Write with me!

I host a drop-in writing group on Mondays. Just one short hour, the goal is to generate new writing and write in community with others (sharing optional).  If you’ve not joined because Mondays just don’t work for your schedule, please let me know if there are other/better days

Writing Classes & Events

Ongoing Writing Classes:

 Monday Writers

Drop in for a lively writing  session filled with prompts to get your pen moving. No critique, just write and share (only if you want).  Bring your notebook and a friend:

EVERY Monday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

at my home near the University of New Mexico.

This hour-long session is designed to spark new stories and give you inspiration for works in progress.  $5

If you’d like to be on the official email list, you’ll get a weekly reminder about the Drop In session, AND as a bonus, a prompt from the previous week’s session!  Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/E833T

Future Writing Classes:

Writing Grief

I companion students through 10 weeks of in- and out-of class writing exercises designed to turn the human experience of loss into a story or essay.  We will also critique our in-progress work in class in a workshop format and we’ll use published essays and stories as models and inspiration, looking at specific aspects of craft including: image, characterization, plot, and building scenes with dialog, summary, and reflection.

This is not intended to be a group therapy class, but rather a supportive space to WRITE about grief, and craft those stories.  Some writing experience will be helpful, but not required.

NOTE:  this course was successfully taught January-March 2013.

Flash Out Loud (a DimeStories workshop)

Half day workshop to focus on crafting 3-minute stories and performing those stories in front of an audience.

Dreamboard Your Story

Sometimes as a writer you need to get out of your head and away from the computer, or even your notebook…..  Using collage techniques participants will explore their stories through a new medium–designed to spark new ideas and gain insight into your  story or your characters.

(planning for 2018)

People, Places, and Things


I enjoy getting to know people (authors, CEOs, customers), learning about new places, and figuring out things:

Creativity and the Work of Sleep

Dream the Answer to your Questions

Interview with author Summer Wood

About Jim Watson

Christina Sporrong: Welding and art in Taos, New Mexico

Tips for Women in the Welding Industry

Sometimes I edit a client’s great story–fixing typos, restructuring for narrative flow, formatting correctly.  Here are some examples:

New Extreme Welders Gear Pack

Joe Welder on the Internet Frontier


Press Releases

The reports of the publishing industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated, to re-quote Mark Twain, and press releases are still a good way to to let editors know what you’re doing.  In fact, with shrinking staffs at news organizations there’s a good chance your press release could be published as is.

Press releases are especially good for new product announcements, company news, and upcoming events.

Here’s some samples:

Duke City DimeStories to Launch Prose Open Mic (.pdf)

CarmenElectrode.com to feature modern day Rosie the Riveters (.pdf)

Arc-Zone.com Launches New Web Store (.pdf)

Audio / Video production

My most recent audio project is a Podcast for DimeStories:


Videos that I have been involved in producing, from concept to directing and/or filming and editing can be found on YouTube:

My most recent video project was created at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference where I filmed and edited two promotional videos celebrating the 15th year anniversary of the conference.

As a small group workshop leader at the A Room Of Her Own Retreat in August of 2011, I created a video from that workshop, What’s the Scariest Thing You’ve Ever Done As a Writer, which you can also view on YouTube.

As director of marketing at my previous job I coordinated production of several How-To videos , creating storyboards, hiring  a video production team, and helping direct in-house talent (aka The Boss).   I also re-tooled a foreign manufacturer’s video which entailed stripping the audio, rewriting a script more suited to an American audience, recording digital audio, creating the intro and outro, and putting it all together. 

Websites and Blogs

Jennifer has worked on several websites either as primary designer/developer, project manager, contributor, or advisor:

Worked with client to set up hosting account, customized WordPress site, and trained client to add content, including photos.

Managed the overhaul this ecommerce site with over 15,000 products in more than 25 categories. The previous rendition of the website utilized outdated technology and did not have content management tools and had not been database driven, limiting the number of products that could be managed in the webstore.  Worked with in-house graphic designer and programmer.

Created the initial blog utilizing blogger.com–the first blog in the welding industry.  Collaborated with in-house talent, directing custom redesign and managed the transition to a stand-alone site utilizing WordPress.  Responsible for all content from 2005-2011. Developed the popular New Rosies feature, showcasing women fabricators.

Consulted with client on hosting, content management, editorial plan, and goal setting.

Primary contributor, currently working on redesign of this WordPress powered site.

Created initial blog, directed custom design, served as editor from 2006-2011.

Created concept and all content and design for this personal creative project.

Regular contributor, “Fridays with Jenn.”