Faculty

       
Sheila Bender Sheila Bender is a poet, memoirist, and author of creative writing instruction whose work has appeared widely online and in print. Her favorite projects right now include participating in Roadstead in Port Townsend, WA, where she lives, and Ars Poetica in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties, WA, events that combine the efforts of visual artists and poets. Along with working on a new poetry manuscript and updating her many instructional books, she maintains a website for writing instruction and inspiration.

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Currently teaching: The Gifts of Fragmentary Writing to Create Lyric Prose

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B. Lynn Goodwin B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice. She's written Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 (memoir), Talent (YA) and You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (self help). Never Too Late and Talent are award winners. Shorter works have appeared in Hip Mama, The Sun, Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com, and Flashquake. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network. Visit her website and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Editing Like a Pro, Independent Study Program, Session 1, & Independent Study Program, Session 2.

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Janelle Hardy Janelle Hardy is an artist, writer and single mother who specializes in supporting the healing and creativity of sensitive, courageous big-hearted women using a transformative memoir-writing called The Art of Personal Mythmaking. You can learn more on her website.

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Currently teaching: The Not-Sweet Woman

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Len Leatherwood Len Leatherwood, Program Coordinator for SCN's Online Classes program, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 17 years. She has received a state and national teacher award for the past 7 years from the Scholastic Artists and Writers Awards, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth in the U.S. She is a daily blogger at 20 Minutes a Day, as well as a published writer of 'flash' fiction/memoir with pieces appearing in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, as well as A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, currently available on Amazon. She was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize, the best of the small presses, in 2015.

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Currently teaching: Writing Short: Flash Fiction/Flash Memoir

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Cyndi Lloyd Cyndi Lloyd is passionate about reading and writing, especially haiku which has brought her much emotional healing. She is a June 2013 Writing It Real contest winner for her short story. She is runner-up in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2018 and recipient of an honorable mention for the first Haiku Moment Award, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Vol. 1:2. Her "Aunt Karen" was selected as one of the best haibun of 2017 in old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku. Her Japanese-form poems appear in various worldwide publications, including The Bark, cattails, Chrysanthemum, #FemkuMag, frogpond, Haibun Today, The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Presence, Shamrock, Stardust Haiku, and tinywords. Her poems also appear in the following anthologies: Haiku Society of America's Member Anthologies, Earthsigns (Haiku North America's 2017 Anthology), Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku, Write Like Issa: a haiku how-to, They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku, and Unsealing Our Secrets: A Short Poem Anthology About Sexual Abuse. Cyndi is the former editor-in-chief of the 2012 ellipsis...literature & art. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in English from Westminster College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi. She's been a long-time volunteer tutor with Literacy Action Center, working with adult learners, and a volunteer mentor for a DiverseCity Series writing group through Salt Lake Community College's Community Writing Center. Cyndi lives in Riverton, Utah with her husband and their dog and loves being in nature where she enjoys hiking and taking photographs.

Currently teaching: Haiku for Health: How the Ancient Practice of Haiku Connects Mind, Body, and Spirit (Part A)

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Katherine McCord Katherine McCord has two books of poetry: Island and Living Room (prose poems); a lyric essay memoir, My CIA; a poetry chapbook, Muse Annie; and a literary memoir, Run Scream Unbury Save, winner of the Autumn House Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. She has published widely in literary journals, such as American Poetry Review. &mccord_fn has an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Creative Writing. In 2011 and 2014, she won Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants in creative writing in poetry) and has won other awards or placed as a finalist, such as for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. You can find out more about her on her website.

Currently teaching: Found Poetry.

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Linda Steele Linda Steele is a writer and teacher who is constantly learning and growing. She loves to create in many different mediums and thrives on engaging in community around creative works both art and writing. She has a passion for inspiring others to explore their writing voice through developing a daily writing practice. She has worked with Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron and David Whyte. Visit her website & her blog.

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Currently teaching: Freeing the Writer Within.

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Sarah White Sarah White, a published author and personal historian, has taught memoir writing workshops since 2004. She holds a certificate in Reminiscence and Life Story Work and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her memoir essays accepted for publication include "Make Love, Not War," Seasons of Our Lives: Summer (Volume 2), Women's Memoirs, e-book 2011, print edition 2018 and "eThe Plunge," My Words Are Gonna Linger anthology, Personal History Press, 2008. She published Write Your Travel Memoirs: 5 steps to transform your travel experiences into compelling essays in 2010. She teaches online and in-person in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit her website & her blog.

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Currently teaching: Start Writing Your Family History.

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Ariela Zucker Ariela Zucker lives with her husband in Down East Maine where they run their mom-and-pop motel. "Our retirement project, as we often joke. It was meant to keep us busy after the 'kids' (four girls the younger of which is 28) left the house." Not a Maine native, or as they refer to those who cannot present a long dynasty of Maine's relatives, Ariela and her husband are "from away." Ariela was born in Jerusalem and lived in Israel till 2001. For almost thirty years she was an educator, a counselor and a director of a learning disabilities programs. From there, the professional move to hospitality was an exciting challenge and a substantial change. Nonfiction and poetry are what she writes most of the time. Occasionally, Ariela attempts short historical fiction (or semi-fiction) writings and she always finds this kind of writing exciting and rewarding. Visit her blog.

Currently teaching: It Feels Like Home.

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