Laryssa Wirstiuk is a college-level writing instructor with more than four years of experience teaching undergraduate writing, more specifically: basic reading and writing skills, creative writing, and multimedia composition. Wirstiuk has taught at community colleges and a public university. In addition, she has worked as a writing center specialist, tutoring both undergrad and grad students and offering conversation practice to international students.
Wirstiuk earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland and eventually self-published her thesis, a collection of short stories titled The Prescribed Burn, using money she raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The Prescribed Burn received Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Her poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction have been published in both digital and print literary journals worldwide. In addition, Wirstiuk’s one-act plays have been performed on Manhattan stages.
What makes Wirstiuk unique is her blend of knowledge in creative writing, publishing (both digital and print), and digital media. In addition to teaching students how to utilize traditional forms of creative writing, Wirstiuk can show them how to write for digital formats and share their work using new technologies.