Writersofpittsburgh Photos & Videos

4 days ago

I was in Brooklyn last week, gallivanting with my bestie @kiera_lynn37 ๐Ÿ–ค This is a #latergram from our first night, just before experiencing the magic of #griefisthethingwithfeathers. Grief is a weird thing, and it does weird things to people. I talk a bit about grief in our upcoming Write to Heal workshop, and how innate grief felt to me as a child. I didn't understand why then--I didn't understand that you could just be born with this organic heavy burden that feels like weights on top of your eyes and your head and your hands, and the shame and guilt that comes with it feels like a twisting, churning burn in your stomach. Lately, I've been having a sort of mental flare up of those things, and it's made me quiet. But I can explore and reflect now. I can heal now. I can write it down and out and transform it into something useful--like our workshop. I've explored SO many ways to cope with, well, myself (one of the more obvious ones being my tattoos, which, yes, I'll address at the workshop), and I can say, without a doubt, that I never lose hope now. Never. Link in bio. at Brooklyn, New York

7 days ago

I started to write about self-harm in my poetry collection, Blue Rooms, but I wasn't ready then to really expose that part of my journey. This excerpt from Whooping Crane is the only passage in the book where it was truly my intention to address the topic, but I've been thinking about it a lot ever since, and those thoughts have created our next Write to Heal workshop on May 30th. Since we started promoting the event, we've had a lot of young people and their parents reach out to us, looking for connection, community, understanding--looking to pull themselves out of isolation and into a place of insight and healing--and that's what lets me know I'm doing the right thing by sharing my full story now. I was lonely and bullied as a kid. I felt like a pariah because I was different in so many ways--in ways that, all along, helped me become who I am, and helped me be a difference maker. If you know what it's like to feel alone, if you're worried about someone you love, or if you want to grow in understanding, this workshop is made for you. The best thing I can do is to pay it forward to all the young people out there who feel alone, who feel bad, and who really can't see their light yet. The workshop is split into 3 parts: *Jordan and I will share our stories, honestly and fully *Q/A and discussion *Writing tools and techniques that will change your perspective and offer you the chance to grow and heal. Register at the link in my BIO. at The Glitter Box Theater

9 days ago

I just walked out from an amazing talk by the executive director of PublicSource, stories for a better #Pittsburgh. Wow! I am blown away by her courage and her ability to believe in uncensored citizen journalism, the kind that makes you want to connect with your local community. I can see now truly how important it means to be connected on a local level. It means connecting to your neighbors and just listening as a way to bear witness. It means valuing the good that Pittsburgh has to offer. After the talk I wanted to go to Mila and say, โ€œhey, thank you for finding your way to Pittsburgh. And being the local voice.โ€ After realizing that she could no longer stay in Kazakhstan where there is no freedom of press, she had to reevaluate her values. True stories, well told is how I would sum up todayโ€™s talk. Mila, you are amazing. And I will definitely reach out to you. I hope youโ€™re repurposing your content for a book and a Ted talk! #pittsburghproud #Pittsburghwriter #writersofpittsburgh #jewishwriter #amwriting #amspeaking at West Homestead, Pennsylvania

17 days ago

When I was growing up my mom never had to wonder if my teacher- on top of teaching me math, reading, history, etc- could also defend me/keep me safe if there was an active shooter. Have you talked with your kids about this? Because it is scary to explain what they need to do if one of their safe places becomes the most unsafe place. #schoolshooting #prayersforcolorado #parenting #nohandbook #momoetry

20 days ago

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN! Once a year, I open up my schedule to mentor a handful of aspiring authors, and I love this work SO much. I talk to so many writers and creatives daily who just can't see their own light. But more than that, they're confused, overwhelmed, and disheartened by what it takes to write and publish a book. And I get it, completely. This is exactly why I do what I do. I want to help all the talented writers and creatives who feel like they'll never see their words in print share their stories, because everyone has an important story in them. Whether you're a fiction writer with a complex plot or trying to write a book to support your business, I want to help you reach those dreams ๐Ÿ’› I can only fit 4 people in this year's mentorship program, so DM or email me now! XO

