“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something important to express.” ~Brenda Ueland
MY WRITING AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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 national country inn/travel magazine, reviewed books and plays, and reported on everything from hamburger joints to circus performers for my local newspapers.
A freelance journalist since 1984, I’ve published features and columns in more than 80 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. For five years, I wrote a monthly column on midlife and “pro-aging” topics for Michigan Prime, a magazine supplement to the Sunday Detroit Free Press.
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. Teaching the craft of memoir (including short personal essays) is my specialty — and I can’t think of anything more rewarding than watching new writers discover the joy of sharing their own life stories. My writing workshops and talks can be tailored to a group of any size. I’m also available to coach private writing workshops for small groups.
My coaching and speaking resume includes a variety of programs and lectures for William Beaumont Hospital, Wayne State University, Oakland University, Meininger Senior Community Center, the Salter Community Center Royal Oak, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Detroit Working Writers, Royal Oak Continuing Education, the Hunter Senior 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.