Classes, Retreats and More


Students in a classroom. Photo courtesy of Bart Everson via Flickr, Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic

I currently offer two short-term classes through Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Edmond/OKC–“The Joy of Writing” and “Getting Started on a Poem.”

Scroll down to see the dates for upcoming sessions.


The Joy of Writing

This six-week course will help you find your creative voice and get the words flowing. In-class exercises and optional homework assignments give you plenty of chances to stretch your wings. If you wish, you’ll also have the opportunity to share your work with the class, but this is never required. Beginning and experienced writers in all genres are welcome.

Winter 2019: Thursdays, January 17-February 21, 6:30-9:00, Rockwell Campus

Getting Started on a Poem

Move from blank page to first draft, using in-class exercises that have helped hundreds of poets find their voices. You will leave class with the beginnings of at least two poems, and you’ll learn techniques for generating more poems on your own.

Spring/Summer 2019: Tuesday, June 4, 6:30-9:30, Rockwell Campus

View class details at Click “Course Offerings” then “Adult & Career Development.” Writing classes are listed under “Creative Arts.” Sign up by phone at 405-717-4900.



A writing retreat is a great time to work and connect with other writers in a supportive atmosphere. My retreats usually last several hours, giving you plenty of time to focus on your writing.

No critiquing is involved, and beginners are welcome.

I offer prompts that you can use as writing jump-starts if you choose. You’re also welcome to come and work on a project of your own.

Participants are encouraged but never required to share their writings with the group.

I lead one-day retreats on Saturdays a few times a year, at locations throughout the Edmond/North OKC metro area.

Register early–most retreats fill quickly.

The next retreat will be held in early 2019.
Please check back on this page for more details about upcoming retreats, or sign up for my e-mail newsletter.


Reading and Speaking

Poetry Reading

Wednesday, July 3, Altus, OK: Altus Public Library, 10:00 a.m.

Need a Presenter?

I’ve spoken about poetry and writing to several groups, including Oklahoma City Writers, Midwest City Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Poetry Society of Oklahoma, and more. I’d love to speak to your group. Contact me to schedule.

Sample Presentation Topics:

  • Dwelling on Details: Using Sensory Images in Your Writing
  • How to Keep Writing When You’d Rather Not
  • Writing Contests: What Judges Look For
  • 5 Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid
  • Sales and Promotion for Shy Writers
I can also create a custom presentation for your group.
Just ask!