1 month ago

One year ago, I was getting ready to launch Blue Rooms, to release the book to the world, to premiere the play, and was deep in the planning and coordination of it all. As I look back, I am so infinitely grateful for not only what we accomplished--the creative enormity of it--but also for the incredible amount of support there was for Blue Rooms. To celebrate and commemorate the one year anniversary with me, you can snag a signed copy of the book directly form me on my website! Every package will be stuffed with snail mail goodies and love (i.e. I LOVE sending packages full of extra literary treats). This celebration also marks the moment I really move on and delve fully into Part II. That's right. You heard me. I won't say any more about that just yet. Instead, let's revel in what we built as a community, bc Blue Rooms truly was a community event, made possible by all of its loving supporters. Signed copies link in bio! ๐Ÿ’™

3 months ago

Todayโ€™s workspace. I donโ€™t know if itโ€™s just me but I canโ€™t stay in one place ALL THE TIME to write. Sure I have my nice little desk for regular writing assignments but when it comes to working on my book, I like to switch it up for a different perspective. Whereโ€™s your favorite place to write/create/read?

4 months ago

On my Facebook page: โ€œThe start to a push-pull of a new week. Wishing to be in #Israel to console an esteemed family. The second death in a family tragedy within a year and a half. May they know no more sorrow. I feel helpless. Snow pounds incessantly on my raging heart. The cold of my home versus the warmth of my hearth. Heart home.โ€ #Jewish #Jewishwriter #Jewishwriters #amwritong #SandandSteel #courage #memoir #writers #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #authors #multicultural #multiculturalwriters #pittsburghwriter #writersofpittsburgh at Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh)

4 months ago

Itโ€™s during snow days like today when my heart fills once more with longing for Israel. I just completed a scene for #SandandSteel where I am walking down the streets of Tzfat as an Israeli expat and the moment when my Israel and Jewish identity are combined into one. โ€œThe funny thing about living an estranged life either as an expat or as a stranger to a previous life is that you manage to get over the loss, but those images eventually come to haunt you. Beloved places, images and feelings you once took for granted remind you of what you lost or given up. And at a dear price.โ€ How do you relate to #longing? #Israel #memoir #courage #nonfiction #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writerslife #publishing #writersofinsta #writinglife #Jewishauthor #writersofPittsburgh #pittsburghwriters at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4 months ago

Sometimes you have to continue peeling away the layers until you reach the inner core of what you want to #write. Sometimes the ideas are not self-evident at first and you have to step deeper into the silence until the ideas nag you and find their way into words. And then there is the constant gnawing of scenes. When is the action enough to tell a story and when do you pull back from the action to relate to your wiser narrator and sprinkle in takeaways? So much of writing is craft and so much of craft is learning. We never are on a shortage of learning about the craft of #memoir writing and each writing session can fuel our knowledge of scenes even deeper. Today I congratulate myself as a memoirist. I went through multiple drafts on my own, intuited the work, sent it off to my trusty editor and the moment when all your hard hard work results in graduating to the next chapter. Two versions of a single chapter...a record for me! Chapter 17...here we come! Next chapter youโ€™ll see me in my beloved #Israel. #amwriting #writingcommunity #authorpreneur #writingtips #authorsofinsta #authorsofinstagram #Jewish #jewishwriters #pittsburghwriter #writers #writersofpittsburgh #Sandand Steel #courage at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill

5 months ago

Our event host @frontpaigeme asked you at our Fall Session anthology release and reading: Why is it important to provide a platform to amplify young voices? --> Let us know. We want to hear it from you. Your feedback could be featured on our social stories! #whorunstheworld #rainbowwriters #pgh #pghwrites #pittsburgh #pittwrites #pghwritenow #girlswrite #pghpoet #writingprompts #authoraf #springstartssoon #fallwriters #pghwriters #pittsburghwritenow #activism #writerightnow #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writersofpittsburgh

