I currently teach classes at The Brentwood Library in Brentwood, Tennessee, and at North Wind Manor in Cane Ridge, Tennessee. See descriptions below for dates, locations, age recommendations, and registration information.
Playing with Words
A good writer loves WORDS--the way they look, the way they sound, and the way they come together to make meaning. The author Joseph Conrad said, "Give me the right word, and I will move the world!” Words are powerful, and they’re also just plain fun. In this exploration of poetry, descriptive writing, and wordplay, students will learn how words can whistle, whoosh, gallop, and bloom, painting pictures in our imaginations and making music in our ears
Spies in the Universe
"Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." Those are the words of a famous American poet named Mary Oliver, and this class is about learning how to be a spy. Being a good writer doesn't start with your words. Being a good writer starts with your eyes and ears and nose and fingers. So in this class we learn how to be spies in the universe, paying close attention to the world around us, finding astonishment in ordinary things, and using some basic writing tools to "paint" pictures with words. This is a fun, interactive, hands-on introduction to a writer's way of looking at the world.
Everyone has an imagination—it is the source of inventions, scientific discoveries, great art and music and stories, fear as well as hope—and one of the most important questions our imagination asks is “What if?" In this 6-week class, we will charge head-first into the great mystery of writing:Where do ideas come from? As we leap from tall tales to fables, dabble in the past and the future, and collect real-life anecdotes filled with drama and laughter, kids will learn that stories are everywhere around them—in the most fantastical reaches of their imagination, in the people they meet, and in the everyday experiences of their own lives.
Stories of Magic & Wonder
This six-week fiction-writing class is perfect for lovers of fantasy and fairy tales. We will build our own worlds, draw maps, create fantastical creatures, send heroes on perilous quests, and write stories that are as wild and wonder-full as the kids' imaginations can make them—all while learning the basic elements of story structure.
Because this class focuses on building a single story, from start to finish, students can retake the class in order to work on a different story.