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.


 Royal Oak Public Library Summer Series 

A Memoir Writing Discussion – Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7:00 pm in the Auditorium

workshopJoin a summer evening discussion about the art and craft of writing a memoir. Whether you want to write a memoir for publication or family legacy, this informal, one-night workshop will help you get started. I’ll discuss the common pitfalls to avoid in personal writing and the secrets of staying out of the editor’s slush pile. Copies of my own memoir, Writing Home, will be available at a special discount to attendees.

This class is free to the public, but seats are limited and advance registration is required. Please phone the Royal Oak Public Library (248-246-3700) or visit for details.



The Annual Detroit Working Writers Conference: May 16, 2015at the MSU Managagement Education Center, Troy, MI

I’ll be presenting a workshop on the craft of writing memoir, plus leading a panel discussion on writing about women’s issues. For more information about the conference and how to register, click here.




Spring 2015: March 30, April 6, and April 13

at the Royal Oak Public Library 

7:00 – 8:30pm


Whether you want to publish your memoir, personal essays, a newspaper column, or your own blog, this three-week non-fiction workshop will help you polish your first-person writing skills and help you find your readership. I’ll be sharing tips I’ve learned from 25 years of writing weekly columns and personal essays for regional newspapers, popular and literary anthologies, and national magazines. Even if you don’t plan to publish your work, we’ll discuss the many benefits of writing for healing and personal growth.

 Free to the public. Advance reservation required. Contact the Royal Oak Public Library for details.



I earned my degree in English (with a minor in Journalism) from Michigan State University in 1977.  In the years following graduation, 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. And did I mention publishing haiku in The Christian Science Monitor?

WritingHomeDisplayA freelance journalist since 1984, I’ve published features and columns in more than 70 national and regional 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 writing our life experiences and sharing family stories. These talks can be tailored to a group of any size, and typically include readings from my book as well as “mini workshops” on writing memoirs and personal essays.

I’m also available to coach private writing workshops for small groups. (I do not list private events or appearances on this site.)

My teaching and speaking experience includes a variety of programs and lectures for William Beaumont Hospital, Meininger Senior Community Center (Royal Oak), the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Wayne State University, Detroit Working Writers, Royal Oak Continuing Education, and the Oakland University and Rochester Writers’ Conferences. As the first Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Oak Public Library, I’ve developed many creative writing programs and events for Oakland County writers and journalists.

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


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