Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir
Teaching Associate Helena Clare Pittman
Helena Clare Pittman has an MA from Antioch College in Art & Writing. She’s taught creative writing for 25 years, at Hofstra University and the CUNY Queens College graduate program, as well as in schools, libraries and workshops in New York City, Long Island and Upstate New York. She’s the author/illustrator of 18 children’s books and her young-adult novel, Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn, has just been re-released by Random House. Her children’s classic, A Grain of Rice, has sold more than 280,000 copies.
Helena is an accomplished and widely-exhibited visual artist who brings to her teaching of writing a lifetime’s experience with creativity. Recipient of a New York State Council of the Arts “Artist in the Community” grant, Helena says, “I was an artist from an early age. In adulthood I discovered painting with words. Both mediums are my joy and my means of expression to the wider world.”
Helena’s passion for teaching arises from a deeply held conviction that the creative act is important. In her words, “Our work can serve to lift the world in the people it touches.” She sums up her vision as a teacher when she says, “I suppose I could say that I feel moved, when I teach, to welcome the timid traveler, who seeks shelter and recognition for their writing.”
Read Helena’s beautiful reflection, “On Teaching Writing.”
“This is what I try to do with my feedback to my students—affirm.” – Helena Clare Pittman
Learn more about Helena’s philosophy on teaching writing.