Andy Couturier, MA

andys pictureAndy is the author of Writing Open the Mind (Ulysses Press, 2005) and A Different Kind of Luxury (Stonebridge Press, 2010). He is an essayist, a poet and a professionally-trained writing teacher. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including Adbusters, Creative Non-Fiction, The MIT Press, The Japan Times, The North American Review, The Oakland Tribune, Kyoto Journal, Fiber Arts, The Writer and others. He has taught writing at the SF Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychotherapy, UC Santa Cruz, California State University, East Bay, and at JFK University. Read an essay by the instructor which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize "Selling Indulgence in Corporate Japan."

PUBLISHED WORKS ON WRITING:Available to download and try on your own to get a feel for our courses.)


Andy received his MA from San Francisco State University in 1997 in English composition (the teaching of writing). Areas of emphasis included:

  • Emotions in the Writing Process (presented at the SFSU Composition Forum)

  • Bringing Improvisation into Revision

  • Organizing Your Writing with True Creativity

  • Theories of Japanese Aesthetics as they apply to Writing and Teaching

In courses at The Opening, he brings the insights of the composition field beyond the academic arena where they were developed.