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Creative Nonfiction Experience

I've been a freelance writer since 1984, initially as a features writer and ad copywriter. In most of my creative nonfiction, I combine descriptions of landscapes and events to explore parenting and family relationships. I am especially interested in human resilience: how we survive, learn and grow from, and transcend traumas and challenges.

I got my first taste of creative nonfiction in 1990 at the Desert Writers Workshop under Ken Brewer's excellent guidance. That launched me on my current path as an essayist and memoirist.

My initial experience at the Desert Writers Workshop was so positive that I returned annually for nine years, and studied with and developed enduring relationships with many gifted writers, including Christopher Merrill, Gary Nabhan, Russell Martin, Pam Houston, Susan Tweit, and Louis Owens. I also coordinated and served as M.C. for the student readings, mentored new attendees, and for several years I produced, published, and distributed a chapbook of student and instructor works.

In addition to the Desert Writers Workshop, I've participated in the Taos Summer Writers Workshop, the Sitka Symposium, the ASJA conference, the Santa Fe Writers Workshop, and Writers @ Work. Essays of mine earned second place in the 2000 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition in creative nonfiction and placed as finalists in both 2001 and 2002. I've also received two Honorable Mentions in New Millennium Writings creative nonfiction competitions.

I am a founding member of The Sage Writers' Cache, a writers' workshop that has been active since 1996. In addition to serving as the group's coordinator and moderator, I organize periodic retreats facilitated by guest instructors.

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