Teaching

Dusk image taken at The MacDowell Colony on a creative writing retreat, 2014.
Dusk image taken at The MacDowell Colony on a creative writing retreat, 2014.

Lesley University

MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM

I have been on the Creative Nonfiction Faculty of Lesley University’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program since January, 2011.

In addition to mentoring individual students I also teach residency seminars such as:

• Indoor/Outdoor Writing: The Inspiration and Imperative of Place

• Escape from Chronology! Narrative Structures in Creative Nonfiction

• Making More of a Meal: The Uses of Food in Narrative Writing

• Picturing Voice: What Creative Writers Can Learn from Narrative Voice in Graphic Memoirs

Dusk image taken at Child’s Park near Smith College, Northampton, 2015.
Dusk image taken at Child’s Park near Smith College, Northampton, 2015.

Smith College

I am a Lecturer in the Department of English at Smith, where I have taught one creative nonfiction course each spring semester since 2012. My writing seminars include:

• Writing About Sports

• Writing About Place and Travel

• Creative Nonfiction in Words and Pictures

In 2016 I was the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer in Residence at Smith, and taught a writing workshop on words and images called Picturing the Text. I am also the faculty liaison to Smith’s fabulous varsity Field Hockey Team!

Dusk hillscape near Lampeter, Wales, 2016.
Dusk hillscape near Lampeter, Wales, 2016.

Dylan Thomas Summer School

THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES, TRINITY ST DAVID

In 2014 I joined internationally acclaimed Welsh poet, Menna Elfyn, in founding the Dylan Thomas International Summer School. The school runs for 10 days every year in late May / early June, and is anchored at the beautiful campus of The University of Wales, Trinity St David, in the small town of Lampeter, in West Wales. I now co-direct the program with the Welsh poet and literary impresario, Dominic Williams.

The course focuses on A Sense of Place, and includes morning workshops on campus; on-site workshops at locations such as 13th century Carreg Cennan Castle, Aberglasney Gardens, and Big Pit Coal Mine; travels to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty like the Gower Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire Coast; individual student tutorials; and evening readings by Wales’ finest authors, poets, and playwrights. Writers of all genres and ages are welcome. Students may do the course for credit or just for fun.

Link to the Dylan Thomas Summer School.

Link to the Facebook page for the DTSS.