I am a writer and author, teacher and speaker, editor and private writing coach.


You can read some of my current work here and on my blog. My nonfiction articles have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Self and my essays have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Literary Mama, Tablet, Northwestern magazine and have aired on Chicago Public Radio. My book of essays, Views from the Home Office Window: On Motherhood, Family and Life,  was published in 2007. You can read the preface and some reviews here or purchase it on Amazon.


Photograph by Jill Howe

I teach writing to engineering students at Northwestern University and personal essay workshops at StoryStudio Chicago and New Trier Extension. I’ve spoken on writing-related topics at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Columbia College, North Park University, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, Ragdale, Off Campus Writer’s Workshop and Writer’s Workspace. You can find my current workshops here.


Whether it’s academic journal articles, personal essays for college and graduate school admissions, nonfiction book manuscripts, personal essays or memoirs, I help people break the writing process down into small, manageable pieces. What a delight to see a work take shape on the page! See what people have said about working with me on the Praise page.