What is the title of your class?
What’s one thing you hope your students will take away from the class?
My hope is that they leave class in a mad dash to hit the closest trail or city sidewalk, pen and paper in hand.
What sorts of writers will you be reading/assigning in class? Why?
Excerpts from novelists, nature writers, poets, collagists, memoirists, playwrights, scriptwriters, and, of course, Rebecca Solnit, because she wrote the book on the subject and Nietzsche, who said it best: All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Only Facebook for now.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
What’s your teaching philosophy?
I look first for a writer’s strengths. Sure, weaknesses need attention, but the fun for me is in figuring out what each writer possesses that’s uniquely theirs to put on the page.
What advice do you have about getting into the habit of writing regularly?
Do something that requires writing on deadline. Take classes. Enter an MFA program. Join writing groups. Submit to contests. Read at open mics. Deadlines force you to keep writing and, in the process, you’ll find the routine that works best for you.
What are you working on right now? Where did the idea come from?
A hybrid memoir based on a family story I grew up curious about, concerning one of my maternal aunts. A story of violation, betrayal, and obsession, but also a love story, a mystery, and a chronicle of courage.
Let’s talk writing inspiration—what’s the No. 1 thing that drives you to write?
It’s always been this: To make sense of mystery, to reconnect the pieces of what’s been broken or lost.