Teaching

Learning to write is a lifelong process. There’s always some element of the craft you can–and should!–be striving to improve. My quest to get better, as a writer, led to my reviewing books and participating in workshops… and now, I am teaching online courses through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Working with new writers is something I am passionate about–it’s exciting, fun, and a constant challenge. Some of my students are literally finishing their first stories, while others are putting the final touches on polished, professional-caliber novels. I’ve seen students take rough drafts, shine them up and sell them. Helping people pursue their writing dreams is something I enjoy immensely.

As part of my teaching practice, I sometimes blog about the craft of writing, generating mini-lectures and other resources for new authors. You can find a long list of my essays about craft here in the resources section of this site. Other, more casual writing-related observations are collected here.

I maintain two sets of links on Pinterest, both containing materials by other writers, about writing. One is a list of actual writing articles, covering craft, markets, techniques and the elements of fiction. The other is more of an inspiration board, with pins containing pithy quotes by a range of authors, things that might get you back to the keyboard when you’re feeling discouraged.

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My courses reflect a belief that nobody writes immaculate first drafts. I emphasize finishing rough versions of your fiction… and then getting them critiqued and revised. I also assign a marketing plan in almost every course, for those writers who are already looking to find an audience. Though my primary focus is on the creative side of the equation, I strive in most classes to give students a glimpse into the commercial side of writing, too.

I am still occasionally accepting individual students with promising novel-length projects for intensive, one-on-one mentoring. Openings for mentoring come up once or twice a year. Contact me directly to ask about my prices, availability, and audition process.

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