Labs + Workshops

WRITING labs

Magic happens when you write outside your comfort zone. If you write personal narrative, come play with fiction. If you write fiction, test the personal narrative waters to see what all the fuss is about. That’s what the Writing Labs are for.

Two Truths & A Lie, Fast Freytag, #Hashtag, and Risk are all about experimentation. There’s no right or wrong way to play. It’s okay to mix things up, blow things up, make a mess, invent something new. Tap in and out of fact and fiction, truth and lies, past and future, reality and imagination.

Fair warning: When you free yourself to experiment with a different form of storytelling, you run the risk of strengthening your original skills and falling in love with something new.

Game rules: Follow my lead, free your imagination, and take a chance on yourself. Validate yourself. Scroll down for more info.

MAKE IT HAPPEN workshops

To get from where you are to where you’d like to be, you need a destination and a map. Otherwise, you can find yourself without a compass, spinning your wheels, getting lost on tangents, or disappearing into rabbit holes.

In the Make It Happen Labs we identify your goal, the path you’d like to take to reach it, and how you’d like to be held accountable along the way.  

You set the pace, whether you’re in a multi-month Brand New Blog, a 30-day Month of Extraordinary Goals (MEG), or a 3-hour Stratagem workshop. My job is to check in regularly, keep you connected to your goal and in line with your intentions, and acknowledge your hard-won achievements along the way.

Make It Happen Workshops focus on inspiration, motivation, and accountability in a non-competitive environment. Scroll down for more info.

LIVE & THRIVE workshops

When you’re a storyteller, your lifestyle, writing, and creativity have to work together for any of them to work at all. Try having any two without the third and I bet you end up stuck.

Live & Thrive Workshops are designed for the unique lifestyle considerations of writers and creative people. Call it write-life balance, where the focus is on finding the same sense of choice, engagement, and control in your life that you have when you write and create. 

Your writing + creativity make you whole; they support your emotional intellectual life + well being, right? What if you also designed your life + well-being around supporting your writing + creativity?

Keep scrolling to check out Choice Within Change, Now & Later, and Viewfinder for more info about the three Live & Write Workshops I designed with 2020 and 2021 in mind.

Writing Labs

If you’re thinking about joining a Writing Salon but time is tight, six weeks seems like a lot, and you’d like to see what I’m like to work with before committing to all that writing, sign up for a lab!

TWO TRUTHS & A LIE

Part I: Non-fiction | Part II: Fiction
We begin with personal narrative and dig down to find two truths in your experience, the human and the universal. Then, we take your two truths and explore exciting ways to use them in fiction.
Catch a glimpse of what you can do with your imagination.


Saturday 9/26 900am-Noon
$75

Saturday 10/3 900am-Noon
$75
Saturday 12/26 900-Noon
$75

FAST FREYTAG

Does your story have legs?
Can you develop an idea into a plot in just a few hours?
Let’s take your story on a tour of Freytag’s pyramid to find out.  
It’s a whirlwind adventure that ends in clarity and possibility.
Your imagination is waiting for you to begin.


Thursday 10/1 430-600pm
$45
Friday 10/16 130-300pm
$45

Sunday 11/15 430-600pm
$45

RISK

Writing fiction requires imagination,
but writing personal narrative requires courage.
How brave are you?

I promise it’s not that scary.
It might even be a lot of fun.

There’s an art to shaping your thoughts, feelings, and memories into entertaining, meaningful, and inspiring stories. Whether you share or keep them to yourself, take a chance on your stories.

Friday 10/16 300-430pm
$75
Thursday 11/12 300-430pm
$75

HASHTAG

2020 has been a rough year.
Pandemic. Protests. Politics. Murder Hornets! Floods. Fires. Inland hurricanes. Fire tornadoes!

DISTANCE. LEARNING. 

Come write about the current events that weigh on your mind. Join writers from my writing community, To Live & Write … Wherever You Are

Use your writing voice to get this stuff off your chest, reclaim your peace of mind, and get on with having a much better day.

Fridays 900-1000am
Donations to
The Sharkyfish Scholarship Fund 
appreciated


Make It Happen Workshops

Every now and then, you need some inspiration, motivation, and accountability to get a thing done. It takes a plan to bring an idea to life, spin a dream into reality, and just make it happen.Working a plan takes focus, support, and encouragement. That’s what you get when you join one of the Make It Happen workshops.

