new and exciting!

My fellow writer/teacher Karlyn Coleman and I are launching a brand new class this spring. Partnering with the Loft Literary Center, we are offering the first session of Snapshot Stories, a writing class that will help students get their personal histories from anecdote to page. The 8-week class includes lots of personal attention and guidance and culminates in a professionally-edited, full-color book. 

This class is perfect for retirees, new parents, avid travelers, or people who have life stories to tell but aren't ready to write a whole memoir. We help participants curate their memories, stories, and family/travel photos, memorabilia, and more.

Class will be held at the Loft Literary Center on Tuesdays (10am-noon) March 6 to April 28. There will be a final reading on Sunday, May 20.

Spring registration opens soon!


i live in the best state

In 2008 the voters of Minnesota approved The Legacy Amendment to support, among other things, the arts and culture of the state. Thanks to the Amendment, Minnesota supports its artists and art organizations with funding that has lasting benefits.

I'm overjoyed to have my 2018 grant request approved for the Artist Initiative Grant. I'll be working on my middle-grade novel, as well as bringing kids into nature to enjoy some readings by local writers for children.

The last two grants I received made a priceless difference in my writing, my artistic practice, and my career. They also had ripple effects on the other artists and organizations I partnered with. I'm so grateful, Minnesota.

All-day nonfiction workshop

Spend a day writing and reading creative nonfiction on Saturday, Oct. 7!

Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction: Telling More True Stories, is a daylong workshop designed with my past students in mind but open to anyone interested in either generating new work or honing an existing piece. There won't be any repeats of essays if you've taken my class before but we'll dig in and find the good stuff to emulate just like we always do.

I would love to see you at the Loft for Telling More True Stories!