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.
Upcoming classes at The Writer's Center
Introduction to the Craft and Beauty of Poetry
6 Thursdays; June 27 - Aug.8, 2019 from 7:00-9:30pm
Note: No meeting on July 4.
“I am amazed by the amount I learned!” is what participants say about this popular class. This workshop is for writers looking to begin, or deepen, their exploration of poetry with a focus on craft. Each session is devoted to one aspect of craft (imagery, line, form, revision, etc.) and begins with a chance to share your work aloud. Participants learn by discussing great poems, reading short, engaging chapters, and doing fun weekly assignments. The instructor gives lots of helpful and encouraging feedback on all poems created during the course. Our text is The Poet’s Companion, so please bring a copy to the first class.
Poetry Salon: Reading the US Poet Laureate
3 Tuesdays; July 9 - 23, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm
Looking for interesting discussions about poetry to inspire your own writing (whatever genre)? Curious about how a book of poems works? Join us as we explore and enjoy Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water. We’ll discuss the book as a whole, as well as spend more concentrated time on individual poems. You’ll receive weekly writing prompts based on the book’s poems and themes and the instructor will give helpful feedback on your work (if you want). When class is over, you will have a good sense of how a poetry book works, a solid sense of Smith’s particular style, and some new work of your own. Bring a copy of Wade in the Water to the first class.
"Your knowledge and insights in class were awesome. You knocked my socks off!"