For 25 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.
Upcoming classes at The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD
Befriending Your Inner Critic
1 Saturday, Oct, 14, 2018 from 1-4pm
Notice how trying to ignore your Inner Critic doesn’t really work, it just keeps you from working? There is a story that instead of ignoring or resisting Trouble, the Buddha invited Trouble to tea. In this class, you’ll begin to get to know your Inner Critic, and learn ways to quiet those disempowering voices in your head so that you can write with more ease. Bring a notebook for in-class exercises.
Rise/Write to the Challenge!
8 Tuesdays: September 19 – November 7, 2018 from 7-9pm
Discover some new poets and join other committed writers for deep discussion and workshop. Join us as we tackle some challenging poems (perhaps by Jorie Graham, Emily Dickinson, Claudia Rankine, etc.) to find inspiration to generate or revise your own work. You’ll learn how to appreciate more difficult poems and have a chance to practice building longer poems, braiding multiple stories or voices, and using white space, irony, and current events. Participants can choose to have a poem workshopped by the class.
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 next Series!