Classes

I believe that art and writing are skills that anyone can learn. That’s why I teach online classes that you can take at your own pace, giving you time to pick up a new skill and practice it.

In my twenty years as a bestselling author, I have taught writing workshops at book festivals, libraries, conferences, and universities. In 2012, I was invited to be the first Tin House Writer-in-Residence, a partnership with Portland State University, where I taught in the MFA program.

Now I’ve taken the most common questions I’m asked by aspiring writers and created short, simple classes online that you can watch anytime. Be sure to post questions in the discussion, because I will be dropping in regularly to chat!

I also teach art classes, all based on the idea of taking a simple drawing or painting technique and applying it to a fun project, like painting doors or cocktails or flowers. I hope you enjoy them!

Writing Classes

  • Start Your Book Today

    Start Your Book Today

    Three Steps to Your First Draft
    Starting a new book is daunting for all of us. Learn the three steps I take to start a first draft.
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    Build Great Writing Habits

    20 Tips for Getting it Done
    If you struggle to find the time, the patience, and the focus you need to get your writing done, this class is for you!
  • Shape Your Story

    Shape Your Story

    Simple Story Structure for Fiction and Nonfiction
    Learn the simple, straightforward methods I use to shape and structure my stories, both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Organize Your Research in Evernote

    Organize Your Research in Evernote

    Strategies for Writers
    Learn how to keep track of ideas and research in Evernote.
  • Research!

    Research!

    A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers
    Learn how to do in-depth, accurate research.
  • Write Your First Draft

    Write Your First Draft

    A Guide to Finishing Your Book
    Learn some strategies for getting your pages written and staying the course!
  • Rewrite, Revise, Revisit

    Rewrite, Revise, Revisit

    A Guide to Editing Your Book
    Learn how to approach the all-important edits to your book.
  • Create Your Own Book Video

    Create Your Own Book Video

    A Step by Step Guide for Authors
    Learn how to create a high-quality video to promote your books and other projects.

Art Classes

  • Quick & Easy Travel Sketching

    Quick & Easy Travel Sketching

    Capture Your Vacation in Pen and Watercolor
    Join me on a sketching trip in beautiful, lively Guanajuato, Mexico!
  • Ink Your Drink

    Ink Your Drink

    Whimsical Cocktail Art with Ink Transfer and Watercolor
    Create whimsical cocktail art using an easy DIY ink transfer technique with watercolor washes.
  • Paint Lively & Colorful Doors

    Paint Lively & Colorful Doors

    With Ink and Watercolor
    Learn how to paint colorful painted doors from your own travels, using ink and watercolor.
  • Laid-Back Lettering

    Laid-Back Lettering

    For Urban Sketching & Journaling
    Learn my shortcut to adding artistic, colorful, dramatic lettering to your sketchbooks, journals, and artwork.
  • Loose & Expressive Flowers & Leaves

    Loose & Expressive Flowers & Leaves

    For Garden & Nature Journals
    Learn how to use vivid color and interesting lines to create a garden & nature journal that is unique to YOU!
  • Paint Lively & Vivid Greens

    Paint Lively & Vivid Greens

    In Your Garden & Nature Journal
    Learn how to paint a complete outdoor scene, including bold and varied greens.
  • Rediscovering Color

    Rediscovering Color

    A Fresh Approach for Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, and Oil
    Learn a new approach to mixing colors.
  • Urban Sketching in a French Village

    Urban Sketching in a French Village

    With Ink and Watercolor
    Capture a village scene with depth and clarity.
  • How to Paint a Chicken

    How to Paint a Chicken

    In Ink, Watercolor, and Gouache
    A step-by-step guide to creating your own chicken portraits.
  • Travel Sketching in Italy:

    Travel Sketching in Italy:

    Simplify a Complex Scene
    Capture a charming Italian scene quickly with a few simple techniques.
  • Travel Sketching in Manhattan

    Travel Sketching in Manhattan

    With One Point Perspective
    Learn the rules of perspective in New York City
  • Travel Sketching in a Cafe

    Travel Sketching in a Cafe

    Food & Drink in Pencil and Watercolor
    Draw your dinner! Draw your drink!
  • Mixed Media Still Life

    Mixed Media Still Life

    In Gouache, Watercolor, & More
    Paint pumpkins using ALL your art supplies!
  • Fabulous Florals in Gouache and Watercolor

    Fabulous Florals

    In Gouache and Watercolor
    Paint floral bouquets in a fabulous mixed media style