Scene Structure Basics
Strong writing is built on powerful scenes. In this condensed intro, we’ll break down scene formulas, view short classics on YouTube, and do a few exercises applicable to fiction and memoir.
One session: Friday, April 28, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Zoom
Fee $35; less for Montclair residents

Memoir on the Menu
Use food memories to season your life stories! On the menu are in-class exercises about cooking, familiar and fresh cuisines, eating in, eating out, and other savory subjects. Optional readings between sessions. Three Tuesdays, May 23 & 30, June 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
At Montclair Public Library’s Tower Room
Fee $99; less for Montclair residents

Zoom links will be provided by Montclair Public Library’s Adult School after signup. Register at and search on the class name or my name. Note: If you enroll from outside the USA, contact Maurice Boyer ( so he can register you individually. The online system is not set up for international currencies.


My three sessions are part of a full month of workshops that support Amherst Writers & Artists. There are dozens of additional offerings, meeting at different times, themed and unthemed, all led by my fellow Amherst affiliates. Explore the full calendar and register at (the calendar will be posted soon, so check back frequently). Sessions filled up fast last year. Zoom links will be provided by leaders in advance. These sessions are by donation, starting at $10. You can give more if you’re moved to do so, or arrange for low/no fee if cost is a barrier (contact for more about that).

The Geography of Memoir – via Zoom
Saturday, May 6, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Be inspired by memorable places, from closets to continents.

Memoir on the Menu – via Zoom
Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET
Food memories will season our life stories.

Art-Inspired Writing – via Zoom
Friday, May 26, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
We’ll use paintings instead of words as prompts.