Every Thursday evening at 7pm Eastern, starting June 6, I will offer a one-hour writers’ hangout and prompt club. I also offer private writing mentor services: one-on-one support and feedback. See below for more!

 

Writing Prompt Club

This is a one-hour session designed to support a regular writing practice and bring writers together for generative prompts and discussion. During this hour, we’ll convene on Zoom with our notebooks and I will offer a different prompt or exercise each week. Some will be based on other authors’ writing. Other times the prompts will be formal, seasonal, thematic, or meditative in nature.We’ll write quietly together for about 30-40 minutes, then spend the rest of the hour discussing how the writing went and what questions and ideas came up.

This isn’t specifically a poetry group or any particular genre. Most of my prompts tend to lie somewhere in the poetry / nonfiction territory, but people wanting to work on dialogue, scene, etc. will find inspiration too. We’re not aiming for finished pieces here at all, but rather the generation of raw material and a spirit of exploration. Every writer will take their own approach to the prompts, including ignoring them if something else feels more compelling in the moment. Deviation is encouraged. Freewriting is a fundamental technique.

You don’t need to come every week; drop in when you can! Come if you want a little structure and accountability; if you could use a spark; if you want to be in the company of other writers; if having a regular time and place to show up to your desk sounds like a healthy thing. We won’t be workshopping our pieces here, but there will be time to read aloud and/or talk about what you’ve come up with during the hour. (Reading your work is always optional.)

Logistics: The session will happen most weeks on Thursday, 7pm Eastern. There will be some weeks when I won’t host the session because of traveling, but others can get together if they wish. To attend, you must email me 24 hours before the session so that I can make sure we have at least three attendees, the minimum to make the group run.

Cost: I am asking $12-17 on a sliding scale per session. If you’d like to buy 5 or more sessions up front, the cost is less ($10-15 sliding scale). You can pay through Venmo or by check. Just get in touch for details.

 

Writing Mentor Services

As an author of nonfiction and poetry, I know how important it is to have clear and compassionate feedback on one’s work, and I really love supporting people as they grow into a fuller expression of written language. Since the first time I joined a writing workshop more than 25 years ago, I’ve played the role of writing helper in many different ways–as a teacher, a student, a private mentor, a writing group member, and also as a friend.

Now, I’m offering my services as a writing mentor for those who write poetry and nonfiction. These services are on a sliding hourly scale of $40-75; for longer-term clients, I’m happy to work out a flat fee.

A relationship with a writing mentor could look like any of the following:

  • Meeting on a regular basis to keep your writing practice on track.

  • Meeting once–or at key points in your process–to provide you with feedback on individual poems or nonfiction pieces in progress.

  • Engaging in discussion about larger projects you’re working on, such as memoirs and other nonfiction projects, manuscripts or chapbooks of poetry.

  • Providing comprehensive feedback on manuscripts that are further along.

  • Assisting an author in writing book proposals, pitches, and agent queries, as well as thinking through the overall strategy of publishing their work.

  • Leading regular or occasional writers’ groups, offering fresh feedback and prompts.

As a writing mentor, I can be an accountability partner to keep projects on track; offer generative assignments or prompts to get creativity flowing; give a fresh perspective when you’re stuck; provide feedback on pieces in progress, whether regularly or at critical moments; help you think through formal concerns, process, and/or overall direction of your work; and talk strategy for getting your work in front of a larger audience. In other words, the possibilities are very broad and flexible!

My own interests as a writer are also wide-ranging, mostly centered on history, the natural world, art, personal histories, and environmental issues. I tend to experiment with hybrid approaches and get excited when others break the rules of genre, but I’m also very comfortable working with more traditional writers. I love learning people’s stories and gently probing to help them discover what it is they need to write.

My teaching experience includes Brown and Longwood Universities, WriterHouse in Charlottesville, UVA’s continuing ed program, and private online classes. Currently I’m a member of several writers’ groups and am working with a local first-time author to develop a book proposal on which I will serve as ghostwriter.

Get in touch and let’s talk about your projects!