Taking heart


This time last year, I was beginning a yearlong Certificate in Memoir program at the University of Washington.

Although I’ve made a living as a marketing copywriter for over two decades, I was new to creative nonfiction. I began the year as an insecure writer with a handful of completed personal essays, a wealth of material and a modest dream — to get one of my personal essays published.

Happily, I achieved that goal. “Taking heart,: a story I initially wrote several years ago about my daughter’s struggles and ultimate triumph over anorexia, has been included in the UW’s Professional & Continuing Education 2013 edition of Stratus: Journal of Arts & Writing!” What an incredible feeling!

Theo Pauline Nestor, thank you for the masterful teaching. To all my fellow memoir students, thank you for your invaluable feedback. Gabriella Mary De Francesco, thank you for encouraging me to enroll in the program, and most importantly — being open to having me share your story with the world.

(Mama loves her “Monkey Girl.”)


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