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5 Ways to Improve the Action in Your Story

Check out my guest post on improving the action in your story over at Anne. R. Allen’s blog today, then buy your own copy of Writing Action!

Write Your Memoir During Lockdown

Lockdown is the perfect time to work on your memoir or finish that personal essay you started months ago. Writing from your Life is a five-week ONLINE workshop that begins Tuesday, May 5. The class is asynchronous, so you can do the work when it’s convenient for you. Sign up here before it’s too late!

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Spring Writing Classes

I hope everyone is staying sane during lockdown. I am busy writing, baking bread (I made sourdough starter and baked my first loaf of sourdough bread, which tasted good but was too dense. I’m going to try again this week with a Dutch oven), making soups (thanks to Laura Fraser’s Soup of the Day posts), […]

Memoir for Beginners now in Berkeley!

I’m excited to announce the Writers Grotto is now offering classes both online and in Berkeley as well as at our offices in San Francisco. My online Writing Habit is well underway, but I have two more classes coming up that still have room:

Memoir for Beginners (*Berkeley*)

Annie Lamott said, “You own everything […]

Create a Writing Habit in 2020

Happy New Year! It’s time to make good on those New Year’s resolutions to WRITE MORE, FINISH THAT BOOK, or RECORD THOSE MEMOIRS. Whatever your writing goals, you’ll benefit from developing a daily writing habit, and that’s where THE WRITING HABIT comes in. I’ve taught this popular class at The Writers Grotto in San […]

Lit Starts—The Writers Grotto’s New Series of Books About Writing

News Flash!

We at the Writers Grotto are so excited to announce the launch of a new series of books for writers—LIT STARTS. The first four books in the series (Writing Humor, Writing Dialogue, Writing Character, and Writing Action) will be in bookstores this coming Tuesday, September 10. Each book features an essay […]

Smart Writers Finish Rich

It’s no secret that writers have a difficult time making a living. Unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably have to piece together an income through writing, editing, teaching, and sometimes other day jobs. Very few strike it rich, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get rich!

My friends used to tease me about this […]

Fall Class at the Grotto

I have two classes coming up. Click the titles to enroll!

Edit Yourself, THIS SUNDAY, September 23

Edit Yourself (with Meghan Ward)

Social Media 2018, Sunday, October 7

This is a new class that will address how social media has changed in the past year and where you should be focusing your energy (Facebook? […]

Just Keep Writing

If you’re like me, you write in fits and starts, not everyday like they say we should. I find that I get easily discouraged. I get gung ho about a project, work at it furiously for two months, receive some negative feedback from someone (which can range anywhere from doubts a non-writer friend expresses about […]

Spring Classes at the Grotto

I’ll be teaching two weekend workshops this session at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto:

Edit Yourself (this Sunday, May 20) Social Media Bootcamp (June 10)

These are both really fun, hands-on workshops with tea and snacks included. You can bring your own lunch or buy lunch nearby.

Please spread the word to your writer friends!

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