Teaching

Left Margin LIT, a Berkeley-based creative writing center.

Writing the Everyday: Artful Observation
Four-week online poetry class, $245
March 2-23, 2021, Tuesdays at 6-8PM PST

How can we reclaim the lost grounds of our attention and cultivate writing habits that allow us to attend artfully to the everyday? In this engaging, generative poetry class, we’ll draw inspiration from everyday life and the natural world. We will experiment with low-stakes observational practices like sketching, color studies, and plant gathering to foster new possibilities of growth in our writing. (No background in visual art is expected or required.)

In practicing the art of observation, you will emerge with renewed inspiration and a wealth of creative exercises to enrich your writing. You also will have a unique record of the everyday—testament to the way that attention to the ordinary, over time, accumulates into a powerful, living document of one’s relationship with the present.

This online course will be offered through Left Margin LIT, a creative writing center and workspace in Berkeley dedicated to serving the East Bay’s writers and readers—whether curious, aspiring, or established.


Mia Ayumi Malhotra has taught creative and expository writing in a variety of contexts, including Pinewood School, the University of Washington, and the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars. She is passionate about inspiring writers of all ages through classroom instruction, author talks, and engaging craft-based writing workshops. Contact her for more information.