For over twenty years, I’ve helped writing students write their best. My teaching techniques are based on real-world experiences as an award-winning writer. For the last five years, I’ve incorporated teaching techniques gleaned from dog training using only positive reinforcement to shape desirable writing behaviors in a program Katie Riegel and I call Writeful Ink. If you click on any of these highlighted words, you can sign up for the Writeful Ink Newsletter, learn more about the available courses, or read what fiction, creative nonfiction, and writer’s journal students have to say.
I also foster herding dogs and train my Border Collies Mick (Trick Dog Champion) and Maisie (Advanced Trick Dog). Love for dogs led me to become an AKC CGC Evaluator and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor at the Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club. You can subscribe to my dog-training channel, “Mick’s Tricks”.
I’m also the author of the memoir, FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG, (Harmony Books), and the novel, BODY SHARERS (Rutgers University Press). I got my BA at West Chester University and an MA and an MFA at Penn State. BODY SHARERS placed among the finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel. Recent honors include winner of the 2016 Briar Cliff Review Nonfiction Award, finalist for the 2017 Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, winner of the 2013 Florida Review Editor’s Award, and a Best American Essays 2015 Notable Essay.
I’m a member of:
- Florida Literary Arts Coalition
- Sisters in Crime
- Mystery Writers of America
- Dog Writers Association of America
- International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts
- Associated Writers and Writing Programs