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School, Family, and Community Writing

I look at each classroom as a writing community in itself, and also as part of a larger writing community that includes faculty, family, and writers and readers everywhere. Guided by this vision, I provide classroom residencies, teacher training, family writing workshops, and community readings.

 

Experience

My teaching experience began when I volunteered for the Tucson Association for the Blind. Since then I have presented school residencies though the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Department of Education, Tucson Unified School District, and the non-profit ArtsReach, which I co-founded to provide writing programs in Native American communities. I’ve conducted teacher training through in-class collaboration and inservices.

To promote family literacy, I’ve offered family writing workshops through school districts, Head Start programs, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. I’ve been a featured speaker and workshop presenter for U.S. Health and Human Services and the Arizona Department of Education.

All my writing programs promote writing skills as measured by the Common Core, the basis of most standardized testing systems. The talents of my students, from pre-school through adult, deserve recognition. I’ve organized readings at the National Indian Education Association and University of Arizona, for the Tohono O’odham Nation, and for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, as well as for individual schools.

Rates and Terms

 

Residency

$1,550 per Week

For one week I teach the same core group of classrooms, up to five classroom hours per day. The content could be fiction writing, personal narrative, poetry, or various expository forms including comparison-contrast, cause-effect, persuasion, scientific observation, and others. Each residency will incorporate revision.

Additional lodging and mileage required as applicable.

 

Teacher Inservice

$180 for one hour, $325 for two

I provide interactive inservices, including handouts, covering a wide range of topics: writing forms, including fiction and non-fiction narrative, poetry, and expository; expository paragraphs; figurative language; sentence fluency; and revision. I can design inservices around other topics as requested.

Additional lodging and mileage required as applicable.

 

 

Family Writing Workshop

$325 for two or 2.5 hours

The workshop appeals to writers of all ages, even pre-writers, encouraging family members to learn as writers together.

The workshop can be adapted to a wide range of themes and writing skills.

Additional lodging and mileage required as applicable.

 

 

Community or School Reading

Negotiable

Participants in residencies or family writing workshops present their original writings in public. I type and edit the written pieces, rehearse the readers, and organize the event.

Costs are negotiated on an individual basis, depending on the time commitment.

Additional lodging and mileage required as applicable.

 

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