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“Writing Your Life” — a personal essay workshop

“We are important and our lives are important, magnificent, really, and their details are worth recording. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived.” ~Natalie Goldberg


I’ve been a huge fan of short personal essays for many years, and eventually made them my specialty after working as a journalist for my local newspapers. What makes a compelling personal essay? And how do you turn your most memorable experiences into marketable stories or an essay collection for your own book?

I enjoy sharing the secrets of writing personal essays with others. On November 16 at 6:00 PM), I’ll be coaching “Writing Your Life” at the Royal Oak Public Library. Designed for new writers, this introductory workshop will cover the basic tools you need to craft short personal experience pieces for publication or your own pleasure. Please bring a laptop or notebook to the class. This program is free to the public — but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

To register and reserve your space, please phone the Royal Oak Public Library: 248-246-3727

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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