Why is language? Language is that we may mis-unda-stand each udda.

—Krazy Kat

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Beauty has no evident usefulness, and yet without it, we could not endure our lives.

—Freud

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Art does not reproduce the visible. Rather, it makes it visible.

—Paul Klee

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Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus

Schwandorf, Germany, summer 2016

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Time, space, and colleagues in the beautiful Blue Ridge, spring 2012

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VCCA France, September–October 2014

Work-filled weeks, fine food, halcyon weather, delightful company.

Writing/Teaching/Editing


FORTHCOMING from the University of New Mexico Press, fall 2017: Lock & Load—writing that hits the mark!

Lock & Load, an extraordinary collection of literary fiction, includes work by such American masters as
Annie Proulx, John Edgar Wideman, Rick DeMarinis, Pinckney Benedict, Jim Tomlinson, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, as well as a host of fresh new voices.

Beautiful, surprising, and thought-provoking all the way through.


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YOU WANT TO WRITE.
Drive, therefore, the Dragon of Doubt to its lair.

And BEGIN!
Start this fall with fiction classes at the Visual Arts Center.



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Occasional: Private Classes, by invitation


Knowledgeable, sophisticated instruction; congenial surroundings.

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Everyone Needs an Editor


As you start . . .


• Developmental editing—
Before it's a book, it's an idea, a set of notes, an outline, a bunch of pages.
Developmental editing takes your project from these beginnings to a completed manuscript,
paying special attention to:
-structure
-content
-plot
-beginning and ending

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As you draft . . .


• Copyediting—
The editor helps the writer make sure the work is
-correct
-clear
-grammatical
-not wordy
-factually accurate
-readable
-meaningful

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After you've written . . .


Manuscript evaluation—
-Is it good?
-Is it ready?
-What now?
General Editing—
-grammar
-spelling
-syntax
-usage
Substantive Editing—
-organization
-coherence
Submission guidance—
-What to send
-Where to send
Consultation—
Proven, experienced guidance finding the right
– MFA program
– fellowship
– residency
– grant
Informed, sophisticated help—
-Crafting better applications
-Improving chances of success

To discuss or arrange evaluation,
editing, or consultation, click
e-mail.


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