ENGCMP 400: Written Professional Communication
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Summer 2019
In this course, students will learn to write professionally across a wide range of modern mediums, from LinkedIn profiles to traditional cover letters. We’ll explore how a casual tone can often be effective and friendly, while other situations and audiences may require language that is more formal. By the end of the course, students will know what type of writing to employ and how to employ it in many beginning career situations. Students will tailor assignments to their own expected career path to gain a solid foundation for future internship and job applications.
ENGWRT 710: Introduction to Audio Storytelling
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Spring 2019
Podcasts are growing as an industry and as an art form. There has never been a better time to tell stories in sound. In this introductory production course, students explore the craft of narrative audio across genres, including live storytelling, profiles, and flash fiction. Through a series of short creative projects, they learn the foundations of interviewing, field recording, scripting, structure, and sound design, while gaining basic technical competency in professional audio editing software. Class sessions will include a blend of discussions, workshops, and hands-on production, preparing students for more advanced work in the medium.
Experiments in Audio: Adapting Essays for the Ear
Teaching Assistant | Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Spring 2019
With the growth of podcasting, the personal essay has undergone a kind of renaissance. But what do audio essays require of us as writers? How can we best exploit the spokenness of the medium—and the potential of sound itself? In this two-part, hands-on workshop, students will explore ways of bringing new life to their writing in this burgeoning medium.
ENGWRT 610: Introduction to Journalism & Nonfiction
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Fall 2018
Nonfiction is a genre defined by what it’s not: fiction. Ultimately, though, the essay is a restless beast. It roams the space between objectivity and subjectivity, between art and fact, between poetry and prose. As such, this is a class based in exploration as we attempt to define the genre for ourselves as a group. Throughout the course, we’ll examine more “traditional” forms of creative nonfiction—including narrative journalism and personal essay—as well as forms that bust through the walls of convention, like the lyric essay and audio essay. Class meetings will be split between experimenting with writing exercises, discussing student writing, and examining published works. By learning to identify how other writers tell their stories, we will write our own. There are stories everywhere: around you and within you. Let’s go find some.
ENGCMP 200: Seminar in Composition: Exploring Social (In)justice
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
This class gives students an opportunity to learn and practice college-level writing skills through a social justice framework. We will read and respond to texts that unpack the current sociopolitical moment, with an emphasis on race, refugee, and mass incarceration issues. Our writing will cover a broad range of forms involving personal, creative, analytical, and research-based approaches. During the course of this semester, you will grow as a reader, writer, and critical thinker—skills that will help you not only throughout your journey in college, but also in whatever career you decide to pursue. In this class, we will maintain a positive learning environment based on open communication and mutual respect. Sometimes the dialogue we will engage in about various subjects may be intense, and this is the place to discuss differing opinions with a view towards intellectual growth. So enter this class every day without judgment, be open-minded, listen, and learn.
Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Teaching Assistant | UVA Young Writers Workshop | Summer 2017
Creative nonfiction writers deploy the devices of great fiction for telling true stories. In this workshop, students will take their literary skills into field assignments, using riveting description, charged dialogue, and strong narrative structure to bring truth to the page with the force of fiction.
ENGCMP 200: Seminar in Composition
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
This introductory course offers students opportunities to improve as writers by developing their understanding of how they and others use writing to interpret and share experience, affect behavior, and position themselves in the world. Student writing is the primary focus in this discussion-based class. The course is designed to help students become more engaged, imaginative, and disciplined composers.
Graphic Fiction & Nonfiction
Teaching Assistant | UVA Young Writers Workshop | Summer 2015
In this innovative workshop, writers will create fiction or nonfiction—or both!—by combining their own particular visual and verbal styles. Graphic texts—one of the most popular new mediums for storytelling—incorporate craft techniques from multiple forms, rendering unique narratives that work on textual as well as visual levels. Instruction will accommodate a wide range of drawing abilities; it’s the story that matters most!