Professional Writer | Blogger | Speaker | Teacher

Helping literary and business writers harness the power of personal storytelling.



Freelance Writer

Need a writer? I bring twenty-five years of experience as an attorney, an academic, and a creative writing teacher to my work, providing professional writing services for all your business, legal, and blogging needs, including articles, web content, e-books, legal reports, whitepapers, business documents, and more. I specialize in nonfiction storytelling to engage your readers and customers and build your list. Click here for a full list of my services.



Need a speaker? I’m a dynamic speaker with over two decades of experience teaching writers of all levels and backgrounds how to hone their craft. I frequently present on blogging, creative nonfiction, storytelling, the personal essay, and creating a daily writing practice, bringing a fun presence to what can be a dry, academic subject. Click here for a list of my presentation topics and my speaker resume.


Looking to take your writing to the next level? My writing classes will help you hone your authentic voice and craft engaging personal stories. I’m a certified Master Online Teacher with over a decade pioneering online learning. I offer classes in storytelling, personal essay, creative nonfiction, mindmapping your blog , and creating a daily writing practice. Click here for the latest registration info.


Every writer needs tools – and not just your favorite pen. Each week on The Storyteller | A Blog About Writing, I explore the creative nonfiction process with tips and resources for business and literary writers. Click here for the latest posts and sign up here for my newsletter. You’ll always be the first to know when registration opens for my online writing classes.


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About Me.

I am a writer, teacher, and speaker. My passion is the science of storytelling — how humans are hard-wired to connect with each other through the communal experience of sharing stories. I blog at The Reedster Speaks, where I write with humor about family life, mental illness, and my underwear. I’m a three-time winner of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year award and my work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Vibrant Nation, In the Powder Room, yeah write, Aiming Low, I Just Want to Pee Alone, and

I’ve taught writing in one form or another since I was in law school back in the Reagan era, continuing throughout my careers as a lawyer, an academic, and a writer. I’m a Master Online Teacher certified by the Illinois Online Network, and I’ve been teaching online since 2004. I love to break down the essentials of good story with writers and bloggers of all backgrounds and experience levels. I frequently present at conferences on the topic of writing, particularly the essentials of nonfiction storytelling.

I live in Asheville, North Carolina, with my husband, two daughters, and three dogs, including a giant Saint Bernard. You might think I thrive on chaos. I do not.

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