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Got fiction on your mind?

Come write with me! I’ve got a busy spring with four classes at two terrific community colleges. Whether you’re pursuing your dream of writing a book, or funding something important in your community, find your verb, and do it on your side of town!

Spring 2020 Schedule

  1. Introduction to Grantwriting: March 25 – April 29 (WTCC)
  2. The Business of Writing Romance – workshop: March 28 (CCCC)
  3. Writing for Young Audiences: April 2 – May 14 (CCCC)
  4. The Business of Writing Romance – workshop: April 4 (WTCC)

Course descriptions

  • Introduction to Grantwriting: learn the basics of writing a grant in a hands-on, workshop-style setting. We will cover the different components of grants, and learning to set and maintain a workable grant cycle, building a successful grants management program, developing a logic model, tracking possibilities in the business community, and applying good storytelling to a successful program. (Get in touch if you’d like for me to work directly with your organization.)
  • Writing for Young Audiences: develop and begin writing a manuscript for a children’s book during the classwork workshop periods. Additionally, we discuss the business of writing for children, including how to identify publishers, how to write a query and synopsis, and how to market your work.
  • The Business of Writing Romance: develop & begin writing a romance book manuscript. Instruction will focus on the craft of writing, along with elements of style (plot, characterization, setting) and process (outlining, etc.). Business discussion includes identifying publishers, preparing queries & submissions, and self vs. traditional publishing.


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Front Page News

For so much of my career I was behind the scenes. And now, even after two children’s books and five romances, it’s still strange to be the focus of coverage. But I’m excited about the story our local newspaper did on me this week. 🙂

Despite initial resistance to the genre, romance books shape local writer’s world

On a side note, it’s not too late to sign up for The Business of Writing Romance at Wake Technical Community College. I’ll be back at Central Carolina in the spring!


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Inspiring words

My grantwriting class met again last night, and I got the nicest note from a student.

I so appreciate your class. I have been inspired to write on a personal level more since last nights class … I am taking back my love for writing.

Though I still struggle with writing anything long-form — my current approach is now more of a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing — I find my mind whirling with creative ideas this afternoon. So when you have a good experience at work or at school, or in line at the grocery store, make sure you share the positive feedback. You never know who may need a little pep in their step.


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It’s time to sign up for Intro to Grantwriting

Interested in funding a project for your non-profit organization, or a need in your community? It’s not too late to sign up for my Introduction to Grantwriting course at Wake Technical Community College. This seven-week course is part of the Continuing Education program, and is offered at Athens Drive on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:30, from October 27 – December 15 (skipping Thanksgiving week).

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Fall 2014 writing class signups have begun – Section #127081

Greetings one and all! Sign-ups have begun for my Fall 2014 course, The Business of Writing for Children … part of Wake Technical Community College’s non-credit Continuing Education series. It’s lots of fun, and who knows what kind of story is rolling around in your imagination, just waiting to get out!

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Psst: please spread the word. 🙂


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Have You Signed Up for Continuing Education?

wake_tech2I was happy to read about how community colleges are working to help get people back into the workforce this morning on the N&O.

Beginning next month, I’ll be teaching The Business of Writing for Children and Introduction to Grantwriting. There are still a couple of spots left for enrollment of you’re interested in either of these workshop-style classes.