- In 2000, Rebecca earned an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Purdue University.
- In 2007, she was awarded a PhD in Literature and Critical Theory from the University of Washington. Her dissertation earned the highest rating in every category (research, clearness and logical arrangement, command of the literature, scope and substance, originality and insight)from every member of the examining committee.
- She has taught fiction writing workshops, personal essay writing workshops, as well as basic and advanced composition courses at major universities from 1998 to the present.
- She won Purdue University’s Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2001 for a fiction workshop offered in Fall 2000.
- She was runner-up for the University of Washington’s Webber Prize for outstanding first year teaching of composition in 2002.
- She won the University of Washington’s Brown Graduate Prize for best article in 2004.
- From 2000-2001 she served as Fiction Editor for Sycamore Review, Purdue University’s literary magazine. From 1998-2000 she was an editorial assistant on the same magazine.
- She was an editorial assistant for Without Covers: Small Magazines in the Face of Online Publishing Purdue University Press, Fall 2001.
- In 1991-1993 she served as editor and co-publisher of Silver Valley Voice, a monthly non-profit magazine that served as a forum for community issues and creative writing in Shoshone County, Idaho.
- Before turning to scholarly writing and teaching, she learned the craft of nonfiction writing and research by working for two decades as a ghostwriter, newspaper reporter, editor, and freelance writer.
I wanted to be a writer even before I could even read. In third grade, I began laboring away at my first novel. By junior high I was sold on the valuable practice of keeping a journal. There was never any question that writing was my particular path.
After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in English, I managed to parlay my first “real” job as secretary for a financial consultant into a position that involved ghostwriting and marketing my employer’s business management articles. Next I worked as a reporter for two community newspapers, then as a freelancer for regional and national magazines and a reporter for a regional daily newspaper. Eventually I started a county-wide monthly news magazine, while serving as a volunteer tutor in our local learning center and county jail. During all these years I devoted my spare time to fiction, crafting dozens of short stories and four novels.
At midlife, I decided to return to graduate school to hone my writing skills and learn how to teach. In 2001 I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Purdue University, and in 2007, a PhD in Literature and Critical Theory from the University of Washington in Seattle. I’ve taught university–level writing classes for the past 12 years, first as a graduate student, and more recently as a career path. You can see my resume by clicking the link below.
Perhaps more important than any professional or academic qualification, however, is the fact that I’ve been committed to regular meditation since 1981. My meditation and writing practices constitute the true center of my life. For the past eight years I’ve lived at Ananda Community, an intentional community dedicated to the practice of yoga and meditation. I recently married another community resident and traveler on the spiritual path.
As much as I’ve enjoyed university teaching, I would like to begin to share what I’ve learned in a context that allows me the luxury of one-on-one interaction, and the freedom to speak more directly about the vital role that language can play in the quest for meaning, growth, and personal fulfillment: Hence these workshops.
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