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We are currently offering courses taught by the following instructors:

Amanda Arista

Amanda Arista was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. She has dual bachelor degrees in English and Psychology and a Masters in Education. In 2008, she joined the SMU Writers Path and crafted her first novel. She went on to publish a series, Diaries of an Urban Panther, with Avon Romance. When she is not at coffee shops plotting character demises with fellow writers, she enjoys teaching others to build their own worlds and to find their own voice. She recently published a short story in Vampires Gone Wild.

World Education

SMU CAPE offers a number of online courses in partnership with World World partners with colleges and universities across the country to present educational and professional training programs, giving students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today's increasingly competitive marketplace.

Carmen Goldthwaite

Carmen Goldthwaite writes the stories--fact and fiction--about the Texas she loves for western history magazines, literary fiction publications, and she scribbles tales of sailing for voyaging periodicals. Now she applies those skills to telling the stories of Texas women in her book, Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, plus two upcoming books on Texas women also from The History Press. She juggles writing with teaching. At SMU, Carmen teaches creative writing, including the foundation course, The Proposal, and the “short form” Write Now! for those wanting to write short stories, short articles, short essays, etc. At her alma mater she’s the “writer-in-residence” for TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism Texas Community Newspapers. At home she teaches writing in groups and solo. She also speaks and leads workshops on writing to conferences such as: DFWWriters Conference and the Texas Writers League annual conference in Austin. Her publishing credits include; Wild West; True West; American Cowboy; Fort Worth Texas Magazine; Persimmon Hill; Latitudes & Attitudes; Chicken Soup of the Soul; Wooden Boa;t and several teaching essays for the Writers Guide to 2013. She’s been published in Tor-Forge’s anthology, The Way West and Fulcrum Publishing’s Wild Women of the Old West. Her short fiction has been published on Amazon Shorts and recently won “Best Fiction” 3rd quarter 2012, in the Colonnade Contest. Before freelancing, Carmen was syndicated by Scripps-Howard News International as an investigative reporter following stints with Texas newspapers: Brownwood Bulletin, Midland Reporter-Telegram, Odessa American, The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and The Fort Worth Press. In the political and corporate world she worked as Media Relations Manager/Company spokesperson, executive speechwriter and media coach for Shell Oil and Brown & Root, Inc. corporate officers and for members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, U. S. Congress. She earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from TCU followed by a Masters in Education & Counseling. Carmen is a member and former director of the Society of Professional Journalists, Western Writers of America, Investigative Reporters & Editors and Associate Member, Texas Press Association. She also is a member of Texas State Historical Association, the Western History Association and former director of the Fort Worth Friends of the Library and Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Workshop.

Keith Goodnight

Keith Goodnight was born in Dallas, TX. He studied Biology at Rice University and has a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior, but always had writing in mind. Keith began developing his own science fiction universe when he was still in high school, and kept working on it all through the years he was supposed to be working on something else. He's an alum of the Writers Path and published his first novel, The Child, in 2013. To find out more, visit

Daniel Hale

Daniel J. Hale is an Agatha Award-winning author and the 2013 Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America, a 3000-member crime writers organization. He and his nephew, Matthew LaBrot, are co-authors of the Zeke Armstrong mystery series for kids. Hale's short stories have appeared in various literary anthologies, including The Rich and the Dead (edited by Nelson DeMille) and The Prosecution Rests (edited by Linda Fairstein). An entrenched Francophile and recovering mountain biking addict, Hale holds degrees from Cornell University, the Bowen School of Law and Southern Methodist University. He's an alumnus of SMU-in-Paris as well as The Writers Path at SMU's New York Seminar. Hale has served as the General Chair of the Edgar® Awards and has judged for the Edgars numerous times.

Kay Honeyman

Kay Honeyman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in English Language and Literature. Her first novel, The Fire Horse Girl, debuted January 2013 from Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. She teaches middle school in HPISD.

Beth Kahlich

Beth Kahlich, President of the Dallas Search Engine Academy Texas ( has over 25 years experience in marketing and technology. Beth is an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and all forms of digital advertising. • Digital Marketing Consultant since 2008 • Owner/Instructor of Dallas Search Engine Academy (SEO Training Classes) since 2012 • Board Member - Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association (DFWSEM) • Guest Speaker at Event (National touring workshop of top Local Search Experts in the USA) • Continuing Education Trainer for Real Estate MCE Credits • Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact Guest Speakers and Contributors Eric McGehearty – CEO of Globe Runner SEO. Founded in 2008, Globe Runner is one of the fastest-growing online marketing companies in Texas, and advises small businesses, large corporations and even political candidates regarding social media and online marketing. Tony Wright – CEO of WrightIMC WrightIMC has provided clients with unparalleled results for all types of marketing projects since 2007 – including helping Fortune 500 and mid-level clients successfully create or enhance their interactive advertising and search engine marketing. Rob Garner – Principal of Advice Interactive Group Author of "Search and Social: The Definitive Guide to Real-Time Content Marketing," and a well-known expert speaker on all areas of digital marketing.

Suzanne Kelley Clark

Suzanne Kelley Clark (bio) Originally from a beautiful area of upstate New York, Suzanne has known since early childhood that she was an artist. After undergrad school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she moved to Dallas and worked in advertising and with a gallery before attending graduate school at SMU. She received her MFA focusing on Drawing and Painting in 1985. She has been teaching painting, drawing, design and watercolor in the Continuing Education from 1986-1999 and Community Education Departments at SMU from 1998 to 2008. Suzanne has also taught courses at the Dallas Museum, Brookhaven Community College, the Creative Arts Center, and as an adjunct at SMU in 1990, 91, 98, and in 2002 . She is now an instructor at SMU Continuing Studies Informal Courses Department and is an adjunct professor at Eastfield College since 1999. Suzanne's work since graduate school focuses on landscape as subject, preferring to paint plein aire. Mediums include oil on canvas and board, pastels and mixed media drawings. The paintings are representational and painterly responses to nature. She has shown her work with private dealers and with Harris Gallery in Houston and with Cris Worley in Dallas.

MindEdge Learning

MindEdge, an innovative learning company, specializes in higher education and professional development content and technology solutions. MindEdge was founded in 1998 by Harvard and MIT educators and continues to innovate in the rapidly changing landscape of online education.


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Educational Testing Consultants

Many of our Test Prep programs are presented in partnership with Educational Testing Consultants (ETC). ETC has worked with prestigious universities across the country for over 20 years to bring unparalleled experience and expert instruction to its test prep courses. CAPE works with ETC and its professional, highly-trained instructors to tailor our classroom experiences to the specific needs of the SMU community, at an affordable price and with an assurance of quality.

Jeremy Vest

Jeremy is one of the top YouTube for business experts and is YouTube Certified. He often writes and speaks on YouTube for business, video marketing, video SEO and video conversion science. He has over 1 billion views to his credit for clients and has worked with many top brands. Jeremy has taught thousands of people and has a deep passion for all things related to online marketing and is founder of the video marketing agency Vidpow.