6 months ago

ยซ This is for you. You. The one who stopped and took a peak at this post, the one who took a partial second out of your day, to appreciate my passions and aspirations thus far as a new blogger. Freelance writing isnโ€™t always something that is taken into appreciation, as frequently as it should. I wish you guys knew how much time and emotion it takes me to produce words that make you feel understood. ยป at Coffee Tree Roasters

6 months ago

All. It's Monday! And I am FINALLY re-couped and rested and back to work. I snagged this pic from @lib_ertybell of me and @lindseysmithhhc at last weekend's conference (bc I'm always terrible at properly documenting), and I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who came to PPP, participated in the conference, pitched, or attended/participated in the vendor fair. It was our biggest conference yet, and I'm so proud of what my best partner and I have created for the writing community! X If you pitched to me and have emailed me your query/MS, you should get an email from me at some point today confirming my receipt of your submission. I was pitched SO, SO many BRILLIANT and beautiful books, and I can't wait to dig into them all! I was astounded by the degree of talent in all of the #writers pitching at #pitchpublishpromote! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

10 months ago

My first official book of poetry, you guys. I wish I was kidding. Looking back in on all this to find material for REWIND (an event Iโ€™ll be putting on at @brillobox) featuring folks reading from their old journals. The point is to laugh, but I think Iโ€™m about to go down a rabbit hole of nostalgia. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜œ OH AND watch out for the event. First one is September 20th! ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ““โœจโœ๏ธ #pittsburgh #pittsburghwriters #rewindpgh #poetry #lisafrank #writersofpittsburgh #brillobox #pgh #pittsburghevents #deardiary @lisa_frank at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11 months ago

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11 months ago

Meet Lisa Camerlo. Lisa plays a crucial role in #blueroomsonstage as the mother. She represents the lead character's lineage and all of the conflicting love and baggage that comes with that. When Lisa auditioned using "Dorothea," it was like she understood the role before I even told her who she'd be playing. Since casting, Lisa has filled our Blue Rooms family with love and passion. She is incredibly talented and dedicated and I am very grateful to have found her :) Come see Lisa stomp to her own theme music in the most immaculate gown of the show in ONE WEEK! https://m.bpt.me/event/3356052 X Lisa Camerlo is thrilled and proud to be a part of the powerful adaptation of Blue Rooms. Lisa has performed as Mother, Ethel Banks in โ€œBarefoot in the Park,โ€ Emily Brent in โ€œAnd Then There Were None,โ€ and as Julia Sterroll in โ€œFallen Angels,โ€ just to name a few. Lisa is personally invested in the important message of mental health awareness that Blue Rooms advocates for.

1 year ago

Are you in the Pittsburgh area?ย  Join me for a healing writing workshop where I'm honored to be delivering the keynote speech!ย  If you or someone you know lives in the area, please know that there are only a few tickets left!ย  I hope to see you there.ย  This event is organized and run by my amazing book editor, @editor_amanda. visit bit..y/writetoheal1 to purchase your ticket! #pittsburgh #pittsburghevents #writetoheal #inspiration #bookhealing #authorevent #tellyourstoryย  #borntowrite #writersofpittsburgh #ninestories #lawrenceville #writersofig #amreading #bookevent #writerslife #keynote #bodyimage #loveyourbody #effyourbeautystandards

1 year ago

Pittsburgh! Last call! We still have some seats available at this week's Write to Heal workshop! Come have a fun and introspective conversation with us about how we perceive our bodies, then we're going to teach you some awesome writing prompts to use on your journey forward! It's our LAST workshop in Pittsburgh, so we're going out with a BANG and tickets are only $49: that's the whole workshop + 3 books (a copy of mine, @_jordancorcoran_ , and @coachjennyeden) for that price ๐ŸŽ‰ TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-to-heal-workshop-loving-our-bodies-with-jenny-berk-tickets-44926210505?aff=eac2 at Nine Stories Pittsburgh

1 year ago

2 spots have already been claimed in the 2 hours since I opened enrollment! I love the passion and hustle of your commitment to your dream, writers! Hurry up and claim one of the last 3 spots NOW! ๐Ÿ“š

