Undergraduate & Graduate-Level Writing Instruction

  • Guest Faculty, Antioch University Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, 2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Modern Languages, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, 2006.
  • Online Instructor, Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program, Culver City, CA, 2003-05.
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Windsor, Faculty of Business Administration, Marketing Department, Windsor, ON, 1991.
  • Research Assistant, University of Windsor, Faculty of Business Administration, Policy Department, Windsor, 1990 to 1991.

Writing Skills Workshops

  • Mentor, The Ivanhoe School, Los Angeles, CA, 2008.
  • Instructor, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2005-06.
  • Workshop Instructor, 826LA, Venice, CA, 2005.
  • Instructor, private half-day workshop series, Santa Monica, CA, 2004.
  • Private Tutor, Venice, CA, 2004.

Community Development

  • Competition Judge, Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme, 2012.
  • Facilitator, Screenwriters & Story Editors on the SheWrites online community for women writers. 2009 to present.
  • Facilitator, Writers in Canada on the SheWrites online community for women writers. 2009 to present.
  • Mentor, Little Owl Mentoring Program, Absynthe Muse Young Adult Writing Community, 2005.

Research Projects

  • “Bridging Two Worlds: “Race” and Identity in the Contemporary Fiction of
    Zadie Smith and Danzy Senna.” A critical paper to observe how two young authors express their English and American cultural norms through their first novels and, in particular, to observe the divergent manner in which race is portrayed in their work.
    Antioch University Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, May 2005.
  • A field study to explore the mechanisms of community among stereotypically reclusive writers and to evaluate its impact upon participants’ self-assessed productivity. Methods included facilitating discussion of literary works, providing a forum for works-in-progress to be shared for feedback, encouraging writers to perform their work aloud, and extending in-person discussions online.
    Antioch University Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, Sept. 2004.
  • “Reading Fiction Aloud: What Makes It Good?” A short critical paper to assess the components of successful oral interpretation of fiction and to observe audience interpretation of and receptivity to literary work read aloud.
    Antioch University Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, Aug. 2004.

Credentials

  • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Genre: Fiction, Antioch University Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, 2005.
  • Technical Communications Certificate courses. Bell Centre for Creative Communications, Toronto, ON, 1998.
  • Creative Writing Certificate. George Brown College, Toronto, ON, 1997.
  • Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design courses, OCAD University, Toronto, ON, 1996.
  • Honors Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing/Consumer Behavior major, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 1991.
  • Writing and communication courses – 1992, 1993, 2000, 2003.