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Monday, July 18, 2011

Thinking Ahead: Two Fall Writing Classes and a Writing Coaching Option

Reminder (which may be good or bad news, depending on your situation): Summer will end. What have you got planned for your writing once it's over? Here, two classes for your consideration, plus a new writing coaching option, all now open for registration:

1. *I Should Be Writing!* Boot camp for procrastinators and busy people.
You get to the end of a day, week or month and realize -- you haven't written a word. Everything you write isn't what you intended to write. You are stuck in the middle of a long writing project. Or can't get started, even on a small one. Your writing routine is MIA. You spend more time talking about writing than writing. You're writing regularly, but have little idea what you are actually working toward. You want to try something different on the page but can't seem to get out of your own way. You're fresh out of ideas – or have too many. You promise yourself you will get serious...when you have time, on Monday, next month, but you don't.

If any of the above describe your current relationship to your writing life, and you need a gentle push – or a very firm shove – then maybe you need this class.

I will help you: create the time to write, adopt a writer's mindset, develop and maintain regular writing routines, deal with writing obstacles, set and achieve specific writing goals -- and enjoy the process.I will act as your coach, ally and (kind but tough) task-master. Through email exchanges, instructional materials, productivity and accountability tools, a private online discussion group with fellow writers, and telephone conversations, you will become (or return to being) a writer who writes. Opportunities for feedback on your writing also offered.

This class is self-paced; no need to be online at specific times. Writers of any genre are welcome. Class size is limited to 10.

Begins September 12. Runs for 6 weeks.

Cost: $155. (nonrefundable)

To register, please use the Buy Now button along the left side of this blog and choose Option 1. If you need to pay by check, or want to see if this class if a good fit for you, email me (LisaRomeoWrites@gmail.com).

Former students: If you've already taken Boot Camp, but want to do so again, contact me for the Repeat Rate.

2. Online Memoir & Personal Essay 4x4 Creative Nonfiction Writing Series: Four weeks. Four key topics.

This time, the four topics are:
- Writing about loved ones: Do, Don't, and Don't You Dare
- Accessing & working with incomplete memories
- Jumping sandboxes: Can another genre help your nonfiction craft?
- Trauma, tragedy, sadness & grief: Make it moving, not maudlin

This is NOT a peer-review workshop, so you get to concentrate on your own work, not anyone else's. There is a weekly lesson to read, examples to study, suggested craft readings, and writing assignments to turn in for in-depth (private) comment and feedback from me (yes, these can usually be adjusted to support your work-in-progress). A private online forum keeps you in touch with other writers enrolled in the class. Also -- email exchanges with me, a daily (optional) writing prompt and two (optional) phone calls.

Begins October 17. October 24.

Cost: $185. (nonrefundable)

The class is self-paced; no need to be online at specific times. Class size is limited to 12.

To register, please use the Buy Now button along the left side of this blog. If you need to pay by check, or ask questions to see if this class if a good fit, email me (LisaRomeoWrites@gmail.com).

Former students: If you've already taken this particular 4x4 series, but want more practice, contact me for the Repeat Rate.


3. One Month of Writing Coaching

First, we talk by phone (or if you're local, in person) about your writing goals for the month, brainstorm, set goals, make a schedule. Then, you write (up to 10,000 words, any genre), and I read it and provide a high level of detailed feedback, editing suggestions, comments. We email all month long and talk more by phone – about any aspect of your writing, and/or anything in your writing life.

Cost: $235 (nonrefundable) Available beginning in September; can specify a calendar month or any 4-week period.
To register, please use the Buy Now button along the left side of this blog. If you need to pay by check, or want to ask questions, email (LisaRomeoWrites@gmail.com). Multiple-month packages are available at reduced rates.

Note: A Summer Special on coaching and editing is still available -- see top of left hand margin.

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