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
REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!
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.
Developing a Writing Practice
6 Tuesdays; May 21 - June 11, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm
Struggling to reach a writing goal, or want more creativity in your life? In this class, you’ll learn what’s needed to build a regular writing practice that works for you. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, and you’ll begin to recognize and work with your triggers and roadblocks. You’ll experiment with a variety of techniques and structures and leave class with a solid framework for maintaining a sustainable practice. Bring a notebook and your calendar to each session.
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. 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.
The Gaithersburg Book Festival: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Create a Writing Routine that Works
Join me for this free workshop for a practical guide to begin to build a sustainable writing practice. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a regular writing routine to reach a writing goal, or add more creativity to your life. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, bust some myths that hold us back, and take note of some common pitfalls. Leave with a renewed commitment to your work and a strong plan to put in place!
"Your knowledge and insights in class were awesome. You knocked my socks off!"