NaNoWriMo comes to Rhode Island!


A Free After School Youth Writing Program for National Novel Writing Month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – School One, an independent high school and co-creators of Write Rhode Island announce a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Young Writers Program for students in grades 7-12. NaNoWriMo provides tools for writers of all ages around the world brave and crazy enough to tackle an ambitious writing project in just one month. School One will provide a creative writing teacher, classroom space and snacks – Who can resist snacks?—as part of this after school creative writing program.

 NaNoWriMo meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00, with the option to stay and write until 5:30.

  • October 25th First Meeting: Students will get to know each other, plan their novels with guided activities, create profiles and set personal word-count goals.
  • November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th: Get writing! Sessions will begin with check-ins, pep talks and prompts, followed by dedicated writing time and one-on-one support.
  • December 6th: Celebrate! Students will celebrate their accomplishments with a pizza party and choose and revise scenes to share at a final reading with family and friends, TBD.

This is a free program for students who want to take their imaginations to the next level and have fun with writing in an ambitious yet relaxed environment. Youth who may already be participating in Novel Writing Month at school or elsewhere are welcome to join for extra support and community.

Students must register in advance with School One. Contact Diana Champa at or (401) 331-2497. Sessions will take place at School One, 220 University Ave, Providence, RI 02906.

Maryann Ullmann, the Instructor, is a local teaching artist on the RISCA Education Roster. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and has taught writing in numerous community spaces including county jails, cultural centers, and after school programs. Contact her at

School One is a small, independent high school in Providence that provides an arts-intensive, college preparatory education to an array of students from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November. The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, also helps K-12 educators facilitate NaNoWriMo in schools, libraries, and community centers around the world.


Pleased to join the board of Frequency Writers


I’m super excited and honored to join the board of Frequency Writers, an organization that fosters the Rhode Island Writing Community with classes, events, networking and publication opportunities. Check it out, follow on Facebook, and subscribe to the monthly newsletter for updates!

Also, please consider supporting our work so we can continue to make our classes affordable and accessible for everyone. Thank you!




Writers & Readers Happy Hour


I’m excited to collaborate with Frequency Writers of Providence, RI to host the Writers’ & Readers’ Happy Hour!

Next one is Friday, November 4th, 5-7 pm, at the AS220 Bar at 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI, 02903.

Description: Just because we literary types like to hole up in corners alone with our laptops and books for hours on end does not mean we are antisocial creatures! Come on out of hibernation to meet your fellow writers and readers, get a little tipsy, and, as Shakespeare put it, “drink down all unkindness.”

RSVP on Facebook!

Also, join the Literary Rhody group for more news on literary events around Rhode Island!

Certified Again


Happy to report that my story Certifiedoriginally published in 2011, has been chosen for The Best of Halfway Down the Stairs, 2010-2015 in their special Grey Area issue.

“The woman who works miracles, Linda, has given up. She’s gotten a day job as a Red Cross Instructor. In the phantom green fluorescent-lit basement of an old church, she teaches us the secret of breathing life into mannequins. Our warm lips press against the antiseptic plastic. We count to three. . .”

Read more here.

Suspension of Classes


Hello everyone! It’s been wonderful teaching classes here in Mexico City with so many interesting, talented students and lively discussions. Many people have asked about more sessions and I regret to say that due to other work commitments I have been unable to continue teaching the evening classes.

Now, I am moving back to the U.S. It’s entirely possible I may be back to visit and teach special short sessions, so I will keep you all in the loop. Meanwhile the Facebook group, Mexico Readers & Writers, will stay active and I encourage you all to join and network with each other!

Creative Writing & Literature Classes in English in Mexico City


NEW SESSION beginning in October 2014! Weeknights at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, near the “Francia” stop on the Metrobus or “Barranca del Muerto” on the metro. Full details below.

Creative Reading & Writing: Tuesdays (8 sessions) 7:30-9:00 p.m. beginning October 21st

Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Wednesdays (4 sessions/biweekly) 7:30-9:30 p.m. beginning October 29th

CREATIVE READING & WRITING – For advanced and native English speakers.

We will read and discuss multi-genre classic and contemporary literary texts in English and complete writing exercises inspired by the texts. Participants who choose the writing feedback option will receive individualized critique on their writing according to their levels and needs. For example, English language learners may seek corrections on English grammar while native speakers may seek more in-depth advice on creative writing craft.

Former students are welcome to take this course as we will cover all new material. It may also be taken simultaneously with the Advanced Creative Writing Workshop.*

Details: 8 weeks from October 21st – December 9th, Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 (12 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. Cost without writing feedback: MXN $1200 + purchase of food and/or drink. With writing feedback: MXN $1600. Payment is due on the first day of class. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your English level and why you are interested in the course!

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP – For native and fluent English speakers with some previous creative writing experience.

This workshop will operate as a guided writing critique group tailored to the goals of the participants. Each session, we will exchange feedback on each other’s work and discuss craft readings relevant to our objectives. You will be supported in your own writing discipline, receive in-depth feedback on your work, and develop skills in identifying and solving problems in revision. We will meet biweekly as well as share online. Former students welcome. May be taken simultaneously with Creative Reading & Writing.* Reading widely is an important aspect of your development as a writer!

Details: 4 Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 (October 29th, November 12th & 26th, December 10th at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Guadalupe Inn. MXN $800 + purchase of food and/or drink. Payment is due on the first day of class. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals!

*Taking these courses together or sequentially will address multiple stages in the writing process. Creative Reading & Writing generates seeds for inspiration, while the Advanced Creative Writing Workshop addresses revision of completed work. It will be offered again in the spring.

About the Teacher:

Maryann Ullmann is a writer and teacher from the United States. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing with a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing from Chatham University where she was awarded the Whitford Fellowship. She has published a range of shorts stories, essays, articles, and poetry in publications such as The Literary Bohemian, PermafrostPrime Number, Whole Terrain, and Cultural Survival Quarterly, among othersShe also served as the Fall 2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA.

She has taught ESOL at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, the New England School of English in Cambridge, MA, and for NGOs and private clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Thailand. She has also taught creative writing and literature for both kids and adults through community programs in the U.S. such as Words Without Walls, the Literary Arts Boom, and the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Currently, she teaches English at Montessori de la Condesa.

*Connect to others interested in English language reading & writing in Mexico via the Mexico Readers & Writers Facebook group!*

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