Post image for Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, […]


Post image for Why I’m unplugging for a whole month — yikes!

Time to tame my laptop and iPhone…I’ve decided to unplug for the next four weeks. What a scary thought: no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the constant checking of email. In the process, I hope to create a more intimate life and explore the meaning of privacy. At the end of 2012, I unplugged for the […]


Post image for I just quit my job in a bad economy. Yes, really.

After 16 months of full-time journalism, I am now officially unemployed. Never ever before have I quit a job without lining up a new gig. And so begins the next adventure, of reinventing myself — yet again — while living off my savings. This is incredibly scary for me. As a single mom with a […]


Post image for The best advice I’ve ever given my students

If it’s spring, then it must be time for fresh ideas. In my case, this means digging into my personal bag of tricks and finding new ways to practice what I preach to students. But first I need to set the scene for you…. Let me begin by saying that there is nothing scarier than […]


Post image for Why I’m unplugging for the next two weeks

Who needs Santa? I am here to deliver a huge gift to myself — and you. From now through Jan. 7th, I am shutting down my social media and pretty much getting off the Internet. The goal is to detox and return to you fresher and more relevant than ever. For those of you who […]


Post image for Checklist: Write better using journalism tricks

After years of teaching journalism and writing my own stories, I’ve come up with some tried-and-true tactics for wrangling words. What follows are some of my favorite practices. Take them together as a check list and you’ll be in good shape too. The batch of links below is for the time you sit in front […]