The Escapery: Your Art Collective. Co-founded in 2015 with the incredible Carson Beker, in collaboration with the fabulous Haldane King (founder of Terra Incognita Literary Reading Series), The Escapery is a collective of teachers dedicated to inclusivity, diversity, emerging writers and artists. We offer 4-12 week writing workshops, online adventures, and coaching services. You can become a part of our collective! To join, (and receive weekly writing experiments, song/video ekphrasis adventures, writing support, and so much more), visit our Patreon!
California State University Stanislaus. BIOL 4040 - Writing for Science and Life. I co-designed and co-teach an innovative, new, hybrid writing/art/science writing proficiency (WP) course with my partner and best friend, the brilliant Matthew R. Cover, in Stan State's intrepid biology department. We combine the humanities (creative writing, art, freewrites, poetry exercises, etc), with science (STEM-based biology curricula, environmental science-based field research, data collection and analysis, etc), and teach students how to conduct generative/supportive peer review. Our BIOL 4040 course encourages and empowers scientists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. We provide multiple and creative ways of approaching scientific and personal questions, and teach students how to articulate their ideas in effective, creative, and unique ways. Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2019 and beyond.
CW 600 - Uses of Personal Experience. This course blurs genres. We will deepen our practice of incorporating what we see and experience in the world, into our writing. Through the iterative process of freewrites, art exercises, poetry, craft discussions, and readings of published works written by diverse authors, we will hone our skills as writers and, simultaneously, learn to access personal experiences with a sense of agency, and with the necessary 'distance' to be able to write about it. This generative course will provide different tools to help artists more closely observe their surroundings, to write into the micro-universes that shape how our characters (real or imagined) move through the world. Ultimately, this course is useful for writers of all genres who are interested in world-building, in moving their characters on the page, and more deeply understanding and crafting the unique motivations of their characters. Fall 2019
CW 301 - Fundamentals of Creative Writing. This is a required course for undergraduates majoring in creative writing. Students read literature by diverse authors, and utilize writing prompts and other creative exercises, as a way to explore the multiple genres offered at SFSU: fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry, and translation. Students also practice the art of workshopping their peers' work in an encouraging, supportive, and productive way. Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.