On-line Writing Workshops

On-line Writing Classes are offered to any interested student, regardless of where you live. The goal of these classes is to create a simple, productive, low-tech venues in which writers can stay connected to their work and to one another. If you have a computer, stable Internet connection and you are comfortable working on email and navigating websites, then the technical aspects of these classes should be easy for you to manage.

The On-line Bootcamp Class

Feb 1-10, July 1-10 and Oct 1-10

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This 10-day On-line writing Bootcamp is an immersive experience of being a writer that is offered three times a year; February 1-10, July 1-10 and October 1-10. It is an easy, email-based class for folks who want to generate some creative text and get a little support and feedback along the way. Students will receive craft notes and writing prompts from Max via email everyday for 10 days. Each Bootcamp class has NEW daily exercises. You can use these prompts, change them or ignore them entirely, whatever you choose. Each student will then generate at least 1,000 typed words (2 pages maximum) each day for 10 days, and email their daily work to Max by midnight each night. He will read the work daily and schedule a phone session with each student at the end of the class to discuss the work in depth.

Writers of ALL levels of experience, styles of work and genres are welcome; you can create poems, stories, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, children’s lit, essays, notes, novels, book projects, wild ideas, journaling, lists, free writing, anything you choose.  This 10-day intensive is designed to invite you to PLAY, to experiment wildly and practice writing daily. You might want to generate new text for an idea, story or project already underway or you might be starting from scratch. All you need is a dedicated time each day and the willingness to surprise yourself.

Tuition: $190  Checks can be made out to Hollowdeck Press LLC and sent to our studio at 1006 Grandview Ave. Boulder, Co 80302. You can also pay with a major credit card, please note there is a 3.5% fee charged by the processor. Interest free payment plans are always available. Class size is limited, please contact Max at maxregan@mac.com as soon as possible to register. After registration Max will send out a complete syllabus and the log in information for the class blog.

We would love to have you join us, but please make sure the class dates and deadlines work for you before you register. Please note that after registration students are responsible for the whole tuition, even if they choose to drop out of the class or not to send in daily work or choose not to schedule a followup call. If you require a Payment Plan please contact Max as soon as possible.

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There are three major components to the 10-day Bootcamp class:

1. Writing every day:  Have you ever wondered what you are REALLY capable of as a writer? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write every day, to fill pages and pages (without waiting until your thoughts or ideas are “perfect”) and then to stand back and read 10,000 words that are all your own? This experience is designed to help you generate volume in your work without the distraction of trying to create excellence, after all, these are only Source Texts you are making. There will be plenty of time later to carry your work through the process of expansion and editing. This 10 days is focused on building the daily practice of being a writer.

Joining this class will require a commitment of at least 1hr a day for 10 days. You will spend this time in a pattern of reading, writing, noticing and intentional observing/imagining/remembering/daydreaming. These are the key elements in the writer’s life. Students will have a broad range of latitude and possibility in what they write, this class is especially helpful for anyone who has a writing project that is stalled or moving more slowly than you would like. The goal is simply to write, to immerse yourself in the generation of text, not to edit that text or perfect it.

2. Knowing that your work is being read every day:  A key part of this class is to break up some of the isolation of being a writer. While you will write your daily text on your own, you will send your work to Max every night and he will read it. (You are NOT required to send your work to any of the other students in the class, only to Max.) Writers will email daily texts to Max by 12:01am each night (midnight in your local time zone), in order to have your work received and to clear your mind + desktop for the next day’s writing. Max will print out your work each night, read it thorough and make notes for our end-of-class phone session. At the end of the class Max will schedule a private 1hr phone session with each student to discuss the possibilities and potential of the work you have created, and to help you strategize about how to keep up your daily writing practice. These followup phone sessions are optional, if it would be helpful to you to discuss the work at the end of the class then great! If the followup is not necessary to support your practice then thats not a problem. Please note, Max will not send you feedback on the work each day, this class is focused of generating daily text, not on heavy-duty editing.

3. Receiving support and joining the conversation on writing:   There will be a class Blog site where Max will post daily questions about the practice of being a writer, designed to get you thinking more concretely about how to bring your work more fully into your life. Students in the Bootcamp class are welcome to post their answers and engage in conversation with one another. Participation in this blog conversation is not required for students in the class, it is completely optional. While this blog is not a place to post your daily work, it is a place where students can ask and answer questions, discuss the process, trade ideas and strategies, share their experiences and struggles and get support from their fellow writers as attempt to keep the work going.

