“Trying to tell a good short story is like trying to convey a dream. And as private and as weird and random dreams can be, when you try to tell that to someone who’s listening to you, it’s so hard for them to see it because they’re not in your head. And also, there are other problems: like dreams are half-remembered. It’s kind of similar when you are writing a short story or a novel, any work of fiction, it’s really in your head, as deep as a dream is.” – Amity Gaige
Only you can tell your stories, but I can help you get closer to them. You are the only one who can release your unique potential as a writer. You are the author of your written work. And guess what? You are a much better writer than you think you are. This is all you! I’m a catalyst into your dream space, who can also help you craft what you find there. But it’s still you who needs to go in-there and pay attention to what presents itself to you, without pushing it away when it becomes uncomfortable, without trying to label, judge, or control it.
Writing is as much about writing as it is about dreaming, about accessing that magic space within yourself, that deeply human and universal place that extends beyond language.
“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
This is the kind of place that I want to help you tap into when we work together. It requires time, building mutual trust, and — most of all — you giving yourself permission to leave your comfort zone, and being honest with yourself about what might prevent you from doing it.
When we as writers and human beings allow ourselves to daydream, when we allow our memory and imagination to make love on the page in new and unexpected ways that challenge and enrich us and our human experience, we open up to surprising ways of approaching writing, living, and ourselves. Your imagination is powerful and infinite.
Currently, we can work together in 1 to 3 possible settings:
- in the group Creative-Writing-in-Munich;
- in Sarah Selecky’s The Story Intensive each fall; registration for the next Story Intensive is now closed, but stay informed. Mention when applying if you want me as your teacher.
- in Sarah Selecky’s The Story Workshop. Registration for the Workshop running from 20 Feb to 17 Apr 2017 is open to all current and previous Story Intensive students, other Story is a State of Mind graduates, as well as to any writer with a story to submit and ready to commit to giving and receiving feedback. In a classroom of 6 writers, all students send in short stories and critique each other’s work in depth under the guidance of a teacher. I’m one of these teachers. The Story is a State of Mind community is simply the best.
Here’s what others say about working with me. I do most of my teaching and coaching in English and sometimes German, but I am open to reading manuscripts in English, German, French, Spanish, and Romanian. The principles you will learn when you work with me can be applied to any type of writing. In a free orientation session, you can get familiar with my teaching and coaching strategies and I with your writing. If you feel that your writer needs aren’t met by any of the scenarios listed above, I’d also like to know. Let the story unfold itself, now. You’re ready for this, so stop postponing. Open up to possibility, and give me the honour to be there when you unfold your unique story. Book your free session with me now.