1 year ago

Where are my aspiring authors?? There are SO many secretly brilliant writers out there. I know. I meet them all the time. And if you're reading this, you're probably one of them. Have you always dreamed of writing and publishing a book? Have you been writing, re-writing, second guessing, and then starting over on that secret novel for years? Do you dream of selling your book at signings and sharing your writing with the world? Ready to get serious? I want to help you. X After launching my book, Blue Rooms, I just want to pay it forward and help you live your dream as a career author! Normally, I offer this program to one or two people a year throigh invitation. But I've slashed the price and am opening up this fast-track to your dreams to 5 people because we all deserve to be living our dreams as writers! Let me demystify how to expertly execute your manuscript, navigate the right publishing path for you, and get your book into the hands of readers! X DM or email me NOW for more details and to save your spot!

1 year ago

THIS IS TMRW! ๐Ÿ˜ I just finished grabbing all the last minute things and packing it all up! Now it's off to rehearsal with the actors to prep for tomorrow's preview performance! Come on over tomorrow and let me treat you and thank you for all of your support! ๐Ÿ’™

1 year ago

This performance is tonight! 7pm at 807 Liberty Ave. ๐Ÿ’™ @mckoy_creative

1 year ago

This is where Blue Rooms is happening on June 22nd and 23rd, and I am overwhelmed with all the feelings. It is the most beautiful and historic space, and I am incredibly grateful and humbled to have my production staged here!!! Have you secured your ticket yet??? They're $30 or 4 for $100. โŒ Link in bio โŒ Or you can find tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. Bring your family and your friends because this is going to be an epic event! Your ticket also gives you access to the after party each night ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ I CAN'T WAIT to share this vision with you all!! ๐Ÿ’™ #blueroomsbook at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall

1 year ago

Good Morning! Although it's snowing here in #Pittsburgh, I am feeling such a strong inner peace listening to #snatamkaur. She is the voice of a #transformational retreat I participated in 2012 of authors and #christinekloser as my guide. It was a very powerful experience because I almost ended up leaving the #author retreat. I am still figuring the defining moment of this scene out. Maybe it was because I felt #vulnerable or afraid to be seen in that circle of 40 #transformational authors. I almost felt like a fraud. Maybe I didn't have what it takes to take my message to the next #heart level considering my history of straddling #Israeli and #American cultures and no-one would be able to adequately understand. Part of me felt #shame and #fear... Like what the heck was I doing there? Everything felt foreign, but I would learn to take a chance on myself. Sometimes.... That is all you can do. Take a chance on yourself as you lean in to your heart's calling. I am not a person who deals very well with #ambiguity and I would have to "just do it" as I made the decision to just step into that great big circle of #transformational #authors and acted out my story of leaving #America to serve in the #idfonline. #IsraelDefenseForces #amwriting at Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh)

1 year ago

The opening piece of Act Two, here comes a cliche. #blueroomsbook ๐Ÿ–ค link in bio.

1 year ago

The Blue Rooms launch party is LESS than 2 weeks away, and if you missed our emails, this is your official invitation to the celebration from the directors of Blue Rooms! We had a lot of silly fun trying to take these photos, and we're gonna have just as much fun at the part-ay! Oh, and it's FREE. So go to blueroomsbook.com now and RSVP to let us know you're coming! ๐Ÿ’™

1 year ago

PITTSBURGH: This is our last workshop for Write to Heal in the city before we go on the road. Don't miss out! Follow @writetoheal_pgh and find tickets in the bio!!

