Kathleen Melin, Author and Educator


Teaching Philosophy

I believe everyone can write and that we all have stories to tell. As an instructor, I create a safe space for these often powerful and deeply personal expressions. I guide participants through the writing process and offer them tools to use as they continue their writing lives beyond our shared experience. My classes create a community of mutual support where we deepen the bonds of connection – to ourselves and each other. Like most things, writing develops with time and attention. In the practice of writing, we are changed.

I’ve taught all kinds of people in all kinds of settings: at-risk youth on a farm, middle aged memoirists at libraries, reluctant learners in a k-12 school, talented teens in private classes, university students, community college students, intergenerational groups at festivals, and more. Experiential learning sticks best. Classes are filled with writing, movement, and generally include moments in or with nature.


I’ve developed courses for the classes listed below and can create others tailored to your needs.

Creative Non-Fiction: The Relevant Personal Story

Fabulous Fiction: Writing from the stories of our lives for ages 13-17

Changing the World: Writing the Issue-based Memoir

Bringing in the Harvest: Creative non-fiction from the abundance of your life

 Free verse for Free Kids (Ages 13-17)

 Moving Poetry (Ages 5-12)



“Creative Non-Fiction: The Relevant Personal Story, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Jan. 12 – Feb. 9, 2016

“Fabulous Fiction” (ages 13-17), Kindred Farm Retreat, Saint Croix Falls, WI, July 16 – 30th, 2015

“Creative Non-Fiction: The Relevant Personal Story,” Kindred Farm Retreat/Unity Community Education, Saint Croix Falls, WI, March 2010.


I enjoyed this class so much – it lit up my whole winter!

Barbara S.

Learned lots, felt free to explore and expand, good pace, excellent writing examples and discussions. Kathleen’s experience as both teacher and writer made everything flow comfortably and productively. So glad to have taken this class.

Cindy C.

I learned so much. Lots of fun in an environment that was not intimidating.

Wendy L.

Kathleen is a wonderful teacher – she really zeros in on what’s good, what needs changing, and why.

Judy D.

Kathleen is an excellent instructor.   I gained a lot of understanding about the writing process.

Tanna W.

Thank you, Kathleen, for this amazing class! I learned so much and have explored many more facets of my writing!

Seren S.