I am super excited about this writing workshop coming up on March 4th in Charlottesville, VA! It is open to experienced writers and newbies alike.
We’ll be talking about creativity and how to deal with that inner critic who can sometimes stand between you and the work. We will discuss how to use your past as a catalyst for your current work. In-class exercises will access the passion within you and help you get your authentic voice on the page. We’ll also discuss writing best practices, from ways to approach your first draft to setting boundaries and deadlines to get your work to your editor.
Sign up for the workshop here and please let me know if you have any questions.
Hope to see you there!
Hey, New Yorkers! I’ll be doing a public event at Mohawk College in Utica on October 27th and I’d love to see you there.
I’ll be talking about my experience with mood disorders and the tools that help make life a little easier as an introvert who struggles with anxiety, depression, and a panic disorder.
But it’s gonna be FUN, I promise!
You can get tickets here.
I wanted to share this clip from a talk I did in June – all about anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Even though I don’t entirely love living with these things – I love talking about this stuff. It makes me feel less alone, it reduces the social stigma around mental health and above all, it reminds me that healing is possible when we can connect and laugh and say to each other oh my God, I totally know what you mean.
Hope you enjoy this short clip. (I have been doing more talks lately, so I should have more clips to share soon.) And if you’re interested in having me come talk at your school, organization or conference – you can see my speaking kit here!
I’m super excited about the Hippocamp nonfiction writers conference in Lancaster, PA this weekend! I’ll be giving a talk about how to find your own unique creativity: how to refine it, own it, and how to make sure you never get blocked from it. I’ve got PowerPoint slides full of embarrassing old photos, helpful tips and cartoons. It’s gonna be fun.
There are still some tickets to the conference available, so come hang out and talk about words with me and a whole bunch of extraordinary writers.
And no promises, but last year at this conference – they had a mashed potato bar.
(If your school, conference or company is interested in having me come speak – you can see my speaking kit and contact me for more information.)
I found myself saying this last night during an online book club for my memoir You Look Like That Girl. I truly believe that when we stop fearing failure – incredible things can happen.
Failure is not the end of the story.
Failure is necessary. Continue reading
Gracie, preparing her teaching assistant duties for class
I’m teaching another session of my online memoir writing class though Writing Pad!
The class is for writers of all levels. If you have never written more than a grocery list, that’s cool. If you have a couple books under your belt, that’s cool, too. I’ve got you covered. We’ll do interesting exercises, read wonderful writers, and talk a whole lot about books, process and structure. You will also have the chance to share your writing and get feedback and help.
No grades. No red pens. You’ll just learn how to get your story down on paper and we always have a whole lot of fun along the way.
The class is online, so log on from anywhere and use your webcam – it looks like The Brady Bunch – everyone gets a square. We can all see each other and it creates a great feeling of community and connection. (And yes, we all hate the webcam for the first four and a half minutes. Then we get over it. Because no one actually cares if your hair looks good or if you are wearing a bra. Who wears a bra on a Sunday afternoon, anyway?) Continue reading