1 year ago

HAVE YOU RSVP'D FOR THE LAUNCH PARTY YET?? Because I'm going to be raffling off these free tickets to the Blue Rooms stage play at the party on May 1st!! blueroomsbook.com

1 year ago

You can see this dress and hear the rest of this poem performed live on stage by grabbing your ticket at blueroomsbook.com! X I call this dress Blue Ruin, and it will make its debut appearance in the third act of the play. I loved making this dress because it represents contentment and understanding for me--finding and loving your true identity after braving some really serious challenges. This dress covers less of the body than any other piece in the show, but it is made out of a sturdy upholstery fabric; the juxtaposition of which shows the shedding of our emotional armor. X I just can't wait to share this production with all of you. And while you're browsing blueroomsbook.com, RSVP to the launch party! It's FREE and I'll be raffling FREE tickets to the play! ๐Ÿ’™

1 year ago

I write in the early morning. There's something about letting my mind wander and fantasize in the morning twilight that just satiates my soul. This morning was a doozy, though. I went to bed last night with an aching pain in my neck that was creeping up into a painful headache. So, I drank a bunch of water and just went to sleep. But I sprang up out of my sleep at 6am with a story in my brain--a plot that I've been wrestling with for years came clear, all the details, the settings, which characters to keep and which to cut out and use for something else--it all came rushing. I jumped up out of bed at 6am, grabbed a pen and my notebook, and outlined that GD novel this morning. My head feels a lot better now :)

1 year ago

SWIPE to read full poem. X Happy Thursday and happy Women's Day! It took me a whole week to recover from the Blue Rooms book launch. On Friday, I started to panic a bit because I had deadlines to meet and things to get done and talks to schedule and the hustle just felt so overwhelming because my brain was TIRED and overextended. But I learned a long time ago that self-care is the most important part of being a productive entrepreneur and a gentle human, so I reached out to all of my clients and obligations, and each of them graciously told me to go sleep, and I did. I slept from Friday to Sunday, seriously. Now I'm back on the grind and it feels great! X Here is a poem from the book that I wanted to share with you on Women's Day because it encapsulates what it means to find empowerment through loss; to shed the societal coil that teaches young women to rely on romantic and fantastical love for happiness and contentment, because my life wouldn't be nearly as happy or rewarding had I not fought against that! Last Stand is about feminine awakening and power, and it closes the 2nd part of Blue Rooms. X Also, blueroomsbook.com has been updated with a reading schedule, so come hear me read and let's drink tea and talk about art! XOXO

1 year ago

Good Morning! Today I am writing about the courage to give voice to something bigger and better at a transformational author retreat and what that means for myself as an author writing themes of assimilation and integration as an immigrant from America to Israel and back again. I am writing with a buddy. We started writing at 5am and then we will check in at 7 am to see what we accomplished. I am aiming for 1000 words. She is aiming for 2000. We are calling these session "speed writing dates." This is holding me accountable! #amwriting #writersofpittsburgh #Israel #courage #memoir

1 year ago

IT'S TODAY!! It's National Book Lover's Day, so it seems totally appropriate to FINALLY be able to share my book, Blue Rooms, with you! The process of creating and producing this collection of poetry has been nothing short of amazing, and I'm so proud to say that you can now pre-order your very own copy. Please visit blueroomsbook.com because you can do all these things there: 1. Order your copy of the book! 2. Save your seat to see the stage production of Blue Rooms at the Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall! 3. Let me know you're coming to the FREE book launch party at The Glitter Box Theater (come celebrate with me!!)! Thank you for all of your support!!!

1 year ago

Just corrected the proof for my next #chickensoupforthesoul story, which should appear later this year in The Power of Yes. The theme is: stepping outside your comfort zone. I LOVE my comfort zone, but I have to tell you every time I stretch and do something a bit scary, I feel amazing. How about you? (BeeGee says, "I didn't step outside my comfort zone. I was squeezed out.") #writing #cats #writersofinstagram #writersofig #kittycats #kitties #amwriting #amediting #published #writerslife #writersofpittsburgh

