POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY: Hired as an Adjunct Professor to teach writing courses

WRI 1016 -College Composition: Research AND WRI 1010 -College Composition: Writing & Research


WRI 1016-2 Classroom

SAN DIEGO MIRAMAR COLLEGE: Employed as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, Instructional Assistant and English Center Tutor during Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019.




As a Miramar College English Center SIL and IA, the positions involved working with community college English and ESOL students inside and outside the classroom. 

As an Instructional Apprentice, my work will involve assisting as an embedded tutor in a
course of developmental or transfer-level English, or ESOL, and as a tutor in the English Center, the college’s English tutoring center. Through this role, there is potential for growth and leadership, working typically 12-14 hours per week, with additional hours as needed. The formalized training, plus experience working with ESOL, developmental English, and transfer-level English students will enhance my ability to teach grammar, reading, writing, and critical thinking.  I’ll work closely with an experienced professor who mentors my in classroom management and pedagogy, as well as assessment, lesson planning, and presentation. In addition, I’ll learn to navigate the myriad and unexpected moments of working on a college campus. Most importantly, I’ll develop confidence in my teaching abilities, work with a diversity of students, and find inspiration for my future lesson plans and classroom activities.


CREATIVE WRITING 101: (Volunteer Instructor)

Course:                                  Creative Writing 101

Instructor:                            Lisa Balderston

Location:                               Jewish Family Services – San Diego

Class Session:                      Every other Wednesday / 10:30-12:00 (1.5 hours per session)

Course Description: In this introductory course students will learn the elements of effective prose – from plot and setting to characters and imagery – to create vivid and engaging short stories or essays. To sharpen writing skills and strengthen their understanding of the craft, each student will engage in both writing practice, reading assignments and workshop activities.

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the writing process involved in producing polished prose, including drafting, revising, and editing.
  • To correctly identify the basic elements of fiction.
  • To produce edited, polished works of fiction.
  • To be introduced to the creative writing workshop and portfolio methods.

Course Outcomes:

  • Be familiar with the craft elements of creative writing, including plot. scene, characters, point-of-view, dialogue, imagery, and other elements of literary prose.
  • Recognize and explain key features in fiction.

Creative Writing Topics:

  • Lesson 1:      Elements of a Story
  • Lesson 2:      Details & Descriptions
  • Lesson 3:      POV & Character Development
  • Lesson 4:      Showing vs Telling
  • Lesson 5:      Plot Structure
  • Lesson 6:      Dialogue
  • Lesson 7:      Review & Review/ Workshop Your Work!
  • Lesson 8:      Selling creative fiction (crafting your query letter)
  • Lesson 9:      How to appeal to publishers/Best resources to get published