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2021 Writing Classes

Registration is open! Develop a writing habit and learn to edit your own work with The Writing Habit and Edit Yourself, both online via the Writers Grotto:

The Writing Habit *ONLINE*

Tuesdays, Jan 26-Feb 3 | * ONLINE* | Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated to finish your novel, memoir, or short story collection? Are […]

The Art of Stick Bow Hunting

Three years ago I visited La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo to interview Gabriel Miossi about traditional stick bow hunting. Read all about it in this week’s issue of Craftmanship Magazine.

Memoir Classes, Litquake, the Writers Grotto, the Nobel Prize, and more

While we’re all getting ready for a Covid Halloween, the impending election, and a possible return to school, the literary world is all ablaze. News this month:

Writing from Your Life

My six-week online memoir class starts in just one week. Take advantage of the pandemic to turn your life stories into pixels. This is […]

Fall Writing Classes are Open for Registration!

Congratulations on surviving six months of a pandemic! Now that you’ve mastered sourdough baking, binged every Netflix show, and organized all your digital photos, it’s time to write that memoir! Join me for a six-week asynchronous online class (with optional Zoom sessions) Oct 15-Nov 19 that will teach you the nuts and bolts of memoir […]

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 […]