Spring semester: January – May

Fall semester: August – December

2.5 hrs. per class, 1 day per week

16 weeks per semester

6-hour publishing seminar included at semester’s end

Cost: $460 per semester ($10 / instruction hour)

Spaces are limited…

class caps at 20.

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This class is for writers in grades 9-12 who want to develop as storytellers and hone their craft in fiction. The workshop will be of particular benefit to those who are interested in pursuing creative writing long-term, who already have a basic grasp of fiction-writing and want to advance, and who are willing to accept (and share) honest, constructive feedback.
This course is not affiliated with a university, although you receive the same instruction I give my university students — with the difference being a shifted focus from grades to additional feedback. The purpose of this class is not to earn a grade but to develop in your craft and take you farther down the path of becoming a writer, if that is your goal. With that said, if you are homeschooled, this class may count as high school credit, given my credentials; you will want to check the specifics of your local regulations.
I work hard to ensure a comfortable, encouraging environment, and I never want anyone to feel pressured, belittled, or unexpectedly put on the spot. You will be sharing your stories or chapters with the class and me for peer review, but if you prefer not to read your own work aloud, you don’t have to. Still, writing is a communal endeavor (despite what many think), and this is a collaborative class, so a major part of our growth will be together — sharing thoughts, giving feedback, and trusting each other with perhaps our most precious, personal treasures: our stories. This can be scary, but I think you’ll see that it is worth the risk.
I prefer payments through PayPal: I will send an invoice as part of registration, and all information is collected through their secure site. Contact me about paying by personal check if needed. I also accept large wads of cash wrapped in rubber bands and delivered by mysterious figures on moonlit street corners; ask me for the code phrase.
A $100 deposit is due upon registration (invoice will be sent through PayPal). When your parent emails me to sign you up, I will hold your spot in the class for two weeks. When the deposit is received, that spot is officially reserved for you; if the deposit is not received in two weeks, I will follow up to be sure you changed your mind, but will need to open the spot to another student if payment is not submitted. The remaining balance ($360) is due by the first day of class.
Yes! There is a 10% discount for the second (or third, etc.) student in each family.
As soon as you know you want to take part in this workshop, you should sign up. Classes are capped at 20 students to ensure the best interaction and feedback, so spaces are very limited. If there is enough interest, I may be able to add additional classes, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Classes take place at 1520 W. Wall Street, Grapevine, TX, 76051 (Abundant Life Church). The classroom utilizes a side entrance and is unaffiliated with any church activities.

The exact date is TBD, but Spring 2017 classes will begin the week of January 16 and will end the week of May 8, with a week off in mid-March for spring break.

Classes will take place in late afternoon/early evening, (likely in the range of 4:30-7 or  5:30-8), one day a week (likely Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday). As the workshop gets closer, I will contact students/parents to survey the most convenient days and times and will do my best to accommodate the greatest number. If enough students are interested, I will offer classes at two different days and times.

The fall 2016 class will be the inaugural residents (town founders, we might say) of the Storytown online community. I envision it as a hub for young writers, a place to create a profile, share stories, ask questions, comment on each other’s works, post book reviews, share story-inspired pictures/videos/playlists/etc., and start discussion threads. It will be designed to spread far beyond the initial workshop class, but they will be its first and most influential citizens.
Email me with the contact form to the left or simply use this address: Let me know you’re interested; I’ll need confirmation/approval from your parent, and I’ll need a $100 deposit to hold your spot. It would be helpful if you let me know what days (Mon.-Fri.) and times (evenings) are best for you; I will do my best to accommodate as many requests as possible. I’d also love to know anything else you’d like to share with me about yourself as a writer. I’ll be in touch over the summer and will let you know details about the class schedule, the first class, and what you need to do to prepare for it. The tuition balance will be due before class commences. Then you’ll show up, and the journey will begin….