My clients are writers, artists and entrepreneurs. If you’re working on a book, essays, short stories, if you know you have a story inside and you’re not sure what form to use, if your characters are talking to you, if you’d like to learn how to trust uncertainty and imagine possibilities and take risks, I’m your writer. Our time can include walking in the forest, becoming accountable, breaking barriers, writing at the margins, and other lessons in how to live in your craft. I have worked with clients to overcome writer’s block and perfectionistic obsessions, identify and ease the inner critic, and choose the writing project–by genre, craft and subject matter–true to their voice, passion and lifestyle.

I am interested in literary fiction and memoir, and I like to work with book-length memoirs, essays, and short fiction. I don’t work with genre writing (science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, family histories). I am not an editor, and have some great suggestions for editorial assistance.

I take a limited number of mentoring clients. Contact me for more details here.


I teach for Hugo House and the Red Badge Project in the Pacific Northwest. You can find a description of my current offerings here.

I can customize classes for conferences and events. My classes provide skills for writers to intuitively follow their obsessions on the page; to take emotional risks with safety, humor, and clarity; to stop defending their reputation and instead live in the moment with those hungry for the truth. Come write your story in any form: essay, letter, prose poem, manifesto, vignette, list, abcderian, Wikipedia entry.

Retreats and Workshops

When my schedule allows I teach workshops and offer retreats in Seattle, Washington and Banff, Alberta. I can also be booked to teach at workshops and retreat settings around the world.

Book Clubs and Writer’s Groups

I would be delighted to join your book club by phone, Skype or email to discuss my book and answer any questions you might have. I can also customize a talk for your group on themes of identity, memory, loss and writing after trauma.

For more information on schedules, fees and descriptions of any of the above services, contact me here.