“Probably more than any other professor I’ve had, Marc understands the creative process and knows how to best give his students both room and instruction to create art, which is a very difficult balance to find.”
— from a student at
Chatham University MFA
For me, teaching is an extension of the writing studio, a place to share some of the trade tools I’ve managed to pick up at my own desk’s “workshop.” Each writer, each manuscript, is an emerging work-in-progress, bearing individual intentions, voices, and needs.
Chatham University MFA info.
“He defies conventions of normal teaching. Puts everything he’s got into the course, treats his students as writers. Very patient and attentive, genuinely caring.” — University of Pittsburgh “Screenwriting”
“Marc taught me to think differently about what I am writing and why I am writing it. Incredibly illuminating.” -- Iowa Summer Writing Festival “Art of Metaphor”
“Fantastic teacher. Very low key and supportive, but loaded with ideas and perspectives and some of the most effective exercises that I’ve experienced.” -- The Loft, Minneapolis “Writing with Sense(s)”
“Marc worked with me on my first literary essay, which won first prize in a national literary contest and a Pushcart nomination. I treasure Marc's mentorship. Genuine, grounded, and accessible.”
— Garet Lahvis, Portland WA
"When Marc comments on work, the writer is in safe hands. Observations are generous, focused, and honest without being prescriptive or judgmental. Working with Marc is a productive collaborative experience between peers." — Cheryl J. Anthony, Minneapolis, MN
"Marc never sought to change my writing. Instead, he sought to understand what I was trying to accomplish and shared relevant examples and experience to help me get there, and offered advice to keep me moving when I got stuck." -- Barbara Gordon, Pittsburgh PA