Award-Winning Author ~ Editor ~ Writing Instructor

Freelance Editing: I am sometimes available for novel editing and on-going coaching. Email me for current availability, pricing, and general information.I also edit through Author Connect.Email Author Connect for more information.

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Here are some of the online classes I teach for the Writers' Program of the UCLA Extension School, though only one is currently scheduled.

Entry level mystery writing class:

Committing the Perfect Crime: Writing Your First Mystery (Online)
Do you long to commit the perfect crime--and see it bound between covers and on the bestseller lists? Crime novels sell outstandingly well today, but the competition for publication has never been tougher. If you always thought you would like to write a mystery or suspense novel, but you don't know how to begin -- then this class is for you.

Designed for beginners as well as those with a work-in-progress who need direction, this course is a supportive, results-oriented workshop that guides you in planning your mystery or suspense novel, or revising some of the choices made in your work-in-progress. Through weekly writing assignments, some of which draw on characters and develop scenes for the students' projected novels; lectures on craft; assigned readings; and instructor and peer feedback, students learn the fundamentals of crime writing, including structure and pacing, point-of-view, setting, character development, dialogue and voice, and clues and red herrings, as well as critical self-editing techniques. Also covered are the practical aspects of attracting the right agent and/or editor. The goal is to draft the first chapter of your planned mystery or suspense novel.

This course will focus on shaping your vision, by helping you to identify the story and thematic elements of your idea, and providing you various approaches to structure. We will also explore techniques for creating memorable characters that live off the page, dynamic dialog, and ways to identify and capture the unique voice of each student, as well as the practical aspects of finding the right agent and/or publisher, and effective marketing and presentation methods.

Make this the year you complete the mystery novel you've always wanted to write! Click to read the syllabus.

This class is currently scheduled for the Fall session, starting on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Email me if you wish to be on the email list for its next scheduled date.

he UCLA Extension Writers' Program is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive continuing education writing program in the United States where adult learners study with their choice of more than 250 professional screenwriters, fiction writers, playwrights, poets, nonfiction writers and writers of children’s literature. The Writers’ Program offers more than 550 courses annually, both on-site and online, as well as a yearly Writers Studio, nine-month Master Classes, a screenplay competition, and writing consultations – all designed to help students meet their writing goals. For more information, visit


Humor Writing Class:
Make Them Laugh: Injecting Humor into your Writing

I will be teaching a 2-week online Humor Writing class for the Sisters in Crime Guppies Chapter, from Monday, November 4, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018. This class will include lectures and submissions for feedback. Email me for more information on the SinC Guppy Chapter and this class.