I am an author, writing instructor, photographer and blogger. I have been teaching memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago since 2006. My newest book How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History is based on one of my popular workshops. I have also taught at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, GrubStreet in Boston, ModernWell in Minneapolis, WriteSpace Jerusalem as well as the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids.

My memoir Jumping Over Shadows, the story of a German-Jewish love that overcame the legacy of the Holocaust, was published in 2017 by She Writes Press. One excerpt, ‘Thrown Out’ of the Family Home, appeared in the Wall Street Journal; two others, Giving Up Christmas, and Becoming a Proper Jew in the Kitchen were published in Tablet Magazine.

My essays have appeared in many journals, and links can be found under Writing. My photography has been featured in Bella Grace Magazine and Artful Blogging. In 2014-15 I had the privilege of serving as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois.

I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, as well as an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in American Studies, English Literature and Political Science from the University of Munich. After 15 years in consulting, I left the corporate world several years ago. In addition to my creative projects and teaching writing, I handle communications for my children’s former school. I live in Chicago with my husband and three children.

Contact me here.