“Thank you for sharing your mentoring gifts with compassion, clarity, and joy.” — Jan Meyer

Each day was a dose of love and caring as we shared our stories.” — Barbara Tarka Leonard


All of my workshops are designed to validate the personal experience of participants and to help them express themselves with freedom and confidence. I care deeply about the craft of writing, but my teaching technique is gentle coaching, never harsh criticism. I believe that learning is enhanced by a safe, supportive environment.  

I have led workshops for people of all ages, from preschool children through seniors. Topics include fiction, songs, short essays, journaling, playwriting — and, recently, origami containers! Workshops may range from a single, one-hour classroom visit to residencies of one to two weeks. A singing performance or reading may be added to any workshop. Please contact me for information about fees or to develop a custom workshop for your group. 

See pricing and register for upcoming workshops below:



October 6-12, 2019:

Beauty in Brevity: The Art of the Short Essay

Writing a short essay can employ the research skills of a journalist, the critical eye of an editor, and the performance techniques of a storyteller. At Ghost Ranch, in the heart of New Mexico’s stunning high desert landscape, writers also tend to bring to their essays healthy measures of humor, wonder, compassion, and the inimitable camaraderie that thrives at the ranch. Visit the  Ghost Ranch website to learn more and register.


October 20-25, 2019:

From the Inside Out: Your Own Story, Your Own Words 

A week-long Road Scholar program at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center in Ripley, West Virginia. Honor your personal story with vivid creative writing. You'll hear examples of luminous writing, respond to writing prompts, share stories, and learn to clarify your writing. You'll gain new skills you can apply to personal writing in any form: journaling, memoir, poems, essays, even songs. Visit the  Road Scholar website  to learn more and register. 


NOVEMBER 1-3, 2019

Home and Away: A Writing Weekend at Saranam

A guided writing retreat for anyone, in the peaceful surroundings of Saranam Retreat Center, near Elkins, WV. We will focus on the theme of home from a variety of perspectives, each writer seeking her or his own path. The workshop begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, November 1 and ends after lunch on Sunday, November 3. The fee of $200.00 includes workshop tuition, dormitory lodging, and five delicious meals catered by the talented Kyle Weaner. Please use my contact page to request an information/registration form before October 20.