I have been teaching college-level writing and literature courses for over twenty years. I began my coaching career in the University Writing Lab and Freshman Comp courses at Cal Poly as a graduate student many years ago, which led me into community college teaching, first part time at Alan Hancock College and then into a full time tenured position at De Anza College, where I have been since 1997. In my role as professor, I believe each of my students comes to me with a story to tell, and I so enjoy watching an idea emerge in clear, creative, strategically structured prose. It is a great source of pride to see my basic skills students come to me so defeated and shy from years of bad habits and red ink, and in eleven weeks churn out cohesive, skillfully written essays. My upper division students come to me confident, a little lazy and set in their ways, and eleven weeks later they are breaking through formulaic structures, developing more complex ideas, and experimenting with their style and voice. I am passionate about storytelling and good at what I do, and what I will do as your editor or writing coach is meet you where you are in your writing, listen for your story and discover what it is you want to say, and then encourage you to express yourself clearly, logically, and in cohesive, skillfully expressed language. As my client you can expect thorough exact eyes and compassionate critiques of your writing. My philosophy is rooted in respect for you and your story, and I will offer honest feedback and suggestions, always honoring your voice and message.
I write memoir and read mostly literary fiction for pleasure. Some of my favorite contemporary writers are Marilynne Robinson, Nora Ephron, James Salter and Michael Cunningham. I will always savor James, Faulkner, O’Connor and Welty, the Brontës and Austen, of course, and Oscar Wilde. In my library you’ll also find shelves for poetry, spirituality (Catholic, Feminist, Mystic/Wisdom Teachers), and the ancient Greeks (I love Homer). I only read novels on paper but do have an Audible subscription for my long commute to work, where I mostly listen to classics I should have read by now, mysteries and thrillers, and anything from David Sedaris–I could listen to him cross-country.