I have taught creative writing for nearly two decades. After all that time, I know one thing for sure: you have a unique story to tell. My workshops can help you learn the skills you need to share that story with the world.
Two creative writing courses I teach regularly
and one new course in development:
Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing
Registration is open! This online class begins September 20, 2017. (Eight weeks)
My most popular workshop at The Loft is Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing. In this online class, we will explore essential building blocks of creative writing through interesting lessons and fun exercises. Each class is completely devoted to one element of story to sharpen your skills in that area.
Whether you need some fixes for common plot problems or want to brush up on dialogue, these targeted classes will provide you with the strategies and techniques to increase the depth your writing.
- Week 1: Beginnings/Endings
- Week 2: Point of View
- Week 3: Narration
- Week 4: Suspense/Plot
- Week 5: Characterization
- Week 6: Dialogue
- Week 7: Setting/Description
- Week 8: Revision
Creative Writing Masterclass: Setting and Place
Setting and place serve an important function in your story. I’ve often edited stories that are disconnected from the location and time period. Sometimes the characters aimlessly move from place to place. Think about how setting plays a role in your own life. It shapes everything about you—your perspective, your outlook, your relationships. It does the same for your characters.
I’ve taught setting dos and don’ts as a small part of my Back to Basics course, but for a long time, I wanted to create a class focusing on this building block of creative writing. It’s that important.
- Day 1: Paying attention
- Day 2: Time and place
- Day 3: Emotional connections
- Day 4: The right balance
- Day 5: Sensory descriptions
I am working hard to have this course ready for you in October 2017.
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The Writer's Muse: Explorations in Creativity
Inspiration often comes from the unlikeliest of sources. In this online course, we will observe, explore, collect, study, and compare. We’ll move through the world as writers—noticing and documenting the world around us. The guided explorations are for beginners, anyone who is “stuck,” and those trying to take their work to the next level. We’ll ask the right questions to help you put words on the page and inspire you to keep going!
- Week 1: What are your interests?
- Week 2: It’s about connection
- Week 3: Using all of your senses
- Week 4: Imagery
- Week 5: Found objects
- Week 6: What’s in a story?
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What Students Are Saying:
- The highlights for me were the practical writing prompts. I’ve started writing my first short story. This class has given me the tools to know how to being the process and the confidence to try.
- The quality of the critiques—supportive of good work with helpful suggestions for improvement. I loved the image journal practice and will make that part of my new routine!
- I have never taken a writing class that outlines the elements of creating a good piece of writing as this one does; provocative content helped me to look deeper and think about my writing; a good learning experience.
- Jacquelin offered fantastic feedback that helped me improve my writing at its foundation.
- I truly appreciated the teacher’s support.
- The readings were succinct and extremely helpful. The feedback from the instructor was fantastic and always encouraging.
- I really enjoyed the instructor’s feedback on my assignments. This course helped me to build a writing routine that I was lacking and to sharpen creative writing tools. It was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much!
About The Loft
Each year the Loft engages more than 3,000 beginning, intermediate and advanced writers in learning opportunities, hosts more than 100 authors in readings and dialogues that draw more than 10,000 people, connects with more than 160,000 unique visitors through digital resources on our website, collaborates with at least 30 local and national organizations to enrich the literary environment and, through contracts, awards, and grants, pays writers more than $400,000.
In their evaluations, 96% of students report that their class helped them improve their writing, 91% identified their next steps as a writer, and 94% would recommend their class to others. Visit the course catalog with a complete list of classes in poetry, nonfiction and fiction.