Except for the Tuesday afternoon Heroine’s Journey, which is at the top of the class list below, my classes for Feb-April are currently closed I’m planning to run more classes from mid-April through the end of May. They’ll be along the lines of what’s still posted on this page. Scroll down to see what’s in store!
Meet some students in this video
The Weekly Heroine's Journey
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30-3 p.m., Feb. 20 through April 3. The Heroine’s Journey is based on mythologist Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey — the plot structure common to adventure stories from cultures the world over. In each session of the 8-week class, we cover a different step of our own journey (because, whether we know it or not, we are living an adventure story.) Of the two writing periods in each class, the first is a super simple exercise that excavates memories and emotional material from your life. In the second writing period, we take the juiciest items from the first exercise and develop them into a narrative through surprising and magical means. It’s a class that requires almost no left brain critical involvement. When we read what we’ve written, there is No workshopping and no critiquing; we simply share and witness. We laugh a lot; and cry a fair bit too. Students often tell me it’s better than therapy.
I’ll need to talk to you on the phone and receive a deposit before I can confirm your place. Limited to six students. 7 weeks, $460.
The Map to Better Writing
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED BUT MAY RUN AGAIN FROM MID-APRIL THRU THE END OF MAY. Tuesday evenings, 6-8:30, Feb. 13 thru April 3. We’ll learn how to structure great scenes by imitating the greats — Elizabeth Strout, Thomas McGuane, Kate Atkinson, Lauren Groff, Helen MacDonald and others. We’ll read their work together, and then I walk you through the ‘recipe’ for that scene. It will sometimes feel unnatural, because we’re making leaps you would not ordinarily make. I think of it as literary Pilates — we learn to use muscles we didn’t know we had. It’s a logical follow-up to the Heroine’s Journey. It’s also a great place for writers who have some momentum going in their own work who just want improve their writing. There are two 20-30 minute writing periods in each class. A writing sample is required for entry into this class. BUT DON’T BE FRIGHTENED AWAY BY THIS! YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN AWARD-WINNING, ACCOMPLISHED WRITER TO TAKE THIS CLASS ~ I’M SIMPLY LOOKING FOR FOLKS WHO LIKE TO PLAY WITH WRITING. I’ll also need to have a talk on the phone with you and receive a $50 deposit to confirm your place in this class. 8 weeks; $525.
Some light over here, please?
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED, BUT I MAY RUN THE SAME CLASS FROM MID-APRIL THROUGH THE END OF MAY. Thursday afternoons, 2-4:30, Feb. 15-April 5. Have you been walking around in a modified cringe for a year or more? The news, the rising cost of health insurance — gah! I won’t go on — but it is hard to open up your chest and remember what you actually want, rather than you desperately DO NOT WANT? Well, then. How about we get together, parse the pain, find the kindness, have some tea, feel our strengths, see the light, have the courage to commit what we really want and what we have to offer to the page, and emerge with a new frame for our lives?
I’ll need to talk to you on the phone and collect a $50 deposit in order to register you for this class. 8 weeks; $525.
Free Classes at the Boulder Public Library
Free monthly classes at the Boulder Public Library! Intrigued, but want to know more? Join me at the library! Dates are as follows:
Thurs., March 8 from 1-3:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 12, from 10-12:30
Thurs., May 10, from 10-12:30
THESE CLASSES ARE FREE, BUT YOU MUST REGISTER BY CLICKING THE GREEN BUTTON BELOW: