I have found that creating a body of work takes time, commitment, and, well, work. I need to show up to the page day after day and also to take part in conversations with other writers – to talk shop, as it were.

I’m leading two workshops this Spring.

Writing About Politics
Grub Street in Boston, MA
Saturday, May 13 — 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Are you feeling moved to grapple with the current moment in your writing? Are you concerned that if you tackle political topics in your work, the art will suffer? Whether you have been focusing on politics for some time or are new to considering it for your literary writing, this workshop can help you find interesting entry points for your work. We will read and discuss pertinent passages in a variety of literary genres and write in response. Some of the writers who will guide us include Claudia Rankine, Gloria Anzaldúa, Teju Cole, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Barbara Kingsolver, and others. You will come away with strategies for developing new or existing work as well as a number of new drafts. The exercises can be responded to in fiction, creative non-fiction, poem, essay, or hybrid form.

Writing Creatively in Short Form, Long Form, and Collections
The Arts Center in Troy, NY
Mondays, April 3 to May 22 — 6:00 to 8:00 PM

This course is designed to get the pen moving. Once we’ve got writing down, we can look at what form could help us move it along. Whether you are new to writing, returning, or at work on a project, these exercises will fuel your process. Through discussion, reading, and, of course, writing we will find our work improving in unforeseen ways. We will generate first drafts for pleasure as well as provide workshop style feedback for each other as desired. UPDATE: This class is sold out.

Meantime, I am taking some new clients individually for Spring. More about that here.

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