January Newsletter

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I think we are all looking forward to a fresh new year full of peace, health, love and happiness. Below you will find some upcoming events, publications, classes and giveaways.


Come join Amanda Yates Garcia (the Oracle of Los Angeles), Mary Pauline Lowry (Wildfire), Laura Lee Bahr (Haunt), Tracy DeBrincat (Hollywood Buckaroo), Logan Brendt, Manuel Chavarria, Daniel Weizmann and me for a reading from our Rough Magick Anthology, haunting--sometimes erotic, sometimes funny, sometimes weird--stories about the darker side of love and sex, at Book Soup on March 10 at 7 pm.

I will also be at AWP, on April 2, 12-1:15, doing a panel on "Writing in Los Angeles," and at YAll West on April 3. More info to come next month.


As I announced last month, the Weetzie Bat cookbook, Fairies in the Kitchen, by Carmen Staton, and published by dangerous angel press, is here and selling like hotcakes (or should I say Coyote's Cornmeal Cakes!)


Jessica Lynn Whitaker was the winner of the free Weetzie Bat Tote Bag. She says she's going to use it for when she goes in for her chemo treatments. I sent it with a big dose of love inside.

Jessa Marie Mendez and I also offered one free e-book of Rough Magick. There weren't many participants so we are offering this again.  If you post this link on Facebook with an image of the book and tag five friends and me, I'll enter you to win a free Kindle version. One winner will be chosen by 1/31/2016


Here's what one student had to say about my online class:"I cannot thank you enough for offering the opportunity of such an inspiring & wonderful workshop series!...My goals were to work with many of my challenges (self-consciousness, vulnerability, fears around sharing fiction, difficulty with metaphors or poetic language, and patience, among others...), to continue developing my skills and strengths, to be held accountable for writing all the damn time & resisting procrastination, & to learn more about the story I'm trying to tell. I feel that I have achieved all these goals and then some, and I have you to thank for offering such valuable feedback and encouragement, and for knowing just the right questions to ask to get me focusing on particular details, to dig deeper into the story, and to work toward clarification for potential readers as well as character development - and so much more!...I feel like I've done a lot of important work here, and there are so many insights I wouldn't have had if it weren't for this class - about myself and about my writing. Your wisdom and your magic have really opened up my writing process, my ideas for this particular story, and I feel like I'm capable of writing something much stronger than I was when I began this novel. Thank you for being so generous with your words and your time!"  -- Maranda Elizabeth

Unfortunately, acclaimed Los Angeles mystery writer Denise Hamilton has had to bow out of our  one day writing workshop on Saturday, January 9th from 1-4 in Culver City. I will be teaching it solo instead and providing you with twelve questions to help structure your novel.  You'll be able to submit 20 pages in advance for critique.  Contact me now if you are interested. The cost is $200. (Denise and I will do something together soon)

My popular online workshop, “How to structure your novel in 12 easy steps” will start January 11 for 10 weeks. The cost is $500 and we will cover character development, plot, setting and style in a comprehensive class that can help you through the first or final draft of your novel.

I will also be teaching an in person class, Sundays starting January 17th for 10 weeks. The cost is also $500 and we will be reading ten of your pages a week and critiquing them as a group.  There seems to be a wonderful synchronicity around who  signs up for each session.  I am always so happy to see the lifelong friendships that emerge from these classes. Here's a blog post I did about the remarkable women in my last in person class. THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL!

As always, I am also available for private manuscript critique and consultation.Please take good care and have a very happy 2016.

Much Love,