Ursula teaches and speaks in a variety of formats and venues.

Ursula is an experienced and innovative educator. Her 16-week online course for Austin Community College “Beginning Creative Writing: Memoir and Personal Essay” explores the range of modern Creative Nonfiction. She teaches a half-day workshop “More than Memory: Using Research to Enhance Your Memoir” in the classroom and virtually. Ursula has spoken on travel writing, Open Educational Resources, decolonizing travel, memoir writing, and the Peace Corps to a variety of audiences. She has presented at Arizona State University, the San Francisco Public Library, Crafton Hills College, Texas Digital Libraries, the Writers League of Texas, and the University of Oklahoma among others. She is a mentor in AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.

Teaching Philosophy

Ursula believes everyone can strengthen their writing craft regardless of experience. Her teaching focuses on demystifying the writing process and demonstrating the steps from prewriting to polished manuscript. With each course or workshop, her goal is to provide resources that will enable students to continue to develop their skills independently. Ursula is trained in the Quality Matters© online instruction rubric and committed to developing syllabi and course resources that are accessible, low-cost or free, and inclusive.

For information on Ursula’s fees and availability, please submit a request on the Contact page.

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