Professional Writer | Blogger | Speaker | TeacherHelping literary and business writers harness the power of personal storytelling.
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 WhatToExpect.com. 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.