What is the title of your class?
Writing Into the Conversation: Fiction by Women
People should take this class if…
… they’d like to spend six Saturday mornings talking about fantastic contemporary short stories (that just happen to be written by women writers) and working on their own writing in an enthusiastic and supportive setting.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Yep. I’m here.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
A small sample of work is up on my website: I’m also here.
What’s your teaching philosophy?
Writing is a practice. As a teacher, I work to guide students toward a clearer understanding of the foundational elements of fiction, introduce them to a diverse body of canonical and contemporary examples of narrative, offer them an instructive and supportive workshop space in which to test their own drafts, and encourage them in their individual practice as writers.
If you could only bring one novel, story, or poem to a deserted island, which would you bring and why?
Alice Munro’s Selected Stories. There’s always more to unearth in her stories, and though I’ve read this collection many times, I still love it.
What are you currently working on?
A novel and a presently untamed litter of stories.
If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be?
Read! (And then sit still for as long as you can stand it each day and write, write, write.)
What do you like best about Hugo House?
I love the Hugo House students! In the year that I’ve been teaching at Hugo House, I’ve been so impressed by the dedication, creativity, and generosity of the writers I’ve met in my classes here. It’s wonderful to get to spend some time each week with people who are so engaged with their own work and so eager to learn, and I always leave class feeling inspired to get to work.
What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?
I’m reading Laura van den Berg’s The Isle of Youth. In all honesty, since I’m reading it before bed each night, my actual beverage is a cup of hot decaf Earl Grey tea. But a martini would probably be a better mate to this collection.