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current/upcoming classes & Workshops

 

Great Smoky Mountains Association

Members Weekend Classes: Saturday, September 21


 

past classes, lectures, & Workshops

 

JUNE 14, 2019 | Charlotte, NC

A day-long, creative-focused workshop for those looking to increase awareness, improve clarity of communication, expand empathy, and approach problems in fresh ways. What do you get when you blend a poet, a singer/songwriter, a professor, an international leadership consultant, a peak performance coach for world-class athletes, and a playwright? A very interesting day of learning that leads to breakthrough solutions. Learn to approach problems in the workplace using lateral thinking, a generative approach to solution design that involves expanding possibilities instead of reducing the possible to one “right” answer. This One-Day workshop explores a series of techniques for creative observation used by writers, visual artists, successful entrepreneurs and world-class athletes to refresh their focus, maintain their attention to detail, and see the world in creative ways. Workshop conducted by Elise Anderson and Carlos Salum.

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July 14, 2019 | Nashville, TN

Learn creative ways to record and re-use the details of your life! This 3-hour generative class covers the basics of creative observation by teaching you concrete methods used by writers and artists to refresh their focus, maintain their attention to detail, and see the world in new ways. The practice of creative journaling allows you to gather detailed, raw data from daily life that makes your written and verbal expression more compelling. Refresh your awareness of the world around you through a series of creative journaling exercises that you can repeat on your own at home. The class includes examples, videos, in-class writing activities, discussion, and lecture portions inspired by everything from recent neuroscience research to Monet's creative practice. Workshop will take place from 2-5pm at The Porch headquarters in Berry Hill.

 
Learn creative ways to observe and record the details of your daily life.

Learn creative ways to observe and record the details of your daily life.

May 8 & 11, 2019

This 2-hour class covers the basics of creative observation by teaching you concrete methods used by writers and artists to refresh their focus, maintain their attention to detail, and see the world in fresh ways. The workshop-style class includes examples, videos, in-class writing activities, and lecture portions inspired by everything from recent neuroscience research to Monet's creative practice. 

Record, re-use, and recreate the world using tools from creative writing.

Record, re-use, and recreate the world using tools from creative writing.

June 15 & 16, 2019

Refresh your awareness of the world and learn tactics for observing in new ways. Learn how to incorporate your notes and repurpose your memories into more compelling creative writing and everyday expression. In part two of this class on observation and journaling, you'll learn four new methods for creative journaling, a practice that keeps you present in daily life and helps you gather detailed, raw data to reuse later.


“The Write Experience: Creative Ways to Record Your Days” journaling workshop through the Great Smoky Mountains Association

ENC3246: Technical Writing for Engineers at the University of Florida

ENC3254: Business and Professional Writing at the University of Florida

ENC1101: Writing Academic Arguments via “Food and Culture” at the University of Florida

Introduction to Creative Writing: Beginner Poetry Workshop at the University of Florida

Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop at the University of Florida

“Reading an Image” Panel lecture presented at the 2015 Pedagogy Conference at the University of Florida

French 101 & 102 evening practice sessions at Davidson College



TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I’ve always thrived on the exchange of information that takes place in writing classes, from private tutoring to teaching Professional Writing for Engineers at the University of Florida to teaching Creative Journaling through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The art of listening, the skill of organizing information to meet a particular need, and the thrill of constant exposure to new ideas have been the major forces driving me for as long as I can remember.

Over the course of my experiences teaching, counseling, and working in other leadership roles with both children and adults, I’ve learned the importance of clarity paired with kindness. My instinct for openness, the direct handling of issues, and promoting honest, straightforward discussion of boundaries leads to a calm, comfortable, and safe classroom atmosphere.

I have learned that a group’s sanity and success level often depends on the communication style among group members. I require honesty as well as respect between individuals because of (not in spite of) any differences of opinion or background. I make this immediately clear in any class I teach, but it’s especially important to consider in a creative writing workshop, where students share intimate, creative work. That sharing makes people feel vulnerable, and vulnerability is strength. By respecting someone’s unique perspective AND feeling comfortable enough to share clear, honest feedback on their expression of it, we can honor that strength.  

I became a poet, in part, because of my high school calculus teacher, whose passion for math burned so brightly it often extended into elaborate, slightly off-topic classroom discussions about the histories and rumored love lives of ancient mathematicians. She knew and loved each formula so deeply she felt compelled to share the whole history of detailed events that led up to the development of that particular equation. I remember drafting a poem about Galois’ duel in the margins of my calculus notes, tearing up along with the teacher as she recounted the saga of Andrew Wiles and his lifelong dream of solving Fermat’s last theorem. I have modeled my sense of what it means to be a good teacher after her example: that blend of boundless curiosity and clear joy that can leap from teacher to student. No matter the subject at hand, a good teacher is part story-teller, part problem-solver, part architect, part translator, and above all a vivid example of what love looks like.


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