Fall freebie & classes

This just in: New classes for November and December, plus free classes on Wednesdays at the Boulder Public Library!

The Heroine’s Journey
Tues. evenings, Nov. 7 thru Dec. 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Nov. 14. 5 weeks, $300

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS OF WRITERS. My least intimidating class, 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 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. Class is limited to six students in order to preserve safety and intimacy.

NOTE: Since this is just a five-week class and Campbell identified 12 steps to the journey, we’ll hopscotch through the highlights of the journey, tracing the entire arc. A perfect way to prime your self concept for the new year!  Click HERE for info on how to register — a phone chat and $50 deposit will be required in order for you to confirm your place.


The blood & bones of writing
Thurs. morns, Oct. 26- Dec.14; 10-12:30
NO CLASS Nov. 2 or Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving)

6 weeks; $360.

In this class, we’ll warm up with some fun and easy exercises, then read some supercallifragelistic scenes from the literature, feel suitably wowed by the author’s derring-do, and then I’ll walk you through the literary moves they made so you can make them too! (In less caffeinated terms, we’ll use the writerly map served up by scenes by the literary greats to help you shape your story. I’ll give you frequent directions, and you’ll pour your gorgeous verbiage onto the page. It’s highly choreographed and highly structured, but somehow the structure frees up your right brain to go wild. I promise not to leave you all alone in the literary wilds!) Ideal for folks who have completed the Heroine’s Journey. Click HERE for info on how to apply for this class. In order to confirm your place, you’ll need to send in a $50 deposit. Class will be capped at six people to preserve privacy and intimacy.

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.


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:
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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My classes for spring 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.