I am a graduate instructor at the University of South Florida and a former counselor-teacher at UVA's Young Writers Workshop. I've taught upper level fiction, multi-genre creative writing, and literature classes. My courses are largely exploratory, where students uncover their own aesthetics and styles of learning, and my pedagogy emphasizes the usefulness of self-interrogation and inquisitive processing in the classroom.
Imagination, Narration, and Description
Course Description: This course will introduce you to creative writing and art-making in the same way your uncle Kenny with the hook for a hand and the murderous pet parakeet introduces you to his collection of bootleg David Bowie albums: with excitement, with a more-than-healthy dose of weirdness, and with a barrage of more questions than you could possibly answer—in a good way. We'll develop tools and practices for writing and art-making across creative genre boundaries, including visual, audio, and digital storytelling. The course will culminate, just like uncle Kenny's introduction, with a deeper understanding of humanity, humaneness, and the various ways in which the human spirit expresses itself.
Form and Technique of Fiction
Course Description: If we take its title literally, we can understand that this course is designed around guiding you, writers, towards your essential nature as a fabricator through a series of established methods. In other words: you'll learn the tools of the trade in order to carve out your unique fiction writing process and style.
As for How? we will achieve all of this, this class will utilize a number of external texts (including but not limited to our required textbook, The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide by Michael Kardos), creative reading responses recorded in writing journals, and peer-to-peer workshops. That’s not to mention all the discussions we’ll have in class. These, among a number of activities, will teach us to question (and understand) other writers’ methods in order to realize our own.
But more important than any of that, we are going to write. In and out of class, we are going to write. We are going to write like hell.
Introduction to (Experimental) Literature
Course Description: This course will introduce you to literature the way your great aunt Nelly with the peg leg and the plastic eyeball introduces you to her old Vegas friends: with excitement, with a more-than-healthy dose of weirdness, and with a barrage of more questions than you could possibly answer—in a good way. You’ll develop tools for reading, writing, and thinking about literature through close readings, creative re-imaginations, and various critical lenses (aka schools of literary criticism). This will culminate, just like great aunt Nelly’s introduction, with a deeper understanding of humanity, humaneness, and the various ways in which the human spirit expresses itself.