Teaching & Editing

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Teaching

Currently, I teach online creative writing courses with The Loft Literary Center. You can find my Teaching Artist Bio here.

This fall, I'll be offering two courses:

Building Vivid Worlds in Your Creative Nonfiction

Place affects how the story's characters see and experience their world. Writers looking to craft incredible settings of their own can't afford to skimp on the details. In writing creative nonfiction, place serves not just as a rich canvas but also a sociopolitical backdrop that affects our memories of and relationship to the spaces our work immortalizes. This class is designed to help students mine their memories to capture personal and historical relationships to place and writing vivid settings.

Experimenting with Form: The Hermit Crab Essay

Hermit crab essays allow writers to approach the mundane with renewed energy and the painful with a suit of armor. Together, we will discuss and practice this form, seeking to find humorous and innovative ways to tell the true stories we might otherwise avoid.​

Register at the links above!

Prior, I taught creative writing and composition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Outside of creative writing, I spent four years teaching health plans and hospitals how to implement and utilize new software.

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Editorial Feedback

Not everyone needs a workshop—sometimes, all a writer needs is a fresh perspective on their writing. In my consultations, I’m never trying to turn your book into something it’s not. I try to simply make it the best and clearest version of itself it can be. Revision is where the real magic happens, but it can also be the most exhausting part of the writing process--I'm here to help!

Every consultation includes:

  • A 3-4 page editorial response letter that discusses things such as narrative momentum, structure, and voice, as well as sentence-level habits and clarity issues.

  • A 1-hour Zoom conference in which we will discuss the letter, and we can discuss anything from next steps to reading suggestions to publishing ideas. 

Consultations do not include:

  • Line edits on your manuscript itself. I will reference specific pages and sections within my letter, but I won’t be marking my notes or making grammar and punctuation edits on the pages themselves.

Types of writing that I edit:

  • Any kind of prose, including fiction, nonfiction, book proposals, and MFA application essays. I don’t edit poetry.

  • I can edit complete manuscripts or excerpts from longer manuscripts in progress. In the case of an excerpt, I prefer to read from the beginning of the manuscript.

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