For 30 years, I have taught a wide variety of creative writing, composition, and literature classes to adults, children, college students, and incarcerated adults and teens. I am an enthusiastic, practical, and inspiring teacher. I currently teach at The Writer's Center and in private homes in Maryland and the DC area.
Classes at The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1:30-4:30pm
Sestinas are the short stories of the poetry world—so this class is perfect for fiction writers as well as poets. Take a crack at a sestina or learn how to write better ones in this fun and informative class. Sestinas often fail because writers don’t pair the form with the right sized story/idea, so we’ll begin with brainstorming exercises. We’ll study how a few good sestinas work, and begin to draft our own. The instructor will offer lots of tips and insights on how to work in this form. While practicing sestinas, you’ll build your literary muscles with repetition, diction, storytelling, pacing, description, and more.
Imagery in Poetry
Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1:30-4:30pm
(NOTE: originally scheduled for Oct. 26)
Images are one important way that a poem thinks and makes an argument. By improving our description powers we can build stronger poems that reach beyond words to a powerful collective of visual language. In class, participants will look at a few examples, and explore how expansive images can provide us with a toolbox of words, relationships, and options to focus and strengthen our poems. Bring a poem to be worked on in class (typed, not more than one page) that has imagery you want to improve and expand.
"Your knowledge and insights in class were awesome. You knocked my socks off!"