I believe that sharing our stories can be a tool for healing and self-discovery. My workshops provide a safe space in which students can rediscover their creative passions, record their own life stories, and learn how to get published. My mission is to celebrate the writer in everyone.

“WRITING YOUR FAMILY LEGACY” workshop at the Royal Oak Public Library: November 18, 2015, 7:00pm in the Royal Oak Public Library Friends Auditorium

Secrets3Who doesn’t wish their parents and grandparents had recorded their memories for future generations? It’s never too early or difficult to start writing your family history. In this one-night workshop we’ll explore several ways to start writing your legacy, using everything from family recipes to old diaries and photographs. Please bring a photograph of a special memory, or a favorite family recipe, to the class. No writing experience necessary.

Details: Free to the public, but space is limited. Advance registration is required to reserve your space. Please phone the Royal Oak Public Library (248-246-3700) or visit for details.

Signed copies of my book, Writing Home, will be sold at a special discount to workshop students.



With an independent study focus on English, journalism, and communications, I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1977. In the years following, I worked as a research assistant for a reference book publisher, edited a country inn/travel magazine, reviewed books and plays, and reported on everything from hamburger joints to circus performers for my local newspaper.

WritingHomeDisplayA freelance journalist since 1984, I’ve published features and columns in more than 70 regional and national publications, from The Detroit Free Press to Reader’s Digest. My long-running Sunday “Life Lines” column in The Daily Tribune won a Best Column award from the Michigan Press Association in 1998.

My essay collection, Writing Home, also won several awards for creative nonfiction. It includes 93 personal essays, many of which were previously published in national magazines, newspapers, and popular anthologies.

I’ve coached writing workshops nearly as long as I’ve been a working writer. I’m often invited to speak about the importance of recording our life experiences and sharing family stories. These talks can be tailored to a group of any size. I’m also available to coach private writing workshops for small groups. (I do not list private events or appearances on this site.)

RWC 2008 Cindy 4My coaching and speaking resume includes a variety of programs and lectures for William Beaumont Hospital (Sharing & Caring), Wayne State University, Meininger Senior Community Center (Royal Oak), the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Detroit Working Writers, Royal Oak Continuing Education, the Hunter Community Center (Clawson), and the Rochester Writers’ Annual Conferences. As the first Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Oak Public Library, I’ve developed many creative writing programs and events for new writers and journalists.

I am a member of Detroit Working Writers, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.