Writing the Wave
Teaching Associate Tawni Waters
Tawni Waters is an award-winning writer and poet with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Tawni has taught fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry at Estrella Mountain College; multi-genre writing workshops for the Blueprint College Programs; an MFA writer’s retreat at Rosemont College; and writing workshops at the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and Burlesque Press Literary Festival.
Tawni’s debut novel, Beauty of the Broken, was released by Simon and Schuster in September 2014. In addition to winning the prestigious International Literacy Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature, it won the Housatonic Book Award, was named an exceptional book of 2015 by the Children’s Book Council and was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award. Tawni’s first poetry book, Siren Song, was released by Burlesque Press in 2014. Her essay, “The Ashes of San Miguel,” won the gold prize for the Solas Travel Writing Contest and appeared in Best Travel Writing 2010. Tawni Waters’ work has also appeared in multiple journals and magazines. Her second novel, The Long Ride Home, will be released by Sourcebooks in the summer of 2017.
In her years as a creative writer instructor, Tawni has found that everyone can write if given the proper tools and support. She loves helping fledgling and aspiring writers discover their innate talent and find the confidence to express themselves through the written word. Her Writing the Wave classes honor process over product, giving students the opportunity to explore their voices without fear of judgement, criticism, or censure. One of Tawni’s favorite sayings is, “If you can talk, you can write!”
In her spare time, Tawni loves to act, travel, follow rock bands, and burn toast. (She can’t cook.) She has two grown children and two chihuahuas who think they are children. She will never grow up.