Writings / Teachings
Freelance Writer, Herald-News, Joliet, IL
Several Articles for Talking to the Boss, Chicago
Reporter/Writer, Spirit Expressing newsmagazine, Unity in Chicago
Writer/Editor of Quarterly Newsletter, press releases, weekly newsletter –
PWSusanews, website, award-winning Grants, correspondence, etc. for The Players Workshop
Member of The Players Workshop Writing Ensemble - 3 years (writing & performance company)
Wrote, Directed & Choreographed SIMONE MEETS MIMI THE MERMAID for the Second City Children’s Theatre. It ran for six weeks.
Script Doctor - dozens of freelance jobs, including a book of a musical
Judge - Illinois/Chicago Screenwriting Competition 2002
Teach & design original workshops in Writing, Writing from Improv, Creative Writing; "Improv/e Your Life
Writing, “The Writer Within,” “The Writer Emerges” (advanced class), “Write On!!;” “Coffee and…,” “The Creative Writer Within,” “HeartWriting,” Writing Sketch Comedy, Scenes, Skits & Parodies; “Young Writers’ Brigade” (Teens), “Scenes From a Life” (Seniors & others - memoirs writing), “The After-School Special,” “The Screenwriter Writes,” “Right to Write,” “Writes of Passage,” “The Blitz,” "Second Childhood," "Arts & Letters," “Yoga and the Creative Soul,” “A Lifetime of Memories,” “Creating a Life Mosaic,” “Turnabout is Fair Play,” Acting, Drama, Improv, Character Development, Performance, Auditioning, Writing for Film/Television/Stage/ Newspapers/Fun, etc. at various venues around Chicago including The Players Workshop, The Chicago Park District, Gallery 37, Unity in Chicago, Healing Earth Resources, The Blue Rider, Millennium Perk, Lakeside Yoga Center, Center for Creative Living, etc.
Edited & Published “The Writers Within,” an anthology of original works
Wrote & Published “Sam the Salmon,” an inter-active children’s book, 2002
Wrote & Published “Betsy’s Butterfly” (children’s book), 2002
Wrote & Published “The Adventures of Candy O’Reilly” (children’s book), 2003
Co-Leader/Facilitator – 3 years - Writing & Performance Workshop for Teens; Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s Outreach Program for teenagers with and without disabilities, culminating in a performance at Victory Gardens. “Detours Ahead.” Also Co-Edited & Published an anthology of their original works.
Wrote a play for second graders – “Animals on Parade,” Scott Foresman Publishing
Wrote a play for sixth graders – “Everyday Heroes and Heroines,” Scott Foresman Publishing
Wrote a column for Morningside Writers (online)
Guest Speaker at Chicago Screenwriters Organization’s monthly dinners: August 2001-conducted mini-Character Development Workshop; December 2002-Conflict-Resolution Workshop
Featured Writer of the Month (July 2003) at www.everydaywisdom.net
Contributing Writer to “For This I Am Grateful,” book
Kindergarten Task Force – Alcott School (only parent)
Facilitator for Family Study Institute at Alcott – two years
Parent Project – Waters School – three years (mosaics, gardening, writing, art, etc.)
Board of Directors – Kids for Kids (develops writing skills in children)
Award-winning Grant Writer
National Correspondent for Democrats.com
Published Poet - anthology books and corresponding CDs
Numerous essays, poems, short stories, children’s books, plays, ghost-writing, newspaper articles, etc.
Recipient of Commendation Letter from Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago, for “promoting literacy in children.”
Writer/Editor –newsletter for Center for Creative Living
I’m all over the internet
Phones, computer, fax, xerox, filing, typing, shorthand, light bookkeeping, payroll, writing, rewriting, proofreading, editing, research, fundraising, special events, marketing, public relations, grant writing, teaching, designing fliers…
I have worked extensively as a Legal Secretary and a Paralegal.
I have also performed in various films, TV, plays, Improv, etc.
References, writing samples &/or videos available upon request.