Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another Student Publication

So excited to see that this week's online feature from F(r)iction magazine is Laura Boswell's flash fiction "Sister Golden Hair"!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Private Classes

Get together with a friend or two to form your own small class, or work with me one-on-one on a schedule and at a location that works for you. I live north of NYC in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, and can travel anywhere within a half-hour radius. I can also work with you (and your friends) via email.

The great thing about private classes is that I can tailor them to meet your needs. Here are a few typical arrangements, but feel free to propose your own:

If you . . . 
     are writing a book
you can . . . 
     send me pages as you write, and we'll meet weekly over coffee at the Black Cow in Croton where we'll talk for about 45 minutes, and I'll give you written comments, and your manuscript with margin notes

If you . . . 
      need the structure of assignments and deadlines
you can . . . 
     tell me your goals and receive customized reading and writing homework, then meet with me weekly, twice monthly, or even just once to discuss your work 

If you . . . 
     have written a book
you can . . . 
     send me the manuscript, and we'll schedule two to four 45-minute meetings (depending on length) to discuss it in sections. With each section, you'll get written comments and margin notes

If you . . . 
     can't meet in person
You can . . . 
     email your work in Word format, and get it back (usually within a few days) with margin notes and written comments. We can also have a conversation by email (free) or over the phone (at my hourly rate)

My rate is $60/hour, which normally covers ten double-spaced pages, including margin notes and written comments. Meetings are also billed at the hourly rate. Discussions of your work by email are free.

If you can't afford the hourly rate, please talk to me, as I may be able to give you a discount, depending on my current workload.

Allegro (Sonata of the Stars), Mikalojus Ciurlionis, 1908

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Online class starting 1/25

Note: This class is underway. Let me know if you'd be interested in taking it in the future! 

This is a course of generative writing prompts. There is no goal other than to put ideas on the page. Three times a week, for four weeks, I'll send a prompt to your inbox. You send your work to the group. Or don't. There are no rules.

I'll read and acknowledge what you send, but won't comment, since the point isn't to write anything “good” or even intelligible to anyone other than yourself. The point is to explore. Open doors. Go into places that are disorienting, dreamlike, sideways, edgeless, glittery.

Since I won't be commenting on the work, the suggested fee is only $35, and you can pay less if you you wish (no explanation necessary).

Note: You can email me during class with your writing thoughts and questions; and you can also ask me afterwards which of your pieces I found most exciting, and I will gladly tell you.

Monday 1/25 — Friday 2/19

Use the CONTACT ME form on the right to sign up. 

Pierre Alechinsky, The Night, 1952

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Story Behind the Speech

Over the years I've been honored to call so many fascinating people my students. Here's the latest from one of them, Jim Metzner, Executive Producer of internationally broadcast radio show Pulse of the Planet: Today's episode in honor of Martin Luther King:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Registration is open for the Yale Summer Writers' Conference 2016

Registration opens today for the Yale Writers' Conference. Visiting faculty include Claudia Rankine! Michael Cunningham! Amy Bloom! Edmund White! You can eat lunch with these people! Apply!

View from classroom window, 2015

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Year of Your Novel Starts Tomorrow

1/15 Update: This class is underway! Join us in the second session, March 4 to April 15. Click here for more info.

The Year of Your Novel starts tomorrow, Friday 1/15, at the beautiful Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Runs all year in six-week sessions. Fridays one to three p.m. Make this the year you write your book! Join us!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Student Publications!

Check out these new publications by two of my wonderful students: Laura Boswell's nonfiction piece "Swing Shift" in the latest 3Elements Review, and in the Winter issue of Tin House Magazine, "The Leash," a short story by Drew Ciccolo.