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, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and in private homes in Maryland and the DC area.
Upcoming classes at The Writer's Center
The Engine of Syntax
Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm
Good syntax—how words are stacked to build sentences and meaning—is one of the key strategies to create an effective poem. This class will teach participants how to arrange words to add depth, song, and multiple meanings to their work. Writers will also look at some common mistakes that slow down poems. By opening up a poem’s syntax, you’ll learn how to open up meaning, energy, and impact. Bring a poem to work on it class (typed, 1-2 pages) for which you’d like to improve the language.
Making Effective Line Breaks
Saturday, July, 28, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm
Baffled by line breaks? Unsure what makes a good line have integrity and muscle? In this class, we’ll explore how line length affects pace and content and how good line breaks add to your poem’s energy and meaning. Through in-class exercises and discussion, you’ll not only start to notice your own habits with the line, but you’ll discover new options of where to break the line—and why. Please bring a copy of a free verse poem (at least 14 lines) you wrote that you feel could benefit from stronger line breaks.
NOTE! The Writer’s Center is being renovated, so the summer classes listed above will take place at the nearby Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane # 100, Bethesda, MD 20814). The Center is very close to the Bethesda Metro Station, with a parking garage very close. More info on the Writer's Center website.
Recent Private Salons
Reading A Poet ~ A Salon Series, Spring 2017
Want to read a few great poetry collections? Looking for interesting discussions in a community of poets? Curious about how a book of poems works? Looking to inspire your own writing? Join us as we study the work of a contemporary poet. We’ll read one of their poetry collections carefully, discussing it as a whole, as well as spend more concentrated time on individual poems. When the class is over, you will have a very good sense of a book of poetry, as well as a solid sense of that poet’s style. Classes meet in a private home.
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif (Jan. 15 - Feb. 5, 2017)
Banana Palace by Dana Levin (Feb. 12 - March 5, 2017)
Your Native Land, Your Life by Adrienne Rich (March 12 - April 2, 2017)
Check back for my 2018 Fall Series!
"Your knowledge and insights in class were awesome. You knocked my socks off!"