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 on Skillshare that you can watch anytime. Be sure to post questions in the discussion, because I will be dropping in regularly to chat!
My art classes are based on the idea of taking a simple drawing or painting technique and applying it to a fun project, like painting doors or cocktails.
Three Steps to Your First Draft
Starting a new book is daunting for all of us. In this class, I'm going to walk you through the three steps I take to start a first draft. I promise it'll be easy, fun, and low-pressure.
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 will show you how to build a more satisfying, productive writing practice.
Simple Story Structure for Fiction and Nonfiction
Learn the simple, straightforward methods I use to shape and structure my stories, both fiction and nonfiction.
Strategies for Writers
Learn how to keep track of ideas and research in Evernote.
A Guide to Finishing Your Book
Learn some strategies for getting your pages written and staying the course!
A Guide to Editing Your Book
Learn how to approach the all-important edits to your book
A Step by Step Guide for Authors
Learn how to create a high-quality video to promote your books and other projects.
Capture Your Vacation in Pen and Watercolor
Join me on a sketching trip in beautiful, lively Guanajuato, Mexico!
Whimsical Cocktail Art with Ink Transfer and Watercolor
Create whimsical cocktail art using an easy DIY ink transfer technique with watercolor washes.
With Ink and Watercolor
Learn how to paint colorful painted doors from your own travels, using ink and watercolor.
For Urban Sketching & Journaling
Learn my shortcut to adding artistic, colorful, dramatic lettering to your sketchbooks, journals, and artwork.
For Garden & Nature Journals
Learn how to use vivid color and interesting lines to create a garden & nature journal that is unique to YOU!
In Your Garden & Nature Journal
Learn how to paint a complete outdoor scene, including bold and varied greens.
A Fresh Approach for Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, and Oil
Learn a new approach to mixing colors
With Ink and Watercolor
Capture a village scene with depth and clarity
In Ink, Watercolor, and Gouache
A step-by-step guide to creating your own chicken portraits
Simplify a Complex Scene
Capture a charming Italian scene quickly with a few simple techniques.
With One Point Perspective
Learn the rules of perspective in New York City