Teaching Experience

2011          Facilitator – Egale Canada, Toronto, ON

  • Created and facilitated the online creative writing forum Aquarium, for LGBTQ and allied youth.

2010          Creative Writing Program Director – Centauri Arts Camp, Niagara, ON

  • Created and facilitated a ten-day poetry workshop for fifteen youth ages 13-18
  • Designed and printed No Apologies, an anthology of the campers’ writing
  • Facilitated 3 two-hour Introduction to Poetry workshops for campers in other programs

2010          Writer-in-Residence – English/Writer’s Craft, Notre Dame Secondary School, Toronto, ON

  • Taught one Intro to Writing unit to two Grade 10 English classes and one Poetry unit to one Grade 12 Writer’s Craft class
  • Designed and implemented a ten-week lesson plan incorporating various activities such as stream-of-consciousness writing exercises, found poetry, group poetry and workshopping

2008          Youth Mentor – Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Youth Writing Mentorship Program, Saskatoon, SK

  • Mentored three high school student apprentices on their writing
  • Assigned writing exercises, provided editorial feedback and prepared them for the launch and reading of a self-made chapbook

2006/2007   Facilitator – Youth Writing Group, Nutana Collegiate Institute, Saskatoon, SK

  • Designed and facilitated writing groups for youth experiencing challenging circumstances
  • Used journaling and poetry exercises to encourage self-exploration and self-expression

2006          Facilitator – Youth Writing Group, Mayfair Community School, Saskatoon, SK

  • Designed and facilitated a writing group for girls experiencing challenging circumstances
  • Used poetry to explored issues of identity and challenges the students faced, including body image issues, poverty, family violence, sexual abuse and racial discrimination