Faculty

       
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 the Essence

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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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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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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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Deborah Knox Deborah Knox has over 30 years experience guiding individuals through a thoughtful process for identifying key components for living a fulfilling life and leaving a lasting legacy. As the owner of Life Work Transitions, she also is the author of Put Your Spirit to Work: Making a living Being Yourself (2012). She created this six session program & has been delivering it to live intimate groups in the Tucson area for over 4 years. Now she is pleased to have a venue for sharing this unique experience online with six individuals. The process of writing a spiritual autobiography is uplifting and clarifying, as individuals explore their innermost experiences and share them with others. The intimate writing and sharing of this structured writing group provides an amazing depth of feeling and clarity about significant "spiritual" events. The writing itself is always superb and the culmination of the group results in greater sensitivity to and trusting of one's inner voice. She lives in Tucson AZ and summers in New England. Visit her website, her blog, & her amazon author page.

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Currently teaching: Put Your Spirit to Work

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Maya Lazarus Maya Lazarus enjoyed teaching English as a second language for 22 years in Colombia, Costa Rica, and upstate New York to children and adults. When she wanted to change careers, she became a development editor working on the same type of educational materials that she had used in the classroom. Now retired, she enjoys journal writing, flash fiction/non-fiction, haiku poetry, and is working on a memoir (almost complete). Several short pieces and poems have been published in StoryCircle journals as well as a flash fiction piece in Flash Fiction Magazine. Maya is a transplant to central Texas where she is very involved in the Social Justice Ministry of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Brazos Valley.

Currently teaching: Writing Through the Lens of Race

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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: The Power of Writing Short: A Class in 'Flash' Fiction/Memoir

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Paula Martinac Paula Martinac is the author of three novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of Time and the Lambda-nominated Home Movies, as well as a collection of short stories. Her historical novel-in-stories, The Ada Decades, a love story between two Southern women set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era, will be published by Bywater Books in March 2017. She has also published three nonfiction books and numerous articles, essays and short stories, and has had plays produced in Pittsburgh, New York, and Washington, DC. She teaches creative writing to undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Visit her website.

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Currently teaching: Exploring Place-Based Writing

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Lauren Ross Dr. Lauren Ross moved to Austin in 1974 to study water resources engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her technical support helped to pass the Save Our Springs citizen's referendum to protect Barton Springs, to close a hazardous waste disposal operation in a low-income, predominantly Black community near Tyler, Texas, and to restrict over-pumping of the Edwards Aquifer in San Antonio. She is active on a wide range of social justice and environmental issues and is a founding member of Undoing Racism Austin. She is a graduate of many StoryCircle online classes and looks forward to a future with more writing and less engineering.

Currently teaching: Writing Through the Lens of Race

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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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Susan Wingate Susan Wingate knew she wanted to be a writer when she learned her father was a writer. Then, after seeing her soon-to-be brother in-law was a writer, the writing bug struck and never let up. Susan writes fiction and is currently finalizing a gritty, faith-based Apocalyptic young adult thriller. She offers writing instruction to emerging writers at writing conferences, libraries, and via online webinars. Her popular workshop "Muscle-up the Gut of Your Story: How to Write the Novel" has given emerging novelists the impetus to complete their first drafts quickly and efficiently. Susan also teaches writing craft, nuances about the publishing business, and how to market your book. Her workshops have been endorsed by writers who have been struggling in their careers but who have gone on to get major publishing contracts with legacy publishers. Visit her website and her blog.

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Currently teaching: What You See is What They Get

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