Holly teaches classes in literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia, as well as independently, online. Below are archived and upcoming classes and webinars open to the public. She is also a certified naturalist, offering classes in an array of topics. You can hire Holly as a naturalist, a writing coach, or to read your nonfiction, poetry, or fiction manuscript. If interested, get in touch via the Contact page.
Leaning Against in the Darkness
No artist is an island. The Western myth of the lone artistic genius needs to be shot down. This course centers the interdependent nature of writing and will radically transform your practice. By allowing yourself to lean against, and to be leaned against, you’ll turn your art into a force, and you will gain strength for the darkness we’re in.
Grounded: Land and Place in Literature
"Through the iron-barred window I see a square field of wheat in an enclosure… above which I see the morning sun rising in all its glory." —Van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Theo, from the asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Multitudes: The More-than-Human World in Literature
In this class, we will begin to uncover narratives of our deep intimacies and intertwinings with what the philosopher David Abram calls the more-than-human world. As we read and discuss stories, poems, and essays, we will examine the role of the sensuous terrain and all its living beings in literature. More Details
“The name of a self is poverty.” — Alice Notley “…Dependence on others—or at least relation to them—is the condition of possibility for self-reliance.” — Maggie Nelson More Details
“You cannot overcome being stuck if you somehow feel you would be guilty if you were stuck. When you are perfectly free to feel stuck or not stuck, then you’re unstuck. … More Details
I am available to support you as you work on honing your craft, refining your vision, establishing a regular writing practice, getting past your fears and hang-ups, crafting your book pitch, or whatever other goals you would like to set for yourself. More Details
I read nonfiction, poetry, and fiction manuscripts and offer editing and feedback. More Details
From Cold Facts to Truths that Sing: Incorporating Research into Creative Nonfiction
A webinar at Creative Nonfiction, May 2022 More Details
As a certified naturalist, Holly teaches an array of outdoor-education classes, which can be tailored to any age group (ages 3-100). She is currently available for classes locally in the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachian regions, as well as remotely on Zoom. Possible topics include but are not limited to: tree identification, forest ecology, aquatic wildlife, nature journaling, haiku (seasonal nature poetry), botany, foraging, and medicinal plants. To inquire about rates, please visit the contact page.