Thanks so much to the kind folks at Lafayette Magazine for including this fine piece about my work with the Lafayette Writers' Studio in the Summer 2017 issue. Gratitude also to the interviewed students--Larry Drench, Sandra Burbank, Karis Amanda, Nicole Brooks, and all my students. I am so fortunate to work with you!
Share an excerpt of your latest story, poem, or memoir-in-progres at the Lafayette Writers' Studio SIXTH Open Mic on Thursday, April 27 from 7 - 9 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in Lafayette. Sign up to read at the door. Let your voice be heard!
Teen Creative Writing registration is open. Storytelling is the basis for all modes of creative writing. If you can tell a good story, you can write anything. Teen Creative Writing will offer a place for you to discover how the foundations of writing can help you develop your story-writing strengths while meeting other writers. By the conclusion of the course all students will have written one complete story, and will have both the spark and the knowledge to keep writing.
Teen Creative Writing will be held for four Wednesdays: May 24, 31 & June 7 &14 from 6-7:30 at MatchBOX Coworking Studio. To register visit lafayettewritersstudio.com
Dare I say that the cover of Glory Days is glorious? Thank you to the kind folks at University of Nebraska Press for your hard work. I can't for the book's release on September 1!
Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is the year you write your book. Sound daunting? It doesn’t need to be if you follow your idea’s lead and create a routine that not only builds on inspiration but also takes into account your lifestyle and personality.
Tuesdays Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Storytelling is the basis for all modes of creative writing. Whether you write poems, are working on a memoir, or are penning your seventh fan fiction novel, if you can tell a good story, you can write anything. Teen Creative Writing will offer a place for you to discover how the foundations of the craft of writing can help you generate ideas and develop your story-writing strengths while meeting other writers.
Wednesdays March 8, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Writers need one another for feedback and community, but also to generate ideas and learn from one another. In this workshop writers will have the opportunity to come together to evaluate published work as well as that of our peers.
Thursday, March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Poems are not the locked boxes we may think they are. Poems have much to offer when we set aside the goal of "getting it." This class will focus, instead, on trusting--and talking through!--our emotional experience of poetry.
Open Mic – free and open to the public
Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studios
If you have yet to take a class or attend an event with the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, this fall is the time to do so.
Interested in writing but unsure where to begin? Or perhaps you need to be reminded about what you love about the written word Join us for The Write Start: Cultivating Creativity – Wed., Aug 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. we will develop a plan for your writing goals while examining your particular pitfalls to creativity.
Writing Jumpstart offers a broad overview of the conventions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and meets eight Wednesdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19; and Nov. 9 & 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Inspired Words Writers’ Conference - Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a keynote by Cathy Day; workshops led by Adam Watkins, Catherine Grossman, James Tadd Adcox, and Melissa Fraterrigo
Space is very limited for the conference and early-bird registration ends soon.
The novel-in-stories is a hybrid between a novel and story collection. I'm leading a free workshop on the form this coming Wednesday, March 2 at 3 p.m., at Purdue in 204 Stewart, followed by a reading from my own novel-in-stories. I'd love to see you there!
I’m delighted to be presenting at this year’s Gathering of Writers for the Indiana Writers Center on Saturday, March 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis. This year’s theme is The Habit of Art. I’ll be leading a lively session on Connecting the Unconnected: Examining the Novel-in-Stories. I promise you’ll enjoy yourself. Join us!