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Teacher Feature: Mike Krentz

Join Muse teaching artist Mike Krentz for Real Med. True Psych. on October 30 from 10am-12:30pm EDT.

Stories in all genres often feature medical scenarios or characters with psychological challenges. This class will explore common medical mistakes that writers make, how to correct them, and how to craft medical scenes that serve the author’s plot and character objectives. Using examples from literature and film, the class will also explore various psychological conditions relevant to character and plot development, including thought, mood, and personality disorders.

Death is underrated.
Thanatos, where art thou? Ubi mortem? La muerte?
Consummation devoutly to be wished; to peer deep into darkness. Perchance to dream?
Dreams no mortal ever dared?
Mierda! No death-dreams out-Herod life’s nightmares.
Hamlet, you sniveling dolt. No rub. Fact.
Darkness there and nothing more.
To be or not to be is not the question. No choice. No more. Cowards all.
This mortal coil fetters my sorrow-laden soul.
Dolorous I am. Imprisoned, defiled, abandoned, I beg for death. Demon dreaming?
Life, be not proud. Slave to fate, chance, desperate beings. Bear the whips and scorns?
No respite nor nepenthe.
My shadow on the floor.
Kill or die? That is the question. Live to kill. Kill to die. Surcease of sorrow? Not.
Death never kills me.
My soul from out that shadow? Shall death die? Balm in Gilead?
— Prologue to ANGELS FALLING

Mike Krentz’s Favorite Writers:

  • John Irving
  • Kristin Hannah
  • David Baldacci
  • Michael Connelly

Mike Krentz was born and raised in Arizona and earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University. Following a civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America’s Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families, and to honor their sacrifices in defending our freedom and way of life. His last active duty assignment was as 7th Fleet Surgeon on board the USS BLUE RIDGE. After retiring from the US Navy, Mike continued his service as a consultant to the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Health Analysis Department. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as a full-time writer. He and wife Kathryn live in Norfolk, VA.

Read more about Mike Krentz and his work on his website, his TouchPoint Press author page, find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, tiktok, and find his work on Amazon.

See a full catalog of our Fall classes, workshops, and seminars and register HERE.

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