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About Me

About me
I am an AWA affiliate, certified by Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) to lead AWA method writing workshops.  I lead AWA workshop series and one day workshop events throughout the year. 

Leadership Experience
In recent years, much of my leadership experience has been through my position as president of PEO Chapter TZ, a women’s philanthropic educational organization. I planned and led fifteen semi-annual retreats to strengthen interpersonal relations within the chapter.  These retreats gave me experience fostering a safe and creative environment for individual expression. In my neighborhood, I lead monthly book group discussions for the Loire Valley Book Club. Prior to raising my own family, I taught learning disabled students for the San Diego Unified School District for eight years.

My Writing Journey
My return to writing came through journaling with Lois Sunrich of StoryArts, Inc. and creating a journaling circle that met for a full year. I wrote a club newsletter for three years. In 2010, I studied creative writing through the UCSD Extension program.  I was published in the UCSD Extension Brochure after reading, by invitation, in their Student Showcase (View it online here).  I continued studies with Jennifer Louden, of Savor & Serve the World, for an intensive writer’s retreat in Taos, NM.  Once home again, I was drawn to the AWA method when seeking writing groups for continuing my own creative expression. Finding no AWA groups in the San Diego area, I applied for the intensive training so I could begin my own groups.  After successfully completing my training and leading my first workshops, I was hooked!

Why I like the AWA method
This writing technique, used in a small well led group, inspires creativity, strengthens voice, promotes growth, constantly surprises, often amazes the writers, and it is fun. Opportunities to write, read and listen promote growth simultaneously on many levels. The AWA method accommodates diverse backgrounds, levels of experience, education and age.

I now hope to introduce others in the San Diego area to this writing technique, through regular workshop series and one-day events.

 A little more about me
On a more personal note, I write at the library some Saturdays every month.  I travel frequently and even with experience I still over-pack. I admire textile arts, and collect ethnic wall hangings. Before I started writing I played by designing with textiles. I enjoy doing calligraphy which is unexpected if you see my regular handwriting. Most of my music collection is from the label Putumayo World Music. I laugh out loud when I watch the TV hit, Modern Family.  I never grew up enough to watch scary movies.

References available on request. 

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