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News, Events & Classes

I've spoken at universities (such as Brown, Drew, Alabama, Ripon, U of Tampa), bookstores, book fairs, libraries, conferences (AWP, MLA, medical humanities), schools, cancer gatherings, and been a writer in residence at Lafayette College and Minnesota State University-Mankato. I did an online workshop for McDonald's corporate communications people. I welcome your invitation! 


A satisfied customer writes:

"Humorous, insightful and revealing. My students were intrigued, engaged and entertained. A rare glimpse into a writer's creative process field with unexpected revelations, deep insights and surprising connections between images and ideas. The topic of womens' health turned into a wonderful exploration of history, medicine and the poetic imagination."--Irina Ruvinsky, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, professor, "Illness as Metaphor" class, Spring 2022 (in person, masked)


News: I'm going to be part of the 2022-23 University of Missouri-Kansas City Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz lecture series, "Healing in Times of Strife: Therapeutic Dialogue through Art, Pedagogy, and Writing." More to come!




1:30-4pm, Thursdays, June 23-Aug. 11, Basic Creative Writing. Via Zoom and the University of Chicago Graham School. This course will introduce you to creative writing, from generating ideas to revising drafts. Find your voice and develop your craft through in-class and at-home writing exercises, and through discussions of your own and your fellow students' written work. We will read Julia Alvarez' "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and spend time on fiction and nonfiction, especially noting point of view and psychic distance.