About the teacher and writer: I was born a lover of words in England, raised a lover of books in Texas, and now live as a lover of language and writing in Washington State. I am a poet and a teacher of writing at Whatcom Community College. I also like wine and bicycles. A lot.
On a more serious note, I have a BA in English Literature from Western Washington University, and an MA in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry from the same institution. I have been teaching at Whatcom Community College since 2009, and I teach everything from composition to literature to college study skills and, of course, creative writing! Creative Writing is a joy to teach: it is such a pleasure to see students discover and develop their own voices. I think it is the class where I am most likely to see students genuinely surprise themselves.
I believe that creative writing involves two complementary roles: the visionary and the ruthless editor--you have to develop both qualities if you want to write poems and stories that will move others. In my class, you can expect a variety of exercises geared towards both. We will play surrealist games to free ourselves from the inner critic, and then we will welcome the critic back in. We will read a variety of poems and stories to improve our ability to read like writers to teach our critic what to look for, and we will invite others into our revision process.
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