Write Short Stories and Get Them Published!

In beautiful Bend, Oregon, come join Trish on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a short story workshop sponsored by the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild

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1. Learn what makes a compelling short story.


2. Pick up tools you’ll get to practice at the workshop to take your writing to a new level.


3. Find out how to query editors to consider your work for publication, and


4. Go home with a list of publications to submit your work.


This workshop couldn’t be coming at a better time to prepare you to submit your best short story to the 2017 Central Oregon Writers’ 2016-cowg-harvest-writing-contest-bookGuild contest for possible publication in the annual COWG Harvest Writing

                                                                  Contest Winners anthology.

                                                                  (Confirmed dates for entries soon!)


Workshop Location: Aspen Ridge Retirement Community

                                1010 N. E. Purcell Boulevard in Bend, Oregon  

                                For more information call: (619) 647-5559




If you liunnamed (1)ve in San Diego, or you’d like to travel for the weekend after Thanksgiving, I’ll be teaching two workshops for San Diego Writers’ Ink (SDWI), one on Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. called:


Memoir: How to Write a Salable Personal Story and Enjoy the Process

(It’s the same as the one I taught last February with some new material and a bit more streamlined, so students will have more time for hands on practice and to ask questions about their personal projects)


And another one on Sunday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. called:


Using Setting: The Delicious Tool to Connect Readers with Your Story

(This workshop is sort of an exercise in the How-To for showing rather than telling. Often writers think we’re showing when we’re just telling a little fancier than the average person. This workshop will give you hands on experience and feedback, so you’ll go home with tools you can use right away in your next short story, memoir revision, or whatever project you’re working on!)

david-c-bw-1David Crow, one of my coaching and editing clients, will be coming to both workshops from Virginia to share his path to publication with Sandra Jonas Publishing and give great tips to help you on your own journey.
If you’re interested in taking either, or both, workshops, click on the titles to go to the SDWI website to register.
Hope to see you there!

Trish 🙂



The June 10th workshop at Barnes & Nobel  for the Teen Book Festival was such a success, the students and staff asked Linda Berry and me to do another one on Story Structure on July 17, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
IMG_1131If you want to save yourself a TON of time in the rough draft and revision phases of writing a novel, narrative nonfiction, or short story, come join our FREE workshop on Story Structure, featuring the genius of author Larry Brooks. You’ll get a graphic organizer for easy reference and instruction that will leave you saying, “Dang! Where have you been all my life?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Seriously, you won’t believe how much this workshop will make your writing life easier, for both “pantsers” (those who write by the seat of their pants – no planning, just clicking keys to see what comes out) and “plotters” (those who start with a plan, whether quick notes or a full outline). And you’ll never read a book or watch a movie the same way again. This hour at Barnes & Nobel could be the most valuable hour you’ve ever spent in your writing life!

That’s: July 17 from 2-3:00 p.m. at Barnes & Nobel in Bend, OR, 2690 NE Highway 20.




Attention Teen Readers and Writers: If you live in Central Oregon, or you can figure out how to get to the Barnes & Nobel in Bend, join author Linda Berry and me at B&N’s “First-Ever Teen Book Festival”! Linda and I will be giving a workshop on story structure and tips for how to show rather than tell on Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. See you there!



On June 16, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. , come join the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild for a workshop I’m giving on “SETTING: HOW TO OPTIMIZE THE ENVIRONMENT, IN BOTH FICTION AND NONFICTION, TO ENRICH YOUR STORY”

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Photo by Hanna Laukkanen

The workshop will be at Aspen Ridge, 1010 NE Purcell Blvd. – Bend, OR. 97701. Admission is FREE. Bring a pen and paper for hands-on practice.


If you can be in the San Diego area on Tuesday, February 9 or Presidents’ weekend, come join Howard and me as we give you all the tools you’ll need to write a compelling memoir and learn immediately doable techniques for improving your writing!


Three-hour workshop: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at San Diego Writers’ Ink from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Address: 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202, San Diego, CA 92106

scwc-banner-2014-sdSouthern Calif Writers Conference Feb. 12-14, 2016 


Learn about the craft of writing, come see Howard and many other amazing speakers, meet agents, publishers, social media experts, lots of authors, bloggers, journalists, and writers at all levels. Make this Presidents’ Weekend one you’ll never forget in beautiful Mission Valley in San Diego, California.

Howard and I will be teaching one of the many workshops full of humor, camaraderie, and valuable information you can use. Come join us!

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