SPRING 2018 

New Trier Extension

“Reading and Writing the Personal Essay”


Do you have a story from your life that you have been wanting to put to the page? Have you been craving those stimulating discussions about writing from your college days?
Want to expand your selection of go-to authors? Join me for a writing workshop that can provide one, two or more of these. You’ll read wonderful published essays.  We’ll discuss these. You will have the chance to write from prompts. And we’ll discuss those, too. Gentle and supportive in-class workshopping will help you identify what’s working and highlight areas you can revise. Whether you want to get back into a writing practice, leave a family story for legacy, prepare an essay for publication or simply read new writers and engage in the fine art of discussion, this workshop will get your creative juices flowing and help you get words onto the page. Limit of 10.

8 weeks. Tuesdays from 1-3 pm. March 6 through April 24. $168.


Note: My private workshop sessions run 30 minutes longer than New Trier Extension and I provide snacks, beverages and more personalized attention on the work. 


Summer Writers’ Workshop 


Do you miss talking about good writing? Are personal essays among your favorite reading? Have you been wanting to expand your selection of go-to authors? Ever thought about writing a personal essay, but didn’t know where to start? Join me for this six-week workshop on reading and writing the personal essay. To learn more about this workshop and if it’s a good fit for your goals, email me at

Private workshop in my home in Skokie. 6 weeks. June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1. Wednesday afternoons, 1- 3:30 pm. $275.

FALL 2018


Path to Publication 


If you have been wanting to get moving on that essay collection or memoir draft  – and you enjoy working in a writing circle  – there is a seat in my living room just for you. This workshop combines the benefits of sharing your work in a circle of writers who can provide you with thoughtful feedback as you work individually at your own pace. Each writer sets a goal for the workshop and commits to finishing by workshop’s end. As your facilitator, I keep us inspired and on track and provide each writer with one-to-one manuscript reviews. Previous workshop experience required. This is a three-month commitment. To learn more about this workshop and if it’s a good fit for your goals, email me at

Private workshop in my home in Skokie. Three months. 11 sessions. September 5 through November 14. Wednesday afternoons, 1-3:30 pm. $375. Dates TBA.


Looking for a lively speaker with engaging content on writing to present at your next event? Let’s talk about ways I can inspire your audience to write from their lives, whether it’s getting started, keeping it going or knowing when the work is done.

I have presented interactive presentations, workshops and courses at Northwestern University, North Park University, Dominican Universities, Columbia College Chicago, Elmhurst College and Oakton Community College and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

I have also facilitated workshops presentations at Story Studio Chicago, Off Campus Writers Workshop, Ragdale, Lighthouse Writers Studio, The Women’s Exchange, Writers Workspace, New Trier Extension, Skokie Public Library and Beth Emet The Free Synagogue.

Topics have included:

“Writing for Personal Discovery: Making Art from Life”

“The Power of Personal Narrative”

“Identifying Your Writer’s Voice”

“Reading and Writing the Personal Essay”

“Writing What Matters Most”

“So That Your Values Live On: Writing Your Ethical Will”

“Writing the Spiritual Essay”

“Writing Family Secrets”

I am also happy to customize a presentation for your group’s unique interests. Email me at so that we can schedule a time to talk about it!



Want to learn more about how you can benefit from one-to-one writing coaching?  See the Coaching page of this site or email me at


Winter Writing Workshop in the Woods, Glencoe

Saturday, January 14, 2017

“Mamapalooza” at Bookends & Beginnings Bookstore, Evanston, Illinois, May 8, 2016  with authors Michele Weldon and Nina Barrett

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Chicago Jewish Authors Series at Max & Benny’s, February 2015



Thread: The Live Lit Reading Series, April 2016

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Story Sessions at The City Winery, October 2015


Story Sessions, July 2014

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“Stories from the House of Truth,” Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, June 18, 2015