Workshops and Mentoring


Every fall, I teach at the Table Rock Workshop, formerly the Duke University Writers Workshop, which is open to anyone who would like to spend five days with a supportive and engaging group of fellow writers at a beautiful mountain retreat. (Classes are available both for beginning and experienced writers.) I also lead one private workshop a year. I choose a spot I’d like to spend some time in and invite 6-10 students for 4-5 days of intensive classes and writing time. In the past, I’ve held workshops in France, Massachusetts, and the North Carolina mountains. Because of the intensive nature of these workshops, I generally take students I have already worked with, either through one-on-one mentoring or in a class. This is not a hard and fast rule, however, and if you would like to apply, please write to and put "Workshops" on the Subject line.


Mentoring in Fiction & Memoir

For new and experienced writers seeking help with

  • Overcoming writer's block
  • Strengthening your voice
  • Refining specific techniques, including how to develop a scene and how to write compelling dialogue and descriptions
  • Developing and completing a rough draft
  • Turning a rough draft into a finished story, novel, or memoir

As of June 2013, I don't have any openings for private students, but please feel free to contact me if you'd like suggestions about other mentors and editors, or to check if I'm taking new students. (I don't update my website as often as I should.)