I offer classes in both writing and art for individuals and groups of all ages. Keep checking back as they are available. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about upcoming classes. (If you try to register and a class is full, please contact me and I will start a waiting list.)
With a degree in creative writing and art history from Trinity College, and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, I’m the author of about 350 books for children and a resident artist at Whiting Mills. I have taught at the University of Hartford, the Mark Twain House, the Connecticut Center of the Book, and the Highlights Foundation, as well as conferences and arts centers.
Pause, Play, Repeat
Are you a writer needing to carve out some creative time?
A non-writer who has always wanted to write?
An artist who wants to venture into a new medium?
This workshop is for you!
Once a week, for six weeks, we’ll pause from our personal and professional obligations to play with words, with a promise that we’ll repeat it as a habit. Each class, I’ll present an inspirational reading, image, or activity and we’ll discuss. We’ll let that prompt us to write for about 30 of uninterrupted time to see what bits of ourselves escape onto paper. Then we’ll reconvene and chat. We won’t critique each other’s work. Instead, we’ll offer encouragement and gratefulness for any bit of our voices and stories we’re willing to share.
No pressure, no judgment, and no homework. The practice of writing is just that—practice. Prompts lead to the discovery of ideas, emotions, characters, and other special bits. My hope is that you will find a comfortable, safe, and brave space that meets you where you are on your own unique journey as a writer.
Alcohol Ink Painting
Bring your sense of adventure to this class, where we will play with alcohol inks. The saturated colors and wanderings of this medium on nonporous surfaces create unexpected images, unplanned patterns, and many happy accidents. Over the six weeks ,we’ll explore various techniques, such as blowing, painting, layering, resist, and wet-on-wet, as well as line work, adding details, and finishing options.
I will provide a materials list for items that you will need to purchase for the class (total cost around $50, depending on what you already have at home). I will provide various other materials as well.