Book Concept & Design Project
Professional writing and design
I led my senior-level Design for Writers Workshop students through the concept, design, copywriting, copyediting, and production phases of this collaborative book project.
I served as editor of the final product, managing all copy and graphic content for a consistent aesthetic and voice.
Creative Writing Craft Essays
I develop my own craft handbooks and reading lists for courses focused on poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction writing.
I regularly study articles and books to keep my craft essays reflective of current trends in creative writing publishing and pedagogy.
I develop a number of quick-reference guides like this overview of copyright and trademark rules for commercial projects.
These documents introduce my professional writing students to important topics related to design and writing for professional contexts.
I'm a fan of graphic designer Ellen Lupton and her philosophies on the convergence of image and text in contemporary communication.
Just as Lupton teaches graphic designers effective writing strategies, I teach professional writing students basic typography and design principles.
Professional writing students leave my course with experience writing for a variety of print and digital contexts.
I believe in the importance of practical, hands-on learning, which is why my students learn to create videos, HTML emails, social media campaigns, posters, and more using a variety of in-browser applications.
I create step-by-step tutorials like this one to introduce students to new applications and help them troubleshoot technical problems.
Art + Literacy Curriculum
K-8 art and literacy
Inspired by Kenneth Koch's creative writing classes in Manhattan public schools, I founded and directed the Story Creators after school art + literacy program.
I targeted schools serving low income students and developed curricula for programs ranging from three to 10 weeks. Ultimately, I worked to inspire elementary and middle school students to express themselves through painting, drawing, and creative writing.
I designed this curriculum for a 10-week program in three elementary schools and one middle school. Students worked together to write and illustrate a storybook.
K-8 art and robotics
I worked with Tennessee Valley Authority to develop and implement an integrated arts and robotics curriculum for public school students in grades 4 and 8.
The program, inspired by the Artbotics program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, taught students to create and animate a self portrait using one of three portrait styles, LEGO NXT robots, and LEGO Mindstorms software.
In addition to developing this curriculum, I directed after school programs at three elementary schools and one middle school.