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Dylene Cymraes holds a BFA in Creative and Professional Writing from MIU. She is a professional author, writing mentor, editor and a trainer/facilitator. She has worked with writers at every level of expertise, from novices to PhD students. In the course of her professional life, she has edited and contributed to more than 50 screenplays, plus published five novels and two non-fiction books. Her work appears in the American Journal of Poetry and Sink Hollow. Her training and facilitation experience ranges from serving Family Support initiatives with the US Army in Europe to working with at-risk youth in inner city Baltimore and offering communication skills training for students in Iowa, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
I teach by enlivening curiosity and evoking collective discovery within individuals and groups. Deep discussions, personal reflections, and safe sharing are the cornerstones of my teaching process—always with the highest good for the development of each student in mind. Using the quiet inward experience of meditation, balanced with the outward practice of writing and communicating, I strive to find this same pattern of balance between silence and dynamism in the classroom.
“Dylene is a wise lecturer, clearly passionate about spreading the creative spark through writing prompts and games. She gives insightful and practical feedback in workshops, and she’s committed to classroom fairness.” —Jillian MacFarlane
“Dylene is a great teacher and her gentle nature provided a place of understanding and acceptance that is hard to come by. Her comments on my work were well thought out and so kind. I think she’s a great intro to fiction teacher because she really knows how to foster creativity with emotional intelligence.” —Student