It took me a long time to realize that writing could be my career.
Hello! Welcome to my About Me page. I am an essayist, novelist and writing teacher. I write about parenting, marriage, culture, and suburban life for The Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Kveller, Grown & Flown, and other publications. I hold a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and teach writing at Roger Williams University.
My college essay coaching business has grown substantially over the past five years. Last year, I worked one-on-one with fifty students from around the country, helping them identify and craft a unique, personal statement about themselves.
So. Here’s a bit of my story. For a long time, I was a middle school English teacher. I loved my students and I loved reading YA literature with them, but I wanted to be a writer really, really badly, so I left teaching to work on a novel.
While I was on jury duty, I came up with an idea for my first novel, Lauren Takes Leave. I have since penned another work of fiction, and I hope to be able to tell you about very soon, once it’s found a home.
I also write a lot of creative nonfiction. I was a frantic diarist as a child and have always felt better about my life once I’ve taken a look at it on the page. It makes so much more sense when it’s out of my head. Once I started writing about my life frequently in The Scarsdale Inquirer and The Huffington Post, the oddest thing happened. The more specific I became about sharing my own, particular story of self, the more that people – strangers even – related to the material. I write personal and find the universal.
Now that my children are older, I have returned to the classroom to teach freshman composition part-time and to coach high school students writing their college essays. I like the balance of teaching while also working on my own creative projects. I can share the joys of the writing life with my students, and model for them what it means to walk around in the world with a story or an essay in your head – to mentally revise as you walk the dog or take a yoga class – but I also know how hard it can be to find just the right words.
Eventually, those words will arrive, I tell my students. And, wow, what a celebration! There’s nothing better than when you say something so clearly – so exactly right – that it surprises even you.
Thanks for visiting with me here.