News and Events

New Releases:

Layer Your Novel: The Innovative Method for Plotting Your Scenes. Finally! A book to help novelists take the guesswork out of scene organization. Learn what the ten key scenes are, where they go, and how to layer in all your secondary scenes based on this solid foundation. Get yours HERE on Amazon.

Workshops, Boot Camps, and Conferences, 2019:

February 14-17: San Francisco Writers’ Conference. I’m the fiction track coordinator for the conference. Come join us and take in one of the best conferences in the US! Get more info HERE. I’ll be teaching a talk on the protagonist’s 6-stage journey.

I’m also teaching a three-hour master class on The 10 Key Scenes That Frame Up Your Novel on Monday morning, Feb. 18th at the conference. NOTE: you do NOT have to attend the conference to sign up and pay for the master class. Enroll HERE.

May 5-9: Scene Mastery Boot Camp ~  Nevada City, CA. Three intense days of instruction in this beautiful historic Gold Rush town. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1).

June 9-12: Scene Mastery Boot Camp ~  Geyserville, CA. Three intense days of instruction in the nation’s most exquisite wine country. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1).

August 4-8: Plotting Madness Boot Camp ~  Mendocino, CA. Three intense days of instruction along a gorgeous stretch of California coast. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1). There are two rooms that can be rented in the stunning Sunrise Vacation Home we are using for the boot camp. Contact me if you want to book a room.

Sept. 22-25: Plotting Madness Boot Camp, South Lake Tahoe. We stay in a spectacular private home with an indoor pool, hot tub, and movie theater! An intensive 3-day writing and plotting retreat. Read all about our Tahoe Boot Camps HERE. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1). Contact me directly to book your accommodations.

Sept. 26-29: Self-Publishing Boot Camp with Carla King, at South Lake Tahoe. We stay in a spectacular private home with an indoor pool, hot tub, and movie theater! Read all about my Tahoe Boot Camps HERE. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1). Contact me directly to book your accommodations.

Sept. 29-Oct. 3: Scene Mastery Boot Camp. We stay in a spectacular private home with an indoor pool, hot tub, and movie theater! Read all about my Tahoe Boot Camps HERE. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1). Contact me directly to book your accommodations.

Nov. 3-6: Scene Mastery Boot Camp ~  Monterey, CA. Three intense days of instruction in beautiful Monterey, CA. For more information and to reserve your space, go to our Writing for Life Workshops event site (live Jan. 1).

Workshops, Boot Camps, and Conferences, 2018:

February 15-18: On editorial staff at The San Francisco Writers’ Conference, Mark Hopkins Hotel.

March 20: Talk: Shoot Your Novel workshop at Central Coast Writers in Monterey, CA. For more info, click here.

July 8-15: Thrillerfest. New York, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. On the editors’ panel.

Sept. 23-26: Plotting Madness Boot Camp, South Lake Tahoe. An intensive 3-day writing and plotting retreat. Read all about my Tahoe Boot Camps HERE.

Sept. 27-30: Self-Publishing Boot Camp with Carla King, at South Lake Tahoe. Read all about my Tahoe Boot Camps HERE.

Sept. 30-Oct. 3: Scene Structure Boot Camp. Read all about my Tahoe Boot Camps HERE.

Oct 27: Talk and workshop: The 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Structure. Mechanics Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA  94104. More info HERE.

Nov. 3: Half-day workshop: The First Ten Scenes to Frame Up Your Novel. Central Coast Writers, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sign up HERE.

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.

November 18: Shoot Your Novel workshop in Pleasanton, CA at Tri-Writers CWC club.

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 (www.OneYearNovel.com).

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.