Upcoming Events

Oct 20, 2019

Playtime with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendal, 1550 FM

Guest Radio Appearance

I'll be a guest on the the radio show Playtime with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendal, 1550 FM, Evanston, IL,  at 1:00PM. We'll be talking about my work-in-progress, My Secret Lives (a book of Dreams), my novel Hey, Liberal!, and wherever else the conversation takes us. Please tune in.

Novel Basics with Shawn Shiflett

If scene is the backbone form of the novel, other essential narrative forms commonly lumped into the category of exposition can be thought of as the novel’s connective tissue. In this generative workshop, we will explore the many building blocks essential to writing a novel. Topics such as chapter placement, timeline management, character development, point-of-view, plot, and more will be discussed.  Classes will include Story Workshop® method word exercises, in-class writing activities, and the out loud reading of writing started in class.  Note: This is not a critique workshop, and an engaging, supportive environment for exploring narrative possibilities on the page will be the goal of each class.

November 1-3. Sponsored by Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Register online, or by phone: 608-262-2451.

Nov 13, 2019

Reading and Fundraiser

Write On Hypertext!

"How can you make a huge difference in both the indie lit scene AND the lives of Chicago adults kicking addiction, reclaiming their lives after decades of incarceration, or recovering from chronic homelessness and poverty? By attending Hypertext's Write On! Book Launch & Fundraiser."

I'll be reading alongside other writers, including special guests Ana Castillo and John McNally. If you are interested in joining in the fun, please click here for details. 

Jan 07, 2020

Galena Lit Fest 2020

Dreams in Fiction

A two hour workshop at the Galena Center for the Arts exploring the use of dreams in fiction. Models will be taken from the works of acclaimed authors such as Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and others. This workshop is not about psychoanalyzing dreams, rather it is about exploring dreams for their rich, immediate, and vivid imagery, as well as for their story potential.

Attendees should come equipped with pens/pencils and notebooks. If you 
would like to join in, please click here to register. 

Feb 15, 2020

Networking for Writers: Panel Discussion

Panelists: Patricia Ann McNair, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Tina Jenkins Bell and Randy Richardson

I will be moderating this Chicago Writers Association panel event on the subject of Networking for Writers: Tapping into Writers’ Residencies, Conferences, Professional Organizations and More.

Writing is a lonely profession, but writers do not have to feel alone. There are hundreds of local, national and international residences, conferences, and professional organizations where writers can connect with other writers, expand their creativity, and gain new skills and knowledge.

Panelists, Patricia Ann McNair, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Tina Jenkins Bell and Randy Richardson, will share their personal experiences and resources to help writers grow personally and professionally.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here for more information. 

Mar 22, 2020

Publishers Panel

Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference 2020

I will be moderating this Chicago Writers Association panel as part of their annual conference this year (3.15 p.m.  - 4.30 p.m.). Panelists include John Manos from Amika Press, Rick Kaempfer from Eckhartz Press, Emily Victorson from Allium Press and Jerry Brennan from Tortoise Books. Click here for more information and to book your place at the conference. 

I will be teaching a novel writing class at the fourth annual Mining the Story Writing Retreat at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Join us for a three day event in a vibrant artists' community, alongside teachers Patricia McNair, Chris Maul Rice, Sarah Hammond, Eric May, and Philip Hartigan. Click here for more details.   

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