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
Reviving a Stuck Poem
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00-4:30pm
Have some poems on life-support? All of us do. Poems that start out strong—and then stall for one reason or another. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques and exercises that can breathe new life into your old drafts. A couple of you will volunteer your drafts to be samples for the instructor to offer some possible revision ideas that we can apply to our own poems. Bring 2 poems (typed) that you still care about - and be prepared to do some resuscitating together!
The Fun & Freedom of Form
4 Tuesdays; February 19 - March 12, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm
Let’s rattle that cage! Formal poems require some fun rules that can set your imagination free. In this class, you’ll build muscles by practicing up to six poetic forms: the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, pantoum, and sestina. Each week participants will learn which topics are best for each form, and study how accomplished poets “do” that form (providing us models and inspiration). The instructor will share her most successful strategies for working in form, point out common pitfalls, and encourage revision. You’ll leave this class with more confidence as a writer, and with new skills to strengthen all your poems with surprising images, smarter line breaks, and more music and cohesion.
Writing for Procrastinators
6 Thursdays; March 14 - April 25, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm
Struggling to start—or finish—that story, article, poem, or essay? Committed to make real headway in the next six weeks? This class is for you. With short readings and weekly writing assignments, you’ll explore what keeps you from writing. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, and experiment with a variety of strategies to break our bad habits and build healthier writing routines. Join us to stretch beyond your comfort zone and make real progress on one specific piece. Bring your calendar to the first session. Note: No meeting on April 18.
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