Fall freebie & classes

I’m teaching free classes at the Boulder Public Library on Wednesday mornings every month this fall. I’ll be in the Arapahoe Room, on the second floor of the main branch on 1001 Arapahoe Avenue. You can get 90 minutes of parking free, and pay a tad bit more for the full two hours you’ll be with me. The classes are free, but space is limited and you’ll have to register, which you can do by clicking the relevant date and time listed in blue below:


Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 15, 10-noon.
Dec. 13, 10-noon.

In other news, some of my summertime students and I made this video about my classes, which you can view here:

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FALL CLASSES

Through the darkness into the light, weekend intensive, Nov. 11 & 12 North Boulder

10-4 each day. $250.

OPEN TO WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS, this class is designed to help you open to the more challenging side of your experience, then stretch into your dreams and prepare your nervous system to live the life you want to live. Heavy on personal growth and light on literary perfectionism,  and uses the alchemical power of writing to move your life in the direction you want it to go.  Click here for more info and how to register.

Late fall class possibilities in North Boulder:

My classes for Nov. and Dec. are still in the planning stages, but here are some possibilities:

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. Each week of the the 12 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, OPEN TO WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS, THERE WILL BE 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.

In the PLAYTIME class, the writing exercises are a fairly random sprinkling of prompts — in one class we’ll write about what it feels like to be at home; the next, we’ll write about our mother’s things. There is no particular order to the classes, and that can work really well because there is an element of surprise to each class. These classes are appropriate for anyone seeking to do some prospecting for truth in their own life. It’s like drilling for oil — sometimes you hit a gusher. When we read what we’ve written, there is OPEN TO WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS, THERE WILL BE NO WORKSHOPPING AND NO CRITIQUING.

THE MAP TO BETTER WRITING is a highly-structured scene writing classes, with other odds, ends and psychological deep dives. We’ll read some supercallifragelistic scenes from the literature, feel suitably wowed by the author’s derring-do, and then we’ll use the writerly map served up by scenes by these literary greats to help you shape your story. I’ll give you frequent directions, and you’ll pour your gorgeous verbiage onto the page. This class is by application; a writing sample is required. But don’t let that scare you — you don’t need to be a high powered writer, you just need a writing practice.

AND IN DENVER’S PARK HILL NEIGHBORHOOD:

The Heroine’s Journey

10-12:30 Friday mornings,

Sept. 22 thru Dec. 8.
NO CLASS  Nov. 3 or Nov. 24. 10 weeks; $600.

The class 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, 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. OPEN TO WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS, THERE WILL BE NO WORKSHOPPING AND NO CRITIQUING

THIS CLASS IS FULL WITH A WAIT LIST. Click here to get on the wait list. In order to confirm your place, I’ll need to have a chat on the phone with you, as well as collect a $50 deposit.