I teach speech arts and creative writing for children, teens, and adults. Information about the kind of classes I offer are below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have; as most of my classes are one-on-one lessons, I am able to customize classes to suit your specific needs, strengths, weaknesses, and interests.
SPEECH ARTS & PERFORMANCE – children and youth
From the 2011-2012 school year until the end of the 2015-2016 school year, I worked as a speech arts and writing teacher for the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts, western Canada’s largest speech arts school. During my time at BASA, I transitioned into my role as curriculum manager, a role that I now continue remotely at my new home in Kelowna. I have been performing or teaching speech arts my whole life, and it remains an important part not just of my work life, but to my creative life, as well, and the way I live in the world. For more about what speech arts is, check out my Speech Arts page.
If you’d like to learn even more about speech arts, or would like lessons for yourself or your child, please contact me personally to discuss availability and rates. Depending on the age and experience of the student, I offer once-a-week lessons of 30 minutes or 60 minutes.
I’m based in the Okanagan now, but if you live in Vancouver and are looking for speech arts classes, I recommend classes with any of my colleagues at the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts. You can simply contact BASA’s administration via email on the academy’s website.
SPEECH ARTS & PERFORMANCE – adults & group workshops
I am available to teach adults public speaking and speech arts skills, and I am particularly excited to talk to other educators and writers about how to make their own creative work come to life off the page for their listeners.
I am also available to teach group workshops for adults. If you are a member of a community or company looking to host a workshop, please get in touch and we can make arrangements that will work best for you.
CREATIVE & CRITICAL WRITING – online mentorship for emerging writers
I work as a mentor to emerging writers online through Ruth Daniell Writes. If you’re an emerging writer aged 19 or above, contact me directly and we can see what we can work out.I love to support others writers.
I offer 6-month-long poetry, fiction, or non-fiction mentorships (with the possibility of renewal) for $600–that’s only $100 per monthly submission, for thorough editorial commentary. You can submit parts of a working manuscript (10 pages of poetry or 5000 words of prose max each submission) and I will give you specific line-edits and general feedback, which you can use as you move forward. I always encourage my students to ask questions if they want to discuss a strategy in more detail or want me to elucidate my comments further.
I am very happy to cover the basics, if you’re new to writing (and maybe you’re considering attending a BFA or MFA writing program), and I’m also happy to dig into the nuances of writing if you’ve already developed some confidence. I have a lot of experience working in poetic forms (I might have a sonnet tutorial with your name on it!) and I’m happy to talk about form, metre, rhyme, and how to apply those skills to more experimental or free verse. I can chat with you about line breaks and stanzas and the explicit and implicit meanings in texts. I can delve in to talk about exposition versus scene in narrative prose, and talk about pacing, emotional arcs, plot. I’m a huge fan of imagery, narrative, point of views, character voices, and how to use those tools in prose and poetry. I can point you towards resources and give you reading recommendations based on your projects and interests. Just let me know what kind of support you’re looking for!
CREATIVE & CRITICAL WRITING – children and youth
Although I will mentor adult students online, I prefer to work face-to-face with younger students and teens. If you’re in the Okanagan region, please get in touch about setting up a lesson schedule with separate rates.
If you’re in Vancouver, I recommend you inquire at The Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
I taught for two years for Booming Ground as a writing mentor. It’s a fantastic way for emerging writers to connect with other writers and get feedback on your work. You can find out more about Booming Ground and the services it offers on its website here.
In the 2011-2012 school year, I had the pleasure of teaching for New Shoots. It’s a program in which MFA students in Creative Writing from UBC work with the Vancouver School Board to go into classrooms to engage the creative writing interests and skills of high school students. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun during my time with New Shoots. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please click here!