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I'm a writer whose passion for writing informs my teaching, my coaching and my editing. I've published four nonfiction books (see sidebar), poems and short stories, personal essays and magazine and newspaper feature articles; my memoir was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. 


As a teacher—at the San Miguel Writers Conference, as a former Adjunct Associate Professor of Writing at NYU, or in my private writing workshops—my goal is to enable participants to explore writing without fear and to reach their fullest potential as writers.

As writing coach and editor, I help clients achieve their goals in developing, refining and finishing their narratives—whether fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction or other narrative prose.


My checkered career includes antiwar street theater, dance-theater performing, union organizing and Second Wave feminism.