I have two graduate degrees, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in writing, with professional experience in both areas. From 2003 to 2014, I taught writing and literature to undergraduates at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and have served as a writing coach to MSW students at Spalding. For the past two-and-a-half years, I have worked with professors and PhD students on academic manuscripts and have led many creative writing workshops at my studio at Mellwood.
Unique Skill Set
My education and professional experiences interact to create a unique skill set:
- I see writing as a powerful tool to express opinion, increase self-awareness, and preserve precious stories.
- I am interested in diverse life experiences and work well with groups.
- My knowledge of the writing craft is literature-based.
Awards & Writing Experience
- I have received five awards from the Metro Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for profile, essay, and food writing.
- My story, “When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble,” was a finalist for the New Southerner annual writing competition
- I have been a freelance journalist since 2000, and have published articles in academic and literary journals.
- One of my most pleasurable writing assignments was radio commentary for WFPL, Louisville’s NPR affiliate.