My focus is on transformational writing — for writer and reader. (For more information on current workshops, please see here.)

I’m big on process.

I have taught personal narrative workshops in non-profits, cultural arts centers, homes and out of Thunderhead Writers’ Collective. My students range from age nine to 95. Some are professional writers. Most are laypeople, and by laypeople I mean people who do not make a living with words. I offer 8-week courses, 1-day workshops, and 3-hour classes on a variety of topics/techniques. Groups are an intimate size and my material is constantly evolving.

Themes: Body, Landscape and Voice
We all have a body. We all know at least one landscape. We all have a voice. Which means that everyone has a relationship to body and to landscape and to voice. You can’t say that about much else. Not everyone knows what it’s like to be a half-sister, a Syrian or a watermelon seed-spitting champion. But body, landscape and voice are elemental- inextricably linked to each other, and, in many ways, one and the same. Though our modern hustle has tried to squash them, no one can escape them. Because I want to resuscitate them, one or all of these play a role in every workshop I run.

The Teaching Space
I teach from the gut. My students’ stories live within me and I am grateful for the exchange. Plenty of workshops out there focus on how to get published. Mine do not. My goal is to create a space for the ancient art of storytelling and listening. I work to connect a person to her/his syntax, voice and “charge” topics— as well as to others in the group. When a person discovers both his/her own uniqueness and commonality with others in the same stroke, I have done my job.

Cross-disciplinary workshops excite me greatly. I have collaborated with artists, healers, movers... 

 

TESTIMONIALS

“I felt I could get personal. I felt pressed to work. I’m sure it was much the same for our whole group – we were exposed and challenged but safe to grow our writing in any direction we chose. Molly, keep the bar high. Don’t make the workload easier. You have such a good way with people and you share your knowledge so well – I was amazed at the quality and consistency of your attention to everyone’s work.” Sean Darby

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“Thank you so much, Molly, this was huge for me!! What I like best is you. I think you are inspiring. Your openness to whatever came out of me was also very helpful and kept me engaged.” Gail Gettler

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“I loved how our group came together and how we came to trust each other and go deeper in our own writing. I think there was a bit of magic there and you, as our teacher, did something to allow that to happen. Whatever you did, it was subtle and unforced and very effective. I feel that I have regained faith in my writing and I am thinking of ways I can keep it flowing. One of your biggest strengths, I believe, is your way of helping each of us to write in our own authentic way. There was no “formula” you were trying to pass on to us, and I think you were very successful in helping us discover the writer inside. You also helped me understand the difference between free-writing and the hardwork of producing a more polished piece. They are both so important and so interconnected. Thanks again for being a gentle yet powerful writing teacher.” Holly Haussman

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“Your complete lack of pretension was so nice… there was no eager ego there. That made it easier for us to blubber along trying to find our feet. Really Molly you do have a touch. You’re a natural who has also put a lot of thought into how to make the class work well. You are great at critiques, very concrete and helpful. Doing this class has woken me up to literature. I am now thrilled with words! What a gift! I take pleasure in putting my own words together now, am trusting I have something to say with them and that they can pull things from the depths that I will want to know. Much to be grateful for, dear Molly.” Nina Alexander

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“You are a natural. You have a wonderful, easy-going, yet professional approach. All your comments and handling of other’s comments were supportive and useful. It felt like you were in charge while being one of the group- nice natural leadership style. I’ve been told I don’t suffer fools well… I didn’t suffer you at all.” Laura Harris

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“When you speak to anyone, your voice and your body language make the person feel invited into creativity, into writing. When people read short pieces, you have the ability to pick out the little seeds that can grow into something. Your students learn from what you say to each person. As an educator, it seems to me that the relationship piece which you provide with your personality, your very being, is key to creating an environment in which we can learn. I think people can only learn when they are learning something they care about from someone they care about and who cares for them.” Robbye Hamburgh

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“You are really talented at this. It was obvious right away that you were nurturing and kind with regard to people’s fears and hesitations about sharing/opening up. Obviously everyone felt safe, the pieces reflect that. People took chances and went to difficult places in their writing. It really made the whole experience so much more interesting and real. Full of depth. You rock. You hold super safe space and are consistent and helpful and humorous and lovely.” Stacey Tompkins

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“You have amazing ability to boost confidence and provide critical evaluation. I have really benefited from the class. Offer another class.” Jim Nelson

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“Something that I can’t name happened to me in the process. I think I was able to externalize my voice and find a seed story to craft. I learned a great deal about critiquing another piece of work. I learned about passive vs. active voice and leads. I learned about showing not telling and flushing out a story.” Linda Babcock

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“YOU ARE AMAZING. A healer in your own right. And so incredibly wise. Thank you.” Dr. Holcomb Johnston

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“I learned SO much. I learned to be brave! Great balance of listening and reflecting and safety and sharing and then in the next moment (but not abruptly) we’d be talking about adverbs or activating our verbs. It meant that it stayed a writing class. Balancing those two elements is hard but you are skilled, Molly. I learned to work towards making everything intentional. I learned to ask myself what the piece is about. It was a great process for me and I can’t imagine NOT having that in my writing life now. And when I was on the other side (workshopping someone else’s piece) I learned to be a better listener and to work towards being as intentional with feedback as we are with our writing.” Chris Coppollilo

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“You have a gift for putting people at ease immediately. You really have a lovely enthusiasm that is infectious! You validated the importance of writing about ANYTHING you care about because, if you do, someone else will. Thank you.” Jennifer Coleman