Creative Writing On Line

"When you know better, you do better." - Maya Angelou

Welcome!

This course examines creative writing. Students learn the core skills of the art form and strategies for growing in their work in the craft. To create, produce, and share something unique, originally inspired, and necessary for one's self-expression is a beautiful thing. Welcome! It is a privilege to share this endeavor.

This opportunity is unique. A few words from your teacher:

I’m eager to know you and share this unique opportunity with you. I appreciate that each student comes here with different motivations and expectations. I’ll do everything I can to make this meaningful and provide quality feedback to help you learn as much as possible in our time together.

Although I was a high school student at a time when there was not even any talk of an internet (not in my circles anyway) or on line learning, I am eager to see you break down the walls of learning and invent a new approach to sharing your writing beyond school walls. One of the things I like best about the profession I am in is the relationships I form with students. I want us to work to form relationships as we appreciate, question, critique, and celebrate each others' writing, even though we will not gather together in the same physical space each day. From whatever place you come, please know that this virtual “place” we share is one where we’ll value each other and value the power of learning real, relevant information while demonstrating knowledge, skills, creativity, and inspiration along the way.

We do what we most value.

Undoubtedly, this course will be shaped by the students as much as the teacher (maybe even more).

I believe in student-centered, student-driven learning and I'm still learning, too.

This is my 24th year in education. I have degrees in communication, psychology, and educational leadership (from UMC, UCM, and SLU with some time at MSU and UMKC, too). Yes, I have been a bit of a livelong student. Sometimes I even imagine what cool things I will study when I retire from this profession. You'll have to help me with that plan.

I've been an English teacher, theatre teacher, debate coach, speech teacher, fine arts coordinator, instructional coach, and counselor. With every educational and professional experience, I feel I have learned things that inform my understanding of who I am, where I am going, what I am meant to do next, and how I can share ideas with others. I am excited to see what unfolds in our Creative Writing class. I the end of this term, I hope we all feel we learned a great deal and I hope we all feel we move forward better thinkers and writers.

I am eager to get to know you.

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