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In the twelfth grade, Mrs. Ake told me I’d make a good teacher someday. “Thanks but no thanks,” I said — I had no such plans. She just smiled and raised an eyebrow. She knew something I didn’t.

In university I worked for a program called SALT, tutoring learning-disabled students in English. That was when I fell in love with teaching — with the fulfillment that comes from witnessing a student’s eyes light up, seeing meaning attached to words. After university I took a job teaching English as a Second Language in Busan, South Korea for one year. One year turned to six, and although I’ve long since returned to the States, I’ve never looked back.

I’m honored to be a resident and teacher at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and I love leading workshops, which take my students and me around the world. I’m committed to helping writers find their authentic story and accessing the tools, the voice, and the courage to put it on paper.

As a total newbie to writing, Lavinia's workshop class helped build my skills and confidence. Each week she taught and led us through great writing tips and techniques. Her workshopping process created a safe and supportive space for me to explore and expose my writing style and the story I wanted to share. I highly recommend this class for newbies and experienced students alike! "

Paige Mantel, former student (Writing & Publishing the Travel Essay)

I discovered Lavinia's travel essay workshop at the last minute and am so thankful I was able to join. She taught us about story structure and style and encouraged us to implement what we learned into our own travel essays. Terrific teacher and class - highly recommend!"

Jennifer Kelley, former student (Writing & Publishing the Travel Essay)

Upcoming Classes & Writing Workshops


The real meaning of travel, like that of a conversation by the fireside, is the discovery of oneself through contact with other people, and its condition is self-commitment in the dialogue.” –Paul Tournier