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BOSTON AREA EVENTS

I’ll be attending the New England Chapter’s highly regarded conference this weekend, teaching a two hour voice workshop.  There will be a booksigning, too, and I’ll have copies of both Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind titles.

NEC Book Fair for Literacy
Saturday, March 31, 2007
4:00-6:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Route 9
Natick, Massachusetts

NEW BOOK OUTDesisrescue_2

Desi’s Rescue, by Ruth Wind, is now available.  This is the second in the Sisters of the  Mountain series for Romantic Suspense, and it features wolves, mountain hot springs, and a sexy New Zealander with green eyes. 

Read more about it.

CLASS SPOTS STILL OPEN

A few spots are left in the Girls in the Basement class that begins May 7. 

LOS ANGELES VISIT

April 14, Los Angeles area
Orange County RWA
Topic: "Layering in Lusciousness"

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
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Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
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Girls in the Basement class

I had to do a little juggling.  The new start date for the first Girls in the Basement class (see workshops and classes)  is May 7.   It will run through July.   Feel free to email me for more information.

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, August 15 – 17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA Plot Your
Finally!  I have a couple of months that are a little less demanding so I
Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
For those looking for Voice, that one is on hiatus until summer, probably in June.

New On-line Class Schedule for 2007

(Finally! I’ve been promising this for months….)

EDIT: The March class is full, and the August nearly so.  Because of the intensive nature of these classes, I have to keep them small.

EDIT #2:  The Girls in the Basement Class will begin May 7.  If you would like more information, go to: More details about classes


"If you don’t write your books, they might not ever get written." Madeline L’Engle

VOICE CLASS
Class size: minimum 5, limit 8
6 weeks
A six week writing intensive designed to help each writer recognize the unique elements that form her own voice, and to recognize voice as a whole.

Next class begins:

March 15

Email to reserve a place in any of these classes

More details about classes

GIRLS IN THE BASEMENT CLASS
12 weeks
Upcoming start dates:
April 9th, 2006
August 6th, (this section will have a two-week hiatus at the end of September)

This is an empowering creativity workshop meant to foster your faith in your work and your purpose, as well as foster support between students.
Exercises, discussion via email, plus weekly group discussions held online to discuss the material in real time.

More details about classes
Email to reserve a space.

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, August 15 – 17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA Plot Your
Finally!  I have a couple of months that are a little less demanding so I
Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
For those looking for Voice, that one is on hiatus until summer, probably in June.

Pikes Peak Romance Writers today

I have been terrible about posting these things in a timely fashion, but am trying to do better.  Today, Sunday, I’m giving a workshop at the Pikes Peak Romance Writers chapter meeting.  HOW TO FEED AND NOURISH YOUR INNER TEEN for increased productivity and excited creativity. It’s about taking care of your inner artist so she can take care of you.

Sunday, January 28, 2007
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Falcon Police Station

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, August 15 – 17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA Plot Your
Finally!  I have a couple of months that are a little less demanding so I
Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
For those looking for Voice, that one is on hiatus until summer, probably in June.

Class registration closed

The Girls in the Basement class is now full.   I’ll draw the scholarship names this evening. 

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, August 15 – 17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA Plot Your
Finally!  I have a couple of months that are a little less demanding so I
Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
For those looking for Voice, that one is on hiatus until summer, probably in June.

Girls In the Basement class

Still a couple of places in the Girls In the Basement class. I’ll close registration on the 27th, which should give post-Christmas folks a chance to join. 

I will also draw the two scholarship names at 5 pm (MDT) on Wednesday the 27th, so if you want to put your name in the hat, send me an email by then.

I’ve been working on this the past week and am very much looking forward to it.  You are unique in all the world. 

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, August 15 – 17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA Plot Your
Finally!  I have a couple of months that are a little less demanding so I
Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
For those looking for Voice, that one is on hiatus until summer, probably in June.

New workshop for the new year

Make a new commitment to your writing in the new year!
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF THE GIRLS IN THE BASEMENT

12 week online class
$310

“If you don’t write your books, they might not ever get written.” Madeline l’Engle.

EDIT, 12/11/06:  I’ve had several emails inquiring–yes, there is still room in the class. 

There are a great many how-to-write courses and many great teachers of how to write a novel. This is not one of them. The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement is meant to help inspire and encourage you, to help you learn (or remember) how to nurture your creative spirit. It’s a chance to renew your joy, tap into the original delight you once felt for writing, and start the year with a powerful commitment to yourself and your writing. We’ll draw from several texts, including The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarrissa Pinkola Estes, and Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, among others.

To take advantage of the power of fresh starts, class will begin January 1st, which just happens to fall on a Monday this year. The first email will go out the Friday before, to make sure everyone is online and can access the chat site.

SYLLABUS**

Each week will include lecture material posted via email, discussion, and 2 hour chat time.  There will also be recommended readings (most available online and all available through your library—a list will be distributed at the start of class).   Occasionally, I’ll post a link to an audio.  You will need to do the exercises and should plan to take an hour-long artist date each week.  There is no grade, of course, so how fully you participate is up to you.  EDIT in response to several queries: for those who have taken the voice class, you’ll be doing the work in private, rather than posting to the group, so it is much less reading intensive.

WEEK ONE–Basics

The care and feeding of the body

Artist’s Dates and how they work

Making your sacred space

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK TWO–Safety

The Good Girl Syndrome

Setting boundaries and creating a safe zone

Learning to play

Building an altar

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK THREE–Drama

Crazymakers 

Keep the drama on the page

Methods to recognize false drama and get rid of it

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK FOUR–Fear

Working with fear

Countering victimhood

Finding symbols of your own

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK FIVE–Abundance

Abundance—what it is and what it isn’t

If I have all I want, won’t someone else suffer?

Suffering as a secret virtue

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK SIX–Pain

Scar Clan and Descansos, working with sorrow

The good luck/bad luck game

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK SEVEN—Belonging

The odd woman out

Finding your tribe

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK EIGHT—Anger

Dancing with demons—accepting anger

There is no good or bad, grasshopper, only what is

The flip side…passion

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK NINE—Passion

Dreams and ambition as a road map

Drama and jealousy as road block

Passion as a calling

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK TEN—Power

Power corrupts…or does it?

Getting over fears about power

When you get what you want and it’s not what you thought

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK ELEVEN—Love

All you are is love

Writing as an offering and a joy

Accepting love, accepting play

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

WEEK TWELVE—Trust

You have everything you need

If you don’t write your books, they might not ever get written

Play as the rule of thumb

Exercises

Recommended readings

Chat

**The syllabus is still fluid and may change a little here and there as the lesson plan develops more completely.  I also reserve the right to shuffle the lessons if it seems the group needs to go a new way.

PAYMENT

$310 for the 12 week class

Full payment is appreciated at time of registration.  A minimum deposit of  ½ is due at registration, with full payment due by Jan. 15. 

TWO FULL SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED. Email me if you’d like to take the class and can’t swing it, or nominate someone else you think would benefit and can’t swing the fees.   A week before the class start, I’ll pull two names from the hat.   

Any questions?  Email me.

Join me at Patreon for The Care and Feeding of the Girls in the Basement,
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, August 15 – 17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA Plot Your
Finally!  I have a couple of months that are a little less demanding so I
Two things this morning:  #1  Posted a blog to Writer Unboxed this morning, Plotting for the
For those looking for Voice, that one is on hiatus until summer, probably in June.