“Thank you again for your willingness to share such a wealth of inspiring information with our writing group. You truly are a great coach! Every time I listen to you speak, I feel revved up to try again – and to try to accomplish more. I’m certain the other members in the group feel the same.” – Tonya
November 1, 5:30 pm NaNoWriMo Instant Inspiration: FREE class offered by Hennepin County Library at the Central Branch in downtown Minneapolis. Create your own Random Scene Generator and you can roll the dice to generate ideas for your novel any time your mind goes blank. Class will end around 7 pm and you’re invited to stay to continue writing, share ideas and connect with fellow Wrimos until 8 pm. Read more…
January 24, 2017 The Writing Habit (Refresh Your Habit or Get One): 6-week, in-person class at the Loft Literary Center on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm. Don’t even think about making a New Year’s Resolution to write more, just take this class. This classic course has launched hundreds of writers into satisfying, successful and sustainable writing practices. Read more…
February 8, 2017 Entering the Creative Flow: Dreamstorm Your Novel or Memoir: 8-week, online class. Forget overly-analytic outlines that strangle your imagination! Stop wasting creative energy on rambling first drafts that take you in the wrong direction, or worse, in no direction at all! My audio recordings will guide you into the writer’s trance where you’ll explore story and scene possibilities, which you briefly describe on index cards. Readings, exercises and class discussions will give you pragmatic information about how to intentionally shift your consciousness to find your own way into the flow. We’ll create an online community through weekly Live Chats (via Skype) and discussion forums. Read more…
February 11, 2017 1 to 5 pm 15 Magic Minutes: From Writing Wishes to Writing Rewards: This 4-hour, in-person class at the Loft Literary Center is for all writers who: wish they had more time to write, want to complete a particular project but never get around to it, fear their writing should be more disciplined or regular, or spends more time waiting for inspiration than writing. Learn how small commitments—no more than 15 minutes—create big payoffs. Read more…
Video of my TEDx Mahtomedi 2015 Talk is available on YouTube.
To the hundred or so writers who attend one or more of the free classes I taught at Chanhassen Library in 2013 and 2014. You enriched our classes with your experiences, insights and observations. And the volunteers for the Six Stages bodysculpt (right) demonstrated spontaneous creativity at its best. Thanks for playing with me!
To the hundreds of writers who stopped by my table at the Twin Cities Book Festival to take the Brainy Writer or Creativity quiz. You all kept me happily giving away Fortune Brains, brainy pencils and pink brains for the entire day.
To Subtext for hosting the Rewire Your Brain to Write More workshop and to all the writers who showed up to play! Brains flew to everyone who commented, asked questions and shared their responses to the exercises, and that was nearly every writer there.
To everyone at the Bloomington Writer’s Festival who stopped by to play the Brainy Writer Game with me and “talk books.” I had so much fun handing out brainy pencils, brain erasers and the Fortune Brain fortunes.
To the writers creating a lively and supportive online writer’s community in the Loft Discovering Your Way Around the Writer’s Block class!
To StoryStudio in Chicago for hosting a fabulous 4-hour workshop Overcoming Your Writing Resistance and to the Chicago writers who made the day so interesting! I had a feeling the Brain Treasure Hunt would be fun — you all made it a hoot!
To the fabulous friends and writers who showed up at Common Good Books in St. Paul despite the almost-freezing rain on January 10, 2013 for the Kickstart Your New Year Writing Resolutions at the free writer’s workshop. My adventure getting back to my car after the presentation became the blog post It’s Okay to Slip — Just Don’t Stop!
To a great group of writers at Reading Frenzy Bookshop in Zimmerman, MN! Your comments and willingness to share made the free Writer’s Workshop on November 1, 2012 a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun for everyone.
To a great group of Iowa writers! Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, IA sold every copy they had to the participants at the free Writer’s Workshop on Sunday, September 23, 2012.