Classes, Workshops & Retreats

Note: This is a partial list. I’m currently updating the website.
Please email me with any questions.


Fall term starts Sept 26, 2017
Class size limited to nine.  Register now to reserve your seat at the table. 

The Writers’ Ready Room (formerly the writers’ workroom) 

My fun and supportive method of “conversational group critique” has helped many aspiring writers get published and win awards. However there is no pressure to publish. The goal of The Writers’ Ready Room is to help you convey what you want to say, to help you achieve your personal goals. For all skill levels and all genres but poetry. Afternoon and evening classes in Corvallis OR.  Nine week course: $120

To learn more and to registerclick here.


I offer the following “Creating a Movie in Your Reader’s Mind” presentations, that also expand into workshops (half day, full day, weekend, and week).  

  • Creating a Movie in Your Reader’s Mind
  • Self-editing for Prose Writers
  • How to Win Short Story Contests, Even If You Write Memoir and Novels
  • How to Write Memoir That Entertains Like Fiction
  • Stand-Alones: Another Path to Publication
  • The Power of Emotional Truth
  • Click here for descriptions of these presentations & workshops.


I lead private writing retreats in Oregon’s exotic locales.  Hosted by writers with vacation homes or other suitable venues, the retreats are very affordable.  They include several “readings for applause,” writer camaraderie, tons of writing time, and at least one, one-hour private consult with me, anything from a brainstorming walk to my “patented” on-the-spot written critique plus discussion.  The host receives my private consults for free.  If you think you might like to host a retreat for your writing buddies, email me with any questions.