Francesca G. Varela, a graduate of show:tell, Marylhurst's summer camp for teen writers and artists, published her first novel in 2014.
Department of English
MFA, Mills College
BA, University of Oregon
Basic Expository Writing and Critical Thinking
Exploring United States Culture through Minority and Majority Issues
Introduction to Expository Writing and Critical Thinking
Persuasive Writing and Argument
Cara completed her MFA (2003) in English and Creative Writing at Mills College in Oakland, California. She received her BA in Sociology (1997) from University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. She has taught writing at Clackamas Community College, Marylhurst University, and Pacific International Academy. She enjoys writing fiction, young adult fiction, and creative non-fiction and has been published in The Oregonian, The Mills Quarterly and reviewed in Dramatics magazine. Her first published piece was performed by Denver Center Theatre Company actors as part of the Young Playwrights Program when she was seventeen.