Starting this winter, Marya is going to significantly increase her availability as a writing instructor. She’s excited to work with new students and their always-fascinating work. Read on to learn more about Marya’s teaching experience and to look at the options for studying with her.
Marya has been teaching writing since before the turn of the century—since 1991!—and from her very first academic gig, she’s said that teaching is one of the great joys of her life. She’s taught at every imaginable level—as a professor of undergraduate and graduate writing at Rowan University, Northwestern University, and New College of California; as an instructor of adult writers at the Loft Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis; as a writing teacher in a community mental health drop in center, and a children’s writing tutor in homeless shelters; as an instructor of countless independently designed courses by self-directed students; and as mentor and advisor to dozens of graduate students completing their thesis work. Simply put, she loves to teach; judging by her students’ vibrant response to her teaching, and their enormous successes in their future writing lives, she does it pretty well. There are two ways you can study with Marya:
An independent study is a course—typically one academic semester long, or 16 weeks—designed collaboratively by you and Marya. This type of class is perfect for someone who wants to work on a specific genre—whether nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or journalism—or specific elements of craft, like structure or narrative voice. This class does carry a solid reading and writing expectation with it, and it’s advisable to do this when you have the time to invest. Independent studies are entirely your invention. You would determine your area of study and your goals for the course, and Marya would draft a syllabus for you to approve. The amount of contact you have with Marya is up to you; most students choose to submit the writing they’ve done in response to the reading and writing assignments every 2-4 weeks. Marya then responds to your work editorially, and suggests next steps for revision, new writing, and new reading. Many students also choose to meet with Marya by phone or FaceTime periodically. Finally, students who are enrolled in school are encouraged to consult with their school about whether they can receive credit for their work with Marya—most of the time, schools will grant credit for self-directed study. Cost for 16-week independent study with monthly exchanges of material: $1200; with biweekly contact, the cost is $1500.
Perfect for people who want to hone in on a specific point of craft or get a jumpstart on a long-term project, short intensives allow you to get direct editorial and creative interaction with both Marya and the rest of your colleagues in the class. There will be extensive suggested readings, writing assignments, and a rotating workshop schedule. All students will have their work read and critiqued by both Marya and the other class members, and all students will read and critique their colleagues’ work. Enrollment Cost for 8-week intensive: $800
February-March: Pitch Perfect: Finding & Honing Your Nonfiction Voice April-May:Free Your Mind, and the Pen will Follow: Generative Essay Writing Workshop June-July:“Not What Happened But Why It Matters”: Intensive Memoir Development Workshop
If you are interested in enrolling in one of the short intensives, please email Marya’s team the following: a letter describing your experience as a writer and explaining your interest in the class, and a 5-10 page writing sample (any genre is fine).