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.
Creative Writing Craft Essays
Because I don't use a textbook for my creative writing courses, I develop and revise craft essays in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
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 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.