classes & coaching

Transforming Life’s Disasters Into Comedy

February class —SOLD OUT!

Now enrolling students for March class in Mill Valley, add your name to wait list now & hold your spot with a deposit. Contact me to Register!

This year–make your story real. One in which you are in charge. Nora Efron wrote that each of us should “Become the hero” of our own story, not the victim, this is the mantra that I use in my writing and in my life.

What if you could take the disasters in your life and turn them into a funny story? Or, if you could take that memoir/novel you’re writing and add some levity to it?

In this class I will share the humor techniques I use as well as concrete literary tools to create a powerful story in which you transform your narrative so that you become your own hero–and you find ways to make your readers (and yourself) laugh at life’s comic ironies. We will read and steal techniques from great minds from David Sedaris, Sandra Tsing-Loh, Jazmin Darznik. There will be handouts & concrete tools. In a fun supportive group you will receive constructive feedback on one essay or chapter of your book in progress. We will culminate with a live reading for friends, family & Hivery members!

*Note if you took this class in the past, but you want to further your knowledge, I can tailor the readings so that you will still be challenged. Appropriate for writers of all levels.

5 Fridays March-April * 12:00-2:00pm
Plus one Friday Eve TBA for public reading!

Where? The Inspiration Lounge at The Hivery, Mill Valley

Also available for Private Coaching/Editing: $85-125 hr Pricing depends upon length of project, Number of meetings, etc. Larger projects receive a lower hourly rate.

Note: This class often historically fills quickly, so sign up soon to guarantee a spot! Currently accepting students for wait list!website dictionary photo

Why am I qualified to Teach You?

I love teaching and helping students find their voices, figure out how to deepen or add levity to their writing. I will encourage, support and challenge you in equal measure. I’m kind, fair and a detailed hard working editor. I’m also an ex social worker, which means I’m also really good at setting classroom boundaries so that each student has their voice heard, it never turns into therapy, and the line between story and personal crap does not get crossed. I share a passion for live storytelling and am happy to help you bring your stories to the stage. In one of my past lives I studied acting with some really smart people, which means I will share their wisdom with you on the page or on the stage.

What They’re Saying On The Street:
“It was packed with information, inspiration and encouragement. Pamela is a wonderful teacher. She nurtured everyone in the humor writing class!” Humor Student
“Pamela is a gem. I’d follow her anywhere.”–Diana Lyster
“I was so high after this class that I went home and wrote until 4 AM! Still exhausted but so worth it.”- Liz K
“Excellent teacher… Exceeded my expectations — the process was just amazing… I loved the critiques — Beth P.
“Pamela is an incredibly talented writer and editor.  She can look at my work and change what is average into spectacular.  Her background of an education in social work/psychology accompanied by a masters in creative writing, gives her the gift to see deeper into my writing, encouraging and pushing me to find meaning in an average funny story.  She gives each of my chapters the depth they were missing by asking questions that force me to look into my psyche.  She cares deeply about the success of her clients.”-Lisa Gates, Private Coaching Client