Courses Taught

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Intermediate Poetry Writing (ENGL 310). University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2017.
An upper-division course for creative writing majors and minors interested in learning how to craft and critically evaluate poems.

In Brief: Writing the Short Poem. The Loft Literary Center, 2016.
A six-week workshop for adults interested in writing in short forms (haikus, tankas, sonnets, triolets).

Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 220). University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2014–2016.
A multi-genre course geared toward introducing students to the fundamentals of creative writing through workshops, in-class writing exercises, and discussions. Genres taught: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting.

Writing Personal Narrative. St. Paul’s School, 2015.
A five-week summer workshop for rising high school seniors enrolled in the Advanced Studies Program. Students study the craft of creative nonfiction, composing a series of brief essays and participating in discussions of published work.

Writing With the Net Up: Formal Poetry. Newberry Library, 2012.
A weekly two-hour workshop for poets of all ages and experience, offered through the Newberry Library’s continuing education program.

Form in Poetry. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 2012.
A weekly workshop exploring poetic forms including sonnets, sestinas, pantoums, and villanelles.

The Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading & Writing (WRIT 114, 116, 118, 120). University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2013–2017.
UW-Eau Claire’s one-semester intensive rhetoric and composition course required to fulfill the university writing requirement. The curriculum is designed to improve students’ abilities in four keys areas: rhetorical knowledge, writing craft, research & inquiry, and digital literacy. Sections are theme-based at the instructor’s discretion – past themes include gender (2013-14) and subcultures (2014-15).

Introduction to Composition (ENGL 101). Roosevelt University, 2012.
A genre-based composition course which gives students experience writing in a variety of styles and experimenting with different research methods. The course is divided into four units, each culminating in a major writing assignment – a personal essay, a thesis-driven argument paper, an ethnographic research project, and an advocacy campaign.

Introduction to College Writing (WR 101). Emerson College, 2010–2012.
The first course in Emerson College’s first-year writing sequence, as designed by John Trimbur. Using Kenneth Bruffee’s A Short Course in Writing and Joseph Harris’s Rewriting, students produce a series of short argument essays modeling different rhetorical strategies, one longer form paper drawing from two primary sources, and a final multimodal project.

Research Writing (WR 121). Emerson College, 2010–2012.
A thematic genre-based course that follows WR 101, in which students explore different ways of incorporating research and thinking about audience and purpose in their writing. Genres range from personal narratives and reviews to annotated bibliographies and research essays.