Stay tuned for a complete listing of scheduled online and in-person workshops and seminars for the fall of 2014. Over the past decade, I have conducted workshops for Maine Authors Publishing, Goddard College, the University of Southern Maine/Stonecoast MFA, and several private writing groups, libraries, elementary schools, and high schools,  in the areas of writing, editing, marketing for authors, independent publishing, and social media. My workshops are interactive, engaging, and dynamic, and all include a PowerPoint presentation, detailed handouts, writing exercises, and an opportunity for questions and answers. In addition to basic creative writing courses and group workshopping sessions, here are a few of my prepared workshops:


Pacing and the Three-Act Structure

Who Said What to Whom:
The Ins and Outs of Great Dialogue

Creating Compelling Characters in the Plot-Driven Novel

Television, the Fiction Series, and the Modern Novelist

Editing, Revising, and Proofreading
Your Own Work

There Is No Try:
The Jedi Approach to Active Writing

Murder By Numbers:
Building Tension in the Modern Mystery


20 Questions Designed to Build Great Characters

Plot is important. You’ve gotta have a great setting. Evocative imagery, strong dialogue, prose that stands the test of time… All of these things are important in the quest to…

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The 10 Writing and Editing Stages of the Successful Novel

When you’re in the midst of writing a novel, it can frequently seem like you’re never going to make your way out of the weeds. How long do you spend…

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5 Keys to a Thriller Readers Can’t Put Down

In Gregg Hurwitz’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller TRUST NO ONE, the action starts in the very first scene, and doesn’t let up until the end of the book, without sacrificing character…

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He Said, She Said: The Key to Writing Great Dialogue Tags

I’ve been doing some experiments lately with dialogue tags, because I think as writers who have grown up in a visual age, we tend to ascribe more action to a…

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Ten Tips for Teen Writers

This was first published on my personal blog in May of 2011, but I think still holds just as true today, as more and more young writers realize just how…

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