Teaching

I’m as passionate about teaching as I am about writing.

In virtually all of the classes and workshops I teach, we discuss outstanding works of literature (everything from classic poetry to recently published children’s novels) as writers, close-reading and critically analyzing each piece with an eye toward how the author is producing certain effects and why the author is making certain literary choices.  In this way, we learn the techniques that authors use so that we can apply them in our own writing.  I believe deeply that all children are inherently creative, and strive to simply give them the best tools to shape the stories they have inside.

Whatever and whomever I may be teaching, my hallmark is a supportive, kind, creative, and rigorous approach that builds students’ skills as much as it builds their confidence.

Currently, as an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, I teach courses on creative writing and children’s/young-adult literature in a continuing-education master’s program for adults.  I also lead after-school writing workshops for kids at two small private elementary schools in Austin.  I have experience as a teaching assistant in undergraduate literature and creative writing courses, as well as years of experience teaching informal creative writing classes and summer camp programs to students of all ages at schools and public libraries in three states and on two continents.

This blog post about a one-week summer camp (“Book Crush”) that I led, organized by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s “Badgerdog” creative writing program, showcases the amazing work of some of my younger students.

The services I offer include:

  • Challenging, fun, and inspiring weekly after-school creative writing workshops for kids and teens, often involving a collaborative semester-long project and fully adaptable to an individual school’s needs and interests (past workshops have focused on multi-genre creative writing, screenwriting, fantasy writing, and mystery writing)
  • Professional, in-depth creative-writing coaching and editing, with a specialty in manuscripts of middle-grade and young-adult fiction
  • Private tutoring for kids ages 7 and up in all subjects, with a specialty in English/Language Arts and writing

Please contact me if you’re interested or have any questions!

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