Sept 2016 - Present
The Porch Writers' Collective
Teaching Artist

Crafting & teaching sold-out, university-level creative writing courses including: Speculative Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Raising the Stakes, Novel Structure.

Oct 2016 - Present
The Heroes' Guild
Lead Designer, Volunteer Gamemaster

Running engaging, fun, and lesson-oriented sessions twice-weekly for kids of varying backgrounds, aged 6-12. Designing & writing the Heroes Guild RPG, a fantasy adventure TTRPG that stresses heroic morality and non-violent conflict resolution, designed for and playtested by kids (for over 1000 hours and four seasons)

Jun 2015 - August 2017
Watkins College of Art & Design
Teaching Artist

Crafting & teaching university-level creative writing courses including: Plot Your Novel, Writing Characters with Personality

Jan 2008 - March 2009
Publications, Int.
Copy Editor & Fact Checker

Copy edited and verified factual information line-by-line in multiple trade publications, including Colossal Armchair Reader. Worked in close collaboration with writers and editors to meet deadlines

Feb 2006 - Jul 2008
Columbia College Chicago
Creative Writing Tutor

Taught one­-on­-one and small-group undergraduate creative writing classes for credit. Designed curriculum around each student’s needs. Worked in close conjunction with students’ core curriculum professor.


Jun 2010 - Jul 2012
University of Southern Maine
MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction
Aug 2004 - Jul 2006
Columbia College Chicago
BA in Fiction Writing