December 4-February 18, External link opens in new tab or windowSNHU MFA Online

The Business of Writing

Explore the many methods and strategies that professional writers employ to leverage their creative talents into financially sustaining work. Investigate the many types of writing opportunities available beyond book publishing, and learn how to start and grow a successful freelance business. Research freelance opportunities, learn how to manage a sole proprietorship, and find resources about various industry tools and conventions.


January 17-March 26, 2024, External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing Two

Armed with your overall concept and first chapter, you continue to develop your knowledge of craft by writing scenes using characters and situations from the projected novel and workshopping your in-progress work. Mini-lectures on the art of the novel, intuitive creative process, and conventional vs. non-conventional approaches to novel structure also are covered. The goal is to complete 50 pages of your novel.


February 26-May 5, External link opens in new tab or windowSNHU MFA Online

Contemporary Fiction Writing

MFA-624 is the Genre II course focusing on Contemporary--which, at SNHU, consists of just about every type of fiction other than Speculative, Romance, or YA. Yes, it's a big category! But we want to give our students as much freedom as possible to write what moves them. In this course, students will write and workshop scene sequences, refine their understanding of genre tropes and craft elements, build strong antagonists and secondary characters, and flesh out subplots and plot complications.


April 10-June 18. External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing Three

For those with a minimum of 50 pages of a novel-in-progress, this workshop guides you to generate at least 50 new pages, as well as learn essential self-editing techniques with the instructor and peers reviewing each participant's project in detail. Refinements of character, structure, emotional content, and the development of the writer's voice are also explored. The goal is to produce a substantial portion of your novel.


April 3-June 18, External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Clear and Descriptive Writing (11 Weeks)

This class focuses on the basics of sentence and paragraph, providing tools to enable clear, focused, and descriptive essays and other writing objectives. Starting with focused sentence exercises, you move toward creating clear, thoughtful, and organized paragraphs that employ tone, voice, and diction. As well as completing exercises and writing assignments, you collect examples of writing—both effective and ineffective—to present to the class in order to share and examine writing strategies. Toward the end of the class, students develop one essay-length piece of writing. In workshop groups, you hone this piece and help classmates improve their work. You leave with skills you can apply in various settings.


June 7, 2024, 12:15-2:15. External link opens in new tab or windowNational Federation of State Poetry Societies reading

My collection Let's End This Now won the Barbara Stevens manuscript award. I will be reading from the book hot of the press. The convention runs from the 5-9.


July 7-September 10External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing One

That novel is inside you waiting to emerge, but knowing how and where to start can be daunting. This course provides you with weekly assignments, group interaction, and instructor feedback to help you explore various methods of writing your first novel while learning the key craft points of plot, structure, characterization, point-of-view, sense of place, and voice. The goal is to complete the first chapter of your novel by establishing an intimacy with your characters as you artfully shape their journey and to develop an overall concept to guide you through your story. Required for students considering the long-fiction sequence.


July 7-September 10External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing Five

For students who have completed Novel IV, this intensive workshop is specifically directed toward refining an advanced manuscript into a polished novel. The focus is on structural and thematic aspects and the maintenance of the author's unique voice. You work closely with your peers and the instructor to assess portions of individual manuscripts. Emphasis is given to developing and perfecting self-editing techniques. The overall goal of the course is for each novel to reach a professional level appropriate for eventual publication.