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
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.
Reading A Poet ~ A Private Salon Series: Fall 2018
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 a poetry collection carefully front to back, discuss it as a whole, as well as spend 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.
The Threatened Everything by Paula Cisewski
September 30 - November 4, 2018
6 Sundays, 3-5pm at a private home in Silver Spring, MD
$240 for six sessions - including a Skype conversation with the poet herself! Fun!!
Space is limited to 7 participants. Registration opens August 15.
"Your knowledge and insights in class were awesome. You knocked my socks off!"