There is nothing I enjoy more than helping young authors figure out how to write compelling fiction. Whether your child is in high school, college, or just looking to improve their writing skills, I can help. It doesn't matter if they write literary fiction, or genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, or horror, for example) the same components are a part of every powerful short story (and novel): a strong narrative hook, characters that we care about, emotional truths, a conflict that must be overcome, and a satisfying resolution—all set in a dynamic, layered environment.
I've published over 60 stories, including "Stillness" in Shivers VI alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub. I've published one novel (Transubstantiate) and recently landed an agent, Paula Munier at the Talcott Notch Literary Agency, where we are shopping my second novel (Disintegration) and working on several other projects. I had a collection of stories (Herniated Roots) come out with Snubnose Press in 2012, and another collection (Staring Into the Abyss) is set to come out with Kraken Press in 2013. I've won several fiction contests, and have been nominated for numerous Pushcart prizes. I recently completed my MFA at Murray State University where I studied under Pulitzer nominated author Dale Ray Phillips. In addition to writing my Storyville column at Lit Reactor and book reviews at The Nervous Breakdown, I am currently editing an anthology of literary fiction for Black Lawrence Press.
I write in a number of genres: literary, fantasy, science fiction, horror, neo-noir, crime, magical realism—you name it. But when it comes to my students at Story Studio Chicago, online, and in my tutoring sessions, it's all about the goals and desires of the student. I adapt to the situation, and never try to steer an author towards my voice, but instead, guide them towards their own unique voice and perspective.
I'm constantly submitting short stories, so I'm aware of the current markets, the best and most prestigious publications in the nation, and can help with that part of the process, when the time is right.
Let's start writing stories and unlocking your imagination today!
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