NEW! Private Sessions


Private Consultation | $100/hour

Book Proposal Development | Three to five meetings with assignments | Includes education, research assistance, notes on each section, recommendations.| $100/hour

Manuscript Consultation | I read your manuscript and observe the work as a whole. Our focus together is on your story's perspective, narrative style, characterization, dialogue, language and style, and/or any other areas that call for attention. I help you preserve your voice and vision| $50/hour for reading, and $100/hour for meeting.

Private Retreat | I will host you at my home in the Canadian Rockies, and will provide nourishing food and writing exercises, as well as guidance regarding your book's development. In these four days we will develop your story. The event is customized to your needs and desires, and includes a focus on the writing, nature, silence, and the schedule that serves you. This can include generative writing, editing, walks in the wilderness, adventure experiences, and craft work. | Please inquire for more details. |Inquire.

Moraine Lake near our home in Banff.

Moraine Lake near our home in Banff.


NEW! E-Courses

The Courage Retreat | Registration open in 2018.

What does it mean to be honest in our writing? How can we lean into vulnerability on the page? In this program, we will contemplate responsibility and accountability, navigate fear and uncertainty. We will show up authentically, and take risks. You'll learn strategies to build resilience, ones that help you understand disappointment and setbacks in a fresh way.  And you'll come away with a plan for completing your essay or book. 

This six week series includes twelve self-guided sessions that allow you to:

  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Excavate your fears
  • Develop skills to trust your artistic process
  • Take advantage of a support group of writers
  • Practice writing daily
  • Share your work with a writing partner.
  • Receive feedback on up to ten pages from Sonya Lea ($100 value)

COST: $200 | CLASS DATES TBD | You will receive two lessons and assignments every week.

Burning Down The House| Registration open in 2018.

A six-week series for excavating your truth, and getting the support you need to keep going. Self-guided sessions that allow you to:

  • Learn from works by master writers
  • Build accountability to your own vision for your work
  • Develop skills to trust your emerging voice
  • Take advantage of a support group of writers on Facebook
  • Practice writing daily
  • Receive feedback on up to ten pages from Sonya Lea ($100 value)

COST: $200 | CLASS DATES TBD | You will receive two lessons and assignments every week.


In-Person Classes & Retreats


Four-day Retreat in Banff National Park! |  FULL

June 15 - 18, 2017

How do we author our story as we're living it? How do we restore ourselves in these chaotic times? What stories are trying to emerge? There’s nowhere more spectacular than Canada’s first national park to inquire about the essential questions of your work. Join us near the longest day of the year, in magnificent mountain light, where near Summer Solstice we’ll experience nearly seventeen hours of daylight.

Contact me for more information.


Red Badge Project's Writing for Women Veterans
Ongoing Six-Week Course
Thursdays 11am-1pm

Federal Way Veteran Center
32020 32nd Ave S #110, Federal Way, WA 98001
(253) 838-3090

These courses are for active-duty women service members and women veterans. They're for anyone who would like to be with an intimate and private group focused on writing about trauma and life experiences. You do not have to know anything about writing. The group is safe and confidential. We specifically focus on women writers and artists. Dr. Kelly Dickinson at FWVC registers everyone for this program. Red Badge raises funds from donors so there is no cost to any writer attending. If you'd like to know how we work, please consider attending a day-long workshop.

Free | Registration Required


Special Projects

We would like to send twenty WOMEN VETERANS to a weekend retreat each summer. If you would like to sponsor a woman to attend, The Red Badge Project is a non-profit organization.


Weekend Workshops at Hugo House, Seattle



If you'd like to be considered for a scholarship for any of my in-person or e-courses, please write me a letter indicating your name, contact information, and tell me why you want a scholarship.