As a teaching artist with Morris Arts, I lead creative writing workshops in school-based residencies in northern New Jersey. My workshops explore memoir and poetry and often culminate in a group project, including an anthology of student writing. My students have been published in 826 Quarterly and Teen Ink. Since 2011, I have led residencies at public elementary and middle schools in Madison, Harding, Millburn, Short Hills, Wharton, and other cities and towns.
I lead workshops in memoir, poetry, and mindful writing for youth and adults and run creative writing events in public settings, including past events at the Giralda Music & Arts Festival and Meet Me in Morristown.
My teaching is based on the philosophy that we each have the tools for powerful writing already at hand: our daily experiences, memories, feelings, and what the poet Kenneth Koch called “the music of ordinary speech.”
I offer two creative writing residencies through Morris Arts:
Project Memoir: Turning Your Life Into a Story
This dynamic five-day, in-school creative writing residency for middle- and high-school students teaches young people how to write descriptively, powerfully, and deeply about some of the most important moments of their lives. Students will cultivate their unique voices through engaging creative writing exercises that are designed to help them craft personal narratives with rich description and deep feeling. They will learn how to identify the key moments in their experiences that will lead to evocative memoirs. Students will also read excerpts from great memoirs of the preteen and teen years by well-known adult and teen writers. The residency will culminate in a printed anthology or reading of student work.
Poetry Magic & Me
This fun and engaging five-day poetry writing residency teaches elementary school students how to express who they are and how they feel through the magic of poetry. Students will write both collaborative and their own poems about such topics as wishes and dreams, the self, beautiful images, and life memories. They will be introduced to the basic elements of poetry writing and a range of poetic forms, from free verse to odes. The residency will culminate in a printed anthology or a reading of student work.