Studying with some of the most prolific and recognized writers in the country, Nancy (N.T. Arévalo) loves bringing best practices to life for her students, whether novices or pros. Beloved by students for her dynamic, engaging, yet approachable teaching style, she seeks to rally the good writer in you.

Her stories have appeared in various publications, including Shenandoah, Necessary Fiction, Regarding Arts & Letters, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Rose & Thorn Journal, Waterhouse Review, The San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, The Boiler Journal, Literary Arts, and Eclectica. Her story "The Last Landmine" received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Bevel Summers Prize Contest.

Nancy serves as a writer, editor, and strategic advisor for projects across the country. She's been recognized for her teaching, coaching, and leadership--including outstanding results serving second language and at-risk learners, as well as leading organizational turnarounds and multiple strategic, systemic, and sustainable change efforts.

She's written two story collections and a novel, now in umpteenth draft. Nancy's received numerous scholarships and grant support for her fiction and been invited to attend some of the country's most prestigious juried workshops (such as Tin House, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Napa Valley Writers, and more). A former contributor to Literary Arts and an advocate for civil and human rights, you can find her working with Maui Nui habitat and wildlife conservation efforts. She's received Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness Training and regularly helps 'aina organizations with strategic policy, communications, and leadership efforts. Nancy also oversees a theatre project celebrating over 25 years serving West Maui.

Nancy is a first generation graduate that worked her way through community college to a Masters from Harvard University. A McNair Scholar, she's received a Community Pioneer Award and Koret Innovation Award.

A voracious reader and skilled leader with a diversity of experience, Nancy often serves as a trusted ear, asked to offer wisdom and expert consultant services in story development, editing, public policy analysis, motivation, transformation (personal, interpersonal, or organizational), project management, and strategic leadership.

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Emily Mathis. "Pinwheels." Eastern Iowa Review, 2018.

<-- Lines from two of our youngest poets, including one in Polish 

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"Nancy's amazing expertise & knowledge & approach! Being able to write in class too."

"Fabulous teacher and info was helpful!"

"The teacher. Her dedication and enthusiasm."

"I liked the size of the group and your knowledge and ability to share it. Nice job Nancy"

"I liked the writing prompts. It made it clear that almost any situation could be adopted into a story."

"Enjoyed being in company of other writers interested in same activity, similar goals, etc - but mostly with a teacher working on specific skills."

"I enjoyed the discussion about the stories we read."

"I liked the exercises and Nancy is just great."

The review on the structure was helpful for me, especially since i am in the middle of a book now.

"The small group made it easy to get a lot out of the class."

"The class was well designed from start to finish with each activity part of a whole."

"Hearing how others interpreted the stories."

"NANCY!!!!! She’s brilliant. Always want to learn skills and techniques. Nancy is an amazingly excellent teacher... supportive, good listener, knows her stuff, encouraging...on and on..."

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