Monday, November 17, 2014

Early Bird Holiday Season Writing Coach Sale

Happy (almost) holidays! To celebrate, I am offering a Fourth Free Hour to writers who book three hours of private writing coach services by midnight EST, Sunday, November 30th.

During your four hours of private writing coaching, I will read your writing and discuss it with you. You are welcome to write something in response to a prompt or submit previous writing.

Beginning to experienced writers can benefit from my services as a writing coach. We will meet in-person in the Washington, D.C., area, on the phone or Skype video conference.

Email me (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com) before midnight, November 30th, and you’ll be eligible for a Fourth Free Hour!

The cost for three hours is $300.00. You are welcome to purchase the hours for yourself or a friend. You can also split the hours between yourself and a friend.

If you book by midnight EST, November 30th, and receive a free fourth hour, you are not eligible for the usual 10% discount on booking three hours at once. This sale ends at midnight EST, November 30th. Limit two discounts per customer.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Upcoming Reading @ Sunday Assembly

Thanks to a kind invitation from Laura Barcella, I’m looking forward to reading poems about wonder on Sunday, December 7th at the Sunday Assembly: A Global Movement for Wonder and Good.  I’ll be reading some poems by others and original poems, too.

Sunday Assembly: A Global Movement for Wonder & Good
2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 3:30
RSVP through Facebook

More about the Sunday Assembly: 
The Sunday Assembly started on a car journey to Bath when two comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans (pictured), realised that they wanted to do something that had all the best bits of church, but without the religion, and awesome pop songs.
The first version of this was in January 6th 2013, and though they weren’t expecting many people, the entire place was full. At the next Assembly there were 300. Then they had to go to two services a day.  And then it went viral.
Now there are 28 Assemblies across the world, and it looks like there’ll be 100 by the end of 2014. It is the most exciting thing in the world.
People across the world were drawn to our simple values, clear message and excellent mission.
We are a godless congregation that celebrates of life.
We have an awesome motto: Live Better, Help Often and Wonder More.
A super mission: to try to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential.
An awesome vision: a godless congregation in every town city, or village that wants one.
We are dedicated to helping the people that attend, and the folk in the wider community, to make the most of this one life that we know we have. We harness fun and joy and wonder to build communities and to help others

Friday, November 7, 2014

Upcoming Class @ Georgetown University: Joining the Political Blogosphere

I'm excited to be co-teaching a short course this June at Georgetown University with my husband, Dr. Hans Noel. We'll be discussing and practicing political blogging. Details below. Register today through Georgetown University.

Georgetown University
McCourt School of Public Policy
Executive Institute Short Course

This course will provide you with the tools necessary to transition from a writer with great ideas to a connected, potentially influential political blogger. We will cover every step of the blogging process, from the creation of the blog, including buying a domain and choosing a platform, to the promotion of your blog with social media and through guest blogging. Extensive time will be spent on writing for the blog format. Blog posts are unlike other writing, and to be successful, they need to embrace the medium. Guest speakers will discuss the experience of blogging about politics in DC.

This course is designed for anyone interested in starting a blog. No prior experience is expected.

By the end of the class, students will be able to set up a blog, write posts that fully make use of the blog format, and promote their blog.

Dr. Hans Noel is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is one of the founding members of "Mischiefs of Faction," a blog about political parties. He is also an occasional contributor to the award-winning "Monkey Cage" blog, published by The Washington Post. Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and writing coach who maintains blogs on parenting as a writer and writing. She teaches writing at Politics and Prose Bookstore and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

June 1 (Monday) and June 3 (Wednesday), 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Melanie Figg's Upcoming Poetry Class in Silver Spring, MD

Attention D.C. area friends - my friend Melanie Figg is offering a poetry class that sounds fantastic. I hope you'll consider it. Details below.

Melanie Figg has been teaching creative writing for 25 years. She has won many awards and fellowships for her poetry including a 2014 grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published in The Iowa Review, LIT, MARGIE, Colorado Review and other journals. Melanie also curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries. She lives in Maryland and offers creative coaching to artists, and is a fundraising consultant for a variety of nonprofits.

Class details: 
I am developing a series of special poetry classes and workshops that I will offer in my Silver Spring home. The first class will be a four-week class on Mark Doty's great little book on craft called The Art of Description.

Four Wednesday evenings – Nov. 12, 19 & Dec. 3, 10
7:30-9:30pm in my home

Intermediate to Advanced writers are welcome

$150 for the course
Bring a friend and get half off!

Student bring a copy of the book to the first class

Register by Friday, Nov. 7

Full Seminar Description: In this flexible, ongoing series, we will use a series of slim, college-lecture-style volumes as our textbooks—six books about poetry from The Art of… Series (a series of books on the craft of writing from Graywolf Press, one of the country’s best independent publishers of award-winning poetry). The Art of… Series explores the craft of writing—written by writers, for writers. These tiny texts are smart, rich, and accessible. You’ll love this nifty addition to your bookshelf, and return to these books again and again for inspiration and guidance.

We’ll spend four weeks on each book—using the text to deepen our understanding of craft, study selected poems to see the magic in action, and inspire new work of our own with writing prompts. This seminar will run in blocks of 4-week sessions, each devoted to a book in the series (there are 6 so far published about poetry), that will run consecutively for a total of 24 weeks.

Location: I am pleased to offer a series of workshops and seminars in my home in Silver Spring, Maryland—2.5 miles from the Silver Spring metro, and just a mile from the beltway. Email for the address.

To Register for a Class: Email me (melanie.figg(at) to register and I will hold a spot for you. Once I receive your non-refundable deposit (check or cash only), you’re good to go!