Rick Bailey is the author of three memoirs in essays: American English Italian Chocolate (2017), The Enjoy Agenda (2019), and Get Thee to a Bakery (2021).


I taught community college English for 38 years. The last 20 years of my teaching, I moved my course materials online and wrote essays with my students, finding the online interaction to be effective and, most importantly, empowering for students. “This semester,” I would tell students, “everyone will write something they love.” That turned out to be true.

I’m sure it will be true here as well.

On this site I’ll be using an approach that worked well: focused writing prompts, samples of writing you can imitate to get your writing going, discussion boards where you can post the rough writing you do. I will also make suggestions on how to give shape to your raw material and ready it for publication.