Below are resources for writers. I teach writing workshops and make the slides and materials available here. You’re free to download them—even if you haven’t attended the workshop.
Here are the handouts I most often teach from. Some of these won’t make sense without hearing the lecture.
Amazing Rewrite Checklist A revision checklist for stories, scenes, and sentences
Thin Man Excerpt A scene from Dashiell Hammett’s classic. Can you identify each character’s intention in each line?
David Mamet Memo The playwright’s three rules for making every scene dramatic.
Seven Scenes An exercise for creating dramatic scenes based on intentions
The Spreadsheet of Shame
My Novel Template for Word
This is the template that includes the styles and macros I use to write novels. It’s basic but for some tweaks I now can’t live without.