... I will be in Seattle. First, six weeks of living out my not-so-secret childhood dream of learning to write fantasy/sci-fi at the Clarion West summer workshop (!!! hard to describe how stoked I am about this !!!), and then back teaching at the Hugo House for Scribes, a two-week writing camp for teenagers. My co-instructor is once again the brilliant poet Quenton Baker, and our session starts July 31st, so tell all the Seattle-based teens in your life!
Free application editing for queer, trans, POC, and/or immigrant folks. I will help with school, grant, and artist residency applications aaaannnddd DATING PROFILES (I have been working for an LA-based company writing online dating profiles for three years now so am literally professionally trained). I've edited all these forms of writing with success (people accepted into school; grants won; love found). Hablo Español. Hit me up!
Somewhat belated post, as this happened in the summer, but THANK YOU THANK YOU to the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the McKnight Foundation for granting me $$$ from the Next Step Fund to help me finish my novel! I am so so grateful for the support.
Hello Minneapolis! I'll be teaching a 6-week short story workshop through the Loft this spring, from April 15 - May 18th! Official description is as follows, and you can find more information and sign up right here.
This workshop-based class offers students a supportive space to deeply explore and edit their own short stories of up to 25 pages, with submission for publication as a final goal. Close-reading our own work as well as the work of published writers, we'll focus on questions such as: What makes a short story compelling? How do we create meaning in a short story? How are we moved by a story? How does plot function in short fiction? Wherefore character development? Whither setting? And the perpetual doozy, What is this story about? We'll also learn what makes a helpful workshop critique, and how to incorporate peer feedback as we revise. We will learn to take our own stories apart, and put them back together again. Too, we will look at contemporary literary journals and discuss effective submission practices. This class is for those who have short story manuscripts they're ready to take to the next level.
Enormous thanks to the Loft Literary Center and the Jerome Foundation for supporting my novel-in-progress by selecting me as a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Writer's Grant, along with seven other excellent writers. I am honored to be in such good company. Hopefully this grant will help bump me from the "emerging" category into... what's next? Fledgling?
I will be teaching a single-serving class for adults in Seattle on August 2nd, 2015, from 1-4pm. We will explore what makes written dialogue "effective" via verbal storytelling and in-class writing exercises, and more information can be found right here.
In September, I'll be reprising this as a six-week night class at the Loft here in Minneapolis, so don't be sad if you're a landlubbing Minnesotan rarin' to soak up my chatter-centric wisdom.
The class starts September 16th, and is held on Wednesdays from 6-8pm. You can sign up here!
My story "Word of Mouth," originally published in the summer 2014 issue of The Threepenny Review, will appear in the 2015 O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology, due out in September from Anchor Books!