6422 Ralston, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Published novelist: Mystery and women’s fiction.
Fiction and non-fiction editor, writing professor, and story doctor.
University writing center advisor and online writing coach.
Veteran of writing groups, critique groups, contest judging groups!
As a writer, editor, teacher, university writing center advisor, and coach, I offer creative and college writers affirmation, acceptance, and analytical strategies for planning and revision.
TEACHING AND TUTORING EXPERIENCE
University of Maryland, University College
2007 – Present Online Writing Advisor
I have served as a tutor at the University of Maryland Effective Writing Center (online), tutoring all levels of clients, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staffmembers. Finally, I have been an in-class writing adviser/coach for many graduate and undergraduate courses, including all levels of composition and literature courses, business and management courses, and upper-level information-science classes. I have taught and tutored students in many disciplines and documentation formats (APA, MLA, Chicago).
1996 – Present Writing Instructor (Online and Classroom)
As an instructor, I have taught composition, business writing, technical writing, research writing, remedial writing, analytical writing, argument writing, and literature in the English department at a major state university (Indiana University-Indianapolis), a community college (Ivy Tech), and a private university (Butler).
2009 – 2011 University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast MFA program, Visiting Professor
In the University of Southern Maine low-residency MFA program, I presented programs on Writing Emotion, Writing Romance, The Literature of Emotion. I have also mentored graduate students at several stages in the two-year program. In addition, I have supervised residency-centered workshops where students read and discuss each other’s work.
Indiana University-Indianapolis Writing Center
At this large urban campus, I tutored students at all levels and developed instructional materials for use in composition classrooms. My experience with ESL clients is extensive, and I have advised ESL graduate students on research articles and dissertations. My handouts on writing subjects as essay introductions and conclusions, comma use, and topic sentences are currently used by several writing centers.
College and Graduate-level Courses Taught:
- Critical Reading
- Critical Writing
- Honors Seminar: Shakespeare/Writing Workshop
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis:
- Freshman Comp 1
- Business and Professional Writing
- Academic and Research Writing
- Introduction to Literature
- Writing Center (working with new students, non-traditional students, ESL students, and graduate students)
Ivy Tech Community College
- Freshman Comp 1-2
- Argument Writing
- Researched Academic Writing
- Business and Technical Writing
University of Maryland (UC), Online Writing Center
I have served as a guest lecturer/writing coach in dozens of online courses in many different disciplines, from Anthropology to Writing for Business.
University of Southern Maine MFA Program
- Literature of Emotion
- Romance Writing
- Novel Workshop
- Writing Emotion Without Sentimentality
University of Maryland Global Campus
Distance Learning Design
Indiana University- Indianapolis
MA in English, summa cum laude, GPA 4.0
Thesis– The Family Vault: Women Buried Alive in Three Poe Tales
Major coursework: Advanced Grammar
Linguistics and language history
British and American literature
BA in English, GPA 3.7
Major coursework: British Literature
Creative Writing and Editing
Instructional Articles for Faculty and Writers
Keep It Positive: The Art of Affirmative Advising (a manual for online faculty and writing centers).
Reviving Buffy: Denial of Death in Fanfiction
Sharks in the Water: Avoiding Scams in Publishing
Multiplicity: Are Writers Crazy? Or Just Creative?
Subtext: The Fourth Dimension of Story
Oedipus the King and Plot Flashbacks
Character Development Exercises
Introductions and Conclusions for College Writers
I have varied editing experience:
- Acquisition editor at a small commercial publisher.
- Free lance: Content and copy-editing fiction and non-fiction.
- Editor/formatter/publisher for independent writers.
- Editor/writer for corporate histories.
- Story coach for novelists (thrillers and adventure).
Tryst at the Brighton Inn, a Regency mystery romance
CRAFT OF WRITING BOOKS AND COURSES
The Story Within Interactive Plotting Guide
The Power of Point of View, A Writer’s Digest Monthly Selection
My Story Blueprint Courses:
- Plotting Your Story in Three Acts and Nine Turning Points
- Building Bolder Scenes
- Dynamic Dialogue
- The Power of Point of View
- Vivid Voice
- Writing Emotion without Purple Prose
- Prose Revision Mastermind