I love facilitating interactive and fun workshops! Here are a few of the workshops I’ve taught in the past – if you have something else in mind, contact me and we can come up with just the right workshop for your group.
Creating Nonhuman Characters – A Writing Workshop with Katherine Quevedo and Elizabeth Beechwood
Nonhuman characters bring a depth to your story not achievable with human characters. By exploring four elements — point of view, intelligence, behavior, and “The Wilding” (the moment when the animal character becomes its most primitive self ) — you can follow in the footsteps of Sofia Samatar, Caroline M. Yoachim, Brooke Bolander, and Garth Stein to create unforgettable nonhuman characters that readers identify with and love. This lively workshop explores not only animals but also landscapes, mythical creatures, and inanimate objects, such as toys and appliances.
Creating Animal Characters
Animal characters bring a depth to your story not achievable with human characters. By exploring four elements—point of view, intelligence, behavior, and The Wilding—and learning from such authors as Leonie Swann, Brooke Bolander, and Garth Stein, you can create unforgettable animal characters that readers identify with and love.
Using lecture, class interaction, and writing exercises (with flashcards!), this lively presentation is fun for writers of all experience levels and genres.
Writing Short Stories
“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams.”
What does it take to write a short story? And what do you do with it when you’re done? We’ll talk about both of those questions, as well as read three short stories and use them for inspiration. There will be writing exercises, so bring your writing implement of choice and join me for a fun workshop!
From Ordinary to Magical – A Magical Realism Writing Workshop
Join me in this lively, interactive workshop that’s suitable for all levels of writers. With the help of writing prompts, we’ll explore the world of magical realism and how to use the seemingly ordinary to create something magical. There will be time to write, explore, and share (if you’re comfortable with that!). Bring your writing implement of choice and a playful spirit.