I created the Delaware Writers Studio in March 2017 because I wanted a series of workshops created by writers for writers, and nothing like that existed in New Castle County. Kirkwood Library agreed to host the series on the third Sunday of every month. I then created the website, and all the publicity and advertising materials.
I started this with JM Reinbold, from the Written Remains Writers Guild, as an informal monthly gathering where writers could talk with other writers about writing and the writing life. It met at the Panera’s on Kirkwood Highway for the first few years. Then Panera’s remodeled and no longer had a space for a group this large. The Newark Arts Alliance now runs the Writers Breakfast Club, still on the first Saturday of every month.
SOME HISTORICAL SITES AND PROJECTS
DELAWARE LITERARY EVENTS
I created the DE Literary Events site because I got tired of learning about writing-related events the day after they occurred. I maintained the site for as long as I could, but could not keep up with it once I started the DE Writers Studio.
THE ASSOCIATION OF WORKING CLASS ACADEMICS
I cofounded the Association of Working Class Academics with a small group of other academics, and served as Vice President from its founding until it merged into the Working Class Studies Association in 2015. AWCA advocated for students and faculty of poverty- and working-class origins, stroves to implement reforms designed to assure greater class equity within colleges and universities, established relationships and connections between poverty- and working-class academics, and served as an informational resource for those interested in issues affecting poverty- and working-class people.
Golden Threads was founded by an amazing woman named Christine Burton, when she was 80 years old. You can read more about her on the Golden Threads page about her, or on one of the sites about the documentary film made about her: for example, itvs or PBS: POV.
IF IT WASN’T FOR THE WOMEN
This project was created in Flash as part of the Golden Threads website. Christine Pattee had taken a series of photographs of Alix Dobkin teaching a group of women to sign to one of her songs. Alix kindly allowed us to use the music.
This site for best-selling author Sharon Mitchell was one of the first sites I did that was completely non-academic in nature.
NYU HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAMS ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP
I created this site while doing my graduate work at NYU, and teaching in the Opportunities Programs. It includes a Perl/MySql/Flash Tutors Office, where students could upload papers, then tutors could work on them and return them to the students. Doesn’t seem all that sophisticated now, but it was for its time (~2000).
NYU’S CENTER FOR ONLINE LEARNING AND PEDAGOGY
I was primarily a content area specialist on this site, but some of the ideas I developed in that process made their way into the design as well.
VISUAL GUIDE TO WRITING
I started this site in grad school, as a way of learning HTML. I soon started working with Director, though, and switched almost exclusively to interactive software for some time. I always meant to get back to this and finish it. Maybe someday I’ll modernize it and finish it up.
My first website