After writing screenplays and short fiction for over 20 years, I decided to attend Oakland University to study writing. I want to be able to share my passion for writing and to teach others how to express themselves professionally and creatively. As a creative writing major, I enjoy reading and critiquing works of writing in my workshops; and I have both classes and experience in business writing, English, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. This December I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing.
I also work full-time as a financial representative at Oakland University Credit Union. In my spare time I enjoy writing and directing short films. This summer I achieved a milestone—production of my first commercial. My fiancé and I, who will marry next October, co-own a production company that makes short films, podcasts, and online movie reviews. We’re very excited to continue this journey together.
Degree: B.A., 2019
Major: Creative Writing with a focus in Screenwriting
Special Training: Film Fundamentals and Film Directing
Years of Experience: I’ve been writing since I was 12.
Hero: Jesus and Grandpa Ray
High–Impact Books: the Amplified Bible, works of biblical scholar Major W. Ian Thomas, and 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
High–Impact Lecture: Peter Markus’s “Introduction to Poetry and Fiction,” which helped me understand poetry and that I could write it
Favorite Places I’ve Visited: Meijer Gardens, Downtown Toronto, Sleeping Bear Dunes
Hobbies: filmmaking, watching movies, listening to music, spending time with family and loved ones
Passion: writing and filmmaking (obviously), helping people, spreading positivity, encouraging others to express themselves creatively
Favorite Quotation: “The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.”