Mary has taught writing at writer's conferences, schools, libraries, workshops, the YMCA and the Writer's Garret of Dallas (underwritten by numerous organizations, with a magazine that reaches more than a million households). She has also published instructional articles on writing in Writer's Digest, Creativity (a Writer's Digest publication), Byline, Writing for Money, Writer's Journal and others.

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Non-fiction writing:

Writing for Periodicals:

In this class Mary helps students brainstorm, experience and develop ideas. Having published articles on a wide variety of subjects, Mary teaches writers that the key to freelance success is throwing yourself into new experiences (or seeing “regular” life with new eyes) - and using these experiences as the basis of your writing.

New classes begin in the spring of 2019.

Writing Spiritual Memoirs:

Good writing comes from combining experience with reflection. Most spiritual writing is too esoteric and thus difficult to understand and relate to. Mary teaches writers in this class how to "ground" their spiritual writing by taking an experience and delving deeper into its meaning.

New classes begin in the spring of 2019.

Cost: $100 per weekend

Putting together a book proposal: 

Six months working one-on-one with a writing partner helped Mary develop the proposal that landed her a contract and advance - without an agent. In this class, you’ll learn how to write a proposal that will catch - and keep - an editor's eye.

New classes begin in the spring of 2019.

Cost: $100 per weekend

Writer’s Group:

NEW beginning early 2019!!


Avid readers and/or professional writers welcome. Meets monthly. A time to read aloud and critique one another’s work in a safe and positive environment. This is primarily for those who have been or desire to be published so enrollment is limited so an open mind and spirit are prerequisites for this class.

Retreat in the Rockies

NEW beginning late spring or summer 2019!!

A variety of guided, self-reflective "free-writing" sessions, classes, and critiques in one of the most beautiful settings in the Rockies. Daytime sessions will be held outdoors, surrounded by the forest and mountains. Weekend and extended weekend sessions will be available.

This writers' retreat is designed to meet the needs of both professional and non-professional writers. Although instructive classes will be offered each evening, the focus of the retreat is on self-reflection, free-writing, journaling, and descriptive writing. If you want to delve more deeply into yourself, and into the mysteries of life, or if you want to stoke your imagination, and contemplate new ideas and dreams for your life, this retreat is for you. If you want to get published, or to increase your sales, this retreat is for you.

$200 per weekend

$300 per extended weekend

Some vegetarian meals provided