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With over twenty years of experience teaching writing at universities and conferences – both in the U.S. and the U.K.  – I am a highly skilled reader, editor, and coach. I've served as a program director for several creative writing graduate programs, and I currently teach fiction and humor writing workshops within the MA program at Johns Hopkins University. I serve as an advocate for writers at every stage of the process, from conception and first drafts all the way to publication and marketing.

First and foremost, I am a story enthusiast. There are so many great stories out there, and I love to help people shape the narratives they are burning to share. Often, the idea is there, and the would-be writer isn’t sure how to get started. Or perhaps, there’s a full draft already, but it isn’t quite working. Something is missing, but what the heck is it? Trying to figure out the answer to this question can drive a person to distraction. 


I have taught or coached writers who eventually published their work in journals and magazines, gained admittance to MFA programs, published books, and even landed on best-sellers’ lists or had their books made into films. What’s your dream? Let’s collaborate to make it a reality. 


The services I offer include:

Literary Coaching

Manuscript Consultation

Developmental Editing


Coaching on query letters to publishers


Areas of expertise include: 


Full manuscripts:

Fiction: Novels and Short Stories

Creative Nonfiction/Memoir




Nonfiction works/Humor books


Please contact me to get started.

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