Telling stories–and helping people tell stories–is my skill and passion. The power of story–the ways in which story can make, define, sink, or free us–is a thread that runs through all my writing and teaching. I believe that telling our stories helps us live with more compassion, courage, impact, connectedness, and love.
My philosophy derives from extensive experience as a journalist, editor, and teacher. I spent more than a decade as a working magazine journalist. I traveled the world on assignment. The experiences I had while reporting stories in Greenland, Palestine, Indonesia, the Amazon, and beyond was a gift. It taught me that stories are everywhere and that everybody has a story that is worth telling–and worth listening to.
I've also worked as a professional editor. In this role, I've mastered the art and craft of storytelling, and I've learned this key lesson: stories are more powerful when told well.
Now, I bring the lessons that I learned on the road and behind the desk to bear as a teacher of writing and writing coach. I help people mine their inner stories and get them down on the page. I help them hone their stories into powerful masterpieces.
I am a published author and storyteller. My stories have been published in The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Newsweek, GQ, Wired, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, the Best American Travel Writing series, Men's Journal, George, and Outside, where I was a senior editor.
My book, Real Mosquitoes Don't Eat Meat (W.W. Norton's Countryman Press), is a collection of writings from my days as Outside magazine's "Wild File" columnist.
I was a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate and a contributing editor at Outside and George magazines.
I have a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. I have taught writing at The College of Santa Fe, Colorado Writing School, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, The Book Project, among other venues. I have spoken as a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and other schools and universities. I am currently writing a travel memoir about the Middle East.
I am an editor, book coach, and publishing consultant. I offer skilled, thorough developmental editing services and life-changing coaching in all writing and publishing matters. I can help you write your book or guide you through the process of writing a book proposal. I coach aspiring writers working in all genres and guide my clients in all aspects of the writing process. I help people become published authors. I have deep experience and a proven track record. I have taught thousands of people to become better storytellers and to realize their dreams of becoming authors.