Workshops & Classes

Upcoming workshops, classes, and conferences:

“Writing Lyric Essays with A Harp in the Stars,” an online class through Politics & Prose (four Wednesdays: 10, 17 November [skip 24], and 1, 8 December, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET)

Upcoming (university/postgraduate):

“Living a Writerly Life,” New Directions (November 2021-May 2022)

“Essay Forms: From Familiar to Lyric,” MFA in Nonfiction, Goucher College (2021)

West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program, Summer Residency, Fall Term (2021)

Past teaching:


West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program

Summer Residency, Fall Term (2020)

American University (2019-present)

Creative Writing: Nonfiction (August-December 2020)

Creative Writing: Nonfiction (August-December 2020)

Introduction to Creative Writing (January-May 2020)

Independent study: “Essaying on the Edge of Poetry” (January-May 2020)

Creative Writing: Nonfiction (August-December 2019)

East Carolina University (2019)

Advanced Nonfiction Writing

American University (2001-2009)

Full-time instructor of three writing courses each term (honors and non-honors composition courses, composition courses for students with learning disabilities, introductory creative writing and creative nonfiction courses, honors colloquia), service on department committees, advising and mentoring

New York University (1998-2001)

Expository Writing Program — Instructor of honors and non-honors composition courses for first-year students

Creative Writing Program — Instructor of introductory classes of creative writing

Other past teaching:

Various workshops with New Directions (2019-2021)

The Pleasures and Practices of Journaling: Creative Ways to Write and Draw Your Life, Politics and Prose (online, 18 July – 8 August 2021, Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – noon ET)

Segmented Essays: When the Whole Is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts, Thursdays with ESWA, (online, 3 June, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Segmented Essays: When the Whole Is Greater than The Sum of Its Parts, Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference, 20 March 2021, 2:15 p.m. ET

The Shape of Things to Come: How Playing with Form Can Invigorate Creative Nonfiction Work, Chautauqua Institution (online) – 10-14 August 2020

The Ins and Outs of the Braided Essay, Market Street Writers (online) — Saturday 1 August 2020

Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College (online) – 14-19 July 2020

Writing in (an extra)ordinary time, Washington National Cathedral (online) — Sunday 12 July 2020

Spring into Summer: Writing through a Change of Season, Washington National Cathedral (online) — Sunday 31 May 2020

The “Hermit Crab” Essay: How to Use Borrowed Forms to Structure Your Work, Market Street Writers (online) — Saturday 30 May 2020

Cedar Ridge Writers

Leading the workshop “The Art of the Hybrid: Using Creative Forms to Shape Essays and Memoirs,” Bedminster, NJ (21 September 2019)

HippoCamp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Hippocampus Magazine) Lancaster, PA (25 August 2019)

Leading the workshop “Crafting the Lyric Essay”

Emerging Writers Festival, Alexandria, VA (16-18 August 2019)

Leading the workshop “After the Art” at the Atheneum

Politics and Prose Bookstore, in Washington, DC for “The Pleasures and Practices of Journaling” (June-July 2019, September-October 2018)

HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, in Lancaster, PA, for “Crafting the Lyric Essay” (August 2018)

HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, in Lancaster, PA, for “Worries of the Poet, Tools of the Essayist” (August 2017)

The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD for classes on memoir, spiritual memoir, and “From Private Diaries to Public Writing” (2010-11)

The Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at the Washington National Cathedral for spiritual writing gatherings and writing-based pilgrimages.

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