On-line Classes

On-line Classes include the Writer’s Craft classes below as well as Retreats and Intensives, and Bootcamp and Beyond Bootcamp classes. Classes are open to any interested writer, regardless of genre or level of experience.

Weekly On-Line Writing Workshops
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These weekly Workshops are each focused on a different genre; Poetry, Story, Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir and Fiction Stories and Novels.

Each class will meet once a week and for larger groups class schedules may include lecture-style classes in a big group interspersed with workshop-style classes in small working groups. Please check the schedules below for more information. These classes will be taught by Max on Zoom, each class is 2 hrs long and tuition is $380 per 8-week workshop. 

The purposes of these weekly workshops is to connect, discuss our work, write together and offer one another constructive, useful, honest and skillful feedback. We are a supportive, fun-loving, non-competitive community. We are committed to using the full range of our intelligence and creativity to help one another move the work forward, and to help each author keep their practice active. We believe in feedback, not in opinion, and that laughter and mutual respect are the lifeblood of our community.

Together we will discuss issues specific to each genre and we will talk through the life cycle of a text; from the magic of ideas to the way that memory and lived experience can inspire and inform a text, to the momentum required to edit, shape, finish and publish one, (even if publishing isn’t your goal or feels like a million miles away). What are you called to create as a writer? What are you willing to try? What are “back-burner” writing ideas or projects and how can we breathe new life into them? How can your writing life become more fun and easier to maintain? How can you build a practice that keeps your work alive and moving forward?

We will also discuss methods and opportunities for editing, shaping, releasing and offering our work for publication in magazines, journals and contests.

Winter 2021 8-Week POETRY WORKSHOP: 3-5pm MST, Tuesday January 12 – Tuesday March 2, 2021

This workshop will be taught on Tuesdays from 3-5pm MST/ CO time. In this class we will discuss craft specific to the needs and interests of writers working on Poetry in any subject, style, length and sub-genre, from abstract to concrete, from portrait to narrative, from funny to serious. We will examine poems by a variety of working writers and talk in depth about why they work as completed drafts. Writers will have assignments each week and will be invited to bring on-going work in progress to class. We will examine different poems by different writers from a range of lineages, discuss the drafting process, the possibilities of publishing and some of the many ways in which poetry can be presented and experienced. Each week we will write some first drafts of poems on our own and get helpful feedback, from both Max and our classmates. This class is open to anyone interested in poetry; experienced poets, part-time poets and non-poets alike, no experience necessary.

This class will be taught via Zoom, an easy-to-use online conferencing tool. You can join us by computer (just by clicking on a website link) or from your smart phone, using audio only, video or both. To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com Tuition is $380 and can be paid by credit card or check. For payment instructions please go to the bottom of the Home page on this site. When you register for the class I will send you a class invite with the Zoom link. You do NOT need a Zoom account to attend this class.

Winter 2021 8-Week STORY WORKSHOP: 3-5pm MST, Thursday March 4 – Thursday April 22, 2021

This workshop will be taught on Thursdays from 3-5pm MST/ CO time. Together we will examine the structures and craft behind story; what makes a story work? What are it’s features? How do we shape characters and scenes, moments of conflict or discovery or resolution? This class is open to writers of Creative/ Narrative Non-Fiction and Memoir as well as writers of short and long Fiction. Whether we are telling true stories from our own lives or diving into our imaginations, every narrative writer needs to build strong craft and instincts for how to bring a story to life and hook the reader’s attention. Together we will look at examples from full length memoir, memoir essays, short stories, micro fiction and novels. We will talk about the Drafting Process and investigate how to turn an idea or memory into notes, how to turn notes into a draft, a draft into a finished text and then how to move that text out into the world. Writers will have assignments each week and will be invited to bring on-going work in progress to class. Each week we will write some first drafts of stories on our own and get helpful feedback, from both Max and our classmates. This class is open to anyone interested in crafting vibrant and compelling stories, regardless of the level of your experience.

This class will be taught via Zoom, an easy-to-use online conferencing tool. You can join us by computer (just by clicking on a website link) or from your smart phone, using audio only, video or both. To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com Tuition is $380 and can be paid by credit card or check. For payment instructions please go to the bottom of the Home page on this site. When you register for the class I will send you a class invite with the Zoom link. You do NOT need a Zoom account to attend this class.

books-4812032_1920Writer’s Craft Series:  1-Day Saturday Classes 

These individual 1-day classes are offered monthly and each is designed to introduce writers to a different subject, aspect of craft, technique or genre. Recent Writer’s Craft classes have been offered on: Six Conflicts, The Art of Building a World, The Publishing Project, Filling Your Notebook, The Art of Short Fiction, The Writer’s Roadmap, Making a Scene, etc. Classes are held on-line on the Zoom platform, a free, easy to use on-line conferencing tool. You don’t need an account to join a class taught by Zoom, attending a class is as simple as going to a website. You can choose to join us by Audio-only or by Audio and Video, whatever is most comfortable for you. Most Writer’s Craft classes are taught by Max while some will be taught by other distinguished guest faculty from the literary community. To register just email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com

Classes are 4hrs hrs long and tuition is $100 per class.

