“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 writing—plus publishing strategies—to an array of writers with diverse writing projects—fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry. Teaching venues vary also—from classroom, to living room, to conference and convention halls. For all these I get to apply over 40 years of experience that range from journalist to magazine freelancer to book author.
NOW, I combine teaching, editing…and individual instruction.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Starting new sessions June 2 and 3.
Contact me at: email@example.com
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)
“Write Now!” starts May 28 – June 18. An SMU course, we’ll meet together four Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm to shape “short” works for today’s publishing marketplace. “Short Works” will include Short Fiction, Essays, Memoir shorts, Articles. Writers may focus on one or explore both nonfiction and fiction. Along the way, we’ll devise publishing strategies to make a writer’s work stand out. Contact Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org; to discuss and to register go to
MEMOIR, ESSAY AND PERSONAL NARRATIVE, July 6 – July 27, Mondays, 6:30 to 9 …for those wanting to tell personal stories either in short essays or blogs or in full length books. In “Memoir, Personal Narrative & Essay,” we’ll explore techniques to shape your passion, your story, for writing about a personal experience, feeling or idea and matching it to the universal cord of human experience that will draw readers (and editors) to your work. Beyond the idea and matching efforts, the essay writer will come away from the class with techniques of writing to add punch to their story. Discuss with Carmen at email@example.com; register and discuss, smu.edu/creativewriting.
NARRATIVE NONFICTION (known alternately as creative nonfiction or literature of nonfiction) will start in September at SMU. In this 12-week program you’ll take your true story idea, learn to shape it into “story” form with fictional techniques, and finish with a proposal to submit to editors and agents. This SMU course tracks nonfiction publishing practices. That means writers prepare a proposal, not a completed manuscript. The proposal is 3 parts…so, too, the class structure.
PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE:
- Dallas ISD’s professional communicators—sharpening skills, creating reader appeal, January 2015
- Fort Worth Public Library (2 sessions) – Summer, 2014
- International Assn. of Business Communicators, Mid Cities – August 2014
- The Texas Writers Guild, 2012
- NaNoWriMo 2011
- First Christian and First Methodist churches, Fort Worth, 2004 and 2006, respectively
- Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, Writing Department, several times 1998 – 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!