Dear Word Friends:
Combining my love of travel, communication, and flexibility (physical, psychic, and emotional), I’ve taught the two disciplines of English and Yoga in Canada, Ecuador, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Soon, Ethiopia will be added to the list! I’ve been a fortunate member of the faculty at such institutions as the Center for Integrative Medicine (Tucson), Institute of American Indian Arts (New Mexico), Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (Massachusetts), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), the University of Arizona (Tucson).
No matter what I’m teaching where in the world or for which institution, as a teacher entirely devoted to authentic expression–yours and mine–I offer private and small group mentoring, community workshops, and university courses.
Private & Small Group Mentoring I offer support to individual writers, as well as small groups. The mentoring support I offer meets you where you are on your writing path and seeks to serve you as you discover and write toward your goals, e.g. writing individual pieces (poems, stories, memoirs, blogs, etc.), completing a chapbook- or full-length manuscript, embarking on a course of reading and study, etc. May I be of service to your writer’s education?
Contemporary Poetry & Creative Writing Courses
While in Canada, I’ve taught for the English Department (2005-2010) and the summer writing program, South Bank Writers Program (2012-2017) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Currently, I’m faculty in the Creative Writing Program in Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies, offering elective courses to the The Writer’s Studio cohort and to writers at (and writ!) large in Vancouver’s vibrant literary community.
The following two SFU courses recur yearly.
-WRITE WRITE WRITE–mid-August at SFU, Harbour Centre
A week-long writing intensive extravaganza, meeting daily to enliven your writing practice! Using a balance of in-class discussions and exercises, as well as take-home practices and missions, you will pursue the stories, poems and memoirs within you.
-THE POEM’S INTENTION–October–December at SFU, Harbour Centre
By focusing on the ways a poem asserts its own emotional, thematic, and narrative intention, writers taking this course will learn new strategies for composing and revising poems. By distinguishing the writer’s intention from the poem’s intention, writers will learn how to do the following:
- Look at poems in new ways—based in both re-visioning and revising
- Make intentional, disciplined decisions toward revising poems
- Read all styles of poetry with interest, sympathy, and imagination
- Be unbound by previous definitions of poetry