The COVID-19 Self-Care Checklist

As we adjust to the New Normal, I’ve found myself struggling to do a daily routine that once came (more) easily to me. I realized what I needed was a way to check off the essentials of what I aimed to do each day.I searched the Internet and also dug up one of my...

Online Writing Courses I Recommend

Following up on my last post about free online writing courses, here are the most transformative paid online writing courses I’ve taken.  I resisted paying for a writing course for a long time. Then a fiction-writing friend declared they changed her writing...

Free Online Courses for Writers

I’m touched by the enthusiastic feedback for my recent Hippocampus Magazine article, “How to Write About Trauma in a Safe(r) Way.” I’m honored that so many people including therapists (!) find it helpful. Knowing this makes the challenges that led to...

Snow Moon (Living in Korea)

Last month I took the garbage out, intending to immediately go back inside, but I was drawn by the setting sun, which looked like the February snow moon of my birthday week when I was in Canada the month before: low to the horizon and hauntingly large, a bright circle...

The Process of Writing Memoir

In sharing my work for critique with other writers, I am learning that the process of writing memoir can be hard for writers of other genres to understand. I find I often get the same feedback over and over, and it’s not always possible to incorporate all...