Professional Writer | Editor | 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 copywriting needs, including public policy reports, ghostwritten op-eds and articles, websites, legal editing, whitepapers and e-books, and more. 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.


Classes for Writers

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 group, individual, and on-demand classes in creative nonfiction and creating a daily writing practice. Click here for the latest boot camp registration info and here for A Month of Writing.

Independent Study Coaching + Editing

My independent study boot camp allows me to meet writers at their level and help them reach their individualized goals. I’ll act as your writing coach and mentor, offering personalized feedback and weekly check-ins via Skype to keep you on track. Ready to move beyond short-form nonfiction — like finally tackling that memoir you know you have inside you? I offer BOOK WRITING STRATEGY SESSIONS and EDITING. Let’s begin with a mind-mapping consultation to outline your book, then work chapter by chapter to refine your story. Email to talk about your project.

My Independent Study 30 Day Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp Starts When You Need It. 

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Get in Touch.

My Story.

About Me.

I am a writer, editor, 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’m a four time winner of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year award and the nonfiction editor for yeah write, a weekly blogging challenge. My work has appeared on Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, Vibrant Nation, In the Powder Room, Aiming Low, I Just Want to Pee Alone, and On the organizational side, I specialize in writing about law and public policy, especially criminal justice reform.

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 craft of writing, particularly the essentials of nonfiction storytelling.

I live in the magical Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, with my daughters.

Let's talk.