Posts filed under ‘Center teachers’

May 22 2019
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Helena Writes #11: On teaching by learning, learning by teaching, and voice

Helena Writes #11: On teaching by learning, learning by teaching, and voice

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her 11th post, Helena considers how she became a teacher and learner,…

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Apr 23 2019
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Helena Writes #10: On yellow(s) and time travel through imagery

Helena Writes #10: On yellow(s) and time travel through imagery

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her tenth post, Helena ponders close noticing and how certain familiar…

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Mar 20 2019
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Helena Writes #9: On similes, metaphors, and glimpses

Helena Writes #9: On similes, metaphors, and glimpses

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her ninth post, Helena shares on the process of publishing her Gerald…

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Feb 21 2019
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Helena Writes #8: On learning the market, and loving what you do

Helena Writes #8: On learning the market, and loving what you do

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her eighth post, Helena recalls the experience of submitting and publishing…

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Jan 23 2019
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Helena Writes #7: On semicolons, and feelings over rules

Helena Writes #7: On semicolons, and feelings over rules

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her seventh post, Helena reflects on semicolons, and how breaking grammatical…

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Dec 19 2018
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Helena Writes #6: On watching, and traveling through story-telling

Helena Writes #6: On watching, and traveling through story-telling

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her sixth post, Helena shares, through her own childhood memories, the…

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Nov 21 2018
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Helena Writes #5: On writers’ groups

Helena Writes #5: On writers' groups

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her fifth post, Helena reflects on her experiences in writers’ groups…

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Oct 25 2018
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Helena Writes #4: On forcing the arc

Helena Writes #4: On forcing the arc

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her fourth post, Helena tells of how her story Counting Jennie came into…

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Sep 26 2018
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Helena Writes #3: On a writer’s persistence

Helena Writes #3: On a writer's persistence

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her third post, Helena tells of the persistence required for writers…

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Aug 22 2018
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Helena Writes #2: On feeling in writing

Helena Writes #2: On feeling in writing

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her second post, Helena shares the story of how her second…

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Jul 25 2018
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Helena Writes #1: On intended audience

Helena Writes #1: On intended audience

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. This first post shares Helena’s response to a student inquiring about intended…

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May 16 2018
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Teacher feature: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie on writing as “an avenue to wellness”

Teacher feature: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie on writing as "an avenue to wellness"

Writing through Trauma to Truth teacher Shawna Ayoub Ainslie shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? SAA:  Writing has been a powerful coping tool for the…

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Apr 25 2018
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Teacher feature: Teneice Durrant on the pleasure of choice in writing

Teacher feature: Teneice Durrant on the pleasure of choice in writing

Poetry Writing teacher Teneice Durrant shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? TD:  For me, the pleasure that comes from writing and the pleasure that…

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Mar 14 2018
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Teacher feature: Tawni Waters on connection and discovery through teaching

Teacher feature: Tawni Waters on connection and discovery through teaching

Writing the Wave and Writing to Reclaim Your Sacred Self teacher Tawni Waters shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? TW:  Teaching at the Center…

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Feb 13 2018
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Teacher feature: Jennifer Steil on being stimulated and trusted by her students

Teacher feature: Jennifer Steil on being stimulated and trusted by her students

Fiction Writing teacher Jennifer Steil shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? JS: I find joy in the unexpected, whether it comes in the form…

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Jan 18 2018
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Teacher feature: Helena Clare Pittman on affirmation through teaching

Teacher feature: Helena Clare Pittman on affirmation through teaching

Writing for Children teacher Helena Clare Pittman shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? HCP: It excites me terribly to read student work in response to…

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May 30 2017
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Letter from the director, June 2017

Letter from the director, June 2017

Greetings, writers, I’m actually writing this letter on May 30, the first day of a new session of courses here at the Center. Our teachers and students are gearing up to spend the next five weeks reading, reflecting, and of course writing. I am fielding inquiries, organizing course materials, updating the website, and getting to know my own students. The first day of school has always made me feel giddy. I always looked forward to…

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Mar 29 2016
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More great news from the Center’s ranks: Helena Clare Pittman publishes new children’s story

More great news from the Center’s ranks: Helena Clare Pittman publishes new children's story

Teaching associate Helena Clare Pittman (Writing for Children) has just published a story with Cricket Magazine! It’s now available in the April 2015 issue.  Cricket has an app that permits you to purchase a single copy of the magazine if you wish. Cricket is an illustrated children’s magazine founded in 1973. Published nine times per year, Cricket features art, stories, poems, and folk tales. Its founder, Marianne Carus, intended the magazine to be “the New…

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Jan 11 2016
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Center teacher Kallie Falandays publishes poetry chapbook

Center teacher Kallie Falandays publishes poetry chapbook

Kallie Falandays, who teaches Cool Tools for Stuck Writers here at the Center, recently published a short collection of poetry called All the Water, All the Waves, through the independent dancing girl press (dgp). In addition to offering our congratulations to Kallie for this latest development in her writing career and telling you a bit about these poems, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind writers—all writers, but most especially beginning writers—of the importance…

