writing classes




I offer a variety of classes at different times throughout the year on all aspects of writing.  Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer, you’ll find something of value.   All classes are taught via teleconference call so you can take them whenever and whever you want.

Cultivate Your Creative Ideas 

For all writers who struggle with ideas–getting them, managing them, or trying not to be overwhelmed by them!  This one-session class covers every aspect of this vital topic to writers.

Make Money Writing

So, you’ve got to make some money.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could earn bucks doing what you love–writing? You can, and I’m proof.  And now, by popular request I teach a class on this topic.  Click on the Make Money Writing link for more information.

Book Proposals That Succeed

The fastest and best way to plan a book is to write a proposal for it.  And guess what?  It’s also how you grab the attention of an editor or agent.  This class covers every aspect of how to write a proposal.

Click on each class page to see when the next one might be offered.

Photo by Michael1952.

Save a Bunch on Services and Classes: Announcing a Thanksgiving Sale!


NOTE: The sale is over, but you can still access all these classes and services on their individual pages.

Give the gift of creativity this Christmas, either to yourself or someone else.

In the United States, Thursday is Thanksgiving, when we eat turkey and count our blessings.   I'm grateful for you–my loyal readers.

In honor of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping madness, I'm holding a weekend sale on select services and classes.   Time's up to get these deals on Monday at 5 PM Pacific time, so act fast. 

Buy something for yourself.

Buy something for someone else.

Buy something for yourself and then give it to someone to give to you.  (My favorite.)

Here are the deals:

Get Your Writing in Gear Session for $50

I offered this deal over Labor Day and sold a bunch.  Then I raised the price immediately.  Okay, listen up: I'm not going to offer this price on these sessions ever again.  Ever.  So buy now.  You can use them any time.  And you can buy as many of them as you want.  But only until Monday at 5 PM.  Click here for more info.

Just $50.


$50 Off Make Money Writing Class

I'm so excited about this class I could spit.  Except that would be un-lady-like so I won't.  Instead, I'll tell you a bit about it.  The class begins in January, and runs five sessions.  It is a teleclass, so you can listen to it anywhere (and I'll have juicy handouts, too).  I'm going to be revealing all the different ways I make money writing–and how you can, too.  Oh, if you hurry, you'll nab yourself a free coaching session with me when you sign up.  Check it out here.

Only $197!


$100 off One Month of Coaching

This includes 4 30-minute plus phone sessions, plus I'll read up to 30 pages of your work.  And I can state with great conviction that I'm going to be raising prices at some point next year.  My coaches already tell me I don't charge enough.  One of the things I love most besides writing is helping people to put words on the page and it would be my honor to assist you.  Again, use these sessions any time, buy it for yourself, or for someone else.  I'm easy.  Except when I'm coaching you. 

Just $297


I'm so excited to share these Thanksgiving specials with you!  And I send you blessings for the happiest of holidays.


Photo by Hey Paul.

Are You Cultivating Your Creative Seeds?

Everystockphoto_174008_mAnd forgive me if that title sounds vaguely obscene.  I'm not sure if it does or not, and I don't mean it to.

So, that out of the way, let's talk about ideas.  And goals.  Awk!  The two don't go together.  Or do they?  Well, yeah, kinda they do.  Because you can have tons of ideas but they remain just that, ideas, unless you wield the hammer and create yourself some goals, too.

I know you're cringing now because you're a creative type and the idea of setting goals is anathema.  (Good word, eh?  And the definition is pretty fabulous, too:  a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction. Doesn't get much better than that.)  But hear me out, because goals can be good.  Goals can help us turn our ideas into projects and then get them out into the world.

Ideas are the spark, goals are the engine.

And here's the deal: I'm teaching a 2-session class on ideas and goals beginning December 6th.  I purposely scheduled the class for December so that you would be ready to go when 2012 rolls around, which is going to come much faster than you think.

And here's the other deal: I just halved the price of the class, from $97 to $47.  My business coaches hate it when I do stuff like this because you're supposed to charge high prices to make it look like you're important.  I actually thought that $97 was a pretty decent price, but let's just say people aren't lining up around the block to sign up.  (My business coaches hate when I admit stuff like this, too.  Oh well.)

Here's the bottom line: I think this information is really good, and I want you to have access to it.  I know people are struggling with finances and a class devoted to your creative ideas may not be high on the budgetary list (do remember that the goal setting portion of the class may actually help you with your finances, though).  So I dropped the price of the class.

It's going to be juicy, I promise.  Two one-hour sessions, with lots of tips and exercises to throw at you, both on the idea and the goal-setting side. 

You can go here to read more and sign up.  Oh, PS–its a teleclass, so you can be anywhere in the world and take it.  And even if you can't make the times I have set, it will be recorded so you can listen to it any time.

Where Do Writing Ideas Come From?

Scfiasco_bunny_bunnies_745196_hLike Oprah, here are three things I know for sure:

1.  Energy breeds energy

2.  The more you write, the easier it gets.

3.  Ideas generate ideas

About that last truism, I have this theory that ideas actually breed like rabbits.  If you note ideas in your journal, or corral them in an idea book, they find each other, mate, and multiply.  One idea sires a whole new generation of them.  And before you know it, you're overwhelmed with ideas.  Then the lovely problem you have is how to not fall prey to bright shiny object syndrome. ("I think I'm going to write this short story instead of the novel I'm working on.  No wait, I want to start working on that mystery.  Oh no, I've got it, I'll write my memoir.")

Try it.  Make an effort to write down ideas and see if they don't multiply.  It is quite magical, actually.

But, you may ask, where do ideas come from in the first place?  Good question, because writers and creative types need a constant stream of them.  Without fresh ideas and energy for your work, you'll eventually stagnate and quit creating.  So ideas are the lifeblood of our creative practice.  How to get them?  Where do they come from?

In my mind, ideas flow from:

1. Observation

Never underestimate the power of observation.  Simply writing down something you saw (A man walking down the street wearing red shoes) can spark an idea  One of the best ways to begin cultivating ideas is just to write stuff down.  Doesn't have to be original or unique, you simply need to make a note of it.  Because when you write down several observations, the rabbit breeding thing happens, and before you know it you simple little observations have combined into full-blown ideas.  Voila!

2. Speculation

The other wonderful thing that observation sparks is speculation.  (Why is that man wearing red shoes?   Doesn't he realize they are ugly?)  You can actually force ideas using speculation.  And, the thing is, at first when you're working on cultivating ideas, the process feels a bit forced.  But soon the ideas are coming so quickly that you realize they were there all the time, waiting for you to start noticing them.

I'm thinking a lot about ideas these days because I'm going to be teaching an online class about them in December.  Actually, ideas are half the class.  The other half is about taking those ideas and making them tangible through goal-setting.  It's going to be held on two successive Tuesdays in December and you can access the class by phone from wherever you happen to find yourself.  I'm teaching it in December for a couple reasons.  The first is because I always find the dark days of December to be an intensely creative time for me and the second because holding it then will set you up for massive productivity around your writing in the new year.

So check out the class here.  (I'm also teaching a class called Make Money Writing in January.  And I'm offering a special discount for people who sign up for both.  Check that class out here.)  I'm keeping the cost of both of these classes low, because I know a lot of people want and need this information.

And tell me: how do you cultivate ideas for writing?  Do you have any tips for keeping the flow of them coming?

Photo by SC Fiasco, via Everystockphoto.