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: Write Me a Letter

Saturday January 23, 2021   12-4pm CO/ Mtn time

The craft of letter writing is as old as writing itself. Over the centuries letters were the only way news was passed along, and the primary tool for staying connect to loved ones and friends. Even in the age of email and text messages, letter writing is still alive and well! Together we will investigate the Letter as a form and look at how the Epistolary / Correspondence form can help you generate novels, stories, memoir essays, poems, letters to friends, letters you would NEVER send, letters to strangers even letters to the editor! In this class we don’t care about finished or perfect texts, just pure discovery, inviting that moment when you surprise yourself. The class is open to any writer in any genre, no experience necessary.

Tuition $100

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: Writing to Art

Feb 20, 2021    12-4pm CO/ Mtn time

The creative inspiration that flows between writers and visual artists is well-documented. Poets have always fallen in love with paintings, sculptors have always been inspired by novels and songs. The art of Ekphrasis / Ekphrastic practice is the art of writing to, about, inside of and inspired by visual art.  What could a Jasper Johns painting help you understand about your novel? How could a Leonardo Da Vinci drawing inspire a poem? And how could experiments with drawing, painting, collage or sketching wake up and energize your writing practice?  Together we will experiment with all of these techniques to help you walk away with new possibilities for how to expand your on-going writing work and your writing practice. The class is open to any writer in any genre, absolutely NO artistic skill or experience is necessary.

Tuition $100

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: Poems Off The Page: Exploring Political and Performance Poetry

Sat March 13, 2021    12-4pm CO/ Mtn time

There has been a lot of conversation and excitement lately about performance poetry as well as political poetry, especially after the success of Amanda Gorman, the young poet who performed her work at both the Presidential Inauguration as well as the Super Bowl. What makes a political poem? How does one craft a poem for performance? How long have these sub-genres of poetry been around and what can we learn from some of the poets who have come before us? Together we will talk, experiment, examine some poems and then roll up our sleeves and try writing a few of our own. The class is open to any writer in any genre, no experience necessary, (even if you don’t think of yourself as “political”, even if you don’t think of yourself as a “performer” or want to be one!) all are welcome.

Tuition $100

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: Facebook for Writers with Guest Instructor Jennifer Dove

Sat April 24, 2021    12-2:30pm CO/ Mtn time

Want to learn the best way to set up your Facebook account to support your writing life and/or market your books and articles? Do you want to finally understand the difference between the newsfeed, a profile, a business page, and a Facebook story, plus how to use all of them to your advantage? Do you want some tips and tricks for creating content easily and getting it online quickly?  If so, then this is your class. This class is designed for the novice as well as for those familiar with the Facebook app, and we will go at a slow and loving pace. There will be plenty of time for Q & A. Everyone will leave the class with their account optimized and practice posts completed, so you can have fun on Facebook as a working writer and grow your audience organically. Let’s get you set up to confidently fly on Facebook!

GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Lakshmi Dove

Jennifer is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. She’s a professional astrologer, a Money Breakthrough Business Coach, a Martha Beck life coach, a practicing psychic intuitive, a book midwife, a published writer, and an accomplished writing teacher. She has coached a diverse array of individuals and corporate groups on social media optimization. 

Tuition $100

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: Instagram for Writers with Guest Instructor Jennifer Dove

Sat May 22, 2021    12-2:30pm CO/ Mtn time

Want to learn the best way to set up your Instagram account to support your writing life and/or market your books and articles? Do you want to finally understand the difference between an Instagram post, a story, IGTV, and Reels? Do you want some tips and tricks for creating content easily and getting it online quickly? If so, then this is your class. This class is designed for the novice as well as for those familiar with the Instagram app, and, as always, we will go at a slow and loving pace. There will be time for Q&A. Best of all, everyone will leave the class with their accounts optimized and practice posts completed, so you can have fun on social as a working writer and grow your audience organically. Let’s get you set up for success on Instagram!

GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Lakshmi Dove

Jennifer is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. She’s a professional astrologer, a Money Breakthrough Business Coach, a Martha Beck life coach, a practicing psychic intuitive, a book midwife, a published writer, and an accomplished writing teacher. She has coached a diverse array of individuals and corporate groups on social media optimization. 

Tuition $100