I’ve worked in higher education for 15 years, teaching writing at all levels from college freshmen to graduate and advanced students in poetry workshops, mixed-genre creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama) workshops, nonfiction workshops, literature courses, and composition courses (including learning communities and scholars programs). I have four years of experience designing and implementing synchronous online writing courses using Blackboard Collaborate and five years teaching with Zoom. When I am designing courses, my goals include connecting students creatively with course content, crafting clear and fair learning modules for learning and assessment, and designing strategic ways for learners to receive feedback on their content area field(s) of study.

Building community through inclusive practices is at the heart of my pedagogy. I strive to create a welcoming environment as a professor, advisor, and mentor who values the individual experiences, perspectives, and pools of knowledge that students bring to the conversation.

Student testimonials:

“Tyler Mills exemplifies the best qualities in a teacher of poetry. She is a fountain of information about craft and innovation. She is an encourager, building her students confidence by highlighting their strengths. Beyond that, she is an astute editor that importantly, gives feedback that amplifies the poet’s unique voice. Her wise counsel about the business of poetry and getting published has been life changing for me.” – former student

“Anything Tyler teaches, I am in—be it poetry, memoir, or lyrical essay. She provides the most engaging prompts, her lectures stimulate rich discussions, and her thoughtful feedback goes to the writing’s heart, setting the writer ready to move the poem or piece to the next level. In short, all of Tyler’s workshops I have attended have been enriching beyond expectations.” – former student

Creative Writing Courses – Spring 2022

“Poetry and Memory” – The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College

January 5 – January 26, 2022

How can we connect memory and metaphor to sing our life’s songs? To speak to history and myth? To weave stories into personae that stretch the limits of what we think we know? In this four-week generative poetry workshop, you will write (or work on) four poems that we will workshop together each week, and we will read and think about poems by Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Larry Levis, and Vievee Francis.

Our first class will be focused on craft and honing in on what the techniques of building memory, metaphor and scene into our poems can do. Then, the following weeks, you’ll generate a brand-new poem using an exercise I provide (or share a poem in progress) that you’ll bring to workshop and that we will talk about. We will compassionately and thoughtfully offer feedback about the poems you bring to class in this generative workshop. Everyone who brings a poem to class will have work discussed. At the end of each session, we’ll think about the following week’s poem. At the end of our time together, you’ll have four poems that you’ve been building in a positive and empathetic community of writers. Poets of all levels are welcome, as are prose writers who would like to take a poetry workshop for the first time.

“Radical Revision: Preparing Poems for Publication” – Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center’s 24 Pearl Street

February 7 – March 4, 2022

So you have a draft. What now? This class is geared to helping you rip open the seams of your poems and re-enter them with fresh eyes so that you can prepare them for publication this year. We will look at the revision process of poets like Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Phillips, Gary Soto, and Sylvia Plath as you turn to your own work and re-enter its rooms. The goal is for your reader to—as Emily Dickinson says about poems—“feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off.” You should be prepared to bring 5-8 drafts to this course. If you don’t have drafts to bring, you will receive writing prompts based on specific themes to help you generate new work to revise. Let’s be radicals together and send our poems out into the world to do their work this year! LIVE ELEMENT: We will hold an attendance-optional poetry reading via Zoom during the last week of the course to celebrate your work

“Writing Place, Writing the Self: Memoir Workshop” – The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College

March 24 – April 21, 2022

This virtual writing workshop will invite you, through specific prompts, to write about places you lived, worked, and travelled. We all come from somewhere special, a place that we can see and smell and hear through memory. Our experience of place is often a story about ourselves—who we once were, who we are now, what pushed us and changed us. As Joan Didion writes in The White Album, “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that [they] remake it in [their] own image.” 

Whether you are working on a memoir or essay collection—or even coming to the genre of nonfiction for the first time—this class will inspire you to write about yourself through place and in doing so, you will write about love, frustration, hope, loss, and what changed you or surprised you.

Each week, you will submit a mini memoir (700-3,000 words) based on that week’s prompt that we will discuss in class, and you will receive feedback from me and from your peers in real time, via Zoom. Our conversations will be empathetic and dynamic and lead to approaches you can take in revising your work and in writing the next piece. By the end of this course, you will have a set of mini memoirs that you can develop and build into a larger project.