New York University

I am an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. My latest course is Writing Midlife and Beyond which starts in September. I normally teach this course one a year, and it sells out. The course is remote, however, I offer several live opportunities throughout. This is the copy for the course.

Writing Midlife and Beyond

The wisdom of age provides a plethora of article and essay ideas, and editors want personal stories and reported features. This eight-week course offers strategies, tips, and tricks on how to mine your personal life for ideas, get an editor’s attention, pitch and break into online and print publications, create a compelling story arc, locate research and interview experts, and build your social media platform. You also will gain insight and advice from editors for the midlife and beyond market. Whether you are a blogger or an aspiring one, whether you want to get published for the first time or are a widely published author looking to update your skills, you will leave this class with one ready-to-publish personal essay or hybrid essay/reported piece.

I’m also really excited to be teaching a Micro Memoir class in the fall. Several of my students have had their work published in Tiny Love Stories in the New York Times and other places. You can read my story here, and my student Jennie Burke’s here (My Bright, Freckle-Faced Little Brother. This is the copy for the course.

Micro Memoir: Writing Your Life in 200 Words or Less

If you haven’t been published before, try your hand at micro memoir—the hottest new category in publishing. Micro memoirs are very short standalone pieces, often exploring a moment in time, drawn from personal experience. The best micro memoirs combine truth-telling with narrative tension and are specific, not general. Whether you are a blogger or an aspiring one, whether you are a memoirist, want to get published for the first time or are a widely published author looking to update your skills, you will leave this class with six ready-to-publish micro memoir CNF pieces. We will review published examples of micro-memoir (in the New York Times Tiny Love Stories (100 words), Metropolitan Diary, River Teeth’s Tiny Beautiful Things, and more) to see why they entertained, resonated with or compelled the reader, and practice creative nonfiction writing techniques like listing, using description and detail, the six-word memoir exercise, and free association. You will also learn valuable advice on crafting your work, while gaining insight and advice via recorded video interviews from editors working in the micro memoir space. Students will write at least six creative nonfiction pieces geared to specific publications and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor. At the end of the class, students will be invited to participate in a live online reading session, where they can share what they’ve written. This course is delivered in an online, self-paced (asynchronous) format. The instructor interacts with students and facilitates group discussions within NYU’s online learning platform. There are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.

This is the link to sign up.

This is my faculty page which shows all of my NYU classes.

Writer’s Digest

I teach several classes for Writer’s Digest University.

This is the info on my pitching class. It’s a two-week bootcamp that I created just for Writer’s Digest.

I also teach a personal essay class, that I cap at 10 students.

And for beginner writers I teach a class called Getting Started in Writing where we go through all the genres.

Private Zoom Classes

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