I have been teaching creative writing and/or running writing
workshops for almost 20 years. I taught for three years at Long
Island University, Southampton Campus, in the Continuing Education
Department, where I started their first creative writing workshop.
While at Southampton, I also produced a literary magazine, 239
Montauk, as a showcase for students' work. This was published by
Long Island University for three years.
For several years I was a Taproot leader, meeting at the John
Jermain Library in Sag Harbor each week with a group of very
talented senior citizens who wanted to write about their lives. The
Taproot organization offers classes on Long Island, New York City,
and in Connecticut and publishes a yearly journal "for older writers."
I have a small collection of these journals on my bookcase and still
run into former students here on the east end. I led a 10-week
Taproot group again, in the summer of 2010, at the Hampton Library
For three years I ran a writing workshop at the Southampton
Historical Society, where my students and I sat at a large, antique
wood, oval table in Captain Rogers' magnificent dining room,
complete with crystal chandelier and cabinets full of glass, china,
and antique silver serving pieces, trays, coffee pots, vases, etc. In
the summers we met outdoors, under the huge gazebo, surrounded
by handsome gardens maintained by the Southampton Garden Club.
We had summer readings there, and friends and family attended.
Simultaneously, my (more humble) dining room in East Hampton was
turned into a classroom one night a week for many years, attracting
people from Montauk to Westhampton, who came to learn and to
I have been running a popular creative writing course in fiction and
non-fiction at Suffolk County Community College every spring and
fall for over 14 years. Held at the main campus in Selden on
Saturday afternoons, the class attracts students from all over
eastern and western Suffolk.
In 2006 I started another creative writing and memoir writing
workshop for adults at the Ross School in East Hampton. The
school's community programs were on hiatus for two years, due to
the economy, but are scheduled to begin again in fall 2012..
As of summer 2009 I started teaching at another venue: the
Southampton Cultural Center. My students and I meet one
afternoon a week in summer, working on journal and memoir writing.
I run workshops in creative writing, memoir writing, humor and
journal writing - different aspects of the same craft - at libraries
throughout Suffolk County. Over the last three years I have become
writer-in-residence at the Connetquot Library in Bohemia and at The
Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, teaching memoir and personal
essay workshops year-round.
I had the pleasure of being a presenter this winter at the Puerto
Vallarta Writer's Conference, from Friday February 23 through
Sunday February 25, where I ran three workshops related to memoir
and personal essay. I met many interesting new writers who traveled
from all over, reaquainted myself with fellow members of the Puerto
Vallarta Writer's Club, and enjoyed the beauty of the region for the
nine days I was there. I hope to participate in the Conference again
My students are publishing their work, and some are now running
workshops on their own -- at libraries and at bookstores in Suffolk
County. My Newsletter, sent to hundreds of people and published
here quarterly, acknowledges students' accomplishments. Many
have stayed in touch over the years, which is very gratifying to me.
I'm often asked to work with individuals on writing projects, as editor,
or as a coach to improve their writing skills - for their own pleasure,
or for school, or for business. I edited mystery novels for two past
students in 2012, and I wish both authors luck in now getting them
published. I will be editing a memoir for someone this fall.
I have been a private ESL tutor to many educated foreigners, an
enjoyable and gratifying job, which I may resume at some future date.
I welcome foreign students into my writing workshops and love the
mix of cultures in writing and discussion that results.
Teaching is a joy, and it enables me to interact with so many people
who read and write for pleasure. It's a continual learning process for
me and for my students, and I doubt that I'll ever tire of it.
Please see my Home Page for my upcoming teaching schedule.
Stony Brook (NY) MFA Alumna
Empire State (NY) Alumna
Poets & Writers
Naked Stage/HITFest Theater Company
LinkedIn - Women's Memoirs
Puerto Vallarta Writers Club
Posse (writers' organization)
The Nature Conservancy
Peconic Land Trust