Publication: “More Portions than Chairs”

I'm so excited to update that my first poetry publication is in print! I was a contributor with "More Portions than Chairs" to Marfa House's holiday anthology, The Magic of the Seasons, which can be found here on Amazon. The poem is a free verse piece that is very dear to me, as it is based on … Continue reading Publication: “More Portions than Chairs”



It's the end of October again and National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] is on the horizon. Writers from all over the world have the opportunity to network with other writers or go solo in tackling the challenge of writing 50,000 words during the month of November. Word counters and charts on the website serve as … Continue reading NaNoWriMo!

Institutional Support for Assessment: Southern New Hampshire University

An institution of interest for their assessment practices is Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).  SNHU is a nonprofit university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in three delivery options: on-campus, online, or at regional academic centers.  Television commercials for the university have featured its military-friendly format, and the university has received recognitions for innovativeness and its … Continue reading Institutional Support for Assessment: Southern New Hampshire University

Models for Course Design

Adequate strategic planning is essential to the success of any project, regardless of institution.  Effective planning for improvement requires self-evaluation, assesses needs, proposes goals, and generates solutions that achieve ideal outcomes.  In education, teachers are additionally pressured because their strategies and decisions affect the academic future of their students.  To guide these strategies and decisions, … Continue reading Models for Course Design

Literary Fiction – What is it, really?

The literary genre is arguably the most misunderstood genre of writing of today. I recently saw a discussion on social media in which literary was described as “flowery and sophisticated words.” Sambuchino, editor of Writer’s Digest, described literary fiction as “requir[ing] the highest command of the language” and “not easily defined, and sometimes the premise … Continue reading Literary Fiction – What is it, really?

Literary Analysis: Characterization in Contemporary Literary Novels

The character journey is one core aspect of literary novels. This essay explores three contemporary literary works to examine the concept of characterization. Restraint of Beasts - Magnus Mills The first example of character growth was evident with the unnamed foreman character/narrator in Restraint of Beasts. Bourdain of the New York Times described the novel as … Continue reading Literary Analysis: Characterization in Contemporary Literary Novels