I think as writers we all feel like solitary voice at times, but we can make our voices known, and I can help—whether you would like individualized instruction, to join a class, or have a second pair of eyes to review your manuscript or check your spelling, I offer a solution to help you get your story out and your voice heard.
I graduated from Middlebury College in 1990 with a degree in Religion and received a Master’s degree in Religion and Creative Writing from Vermont College at Norwich University in 1994. There, I wrote a thesis and novella on John the Baptist and fell in love with the idea of a solitary voice "crying out in the wilderness.”
I went on to become a freelance writer and a teacher at Lebanon College in Lebanon, N.H., where I taught journalism, creative writing, and developed a specialty in memoir writing. I now teach extensively in writer’s centers, art centers, private homes and other institutions. I have studied with memoirists Abigail Thomas, Jon Katz, and Marion Roach Smith. Teachers always instruct, “write what you know”—what better place to start than with your own story?
Whether meeting in person, talking over the phone or online, I am happy to listen and offer feedback, critique, writing prompts and individualized instruction to jumpstart a project or get one off the ground. Contact me to discuss what you need.
I am happy to design a custom memoir, fiction, short story or poetry class for your community. Past classes have focused on subjects such as truth in memoir, the importance of place, expressive writing, writing through the senses, and more. If you would like to hear more of past offerings or discuss a future opportunity please contact me and let me know your interests. Click here for a list of previous offerings.
Working as a writing teacher at a community college and area writer’s centers for the past 15 years, I have developed an aptitude for helping writers structure their stories from beginning to end. I am not only happy, but qualified, to read your manuscript and offer advice on story structure, theme, characterization, plot, dialogue and the like. Many of my students have gone on to publish their work through traditional publishers, self-publishers, and in literary journals. I specialize in memoir and creative nonfiction, but have worked with writers on novels, short stories, poetry and children’s books as well. Let me know about your project and how I can help you. Please contact me for a price quote.