Need a kick-start for your writing? This fall at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, I will be teaching “Fall in Love with Writing” – a 5-week course running every Tuesday evening from September 10 to October 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

If you dabble in writing, then hide your stuff away in drawers and secret computer files, afraid that you’re not good enough, or even if you know you’re good enough but feel like you’re floundering, then this course is for you. I’m doing something a bit different this time – I’m going to design the course around the needs of the students. After 18 years of teaching creative writing courses and a multitude of diverse workshops, I can do that. We will immerse ourselves in creative writing lessons and exercises designed to coax the closet writer out of you.

The cost for the course is $150, and you can register at – just click on writing courses and scroll down until you find Fall in Love with Writing.

AND – TADA – on those very same evenings, my husband, Rich Helms, will be teaching a course called “Create a YouTube Ready Promotional Video.” Under his guidance, you will script, shoot, edit, and upload your video using an iPhone or iPad, or online composing systems like Animoto with any video camera or phone. Each student will receive a detailed workbook with complete course materials and all steps documented. If you need a book trailer, this course is perfect for you! The course is $150, and you can register at