I am a novelist with a passion for teaching others how unleash their stories and put them down on the seemingly unfriendly page. I know how to do this: I've been a writing coach, mentor and retreat leader for over thirty years. I know what unleashes the creative flow. I know what makes an unhappy writer and what makes a happy writer.
So, if you've found your way to my website, I know one thing: YOU are a writer (even though you might not admit that out loud and even to yourself.) I also know that the desire to write is strong within you. Sometimes the writing flows, and other times you feel lost, and fear that you're not a writer and never will be. That's the worst, isn't it? Your aching for the wanting...
I know this is true from my own writing journey. I've experienced the highs and the lows of being a fiction writer. I know intimately the fear that my hunger to write is a fool's dream. But I persevered, taking risks with my writing and creativity that ultimately awoke a passion within me that was stronger than any fears my Inner Critic could put in my way.
I have seven works of fiction published and my novel, Petersburg, sold to GP Putnams for $250,00. The paperback was sold to Dell for another $200,000. Petersburg was translated into Italian, German and Spanish and reached the Best Seller's list in England. I have written many articles on writing and the creative process, and have been published in Writer's Digest.
I graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Writing and English Literature. I was a founding member of the National Writer's Union and co-creator of the hugely popular Westchester County Annual Writing Conference in the 1990s. I taught writing for ten years at the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG) Conference at Skidmore College.
"I am pleased I sent you my writing. I realize how really good you are as a writing coach. I love that you get excited about our writing and that you don't take it apart. You delight in our creativity, even when we're struggling. That's special, Emily. There aren't many people who do that. Thank you."
~ Sara Healy