Writer • Speaker • Writing Coach
I'm a journalist and widely published nonfiction writer. I teach writing and coach individuals to write books, start blogs, and build author platform.
Experienced, caring, professional.
I am a book coach and publishing consultant. I offer life-changing coaching in all writing and publishing matters. I also offer skilled, thorough developmental editing services. 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.
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.
My story: I began my career as a magazine editor at Outside, where, for seven years, I conceived, developed and edited hundreds of stories by some of America’s finest journalists. I left the editing staff, and spent more than a decade working as a freelance journalist and travel writer.
I traveled across America and around the world. I interviewed and wrote longform stories about influential thought leaders and colorful characters, including spiritual gurus in India and Messiahs in Jerusalem. I rode the campaign bus with presidential candidates and broke bread with cult leaders. I played polo with tech billionaires in India and pounded vodka shots with Russian cosmonauts. I hiked in Jesus’ footsteps in Galilee and road-tripped across Palestine. I interviewed celebrities, politicians, professional athletes, explorers, spiritual gurus, and anarchists.
My book, Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat, was published by W.W. Norton. My work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, Best American Travel Writing, among others.
I had a career that most writers dream about, but it wasn’t until my forties that I discovered an additional calling: coaching writers and helping people to become authors. During a prolonged walkabout in the Middle East, I saw the many ways that travel can change and heal us. I realized that we are our best selves when we pursue our passion and also serve others. I discovered my passion for helping people tell their stories, and I started my work as a writing teacher and coach. Today, I write, edit, and coach up-and-coming writers.
You can read all about my personal journey my upcoming book, The Big Awake.
I enjoy coaching writers. My focus is memoir and narrative nonfiction. I'm especially adept at coaching writers working on books about travel, business, spirituality, and personal development. With more than two decades of experience as a professional writer, editor, teacher, and coach, I am steeped in real-world writing and publishing experience. My clients benefit from this deep knowledge about writing and publishing. Moreover, my clients benefit from my emphasis on mindfulness and building a writing practice. I help my clients free the storyteller within and thereby free the stories they most need to tell. Whether you're working on a book or rewriting copy on your website, I can help you.
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