One Art

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Teaching Approach

Whether you’re a longtime writer or you're considering writing your first essay or story, my writing workshops can help you develop a creative practice, understand how to work with your material, and learn what makes essays and stories appeal to your readers. New writers learn writing strategies, ways of starting a regular writing habit, and how narratives work. With more experienced writers, I work on deepening understanding of craft issues and refining manuscripts for publication. And my classes on creative thinking will help you find the strange and wonderful within yourself

My students of all levels say they come away from my classes with a sense of the rich possibilities in their work, themselves, and their daily lives. In class, we write, we read, we talk, and we imagine--and we have a great time doing it. 

I'm a working writer and I regularly teach for Lighthouse Writers, at their west Denver location (near Belmar) and occasionally, at their main location in Central Denver. In addition, I offer a few One Art workshops per year in downtown Golden, Colorado, for classes of six to ten students of nonfiction, fiction, and creative practice. I also teach monthly classes in that combine gentle yoga and writing for insight and journaling at Golden’s YourAshtanga yoga studio.

Classes include:

  • writing exercises that allow you to tap into your work in fresh and interesting ways.

  • readings and discussion of published work with an eye toward what we can learn from other writers.

  • readings and discussions of each other's work with a supportive and thoughtful eye toward what's working and what's not.

  • my feedback on manuscripts, all in a supportive and encouraging environment.

  • learning and understanding each other while having fun.

I occasionally work one-on-one in a teaching capacity with students on manuscripts of forty pages or less. (Note: I'm not an editor and do not provide editorial services.)

To see what classes are upcoming, click to Teaching Schedule and see what’s available. 

And why the name One Art? Because I love Elizabeth Bishop's poem of the same name, which is partly about the loss of love--and also, in a tone both playful and serious, about writing, and the difficulties and (eventually!) rewards of writing. After all, Bishop did indeed 'Write it'. And so can you. 

 
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