News and Events

Workshops, Talks, and Conferences, 2017:

January 21: Talk: How to Effectively Show Emotions in Your Characters, Sierra Writers’ Conference, Grass Valley, CA.

February 9: Talk: The 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Structure, California Writers Club, Napa, CA.

June 19-24: Talks and workshops at Writers Who Run, Fontana Dam, NC.

October 15-19 and October 29-November 2: Plotting Madness Boot Camp in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Workshops, Talks, and Conferences, 2016:

Targeting Genre for Big Sales: Online course to help novelists understand how to target genre and see success! Click HERE for more information.

March 12: Mt. Diablo CWC, Fraedo’s Restaurant at 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.  3-hour workshop on The Fatal Flaws of Novel Construction. 

April 23: Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa, CA. Talk on The Four Corner Pillars of Novel Construction.

June 13-18: The One Year Novel Adventure Conference, Olathe, KS. Workshops on editing and novel craft (

Sept. 14-18th and Oct. 19-23: South Lake Tahoe Writers’ Retreat! An intimate cushy vacation retreat for writers. Second annual event, limited space. Contact me to learn of space availability.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Central Coast Writers’ Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA. Teaching workshops on self-editing and The 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Structure. Also doing one-on-one critiques and author panels. Hosted by Cuesta College.