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.


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 Next Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp Starts June 20th! 

Click the image for all the details. Can’t make the group class? You can also register for the course independent study and start today.

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My Story.

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 Brain, Child, 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 the magical Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, with family and three dogs, including a giant Saint Bernard. You might think I thrive on chaos. I do not.

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