Poetry Writing for Non-Poetry Writers
Your teacher: Stacia M. Fleegal
Stacia M. Fleegal is a poet, essayist, editor, blogger, and the author of two full-length and four chapbook poetry collections. Her poems, nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, have appeared in journals and anthologies such as North American Review, Fourth River, Best of the Net, and many more. Her essays have appeared at Salon, Scary Mommy, Bustle, Blood+Milk, and more. Stacia earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University.
Stacia’s teaching philosophy is rooted in her desire to help aspiring writers trust their individual voices, focusing on the strengths of the work. She believes anyone who wants to write has something of value to communicate, and she doesn’t hold with “bad writing” versus “good writing,” only writing that communicates an intention more (or less) effectively. Above all else, Stacia wants to offer to her students her experience as a reader. She strives to develop a dynamic of inclusion, praise, compassion, focus, and a balance of listening and communicating.
Stacia also leads the semiannual Write for Your Life long weekend intensive writing retreat in central Pennsylvania, and is available for private writing guidance and generative writing sessions. Email her for more information.
Stacia M. Fleegal is the director of the Center for Creative Writing.