Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher

Upcoming Dancing with the Muse in Old Age Events 

April 8, 2024. University of Washington Faculty Auxiliary. Presentation on Thriving While Old.

Writing Courses Offered


Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.

June Intensive 2024

Note: This class is full and closed.

Held on ZOOM. The virus is not over and also, we now welcome writers who can’t get to Seattle without driving (or flying) for six hours.

Six sessions. Cost  $400. Held in the evenings from 7 to 9 pm. Final portfolio is due September 20,  2024.  I send the link shortly before class and am available on Zoom at 6:30 to chat.

 In this seminar we will compose, as usual, two new pieces (can be short fiction or nonfiction) and revise a work-in-progress to completion. We will work on sentences, as we do. We now do all sentence work from week to week. The portfolios (three pieces plus the List of Works) will be due postmarked on Friday September 20, 2024.

Form: Titled Theme
Theme: You may choose between “Games” or “Birds / Flight.”
Required books:
The Writer’s Portable Mentor, second edition.
Our extra book: Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds
Reader brought by Priscilla.
We will meet:
Class 1: Monday June 3, 2024, 7–9 p.m.
Skip June 10.
Class 2: Monday June 17, 2024, 7–9 p.m.
Skip June 24.
Class 3: Monday July 1, 2024, 7–9 p.m.
Skip July 8.
Class 4: Monday July 15, 2024, 7–9 p.m.
Skip July 22.
Class 5: Monday July 29, 2024, 7–9 p.m.
Note only two days between penultimate class and the last class.
Class 6: Wednesday July 31, 2024, 7–9 p.m.