Teaching at Skillshare

I am excited to announce that my first creative writing class for Skillshare is now available! It is titled “Crafting Complex Characters (Quickly) for Short Fiction.”

From the class page:

Whether you’re writing a 400 or 4000-word short story, you need to know your protagonist’s tics, joys, and sorrows in order to create a believable connection with an audience. As such, the goal of this class is to provide writers of all skill levels with a quick and easy multi-part project designed to build a credible character in under an hour. By the end of this class, you will have not only a mini character bible, but will have also “spoken” with your character, which will assist you in choosing the right point-of-view for your story.

I’d love for you to take a look at the class, and Skillshare has provided me with a special link that will allow you to sign up for two FREE months of premium membership. This gives you free reign to take any class you want! Click here (or the picture above) for the link.


Aa-hoooooo, Vampires of New England. Aa-hooooooooo.

Wrote a small tale based on old stories of New England vampires (folks were pretty gullible back in the day), and the kind editors over at Ellipsis Zine gave it a home. Click on through to take a look.

Essay Fiction

It’s such fun

I have two stories in the new issue of Hypertrophic Literary (a reprint of “Fatherwifehusband” and a new one, “The Word Hater Reads His Future”). You can buy a print or digital copy here. Many thanks to editors Maddie Anthes and Lynsey Morandin for their enthusiasm and help.

Also, the kind folks at The RS 500 let me write an essay about Lou Reed’s 1972 classic, Transformer. Of course, the essay is mostly about my first semester of college, but Lou Reed makes several appearances, too. (I promise!)


A new story (involving imaginary friends)

So pleased to have a piece, “Mr. Dinosaur,” in the new issue of StorychordA big thanks to Kate Senecal, who curated the issue.