Sierra Nevada College

I am currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low-residency MFA program. I offer intensive graduate-level instruction to students through this superb program. Students study remotely, except for twice-annual visits to the gorgeous campus on Lake Tahoe.

More information can be found on the program's website HERE.

Advanced Workshop in Personal Essay (Hugo House)

Hilary Mantel said: “Memoir’s not an easy form. If other people are to care about your life, art must intervene.” It can be disorienting to transform actual people and events into characters and plot elements in an essay or memoir, but this is how writers turn journal entries – written for the author’s benefit – into literature, which exists for readers’ benefit. In this workshop, we’ll explore the nuanced and delicate art of transforming a personal anecdote into a publishable essay.

Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 5pm for two hours.

Start Date: 9/15/2015
End Date: 11/17/2015

More info and registration HERE.


Yearlong Manuscript Class in Prose (Hugo House)

An updated version of the original yearlong class at Hugo House, this advanced course is for students working in either fiction or nonfiction. The class will contain a mix of genres, and the models we look at will be from excellent contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction.  Meets for 30 sessions + Publishing Day intensive.

Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm.

Start Date: 9/15/2015
End Date: 5/24/2015

More info and registration HERE.

Writing Coaching

I coach writers one-on-one with their fiction and nonfiction projects. While there are a limited number of appointments and consultations available, I am flexible and happy to discuss the scope of the work in advance. My rate is 120/hour. My former students and clients include:

Tara Conklin, author of the NYT Bestseller The House Girl

Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope

Elissa Washuta, author of My Body Is A Book of Rules.

Gail Hudson, co-author of several of Jane Goodall's books

Nicole Hardy, author of Confessions of a Latter Day Virgin

Paulette Perhach, Seattle area writer