Bio

Bio

I have taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Stanford University; for over 20 years at The University of California at Berkeley Extension, where I was named an Honored Instructor; and most recently, for 12 years, in the MFA Program in Writing at the University of San Francisco.  I serve on the advisory board of the UC Extension Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing.  As well, I have been a Bay Area Writing Coach for the past 15 years, working with writers on projects ranging from memoirs and historical fiction to novels, short stories and essays.   My books include: Small: The Little We Need for Happiness, Shanti Arts Publishing, forthcoming 2018; Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block, St. Martin’s, 2003; and Parsnips in the Snow: Talks with Midwestern Gardeners (with Mary Swander), University of Iowa Press, 1990.