2018 San Francisco Writers' Conference

These are my panels and short courses:
Thursday, February 15
Panel: Workshopping Your Pitch Aloud: Novel & Memoir Writing

Friday, February 16
Panel: Nonfiction- Writing Memoir or Autobiographical Fiction
Course I'm teaching: Nonfiction: Personal Essays

Saturday, February 17
Panel: Nonfictin- How to How-Tos (the ins and outs of practical nonfiction)

Monday, February 19
Personal Essay and Memoir
The Acorn Class: Taking an idea and developing it into a range of genres (theater, film novel, memoir, poetry, etc.)

On November 9, 2015, more than twenty theaters and libraries across the country gave staged readings of The Other Woman. Many of them used this event to raise money for local women's shelters....and thousands of dollars were raised. If you'd like to recommend a venue (theater/​library) or a director for future readings/​performances, please contact me through this web site. The play requires five actors, no sets, and all actors are on book...so a very short rehearsal is required. The Other Woman is proving to be an exceptional fundraising event.

Beyond Words - February 2015

In this collection, twenty-four authors explore their faith, what they believe today, and how they came to those beliefs. Included are: Barbara Abercrombie, Tamim Ansary, Lee Chamberlin, David Corbett, Beverly Donofrio, Amanda Enayati, Amy Ferris, Susana Frank, Bonnie Garvin, Barbara Graham, Pam Houston, Carrie Kabak, Aviva Layton, Caroline Leavitt, Malachy McCourt, David Misch, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Christine O'Hagan, Anne Perry, Mara Purl, Dianne Rinehart, Sylvie Simmons, Frank Dabba Smith, Victoria Zackheim

EXIT LAUGHING: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death

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I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement -- and our lives are turned upside down forever. In He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed, twenty-five gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which men in their lives said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably. This eclectic group of essays is fascinating, heartbreaking, hilarious. Most of all, each one demonstrates the incredible power that words have in influencing our lives.

What happens when you realize that your picture-perfect boyfriend is a liar and a bully? Or when you dedicate your life to someone who suddenly orders you to pack your bags and leave? What does it feel like when your brother tells you he's gay? Imagine attending an international conference on women's rights, only to discover that nearly every right has been trampled ... and things at home aren't going so well, either!

Funny, provocative, touching, thrilling, He Said What? illustrates the powerful impact the right, or wrong, words can have on our lives. Contributing authors include: Barbara Abercrombie, Beverly Donofrio, Margot Duxler, Amy Ferris, Abby Frucht, BJ Gallagher, Jane Ganahl, Bonnie Garvin, Sherry Glaser-Love, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Rose Guilbault, Pam Houston, Carrie Kabak, Caroline Leavitt, Maxinne Leighton, Joyce Maynard, Christine O’Hagan, Mary Pols, Karen Quinn, Dianne Rinehart, Colleen Robinson, Jenny Rough, Clea Simon, Starhawk, Victoria Zackheim.

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