Update, New Class Information, and Manuscript Editing

Hello! Has it really been 8 months since I published a web post? Yikes. “What have you been up to?” you may wonder. Here is a recap: For the last five or so years, I’ve been part of a small, informal writing group in Helena. During 2016, some of us kicked around the idea of starting a new literary magazine, and after much planning, we launched Montana Mouthful during October… Read Article →

Creative Writing Courses (2017-2018)

Hello and welcome back to the site! I’ve not posted in a long while, and here it is, that time of year to announce the upcoming creative writing classes for 2017-2018. However, before I go into class details, I’d like recap my thinking as it pertains to the way I’ve structured creative writing classes during the previous few years. In terms of class frequency and course duration, creative writing is… Read Article →

Class Update and Literistic Plug

Happy Friday, writers! Today’s blog post is a short one, but it features information about the upcoming writing course plus a plug for Literistic. This winter’s class offering, One-on-One Creative Writing Instruction (Fiction), is filling up, and I’ve started sending out class contracts for the session. Only a few spots remain, so if you want to hunker down and work on a story during the winter months, get in touch soon!… Read Article →

New Creative Writing Class for Winter

Hello again! Time’s speedy passage is stunning, especially during the summer months. It’s September?! Be that as it may, the change from warm-to-cold temperatures often encourages writers to consider new ideas and goals to sustain them through the winter. Are you one of those fiction writers who’d like to refocus and resume learning? Last year, I offered a beginner’s creative writing group course from November through May. The course included… Read Article →

Creative Writing Course Wrap-up and a Look Forward

Last Wednesday was the final class for the Basic Elements of Creative Fiction Writing course. I’m happy to report that the offering was a success. To recap, while I’ve taught creative writing in the past, this was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to engineer the course in a way that seemed most conducive for absorbing and practicing creative writing concepts. Specifically, I increased the course’s duration (seven months) but… Read Article →

Class Update, Publishing, Carve Magazine, and the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

We’re days away from the official start of spring; it’s hard to believe winter has come and gone! On that note, two classes remain for those taking the current session of Basic Elements of Creative Fiction Writing. During the previous class, we began the workshop portion of the course, which students really enjoy and find fruitful. It’s great to see and hear the students apply lessons learned to their own writing and… Read Article →

What’s in the works for 2016?

It’s been more than three months since I last updated the website! Needless to say, the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 have been busy. The current offering of Basic Elements of Creative Fiction Writing is in full swing as we’re approaching the course’s halfway point. So far, we’ve covered elements such as conflict-crisis-resolution, characterization, and scene-versus-summary development. The remaining classes are devoted to point-of-view and workshop. For… Read Article →


Just two days ago, CutBank was the featured Market of the Day on Duotrope’s Facebook page. If you’re a Montanan, you may have already heard of CutBank, the literary magazine founded by the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program. For more than forty years, the magazine has published outstanding fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by regional and international authors, including Louise Erdrich, Seamus Heaney, and many more. As a Montana-based writing… Read Article →

Class Update and Friday Humor

Happy Friday! As we head into the weekend, I want to leave you with two bits of information. First: The Basic Elements of Creative Fiction Writing class begins in just over a month (November 18th). 4 spots remain open. Sign up soon to keep your creative juices flowing during the long Montana winter. Class information can be found here. Second: The motivation to write is sometimes hard to sustain, and it’s even harder to sustain… Read Article →

Do You Duotrope?

Are you sitting on a polished poem, story, or piece of non-fiction but have no idea where to begin in terms of submitting it for publication? Duotrope is a great place to start.  This subscription-based service provides writers with a searchable database of poetry, fiction,  and non-fiction markets, and much more. Take advantage of Duotrope’s free trial period. After that, you can subscribe for $5/month or purchase an annual subscription… Read Article →