Carine holds a Master's Degree in Teaching Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children, as well
as certificates to teach Learning Handicapped, and English Learners.
She has worked with non-verbal autistic children, teens with severe social and learning delays, and seriously
acting-out children in county schools in both New York and Southern California. Over the years, Carine's students,
most of whom were seriously language impaired, were given the chance to listen to great poetry, create their own,
and produce a finished product of an anthology. She has taught poetry to children for 20 years. Carine is one
of a few poets living in the South Bay who has organized on-going adult workshops, and the only poet offering
community based classes at the Torrance Cultural Center. She also conducts on-line mentoring classes.
"With her warm, generous nature and no-nonsense approach, Carine has been extremely helpful in guiding me to find the essence of the poems I write. Her passion for writing and teaching is inspiring."
"Carine is a fantastic online mentor. Whenever I submit poems for her review, she promptly responds with detailed and practically helpful comments. During the mentorship, Carine regularly exposed me to new poets, literary criticism and literary events. When my poetry hit a ceiling, Carine's writing exercises and insightful critiques helped me push past it. Based on the poems I wrote under her guidance and tutelage, I was honored with a 2008 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship."
Online Mentoring serves beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers who need constructive criticism on new work or work in progress. I am offering poets individually tailored, one-on-one assistance with their poetry. My goal is to enable you to strengthen and sustain your writing, and complete your projects. You, the poet, can work from the convenience of your own home in flexible time frames using e-mail.
All writers need constructive criticism on their work, whether it's getting through a first draft, submitting poems to journals, or readying a manuscript for publication. You may need a complement to workshops or conferences. Online Mentoring allows you to incorporate your writing into your life in sustainable ways.
Here's how Online Mentoring works:
You simply submit a one page statement about your goals: what are you most interested in pursuing in your writing; in which direction would you like to see your work moving; how do you feel about your writing at this point in your lifeyour strengths/weaknesses. Also, attach one or several poems you would like critiqued. I reply after reading your work, commenting on it in detail, directing your work, and giving advice. My time will include reviewing and reflecting upon your writing, forming questions, creating writing exercises for you, and recommending books. Any questions you may have, any observations or comments, include in your e-mail, then attach your poems. Remember: this one-on-one exchange is confidential and your work will not be shared with anyone else. Time spent will be noted on all work.
Fees: I ask that you commit to 3-hours, paid in advance. The fee $150, significantly lower than the cost of Online Mentoring through universities. If you have any questions, please contact me.
I look forward to working with you soon.