Upcoming Classes

Quieting the Inner Critic, Loft Literary Center, July 28th, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM

What is keeping you from the wild uninhibited prose that is the first step in your journey to good writing? For most of us the problem is perfectionism. Anne Lamott says, “Perfectionism… is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.” Who is your inner critic, and why does he demand perfection? Do you subconsciously believe that he saves you from being vulnerable or making a fool of yourself? What are you really afraid of? In this class we’ll answer these questions and find ways to exorcise these voices from our heads. We’ll also discuss how we can revise later in the writing process without allowing our critique of our own work to become harmful. I’ll pass out a checklist you can use in the future to help you evaluate and revise your writing after you get your first draft onto the page.

Writing Great Dialogue, Loft Literary Center, August 4th, 2018 9AM – 1 PM

Great dialogue is riveting. It holds a reader tight and won’t let go. It can characterize, advance the plot, set the scene, and foreshadow what’s to come. And it should almost always do at least two of these things at once. We’ll study different types and uses of dialogue, and the best ways to create characters with their own voices. Then we’ll do a series of writing exercises to generate the sort of dialogue that keeps readers turning the pages.


Let’s Talk About Dialogue, Plymouth Library, Monday, September 24th 7 p.m.

Crafting the Short Short, Saturday, October 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The Loft Literary Center

Write Like There’s Nobody Criticizing Excelsior Library, Thursday, October 25th 6:30 p.m.

Write Like There’s Nobody Criticizing Penn Lake Library (Bloomington), Saturday, November 10th 10 a.m.


2 thoughts on “Upcoming Classes

  1. RE Your two Loft classes today 2/20: I am so sorry Rebecca–I just realized moments ago that are today/ this Sat. and not 2/27 as I wrote in my planner! If my home was not 160 miles north–I would try to make the 2nd one but I will look for you next time you are there. The Loft used to send email reminders but I do not get them anymore. I am about halfway through Sinners and the Sea and loving the ride–planned to have you sign my worn highlighted book!
    Hope to meet someday. I’m currently working with Kate St. Vincent Vogel and her team each Wed.
    Warm Regards,
    Mike Elliott (Current work in progress is Escaping Limbo)


    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for writing. I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying Sinners and the Sea. I’ll ask the Loft to send out a reminder next time I teach, or ask for students’ email addresses and send out a reminder myself.

      Best of luck with Escaping Limbo. Please give my regards to Kate.




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