Writing Class at the Museum of Natural History

I’m thrilled to announce that next February, I’ll be teaching a creative writing class at the American Museum of Natural History, exploring their world-famous exhibits and exquisite dioramas with the written word. Natural History museums began with curiosity cabinets (Wunderkammer)—small closets or boxes in a person’s home, full of items they personally collected—bird nests, a […]


Since 2007, along with my mentor, author Dani Shapiro, and her husband, the screenwriter Michael Maren, I’ve been organizing a writer’s conference called Sirenland. A beautiful name, but even more beautiful is the spot where it takes place: Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, Italy. Our 2010 conference has just ended. Our Sirenlanders have flown back to their […]

Another Class!

I’ll be teaching another fiction class this spring, this time at the Center for Fiction, from April 6-June 8, 2010. This will be a more traditional workshop–the class will meet for 10 weeks, every Tuesday, from 6-9 pm. It is open to all levels. This 10 week class will include workshopping, craft talks, close editorial […]

At Last, A Class!

For years, old students of mine, schools I’ve visited, and writers I’ve worked with have asked if I would ever teach a class again. (In the past I’ve taught at New York University, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Colgate Writers’ Conference, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Imagination Conference, & the Sirenland Writers’ Conference, but my focus for the past […]