Bad Behavior: My latest course at StoryStudio Chicago

Bad Behavior: My latest course at StoryStudio Chicago

Let’s behave badly (or, better yet, let’s write about people who do)! My next course at StoryStudio Chicago begins April 14, and it’s all about villains, tricksters, and characters we love to hate. We’ll explore how to create nuanced characters…

I'll be teaching a new course at StoryStudio Chicago!

I’ll be teaching a new course at StoryStudio Chicago!

Let’s face it: writing a novel can be lonely. Luckily, you don’t have to be completely isolated during the writing process. I’ll be teaching a novel writing course this winter at StoryStudio Chicago. If you are writing a novel (or…

Join me at Florida International University's 2013 Writers' Conference!

Join me at Florida International University’s 2013 Writers’ Conference!

Join me at the FIU 2013 Writers’ Conference at the Biltmore Hotel, October 24-26th in Miami, FL! I’ll be teaching a writing workshop along with amazing authors like Debra Dean, Richard Blanco, Les Standiford, Steve Almond, John Dufresne and more….

Playing Harmony or Taking the Lead?

Playing Harmony or Taking the Lead?

I recently saw the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.” On the surface it is about back-up singers. It follows several singers–young and old–and their careers, and explores why they never became solo artists. The premise is that they are only…