The Personal Narrative Essay

          Write a narrative that connects to your reader Strong narrative essays all have one thing in common–they feel like fiction. The key to writing a narrative that draws your reader in is recreating a true story that includes the essential elements of fiction, such as character arc, setting, dialogue and resolution. The difference betweenContinue reading “The Personal Narrative Essay”

Memoir Writing

How to Make Your Memoir Matter Bookstores are filled with memoirs written by everyone from Michelle Obama to Elizabeth Gilbert to Frank McCourt. When we first think of memoirs, we think of the stories of people whose lives are of great importance, like Ernest Hemingway or Patti Smith. But, that’s really not the case. ThereContinue reading “Memoir Writing”

Explicit Revision–Outline Method

Struggling writers feel a sense of accomplishment and pride after completing an essay. The effort exerted to create the original draft often depletes their capacity to focus on and engage with the revision process. They believe the hard work is behind them; therefore, convincing them to revise their essay with fidelity is a challenge.   BeforeContinue reading “Explicit Revision–Outline Method”

Who I am and Why I’m here

Welcome! So glad you found me. This is going to be a lot of fun and I’m so glad you’re coming along for the ride. First, a little about me. I am equal parts writer, writing teacher, meditation teacher. I have passion for all in equal measures. I teach writing of all sorts–composition, fiction, poetry,Continue reading “Who I am and Why I’m here”