STRATAGEM the lab

3 hours in two 90-minute sessions.

When you’re pretty sure you’re ready to go but you want to make sure your plan is solid, work out the kinks ahead of time, and strategize your approach to getting it done, this workshop is just what you need.

The October sessions are ideal for writers who are eager to create the rough outline of a new book for NaNoWriMo.

Part I
Friday 10/30
430-600pm

Part II
Saturday 10/31

900-1030am

$75

MONTH OF EXTRAORDINARY
GOALS (The MEG)

30 days, four 90-minute sessions, and membership in a private Facebook accountability group.

The MEG is an opportunity to prioritize one project or intention in your life and make serious, stunning progress.

I take you from someday to today, from I will to I am, and from I wonder if I can to look what I did.

During shelter in place, I set the fee for The MEG to a very special price while the need for support was suddenly more widespread. To bring it up to its regular price while balancing affordability in these financially trying times, I raise the fee by $20 each month.

Requires a free consultation call to make sure we’re a good fit for each other as coach & client.

September 2020: $100
October 2020: $120
November 2020: $140
December 2020: $160
January – June 2021: $210
July – December 2021:
$375


Now is the time to commit to a

Month of Extraordinary Goals.

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BRAND NEW BLOG

3 weeks to prepare, 3 months to post, weekly 90-minute sessions.
This group is for people like you who have brilliant ideas, an excellent plan, a handful of rough drafts, and some kind of block preventing us from just making it happen already.

This workshop begins with identifying personal blocks and moving them aside so we can make your brand new blog a reality.

Your blog will be up and running before the end of the year. If you do it right, you will have 8-10 posts already live as the sun comes up on 2021.

Informational Meeting
Friday 10/25 1200-130pm


How it works:
The first few weeks are for gearing up. This is when we define the parameters of your blog, identify the obstacles that have prevented you from making a solid start, map out a plan that works for you, and begin writing.

Expect homework.

All four months required.
October
1200-130pm Fridays
10/2-10/30 
$45
November, December,
& January
1200-130pm Fridays

11/6-11/27 
$200/month*

excludes:
Christmas & New Year’s Day


*You pay $200 on the first of November, December, and January, then I pay you back $25 for each unique post you add to your blog each month (up to six in one month). 

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Live & Thrive Workshops

It’s 2020.
Do you really need any other reason than “it’s 2020” to sign up for a workshop designed specifially to help you handle change, uncertainty, distance learning, distance from loved ones, and having all your plans put on hold for some indefinite period of time?

It’s 2020.

Sign up for something good.

CHOICE within CHANGE

In this workshop, we lean into the lessons of the past to inform the present for the sake of the future.

If you are looking ahead to the election and the 2020 holiday season with uncertainty, dread, overwhelm, or a sense of loss or being lost, you are not alone.

In the midst of change, it helps to know you still have choices, and that you can be in control of your experience.

You have already learned more and done more in your life than you might appreciate, and you are more resourceful than you think.

Let’s figure out how you have always been amazing
– because you have, even if you don’t know how yet – 
and use that to build a bridge to an even more fulfilling life — unwanted change be damned. 

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NOW and LATER

This workshop leans into the present to tune into and turn up inner strengths and hard-won skills to empower the future.

Who you are now is pretty freaking great, whether you see it or need a better lens for looking at yourself.

You are living in a unique period in history, managing change, adapting, making mistakes, and failing forward into success–even if it doesn’t feel like it most days. 

You are not the same person you were at the end of 2019.

Let’s embrace who you are now, deep into 2020, and the skills and resources you have developed that will be yours to own forever.

Your strengths, your wisdom, and how you navigate the now is the key to a satisfying and successful later.

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VIEWfinder

This workshop borrows from the past and present to lean into a future of possibility with confidence and clarity.

Clarity is so important!

Clarity gives you confidence and levels the playing field, whether you’re interviewing for a new job, raising a teenager, setting boundaries in a relationship, buying a car, wrapping your life around distance learning, creating time for writing + creativity, or organizing your thoughts to bringing new love into your life.

Let’s figure out what it is you really want and how to ask for it.

Why? So you can move through the rest of 2020 and into whatever comes next with confidence and maybe, possibly, joy.

That, after all, is the first step to manifesting your needs and desires.

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