I have spent years in the classroom, running the journalism program at Mills College, leading workplace training sessions, and tutoring and coaching individual writers.

Contact me for a list of prepared workshops or to discuss how I might create an individualized program for your workplace. I also take clients for individual mentoring and developmental editing.

If you want a more detailed look at my professional background, click HERE or on the LinkedIn icon above.


Upcoming classes at the Writers Grotto in San Francisco.


Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 / 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One of the toughest parts of being a freelancer can be figuring out what your editor wants from you and when they will want it. Understanding the editorial process will minimize your frustration and can help you build solid relationships that lead to more work. By the end of this three-hour, interactive workshop you will better understand the jobs of different levels of editors at various publications. You’ll have a good sense of how stories are developed, approved, and edited. And you’ll walk away with tips about how to smooth the process, and how to deal with revision requests, photo memos, and fact checking. We’ll talk about when and how to stick to your guns – and when to compromise.

For more details, and to register HERE

(six weeks

Tuesdays, Oct. 15-29 and Nov. 5-19, 2019 / 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Feature stories are nonfiction pieces that focus more on human stories than factual exposition – but they still are deeply reported. They are meant to engage readers emotionally and create empathy for their subjects, and they’re an excellent way to draw readers into complicated topics. They are also some of the best stories to pitch as a freelancer, having a place in everything from travel magazines to general interest publications. In this six-week workshop, we’ll study different types of feature stories and analyze what makes them work, using published models to explore various ways to create a compelling narrative. We will cover story focus and structure; reporting and interviewing; and feature story elements such as setting, character, detail, dialogue, and action.

For more details, and to register, click HERE


I'm proud to be a founding board member of the Bay City News Foundation, a non-profit, local journalism initiative that provides public service reporting to fill news gaps left by the decline of legacy media.

You can read our stories on the Local News Matters site or subscribe to a weekly newsletter of highlights. And you can support us by donating here.

We have a broad reach because we're affiliated with Bay City News, which was founded in 1979 with eight offices around the region and which now provides news feeds to about 100 clients, including TV, radio, digital and print newsrooms.

Bay City News was bought in 2018 by Katherine Rowlands, whose new hybrid business model is attracting national attention. You can read more about her vision here.