“Thanks so much for this class (WRITING CIRCLE). Great people, great teacher and a great outlet for me. I'm learning a ton!"
-- RL; Fort Worth.
I have the good fortune of teaching in Fort Worth and Dallas. For all these I get to apply over 40 years of experience from beginning journalist…magazine writer--I still remember those days--to more recent stints as author, teacher and editor.
SPEAKING OF EDITING…
It’s been my privilege to edit the works of an array of writers—bloggers, essayists, novelists, short story writers, memoirists and narrative nonfiction writers. I edit as I like to be edited: with respect for the story that’s unfolding and the author’s voice that drives it. I’ll suggest scene changes when the natural order seems to suggest that; I may question if a character or two is necessary, and I’ll hone the words and syntax (in keeping with the author’s voice) to streamline a story, increase its tension or suspense and make it ready for publishing. As one woman said after I edited a few chapters of her novel in progress: “You’re brilliant.” You just can’t ask for better feedback than that.
I EDIT by appointment in order to give proper attention to each piece, so just give me a call or email me at: email@example.com or
PH: 817 737 6958/817 726 0412.
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.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION, whether novice or experienced, by appointment.
IN DALLAS, AT SMU’S THE WRITING PATH where one student said: “I am so enjoying your class that I've registered for the next. Thank you for your sharing your expertise. We have all been learning so much.” (JH of Dallas)
Spring classes start up after spring break:
SHORT FICTION. March 16 for 4 Mondays, 6:30 – 9 pm. Writing the short story serves a writer (and a reader) in many ways. The writer learns to deliver a beginning, middle and end story arc in a short space. The short story market has exploded in recent years offering opportunities that had not existed since the so-called Pulp Fiction (not the movie)days.
CREATIVE WRITING FOUNDATIONS, March 19, Thursdays for five weeks, 6 to 9 pm.— 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.
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.
PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE:
- Dallas Independent School District’s professional communicators in January. Two half days devoted to sharpen skills and create reader appeal for blogs, news releases, stories, etc. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced a more eager group, especially when considering these people have been communicating for 5 to 10 years or more.
- 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!