Back to School

Posted: August 19, 2014



Hello everyone! I hope you had a safe and relaxing and joyous summer. It’s that time of year again. I have decided to do things a bit differently this time around. Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop will be open this semester from October 1 – December 6 with a break during the week of Thanksgiving. So, you can sign up your child for a 30-day workshop anytime during that window, or you can sign them up for a two month workshop for the duration of that period. Email me if you would like to enroll and reserve your spot today! This is for the individualized workshops I offer through Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop, in which I work with the student on a one-on-one basis via email. We can choose our own projects, pace, and focus, depending on the students’ writing goals, strengths, weaknesses and needs. Read this website to learn more about the individualized workshops!

In addition to that, for those homeschoolers who might be looking for a more formal writing course and a classroom-type setting, I thought I would also mention that I am teaching 12th grade Creative Writing this year over at Kolbe’s Online Academy. You can read the details here. This runs September through May. Kolbe emphasizes imitation, in line with the classical mode of instruction, so this is also like a literature course in which we are going to read a lot of great poems and stories together.

There are benefits to both of course: writing classes and writing workshops. You get a bit more literature and camaraderie in a class, and this probably more easily qualifies for credit on a high school transcript, but you get more individualized attention and flexibility in a workshop. The workshops also work well for students who are enrolled in a traditional school, as they are something kids can do “on the side,” like an extracurricular activity, whereas classes are much more demanding, probably too demanding if you are already taking a full course load through a traditional school. You can sign up for my workshops by emailing me. You can sign up for the Creative Writing class by getting in touch with Kolbe. Oh! There is one more difference. Kolbe Academy is a Catholic school. While Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop welcomes and embraces young writers of all faiths, there is no particular religious bent to the workshops. I hope this didn’t totally confuse you! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about what might be best for your student.

In Atlanta area?

Posted: April 22, 2014

This summer I will be running an intensive, in-person, five-paragraph essay workshop for the most intrepid 8th and 9th graders in Atlanta.

What: five paragraph essay boot camp!

When: Friday mornings in JulyThe Donut Corporation vintage ad

Where: Sandy Springs

Why: Because it will make the school year less painful.

How are you going to get students to do this on Friday mornings in the summer? Um…donuts?

Email me for details!


Summer Course

Posted: February 18, 2014

I am excited to be teaching an online course this summer for students grades 10-12 on The Hunger Games and Christian Nonviolence through Kolbe Academy. Click here to read a full course description.


How to Disagree Civilly

Posted: January 15, 2014

I wrote a post today for the Kolbe Academy blog on “How to Disagree Civilly” and the importance of tone in written communication. victorianWe live in a digital world where so much of our communication is happening through writing. With so many social networks and online classes, with so many opportunities to converse and debate with a wide range of people, it seems we should be ushering in a new era in which the exchange of ideas is encouraged and appreciated more than ever! Unfortunately, potentially productive debates and disagreements, especially when they happen in online forums, on comments boards, or through email, quickly devolve into petty squabbles and pseudo-intellectual jousting matches, leading to contentiousness, hostility, dismissiveness, and derision. This article includes some helpful tips on how to maintain a tone of civility in your written words in this world of digital discourse!

I’m still here!

Posted: September 23, 2013

Hello! I have started a new part-time job teaching with Kolbe Academy in the last month, so I have had to cut down on blogging. But I’m still here. Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop is open for business. Feel free to contact me and enroll your child (or yourself!) at any time.


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Precious Inheritance

Posted: August 27, 2013


“Writing well used to be a fundamental principle of the humanities, as essential as the knowledge of mathematics and statistics in the sciences. But writing well isn’t merely a utilitarian skill. It is about developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.

No one has found a way to put a dollar sign on this kind of literacy, and I doubt anyone ever will. But everyone who possesses it — no matter how or when it was acquired — knows that it is a rare and precious inheritance.”

The Decline and Fall of the English Major, The New York Times, June 22, 2013

Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem, Jabberwocky, being performed on The Muppet Show!


New Poetry “App”

Posted: April 20, 2013


Is it hard to find time to sit down and read poetry? Well, there’s a new “app” called Poetry Daily. You can download it for FREE at the iTunes store! The “app” will send you one poem every day.

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die every day
for lack
of what is found

–William Carlos Williams

Summer Creative Writing Workshop!

Posted: March 27, 2013

Do you have a writer in the house? Do you live in or near Atlanta, GA? Consider signing your child up for Ms. Scribbles’ Summer Writing Workshop! We’ll start with a 1/2 day writing camp to kick things off. There will also be an end-of-summer reading where writers can reconvene and read aloud what they wrote, revised and polished to perfection over the summer. Writers will also have their work published in the 2013 Summer Anthology. Deadline for Early Bird Registration: May 1. Click here for more details: Summer Writing Workshop.

Summer is for writing.

Summer is for writing.


Tip: Put the Cat Outside

Posted: November 30, 2012

distractions when writing