Faculty

       
Rachael Beaty Rachael Beaty has a B.A. from UCLA in English Literature and currently works as a freelance writer and writing tutor both online and in person in greater Los Angeles. She has taught another course for Story Circle Network on Anne Lamott's book, Bird by Bird. She is excited to share Julia Cameron's wonderful book with women who are interested in learning more about writing or who want to refresh their writing skills.

Currently teaching: Learning from Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,' Part I

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Sheila Bender Sheila Bender is the author of Creative Writing DeMystified from McGraw-Hill and Writing and Publishing Personal Essays from Silver Threads. Her personal writing includes the prose memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief and her volume of poetry, Behind Us The Way Grows Wider. You can read more about Sheila, founder and publisher, at Writing It Real. For more background on Sheila's teaching and writing activities, read her interview with Carol Smallwood, Sheila Bender: A Writer's Life.

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Currently teaching: Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down

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Teresa Cutler-Broyles Teresa Cutler-Broyles spends her time writing novels, travel essays, academic chapters, and creative non-fiction. When she isn't writing she teaches at the University of New Mexico, USA, at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, and online at Southern New Hampshire University and Story Circle Network.

Her passions include story-telling and myth, travel, the history of printing, historical research & preservation, ancient architecture, teratology, gardens, circuses, Italy, and writing about all of the above. Visit her websites (TLC Travels & TLC Writing Coach) and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Writing Your Hero's Journey

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Lynn Goodwin Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice. She's written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). She was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a Bronze Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Talent.

Goodwin's work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; The Sun; Inspire Me Today; Caregiver Village; Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach here at Writer Advice. She is finalizing a memoir about getting married for the first time at 62, but she always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. Visit her website and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Independent Study Program, Session 1 & Independent Study Program, Session 2.

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Susan Hagen Susan Hagen is a wilderness rites-of-passage guide and co-author of Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion. She combines her experience as a writer and guide to offer heart-opening, life-affirming writing workshops and retreats for women. She is also available for individual coaching and mentoring to help foster your creative life and move your writing projects forward. Learn more on her website.

Currently teaching: The Medicine Wheel as a Tool for Writers

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Len Leatherwood Len Leatherwood, Program Coordinator for SCN's Online Classes program, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past fifteen years. She has received a state and national teacher award for the past five years from the Scholastic Artists and Writers Awards, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth in the U.S. She is a daily blogger at 20 Minutes a Day, as well as a published writer of 'flash' fiction/memoir with pieces appearing in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, as well as A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, currently available on Amazon. She was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize, the best of the small presses, in 2015.

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Currently teaching: Exploring the World of Writing Creative Nonfiction with the Help of 'Tell It Slant' by Miller and Paola

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Jan Marquart Jan Marquart has been keeping a daily journal since June 1972 and is currently on her 101st journal. She is a psychotherapist and has incorporated journal writing into her therapy practice. Her clients move faster through their grief, pain, and life confusions after writing out their thoughts and feelings. Writing has led Jan Marquart through many life experiences and attributes her wellness to the power of writing. Jan has taught more than a dozen classes for Story Circle Network. She is the author of 11 adult books and 10 books for children in the series Can You Find My Love? Visit her website & her blog.

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Currently teaching: Write Short Write Deep

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Lorraine Mejia Born in Minnesota to a Mexican Mother and German American father, Lorraine Mejia became a marathon runner, artist, editor, librarian, educator, poet, author, and storyteller. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a MLS in Youth Librarianship. Lorraine's poems have won several awards, and have appeared in anthologies such as Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets of the Midwest and in literary journals including Willow Spring, Inkwell, and Calyx. Lorraine conducts her Wild Woman at My Door Women's Writing Workshop, inspired by her book Wild Woman at My Door, for groups of women to help them reconnect with their authentic selves. She has taught poetry classes to children, teens, and adults all around the country. Visit her website.

Currently teaching: Your Life in Poems and

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Jennifer Westrom Jennifer Westrom earned her MA degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago and her BA degree in literature and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, she sold her stake in her successful seminar company for creative women entrepreneurs and spent a year and a half traveling solo across the United States, Canada, the Arctic, and Africa, including a 1,000 mile solitary trek through the Arctic wilderness. Her writings about her personal, psychological, and spiritual journey were followed by thousands online. She has worked professionally as a writer and editor. She earned her MS in adult mental health counseling from the University of North Texas in 2014. Visit her website.

Currently teaching: Finding YOUR Story through Therapeutic Writing

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