Upcoming Classes!

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching not one but two different classes for writers of fiction come June: one on advanced novel revision and one on openings in fiction. The first class, on Saturday, June 11, is entitled Advanced Novel Revision: Problem Areas. It runs two hours and is designed to help authors get their novel in shape for publication … Read More

Wednesday Works in Progress: Witch Burning

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What a pleasure it is, after nearly two weeks away from the work, to have a short story again finding its shape in imaginative space, unexpected details looming into view. Today, in the short story I’m drafting, which goes by various names, Sylvia Plath showed up. This is the tale of a woman in her thirties facing a difficult diagnosis who … Read More

Hot Season: And the Winner Is…

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Thanks so much to all of you who weighed in on the three options for the back cover of my debut novel, Hot Season. After careful consideration, and consultation with a number of marketing-type folks, the publisher and I agreed that the crowd favorite was the strongest. Here it is: In the tinder-dry Southwest, three roommates—students at Deep Canyon College, … Read More