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
1 Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 1-4pm
Do you struggle to find a good title for your poems? Many poets do. A good title will expand the range of a poem, and deepen the reader’s experience. Join us to explore what makes a good title, and learn how to maximize such crucial “real estate” in your own poems. For class, please bring: a notebook, and 3 copies of two typed poems that you’ve written for which you would like to generate a better title.
Revising the Poem
4 Tuesdays, Feb. 6-27, 2018 from 7-9pm
Getting a first draft down on paper is just the first step. The revision process is where most of the work, magic, and satisfaction of writing poetry happens. In this class, participants will learn how to open up their early drafts to discover what the poem really wants to talk about. A variety of in-class exercises will help writers find the heart of their poem, and offer a variety of options of where to go next. For the first meeting: please bring a notebook and 2-5 early drafts (nothing you think is “done” or are unwilling to dismantle) that you will use as test subjects throughout the course.
Developing a Writing Practice
3 Tuesdays: March 13-27, 2018 from 7-9pm
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.
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 Spring 2018 Series!