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School, Family, and Community Writing

Adopting the belief that each classroom constitutes its own writing community, while also remaining connected to a greater network of writers, faculty members, friends, and family — I offer in-classroom residencies, training for educators, writing workshops for families, and readings open to the public.


    My teaching journey began when I volunteered for the Tucson Association for the Blind. Since then I have been delivering school residencies through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Department of Education, Tucson Unified School District, and ArtsReach (a non-profit I co-founded to provide writing programs in Native American communities). I have been conducting teacher training by collaborating in class and through in-services.

    To further promote family literacy, I have been holding family writing workshops with school districts, Head Start programs, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. I have been a featured speaker and workshop presenter for the U.S. Health and Human Services and the Arizona Department of Education as well.

    My programs all focus on enhancing writing skills according to the Common Core, which is the basis of most standardized testing systems. My students, from preschool to adults, deserve praise and recognition; I have thus arranged readings at the National Indian Education Association and the University of Arizona, for the Tohono O’odham Nation, and for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, as well as for individual schools.

      Rates and Terms


      $1,550 per week

      For one week, I will instruct the same group of classrooms for up to five hours each day. Topics may include fiction writing, personal narrative, poetry, or various expository forms such as comparison-contrast, cause-effect, persuasion, scientific observation, and more. Each session will include revision.

      Fees for accommodation and travel expenses may apply.

      Teacher In-service

      $180 for one hour,

      $325 for two

      I create interactive in-services with handouts, addressing writing forms such as fiction and non-fiction narrative, poetry, expository, and more. I also provide in-services on expository paragraphs, figurative language, sentence fluency, and revision – I can also tailor it to your needs.

      Fees for accommodation and travel expenses may apply.

      Family Writing Workshop

      $325 for two or 2.5 hours

      This workshop is suitable for writers of all ages, even those who are just starting out, and encourages families to share the experience of learning to write together. It is designed to accommodate various levels of writing ability.

      Fees for accommodation and travel expenses may apply.

      Community or School Reading


      Participants in residencies or family writing workshops present their original writings in public. I type and edit the written pieces, rehearse the readers, and organize the event.

      Pricing is dependent on the time required and is discussed on a case-by-case basis.