Write With Me
Join Mac and me in Pescadero, California for a four-day writing retreat focused on craft. Set next to a redwood forest and 8 minutes from the ocean, we’ll spend five days talking craft in a yurt, hanging out by a bonfire under the stars, workshopping writing by a roaring fire, eating meals at a big table prepared by a chef, and sitting in the hot tub. Lifelong friends. Tons of craft instruction. Tons of time to write. People say this place is magical. And it is. That person is me, and everyone who has ever been.
I am leading a four-day writing retreat on Cortes Island in British Columbia, at a breathtaking retreat center called Hollyhock. Each day, we will discuss elements of craft and the necessary mental frameworks to write in spite of our self-doubt and fear. Additionally, there will be morning yoga, nature walks, hot tubbing, meals prepared from food grown on the island, and the home where we are staying is on the ocean. Um, I cannot wait.
Write Anyway is a 6-week workshop designed for the writer who feels blocked or bored by their writing, or wants to get back into writing after a month or 10-year hiatus. We discuss how to write in spite of fear, doubt, and the ever-looming sense of not being a “real” writer. We discuss how to tell the difference between useless and valuable feedback, how to justify writing as a priority even if you don’t “make money” at it, and so much more. Check it out.
Renegade Writers’ Group is 6-week writing intensive created for the person ready to draft a manuscript. Have an idea for a book? Essays? Collection of poetry or short stories? Then join us. This group will hold you accountable and “turn you into a writer.” Seriously. That’s the piece of feedback I receive most often from people who have completed this workshop.
This workshop is a brand new 6-week class focused on the art of argumentation. Sure, we can rant, and it’s fun and has its place, but sometimes, we actually want to craft an effective argument in a blog post, essay, or even just on social media. In this workshop you will write an argument and learn the basics of argumentation and rhetoric, including how to adjust tone, research, address counter arguments, and avoid logical fallacies. At a time of such political turmoil, we need to make clear and effective arguments. Sign up now as this is currently at a reduced (beta) price.
A brand new thirty-day workshop for the writer with a manuscript sitting in a drawer, or a hard drive. Each week we will meet online to discuss an aspect of revision and you will, at your own pace, move step-by-step through the stages of revision, from high level organizational and narrative questions to sentence-level details. We will also address your personal questions as they arise in the process. At the end of this, you’ll have the tools to revise all the way to finished manuscript ready for an agent.
A Focus on Craft is an 8-week intensive for the writer ready to get better at their craft. During our eight weeks together, you will write a short story or essay and we will meet online weekly to discuss and learn about an aspect of craft. Tone. Voice. Diction. Perspective. Revision. This workshop is heavy on practice, focus, feedback, and results. Get ready to work. Get ready to get BETTER.
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