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Oct 21 2015
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New poems, video poems, gift poems: Elizabeth Ayres and her collection in progress, Azimuth of God

New poems, video poems, gift poems: Elizabeth Ayres and her collection in progress, Azimuth of God

Center founder and teacher Elizabeth Ayres has been working on a new collection of poetry called Azimuth of God: Poems of Absence and Presence, and has now created videos for nine of them. We learn from the opening of the videos that ‘Azimuth’ is a navigational term defining the position of a heavenly body with respect to the horizon. The poems in this series explore the intersection of spirit and matter, and some explore this…

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Aug 20 2015
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More great news from the Center’s ranks: Helena Clare Pittman publishes new children’s story

More great news from the Center’s ranks: Helena Clare Pittman publishes new children's story

Teaching associate Helena Clare Pittman (Writing for Children) has just published a story with Cricket Magazine! Cricket is an illustrated children’s magazine founded in 1973. Published nine times per year, Cricket features art, stories, poems, and folk tales. Its founder, Marianne Carus, intended the magazine to be “the New Yorker for children,” according to its Wikipedia entry. Helena the author/illustrator of 18 children’s books and her young-adult novel, Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn, has just been…

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Aug 12 2015
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The hard work of writing pays off for Center founder, teaching associate

The hard work of writing pays off for Center founder, teaching associate

Center founder Elizabeth Ayres and teaching associate Tawni Waters (Writing to Reclaim Your Sacred Self) have some exciting writing news to share. Ayres is working a new book of poetry called Azimuth of God: poems of absence and presence, and has several new poems featured at the blog On Being. In her introduction to the new work, Ayres speaks with moving candor about her struggle to find meaning, the “something more,” in her life, “searching for God in…

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Jul 10 2015
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New poems by Elizabeth Ayres at Burlesque Press

New poems by Elizabeth Ayres at Burlesque Press

Center founder Elizabeth Ayres is writing a new book of poetry called Azimuth of God: Poems of absence and presence.  Five poems from this manuscript-in-progress are currently featured on Burlesque Press: “Not By Bread Alone,” “Syzygy,” “The Heronry,” “The Reef,” and “Doula.” Here is an excerpt from “Not By Bread Alone”: The old oak wakes in the night      to a whispering wind. “There is something,” the murmuration begins, “something in us that lives,” the susurration…

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Jun 24 2015
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Stacia Fleegal, Writing through Trauma and Writer’s Eye teacher, on connection

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Previous posts on community-building among Center teaching associates have featured Kallie Falandays, Helena Clare Pittman, Ellen Collins, and Abriana Jetté. These teachers responded to Elizabeth Ayres’ essential question: Where is your joy in writing and teaching? Stacia Fleegal, who teaches Writing through Trauma to Truth and The Writer’s Eye, talked a bit about the point of connection between teacher and student when both “get” something they’re reading in the same way, and the walls between “teacher” and “student”…

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May 28 2015
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Kallie Falandays, Cool Tools for Stuck Writers teacher, on newness

Kallie Falandays, Cool Tools for Stuck Writers teacher, on newness

Previous posts on community-building among Center teaching associates highlighted Helena Clare Pittman, Ellen Collins, and Abriana Jetté. These teachers responded to Elizabeth Ayres’ essential question: Where is your joy in writing and teaching? This week, we hear from Kallie Falandays, who teaches Cool Tools for Stuck Writers, a course focused on overcoming blocks in creative output. Kallie’s response is succinct and true, and touches on the joy of developing both our individual and communal selves—a…

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May 07 2015
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Ellen Collins, Writing the Wave teacher, on spirituality and the creative process

Ellen Collins, Writing the Wave teacher, on spirituality and the creative process

In previous months, the Center community-building posts focused on Helena Clare Pittman and Abriana Jetté. This month, Writing the Wave teacher Ellen Collins shares with her colleagues an experience of what she terms the “spiritual creative” process. EA: What excites you, turns you on, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the…

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Apr 17 2015
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Helena Clare Pittman, Writing for Children teacher, on affirmation through teaching

Helena Clare Pittman, Writing for Children teacher, on affirmation through teaching

Last month, the Center community-building post focused on Abriana Jetté. This month, Writing for Children teacher Helena Clare Pittman shares with her colleagues some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. EA: What excites you, turns you on, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when…

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Mar 26 2015
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Abriana Jetté, The Art and Craft of Poetry Writing teacher, on the rhythms of teaching vs. writing

Abriana Jetté, The Art and Craft of Poetry Writing teacher, on the rhythms of teaching vs. writing

Part of teaching online writing courses through the Center is a focus on community-building. In response to a question Elizabeth Ayres posed to all Center teachers, Abriana Jetté (The Art and Craft of Poetry Writing) shared with her colleagues some insights into both her teaching and creative processes.

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