Workshop Information



I'm available to give workshops at schools, libraries and other venues (samples below - I can customize a workshop for your group).   Email me for more information.

(See list of schools visited below.)


Be SASSY: How to Write with SASS - especially good for teens and tweens

We’ll learn how to . . . .

SNAG your reader

ACT your character

SHOW your story

SHAKE your world

How to Make Your Writing Feel Authentic

This workshop focuses on the craft of writing and the concrete tools you can use to make your writing more believable, more real, and truly "authentic."  We will answer the following questions and do a few fun, easy exercises.

1.What does it mean to be "authentic?"  Writing from the heart.

2.What is "grounding?"  Setting your stage with the right props.

3.How well do you know your characters? Making characters multi-faceted.

4.How real and believable is your plot?  Crafting a story your audience can buy.

   5.   Have you found your own "voice?"  Why voice is critical, and finding yours.

Getting in Your Character's Skin

Do you want to write characters that pop right off of the page?  Characters you and your readers really care about?  We'll talk about how to get in your character's skin and create him or her from the inside out.  We'll do some fun, easy exercises while we cover the following elements of "character building:"

1.Your character's history that the reader will never know.

2.What your character looks like physically, including gestures and clothing.

3.Your character's likes and dislikes, quirks and habits, friends and enemies.

4.Living and being your character.

5.Using empathy to get under your character's skin.

6.Your character's driving force (this is usually related to the plot of the story).


2015 (so far):

Drew Middle School

Fredericksburg, VA

Twain Middle School

Alexandria, VA

The Highland School

Warrenton, VA

Williamsburg Middle School

Arlington, VA

Norwood School

Potomac, MD

Fruitville School

Fruitville, FL

Via Skype:

Henley Middle School

Crozet, VA


Fork Union Military Academy

Fork Union, VA

Two Rivers High School

Ogden, UT

Wheatley School

Washington, DC

Robinson High School

Fairfax, VA

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Charlottesville Catholic School

Charlottesville, VA

The Covenant School

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Pukalani Elementary School

2945 Iolani Street

Pukalani, Maui, HI  96768

Via Skype:

Hebrew Theological College

Skokie, IL

Carthage Library, IL

Teachers and Librarians

Hanover Public School Library

Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School

Jamesville, NY

Durant Road Middle School

Raleigh, NC

Colonial Trail Elementary School

Glen Allen, VA

(See Events page for other public appearances.)

IMPORTANT NOTE on Funding for School Visits!
Be aware that generous funding is yours for the asking from MANY organizations--Friends of the Library, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Rotarians, Junior League, church groups, garden clubs, etc.--AND corporations--Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc.  Just ask if they’d be willing to sponsor, or at least help sponsor, an author visit.  Also, any Virginia-based school, university, library, unit of government, and non-profit organization can apply for a grant to pay a writer's fee. The sponsor application is easy to fill out and can be found at the Virginia Commission for the Arts website.