Let’s write together.

FICTION WRITERS: I’ll be teaching at The Center for Fiction online beginning in October. Click here for information on my class Closer to the Truth: Translating Memory Into Fiction, starting October 26, 2020.

MY NEWEST OFFERINGS:

starting Sept. 29, 2020: WRITING YOUR LIFE: Memoir For Everyone

starting Oct. 8, 2020: WRITING FOR VISUAL ARTISTS

I’ve taught novice writers and accomplished ones, on college campuses and in prison classrooms. Along the way, I’ve discovered techniques that allow the best work to flow onto the page, with maximum meaning and minimum angst. These classes are designed to be enjoyable, supportive, and deeply inspiring for people working at any level. They offer the following:

  • weekly sessions combining craft talks, prompts, writing time, and group discussion
  • a warm, welcoming community
  • optional sharing and feedback from fellow workshoppers
  • simple strategies for letting go of writing fears
  • reading of masterful, mind-expanding published work
  • letter of personalized feedback/response from me
  • pure, brain-illuminating fun (because really, why do it otherwise?)

Along with weekly live meetings (via a free online platform), the class will have its own virtual workshop space where we will gather to share work, discuss the readings and prompts, and create the essential, supportive community every one needs for their creative efforts.

Fall 2020 classes are forming now, ages 15 to 115. No deposit needed—just submit your name and email address to reserve your spot, and cancel at anytime up to two weeks before the first class.

Spots are limited, so please claim yours.

xoDebra

Writing Your Life: Memoir for Everyone

Create an autobiographical record for yourself, for loved ones, or for publication. This class has been offered at public libraries, in prisons, and at universities, and has helped writers of all levels turn memories into memoir.

We will discuss:
● How to turn family history into compelling stories
● Prompts and exercises for excavating your most resonant stories
● Readings of inspiring autobiographical writing
Note: This is an encouraging, non-judgmental group where we respect each other’s privacy and personal boundaries.

TUESDAYS, 4 to 6 PM, for 5 weeks. STARTS SEPT 29, 2020

$375

Writing for Visual Artists

Over the years, I’ve worked with artist friends, helping them write grant and residency applications, gallery talks, and descriptive material for exhibitions. I’ve found that artists typically have astounding ideas but sometimes struggle to translate them into words. This one-of-a-kind workshop is designed to help artists communicate in the most vivid, engaging language possible. With new tools to talk and write about your artistic vision, you’ll increase your confidence, raise your profile, and light up your mind.

We will discuss:

● How to extract and articulate your major themes, inspirations, and intellectual underpinnings

● How to translate visual ideas into verbal ones for applications, gallery talks, exhibition materials and more

● How to write with more vivid voice and descriptive power and steer clear of jargon and empty “artspeak” verbiage

THURSDAYS, 3:30 to 5 PM, for 3 weeks. STARTS OCT 8, 2020

$100

Reserve your spot now. Payment due two weeks before start date.