Here is a picture of me, which I put here reluctantly, by my awesome friend Addie Juell.

Here is a picture of me, which I put here reluctantly, by my awesome friend Addie Juell.

I teach personal essay writing; do manuscript consultation and coaching on essays, fiction and non-fiction articles and book proposals; do freelance editing for websites and magazines; and otherwise help people with words. Shoot me an email if you want to talk work.

 

Here's some scintillating background information: 

After growing up in various northeastern and southwestern college towns, I moved to New York City when I was 21 and had no idea what to do with my degree in experimental feminist video (good thing I went to college for free).

My brother offered me a room in his East Village hovel, and my first career was in film/TV (here are some props I made when I worked at Blue's Clues), but I was always obsessed with the relationship between the built environment and emotional experience: I wanted to know how architecture could help form community. So I enrolled first in a Ph.D. program in environmental psychology. Then, fearing that I'd get another degree like the one in experimental feminist video, I transferred to a masters in urban planning program.

Then one night my brother sat me down on his roof and said, "If you want to be a writer, why are you going to urban planning school?" So I became a writer, now of two novels and about 600 essays and articles about film and travel and the environment and real estate and parenting, for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Yahoo, and many other publications. 

Here is one of my favorite images, from one of the first articles I ever wrote.