August freebie & fall classes

I’m teaching a free class at the Boulder Public Library from 10-noon on Thursday, Aug. 10.  It’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 class is free, but space is limited and you’ll have to register, which you can do by clicking here.

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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….AND HERE ARE MY EARLY FALL OFFERINGS IN NORTH BOULDER:

Heroine’s Journey, Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 5 through Oct. 24. NO CLASS SEPT. 12. Seven weeks; $420.

This class is OPEN TO WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS. It 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.

Click HERE for registration info on this class. 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. (I’m in Scotland until Aug. 9, so I’ll make calls upon my return in the order folks contacted me.)

Scene writing, Thursday evenings

6-8:30 p.m.,Sept. 7 through Oct. 26. NO CLASS Sept. 14.

By application. A writing sample is required for entry into this class. 7 weeks; $420. In this class, we 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. Students may spend two or three classes in a row on a three-page piece. 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. 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.

Scene writing. Thursday mornings

10-12:30 Sept. 7 thru Oct. 26. NO CLASS Sept. 14.

By application. A writing sample is required for entry into this class. Seven weeks, $420. See description of class above. 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.

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

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.