Advanced Fiction Workshop at HUGO HOUSE

The purpose of this workshop is to make you a better writer by developing your critical eye and your command of the fiction craft. Through a combination of workshop, critique, and close readings of the best contemporary short stories, we’ll explore the elements of craft required to compose a fantastic short story. This course is for those who have been in fiction workshops or have written fiction. The final class will focus on navigating the publishing business.

This class meets weekly at 5pm on Tuesdays, from Aptil 7th, through June 9th. More info (and registration) HERE

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.

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


RULE #1: Never Be Boring. (There are no other rules.) (VIA Hugo House)

There is no rule to writing great fiction except to “never be boring.” Also, please try not to be confusing or vague about important information. We’ll focus on compelling openings of stories and novels through a combination of discussion, reading, and workshop. 

This class will meet twice in February, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103).