Seen or unseen, I will bloom. – Daisaku Ikeda
I am here to help you bloom as a writer.
As a writing teacher with twenty years’ experience, teaching at a university in the Southwest, I can help you weave the threads of your ideas into workable narratives, essays, poems, or opinion editorials.
I hold a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from New York University in NYC. I started writing at the age of seven and I’ve never stopped.
My writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Golden Dragonfly Press’s, Goddess, Sable Books’ anthology, Red Sky – Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women, The Urban Howl, Trickster Literary Journal, The Huffington Post (HuffPo 50), elephant journal, The Anjana Network, The Good Men Project, Rebelle Society, Be You Media Group, Olentangy Review, Journey of Heart: Women’s Spiritual Poetry, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Vagina – The Zine, The Cancer Poetry Project 2, Kinema Poetics, Kalliope, Poet Lore, California Quarterly, Westview – A Journal of Western Oklahoma, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, North Atlantic Review, Concho River Review, Synapse, Living Buddhism, The World Tribune, Blue Mountain Arts/SPS, and Poetry Seattle, to name just a few. She’s been writing about spiritual topics for more than twenty years and has been a practicing Buddhist for the past 32 years. In addition to The Wonderland Files, she is a contributor to The Urban Howl, Rebelle Society, and Be You Media Group.
In 1998, I received my Master’s degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where I specialized in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir. In 2014-2015, I worked as a co-coordinator for The Pen Project at Arizona State University, mentoring student interns in giving critical and creative advice to incarcerated writers in Arizona and New Mexico. From 2015 – 2020, I was the Creative Nonfiction Editor of Iron City, a literary magazine featuring work from incarcerated writers from throughout the U.S. From 2009 – 2014 I was the Managing Editor of an online magazine, Kalliope, featuring new writers and providing internships for college students in writing, desktop publishing, and editing.
In addition to my work as a writer, I teach creative writing workshops in memoir, spiritual writing, writing to change the world, and healing writing. I also work with writers on editing and reviewing their work to ready it for publication.
I sell coaching in half-hour segments of $50 apiece (30 minutes = $50; 60 minutes = $100; 90 minutes = $150.
I am happy to do a free fifteen-minute check-in with you to see if I am a good fit for your needs. I conduct all coaching calls via my Zoom link.
Shavawn M. Berry