SCHOOL VISITS & WRITING WORKSHOPS
Author Talks, Readings, & the like....
Therése is a visiting writer in schools K-12, throughout NJ and other states. Before committing to writing endeavors, she was a full-time teacher for 13 years, and had teaching experiences abroad in England and Russia. She has an MA as a Reading Specialist, and MFA in Creative Writing. She specializes in Professional Development Workshops for Educators. She is also available for one-on-one mentoring, writing workshops outside schools, writing conferences, readings, author talks, and the like....
She is also available through the WITS program (Writers In The Schools) sponsored by NJ State Council on the Arts, as well as the Alaskan Arts Council, and teaches at Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ.
COMING SOON: Click to read a synopsis of writing workshops. She will also design workshops to meet a group's needs.
A portfolio that lists varied workshops, credentials, letters of recommendation -- is available upon request. Simply send an email.
About Writing Residencies for Students
During a writing residency, students learn that poetry or prose is not a force outside of them. Activities provide meaningful links between experiences in the outer world and inner feelings about them. The residency also calls attention to what is frequently overlooked, turning ordinary images into extraordinary details. Pictures, music, earth-related objects, as well as writings by those well-known, may be used to activate creative thought.
Following initiating activities, students launch into their own writing, followed by meaningful sharing. The strengths of each piece are acknowledged, as well as suggestions for revision.
Successive visits serve to awaken the inner voice of each participant. As writing is generated and shared, learning unfolds in layers. The interactions encourage risk-taking to write, and can greatly increase the desire to write. Writing residencies are tailored to meet the needs of varied school populations and grade levels.