Workshops

I am available for a variety of writing and education-related workshops and services. Please feel free to contact me by email (belleboggs at hotmail dot com) to discuss your ideas; provide your phone number and availability, and I will get in touch as soon as possible. Fees are negotiable and depend on the extensiveness of the project and its distance from my home in Chatham County, North Carolina.

School-based residencies

With the Hiwassee Dam Writers in March 2012

As both a passionate teaching artist and a certified teacher, I have taught writing workshops to students in grades K-12 across the country. Most recently, I developed a program for the North Carolina Arts Council entitled “Where I’m From: Science Writing and Memoir.” This is an interdisciplinary workshop that asks, how does where you live influence who you are? Focusing on direct observation, description, and memory, students work to produce a memoir that is grounded in nature and place. The work is shared through web publication and communication with students from another part of the country, which opens an ongoing conversation about place and how it influences identity.

A third-grade class doing direct observation

I understand the importance of creating workshops that support your content standards and get students excited about writing. I also know how to differentiate so that everyone in my workshops feels comfortable producing and sharing her best work. All of my workshops conclude with an opportunity to celebrate student work within the school or community, and workshops can be customized to meet the needs of your school.

For a sample of writing in a recent workshop in Hiwassee Dam, North Carolina, please click here.

Stay tuned for links to student work in Black Mountain and Yadkin County, NC, where I will be conducting workshops in Fall 2012.

Community-based residencies and workshops

I would love to provide creative writing workshops for adults in your town. In the past, I’ve taught workshops to adults of a range of ages, interests, and writing backgrounds in North Carolina and beyond. I am especially interested in teaching personal essay and short fiction but would be happy to work with you to create a program that would work in your library, senior center, hospital, or community center.

Curriculum development

As a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine, I developed, wrote, and implemented award-winning curriculum that was published and distributed to public schools across the state. As a public school teacher in New York City, I received extensive training in reading and writing workshop, and I have since developed curriculum in a range of innovative, research-based charter schools. I would be happy to work with your school or school system on curricular development that aligns with the Common Core.

Lectures, presentations, and readings

I am available for talks and presentations, as well as readings from my short story collection, Mattaponi Queen. I have given readings around the country (and once in Cork City, Ireland) at bookstores, conferences, libraries, universities, and museums. Lecture topics include the role of place in fiction and building a writing life but can be developed specifically for your program.

Master classes

Designed for experienced writers, master classes explore specific craft issues in intensive, two to three-hour sessions. Possible topics include beginnings and endings, dialogue in short fiction, or classes focused on a particular author’s work.

Panel service

I am also available to read and critique work for panels and judging.

Mentoring

It would be my pleasure to mentor younger or beginning writers.

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