Workshops & Classes



Upcoming workshops, classes, and conferences:


Upcoming (university/postgraduate):

West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program (summer residency, fall term 2020)

American University — Creative Writing: Nonfiction (August-December 2020)

“Living a Writerly Life,” New Directions (November 2020-May 2021)

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

Past teaching:


American University (2019-present)

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:

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

Various workshops with New Directions (2019-2020)

The Ins and Outs of the Braided Essay, Market Street Writers (online) — Saturday 1 August, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Writing in (an extra)ordinary time, Washington National Cathedral (online) — Sunday 12 July, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Spring into Summer: Writing through a Change of Season, Washington National Cathedral (online) — Sunday 31 May, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The “Hermit Crab” Essay: How to Use Borrowed Forms to Structure Your Work, Market Street Writers (online) — Saturday 30 May, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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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