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About Me

Hello everybody! For over twenty-five years I've nurtured children, teens, and college students, giving them individual attention to ignite their creative spark.  I believe in asking students to think for themselves. In return, I aim to provide them with fascinating classes ruled by kindness and creativity. 

If you're looking for creative writing workshops with all kinds of science fiction and fantasy flavors, or interesting classes on octopuses, monsters, vikings, and witches, please look at my classes page. I also teach adults and fictions how to take their writing to the next level--especially those learners who want to write longer works of fiction.  Please feel free to email me with questions or your interests at

I have an MFA from Syracuse University where I was a University Fellow, and BA from Smith College where I won many prizes in fiction and playwriting. I'm also a published fiction author with a background in analytic philosophy.  I've taught critical thinking skills & rhetoric at Hampden Sydney College, Longwood University, and Syracuse University. I've studied fiction writing with George Saunders, Amy Hempel, Mary Caponegro, Arthur Flowers, Chris Kennedy, Dean Albarelli, and Farnoosh Moshiri, screenplay writing with Richard Dubin and Tom Seeley, and playwriting with Len Berkman.

Virginia is where I live with my dog Jojo. In addition to teaching I'm passionate about gardening, sculling, mountain biking, and baking vegan goodies. 

It's important to me to respond to your message promptly, but due to the high volume, sometimes it takes twenty-four hours to respond. Thanks for being patient. 

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