Creativity and discovery,  Personal growth,  Writing workshops

Share your stories with me

“It has always been on the written page that the world has come into focus for me. If I can piece all these bits of memory together with the diaries and letters and the scribbled thoughts that clutter my mind and bookshelves, then maybe I can explain what happened….Maybe I can tell my story in a way that is useful to someone else.” ~ Nancy Horan, Loving Frank

What makes a compelling personal story? How do you turn rambling journal entries or blog posts into marketable essays or chapters in a memoir?

On April 11, I’ll be leading my favorite workshop at the Royal Oak Public Library. Whether you need inspiration for personal essay and memoir topics or want to improve your storytelling skills, “Writing Your Life” will help you get started. In this informal workshop I’ll also share tips that have helped get my stories published in local newspapers, anthologies, and national magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Country Gardens, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsweek. 

“Writing Your Life” is free to the public and you can register on the ROPL website. Additional details are included here:

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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