I find a strong connection between my writing and teaching practices and my yoga practice, all of which ask us to be present in the moment, to love and accept ourselves and others fully as we are, and to shine our light on the world. What this means for those who join my writing groups, classes and retreats is that I meet participants where they are and encourage dialogue on the work that is relevant to each writer’s stated purpose. If a group member has written a journal entry that she has no intention of crafting, then critique is inappropriate, but positive response might offer affirmation. In contrast, someone working on a novel, short story or memoir for publication benefits from honest, constructive feedback. Ultimately, it is each writer’s purview to determine for her or himself what feedback is helpful and revise work accordingly.
I offer four types of writing experience. Within these, different courses will be offered, some on an ongoing basis and others from time to time.