At Vista Life Innovations, I teach adults with developmental disabilities, both in-person and during this time of COVID-19, via Zoom.

Sample of Recent Classes

Write Your Life
Our “life’s story” is rarely a single story. More likely, it is a series of stories about events or people that have special meaning to us. Each week, we will use exercises to help recall and describe significant memories, events and people that are essential parts of who we are. Participants may choose to keep a journal as part of their work and memory recall outside of the classroom.

Travel the World! (ZOOM)
After months of staying in due to COVID-19, each week students will use their imaginations to do one thing they can’t do right now: travel the world, eat at a restaurant, attend a music concert, a play, a sporting event. They will then use their 5 senses to write about their experiences.

Write and Publish Your Own Children's Book 
In this class, students will write, illustrate and publish their very own children's books
Class activities will include:

  • Readings from popular children's books 
  • Short writing exercises  
  • Illustration sessions

Participants will be encouraged to share their work with the group, and will also practice how giving positive feedback to peers who share their work. The class will culminate in a field trip to a local elementary school kindergarten class, where class members will read their newly published books to children. All abilities are welcome, and no prior experience writing is required.

Write a Short Story, Novel, Or Novella, Part I*
Beginning a short story, novella or novel might seem like a daunting task, however, doing thorough preparation can make it less so. In this class, you will do the work you need to do before you begin your work of fiction using lessons that comprise the National Novel Writing Month preparation program. You will:
1. Develop a Story Idea
2. Create Complex Characters
3. Construct a Detailed Plot or Outline
4. Build a Strong World

You should be prepared to do your work on an iPad or computer using Google Drive so that you can share your work with the instructor for review and comments.
*Please note, this class will be followed by a “Part II” offering, in which you will begin to write your work of fiction.

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