What's New? Summer and Fall 2013
Another year is passing quickly. The spring saw the publication of my story, Perhaps You Should Visit Some Day, in New Plains Review. Read more about that, and my other publications at my Portfolio page.
I also published a "do-it-yourself" version of my Legacy of Words class, in workbook form, called Your Legacy of Words: The Workbook which is available for purchase now.
I have new stories on the way, and more classes planned for both fiction and Legacy writers.
The second half of 2013 is sure to be exciting.
Stay tuned for more information. Be sure to connect with me on the social media platform of your choice:
A Brief Overview...
"Actions speak louder than words."
We say those words all the time, usually when we've been hurt by someone telling us one thing and then doing another, when someone lies to us or "smooths over" a bad situation with empty platitudes and meaningless promises.
We know actions don't always match words. We expect people to lie. Yet, we still have a strong reaction to being lied to. We have a distaste for those who say one thing and then do the opposite.
Because, deep down, we know this: Words matter. Words are the foundation blocks of human communication. Words are where we begin. When our very words are undermined, our integrity is undermined.
Imagine a world where the politicians, preachers, car salesmen, husbands and wives, parents and children, students and teachers, employees and employers all mean what they say and say what they mean.
A far fetched idea? A fantasy?
Even so, I've spent years making sure my words matter - in my fiction, my non-fiction, my public speaking - and I enjoy helping other people find their voice.
Fiction Writing Basics Courses
I'm currently offering Fiction Basics courses, both online and in person (for individuals in the Bradenton/Sarasota area).
The classes focus on the craft of writing fiction, and are tailored to meet the student's needs. Every participant receives instruction, encouragement, and constructive, specific feedback.
I only agree to take a limited number of students at any one time, so please check out all the details and email me if you are interested.
Details are posted on the Creative Writing Instruction page. Come check it out!
Writing Critique and Editing
Solid feedback is extremely important to writers. I would love to help you fine-tune your writing.
I offer critique and editing services on several levels, with an easy-to-understand price structure. I can also help you submit your work to various outlets (especially you budding fiction writers out there).
Check out the list of services I offer to writers of any experience level. Most of my services come with a "try-it-before-you-buy-it" preview.
Legacy Writing Basics Course
If you've lost a loved one - a parent, spouse, even a child - you know the desire to have "one more day, one more conversation, one moment more" with that dear, departed one.
Legacy Writing is the act of leaving some part of yourself behind, for future generations.
I offer a Legacy Writing class, for both online and in-person participants, for individuals or small groups.
Details are posted on the Creative Writing Instruction page. Let me know if you are interested in learning more.
Education and Training Services
I've helped learners--from elementary through college--maximize their learning strengths and identify areas of improvement. I can help you (or your student) focus your learning in order to make the most of both your time and effort.
I can offer help in all areas of study (for elementary and middle school students) and I can help with language arts, history, economics, and other non-math-related, upper-level courses.
(If in doubt, feel free to email me and we can discuss your needs. Don't worry, I won't agree to tutoring, unless I am comfortable teaching the subject.) I am available for tutoring locally in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, or via online video conference. One-on-one or small group options are available.
Here are my rates and services.
I am in the process of developing my "Writer-in-Residence" program for schools, formal educational organizations, and other groups. As a writer in residence, I will offer workshops, one-on-one consultations, work with other teachers and educators, and provide other services.
More details will be coming, but if you just can't wait to learn more, please shoot me an email, ASAP!
My Blog and Twitter Accounts
I've been working to make my blog and Twitter account a resource for writers and others who are interested in the power of words.
Words Matter (FaceBook) Become a fan!!
Words Matter (Twitter) Give us a follow!!
Stories I Read, Stories I Tell (WordPress) Stop by and say hello!
There are any number of ways to build a working relationship, but the best way to start is simple: Let's Talk!
If you are local, we can have a cup of coffee. If you aren't, send me an email, Tweet, or a message on Facebook. All of my contact information is listed here on the main page.
Let me know what you are thinking about, and we can work together to make your dreams come true.