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Peggy is an author and teacher who believes that confidence is the key to clear and authoritative writing. She instills the love of writing in the most reluctant writers, and she challenges and develops the versatility of writers who are eager and enthusiastic. With strategies that use fine art and literature, Peggy helps students of all ages to trust their own power of interpretation, perception and expression. Peggy also teaches ESOL to adults, published an article to SABES magazine on teaching conversation without textbooks and presented her original curriculum at ESOL professional development workshops. Peggy has also presented her philosophy and approach to teaching writing at in-service workshops for Andover middle and high school teachers and at education conferences. She has taught writing as a classroom teacher and tutor to grades five through eight, as a tutor and guest author to high school students, and to graduate, undergraduates,non-native speakers and lifelong learners.
Peggy is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories. She is also the editor of two anthologies and has published non-fiction in the Boston Globe Magazine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Peggy was named a 2005 Literacy Champion by the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation for her work in Arts and Healing and in community arts education, and has won state grants, awards, and fellowships for her writing and teaching.
I teach students to interpret contemporary and 19th Century poetry, fiction and non-fiction by enabling them to see how their own perceptions and instincts can reveal a works' deeper significance; I help students value literature and begin to enjoy it by discouraging them from approaching it as if it were something to disassemble and dissect. I approach the reading of literature with the sensibilities of a writer, since I am a novelist and a writer of non-fiction.
I taught ESOL 2 for two years (2004-2005) at the Asian Center of Merrimack Valley Inc. I published an article on teaching conversation without textbooks in a SABES publication and presented at an ESOL professional development conference. I obtained a certification to teach ESL from Northern Essex Community College in 2004.
I am the author of Fighting Gravity, a novel published by Steerforth Press (2001), and a book of short stories, When the Animals Leave, published by Ampersand Press. A second novel is currently represented by The Spieler Agency. I have published essays and articles in The Guardian, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and in the Boston Globe Magazine and Book Section. I hold an MA and and MFA in creative writing, have won grants and awards for teaching and writing, and teach writing in universities,high schools, middle schools, hospitals, social service centers and in correctional facilities. As a professional writer, I am intimately aware of how hard it is to do, and have developed methods over the years that guide even the most reluctant writer to find and trust his or her own voice and perceptions, and to embrace both academic and creative writing as a powerful and enduring means of self-expression.
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