. Let’s talk…
Contact INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org
PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE:
- DFW Writers Conference – 2008, 2011, 2014
- Fort Worth Public Library, Summer 2014 (two sessions)
- International Association of Business Communicators, 2014 (Mid Cities)
- The Texas Writers Guild, 2012
- Professional Insurance Communicators Assn., annual convention – 2012
- NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) - 2011
- Texas Writers League Annual Agents Convention, 2005
- First Christian and First Methodist Churches of Fort Worth, 2004 and 2006, respectively
- Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, Writing Department, 2003
TOPICS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Make Your Words Work
- Voice/author & character
- Suspense & Style
- Dialogue: The Tension Engine of Fiction
- Show Don’t tell—with Movement
- Characterization – Building compelling characters – primary and secondary
- Finding the Story
- Get Started Now
- Memoir…Your Story
- A Plot…Don’t Let Go the Reader
- Getting Your Story Read
- Story Craft…Let’s Get Started
- Creative Nonfiction
- Time & Place—the world of your character, fiction or nonfiction
An autumn celebration – 5 years of “Writing Circles” and the launch of Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie
SMU student and husband & Barnes & Noble signing and program
Writing Circle students/participants…celebrating 5 years!