Mural at the entrance to the Kobe Ropeway. I imagine this scene smells like ice cream & heliotropes.

“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.”

-Melissa Slager, Intro to Fiction: Writing the Short Story student

“I would take this class again in a heart beat.”

-Fiction workshop participant

“Outstanding! This is one of the best classes I’ve taken at Richard Hugo House.”

-Writing with Visual Art student

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.”

-Writing with Visual Art student

Variety and flexibility drive my approach to teaching writing. This comes in many forms: variety of materials and activities, as well as flexibility in response to my students’ learning styles, needs, and desires. I am committed to bringing students a range of practical tools and creative stimuli.


Upcoming classes:

  • Architectural Stories, Hugo House, a two-day class, Saturday, November 10, 10 am-12 pm and Sunday, November 11, 10 am-12 pm.
  • Research in Fiction, a 75-minute webinar via Inked Voices, Wednesday, November 14, 8:30-9:45 pm EST / 5:30-6:45 pm PST.
  • Fiction II online, Hugo House, an eight-week class beginning January 8, 2019.

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Previous Classes:

I have developed courses for and taught at the following institutions.

Literary Arts

StoryStudio Chicago

Write on the Sound Conference

  • Powerful Objects: Character, Plot and Resonance, a 75-minute presentation.

Seattle Writes at the Seattle Public Library

Inked Voices


The Living Room Workshops

Richard Hugo House

University of Washington

  • Beginning Short Story Writing
  • Expository Writing

Pace University

  • Critical Reading & Composition  for speakers of English as a second language
  • Academic Writing, a developmental class for speakers of English as a second language

Community English Program at Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Advanced English as a Second Language

Xincon Technology School

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) preparation

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