Daily Bootcamp Craft Notes: All Bootcamp classes are open to students writing in ANY genre, and the daily prompts and exercises you receive can be used to write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose or anything you choose. But in each of the Bootcamp classes the Daily Craft Notes will be focused on specific themes.

In the February Bootcamp the daily craft notes are focused on how to work with Editing and Revision. Many writers have old notebooks, journals, early drafts, free-writes, exercises and previous versions of texts and ideas that they have gathered over the years. In these craft notes we will of course generate ideas for NEW daily writing, but we will also investigate how we might turn some of those older source texts and first drafts into second drafts and beyond!

In the July Bootcamp the daily craft notes are focused on General Writing Craft. These daily notes will cover an arc of topics about the writing craft; narrative vs. scene work, memory vs. imagination, the stages of the drafting process, how to get unstuck as a writer, types of editing, reception vs. feedback, staying organized as a writer, narrative perspective, finding a writing partner, etc. These are all topics that can be applied to a writing practice in any genre, at any stage.

In the October Bootcamp the daily craft notes are focused on how to work with the Imagination. Even if you are not interested in Fiction, everyone (and I do mean everyone) has an Imagination. Ever wondered what the couple at the next table was talking about? Ever guessed at how the movie was going to end? Ever had a dream that you thought would make a great story? That’s your imagination at work.The October craft notes will invite you to practice strengthening the muscle of your imagination. You might already have fiction, novel, story or screenplay idea or projects already underway. If so then this class can help you generate ideas, plot points, characterizations, scene work, etc. But even if you are a writer of non-fiction or memoir or poetry or other genres, working in the imagination can make you a stronger writer. Even your Poetry or Non-Fiction material can be a launching point for your imagination.

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The Beyond Bootcamp Class

July 16 – Sept 30, 2018

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The Beyond Bootcamp Class is a bridge class, it runs the 11 weeks from the July Bootcamp to the October Bootcamp and moves from our write-everyday-model to a write-everyday-or-every-week model.

The class has three weekly components:

1. The Monday Morning Assignment Sheet
Every Monday morning for 11 consecutive weeks I will email out an assignment sheet, much like the daily sheet you get during Bootcamp class. It will have one idea to support your writing practice and three optional exercises. These will include things like Lead Lines, Prompts, Story Starters, etc. and can be used to create or expand work in any genre. The assignment sheets for the Beyond Bootcamp class are unique, they include both Customized Curriculum (writing craft notes and exercises built in response to specific needs and questions by students in the class) as well as Expanded Curriculum (including wild experiments, image-based exercises, text examples, publishing opportunities and craft articles online) .

2. The Sunday Night Text Submission
Writers in the Beyond Bootcamp class might choose to keep writing daily, or they might only write a few days or a few pages during any given week. The key is to find a consistent and sustainable practice that works for YOU. On Sundays simply choose 2 pages of the work you have written during the week and send it to me before midnight. I will print it out, read it through and keep track of it in case you want to discuss the work in the future. You can use your weekly writing time to expand a text, start something new, edit a text into the next draft, whatever you choose. The idea here is to keep your MOMENTUM going!

3. The Bootcamp Conversation Blog
The Bootcamp class conversation blog will stay open during this period, allowing folks in the Beyond Bootcamp class to share their daily experiences, ideas, techniques and challenges. Participating in the conversation Blog is always optional, but it can be an amazing way to touch base with your fellow writers to share your experience.

Optional Follow-up Phone Sessions 
For folks in the class there may come a time in the 11 weeks of writing and submitting work when you would like to chat with me about it in a Phone Session, as we do at the end of Bootcamp classes. Anytime you’d like to schedule one of these just let me know and I’d be glad to talk!

Of course this Beyond Bootcamp class wont meet everyone’s needs or budget or schedule, but if it might be helpful to you then just let me know.

Registration Information 
Beyond Bootcamp Class: runs 11 Weeks, Monday July 16 to Sunday Sept 30.
Tuition is $275. Open to any writer who has previously taken a Bootcamp class.

Students can register anytime throughout the 11 weeks of the class, but unfortunately the class cannot be prorated. Follow up sessions with Max are always available at the regular rate of $90/hr. Tuition can be paid by check to max regan and sent to 1006 grandview ave, boulder, co 80302 or paid by credit card via Pay Pal on the home page.