Teaching Artist- Current
Writers in the Schools/Rice University Creative Writing Camps 2018-2023.
University of Houston Downtown - Digital Storytelling 2021
Creative Writing Camp - Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart - 2022-23
Recently, I had to ‘let go’ of a wonderful, rewarding work experience, a collaboration among Texas Children’s Hospital, Writers in the School and The Periwinkle Foundation. For the past four years I have been one on a team of three Writers In Residence at Texas Children’s Hospitals. We were tasked with the mission of working on creative writing with children undergoing oncological treatments. These writings are then compiled in a quarterly publication called the Splendid Review, which is sent to the families of these brave young people. I have met so many courageous children who don’t deserve the hand they were dealt, and parents who struggle to steer their entire families through it as best they can.
Thank you to Tina at Writers In the Schools, Carol at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Erin at The Periwinkle Foundation. And thank you fellow writers Nancy and Dede. Being involved in this project to use my creative skills as a conduit for a purpose greater than myself has been one of the most profound honors of my life. Wishing you all continued success.
I created online writing prompts to supporting teachers during Covid. Click on an image to view, and give one a try!
Let's Make a Movie! - Silent Storytelling
Students are exposed to the wonderful world of the Silent Films that were the precursor
to the Hollywood blockbusters that we know today.
They learn to collaborate on all aspects of the creative process.
Here are links to the student films created by students
from the WITS Creative Writing Camp at Rice University.
Click an image and enjoy!
Here is the trailer for a show that I created
on the importance of good dental hygiene
for Express Children's Theatre.
Every Child Counts
Dedicated to working with Every Child Counts, a school for special children in the Bahamas. For the past ten years, I have produced annual fundraising concerts helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Students have learned and performed a full concert program. Even the teachers have gotten into the act as "The Starlights." We have proven that music has a special way to bring a community together.
this year I did six fundraising events. Two with the students and staff, and four "Pass the Hat" events. We raised $109,000!
thank you to everyone who donated to this amazing school.
As a BMI registered lyricist, I enjoy collaborating with amazing world-class artists such as jazz duo Kim Prevost and Bill Solley. I've written lyrics for thirty of their original songs.
You can learn more about them on their website:
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