FALL 2018

Writing for Personal Discovery 

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. 8 sessions. Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. September 25/26 through November 13/14. $275 if you register by August 31. $300 after September 1st. 


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


Story Sessions photos by Jill Howe