The one thing I love more than writing for teens is writing with teens. A former high school teacher, I’ve taught writing in a variety of school and community settings. One of the best jobs I ever had was as editor of a girl-generated magazine. Currently, I’m on the faculty of the Boston-based creative writing center, GrubStreet, and I direct an exciting new initiative for diverse young writers out of Vermont College of Fine Arts, called the VCFA Young Writers Network.
If you’re a teen who loves dreaming up stories (or who would like to give it a try), you should check out my upcoming classes!
I’m available for book clubs and school visits.
I love talking about books and writing with people of all ages. If your class or book club has read A Psalm for Lost Girls–or you’re planning to–I’d love to speak with you! I make in-person visits to schools and book groups in the Boston area and am available by Skype for others. (I can help arrange discount book orders for schools too.)
I’m available to lead workshops too.
I’m an experienced educator and have taught most genres (fiction and essays are my favorites!) to youth of all skill levels and abilities. I’d love to design a workshop or series for young people (ages 12 and up) in your school or community.
What makes my workshops different?
I’m far more interested in talking to teens about their stories than my own. My approach is highly interactive—lots of sharing, experimenting, and exploring craft ideas through different modes. Whether I’m leading a session on crafting compelling characters, facilitating a novel-writing boot camp, or speaking about my experience as a professional writer, I always begin with—and come back to—the stories of the youth I teach.