1 year ago

The first time I read a poem by Caitlyn Siehl, I was abruptly hit with an overwhelming sense of connection yet disparity, a fever of inspiration, and a love for the way she wound words through a page and into my ears and my chest and my brain. I fell in love hard. But, like with all celebrities, she never seemed like a real person, but something far away--a creative unicorn, mythical and mind-blowingly talented that lives on another plane of existence than me. X When I finished Blue Rooms, I sent it out to a bunch of poets and critics and writers for review. Caitlyn was one of them. It was hard to not just send an entire email waxing about how much she's affected me through her writing, but I thought to myself: Why not? The worst thing that will probably happen is she'll never see my email, it'll get lost in some slush pile, and I'll go on at least knowing that I tried. Then, as soon as I sent that email, I panicked she would see it, hate the book, and I would have to figure out how to recover from one of my creative role models disavowing my work. X A few weeks after sending out for reviews, I got a couple of wonderful responses and really kind words about the book, and I also got a lot of famous poets either ignoring me or telling me they don't have the time to read books for reviews, which is fine... And then today happened. X First of all, CAITLYN SIEHL EMAILED ME, YOU GUYS. That is enough to make my whole year. But more than that, her email was simple: Amanda, I will have your review finished by EOD tomorrow. You are talented beyond belief. Caitlyn. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ X So, I'm just over here dying. This is happening, and I just needed to share this with you all to say nothing more than this: TRY. Just always try. I went back and forth with myself about sending my book to Caitlyn Siehl. Who am I to ask this woman to take time and make space for me? But I had to try. And it was the best GD decision ever. I'm so over the moon right now, and the process of writing, producing, and promoting Blue Rooms has taught more than I ever thought I needed to learn about courage, transparency, and connection. I'm just so grateful. ๐Ÿ’™

1 year ago

Getting really excited for the Write to Heal workshop tomorrow! We have so much in store for our guests that I'm hoping we even have enough time! Talking about using writing to help us see how strong and resilient we truly are so that we can nail our goals gets me reaaaallll pumped up! X #writetoheal #workshop #writers #writersofpittsburgh #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writerslife #goals #healing #inspiration #writeyourlife #storytelling #wordsmatter #amwriting #igwrites #poetry #bookstagram

1 year ago

What's holding you back? When you sit down to focus on a project, is there something nagging you from the back of your mind? Or maybe you're experiencing a subconscious block in your thoughts. That was the case for me. X I've been a writer my entire life, and a professional writer for the past seven years. I keep a steady schedule and write a number of novels and memoirs every year--for other people. But when it came to my own work, something deep in the back of my brain was holding me back. There was a block, and honestly I was scared to explore it, grapple it, uncover it. X So I took a big dose of my own medicine. As a book coach, I counsel writers through their work. And when I say "counsel," I mean it. Writing is hard because it props up a mirror, and sometimes our reflection is tough to face. But it was time I face mine, and that's how Blue Rooms was born. X The writing was tough. The honest introspection was harder, but having wrestled it all and poured it onto the page, I. Feel. Liberated. In all aspects of my life, healing myself through the writing process has changed and evolved me. And now I want to show you exactly how to do the same so you get rid of those built up blockages and achieve your next big goal. X Come join me and @_jordancorcoran_ on February 3rd at The City Keep to learn EXACTLY how to use writing to find clarity and peace โค๐Ÿ“šโœ Link in bio. X . . . #amwriting #healing #write #pittsburgh #writers #writerslife #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writersofpittsburgh #author #authorsofig #authorsofinstagram #authorsofpittsburgh #igreads at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 year ago

Spike, Chief of Security here at the writing factory, bundled up to go outside in 1 degree F (-17 C) weather to potty. I'm pretty sure this weather will encourage #writing #productivity by keeping us inside today. #writinghabits #writingwithdogs #writer #writersofpittsburgh #writersofig #writerslife #author #published #amwritingmystery #amwriting #amediting #amrevising #author #pennsylvaniaauthor #dogs #littledog #yorkie mix #yorkshireterrier #mixedbreed #silkyterrier #chinesecrestedmix #rescue #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #december #cold #babyitscoldoutside

1 year ago

Weโ€™re Girls Write Pittsburgh and we inspire self-identified teen girls to grow their voices through writing. Girls Write Pittsburgh is the cityโ€™s only program designed to empower self-identified teen girls through the creative expression of writing, exposing them to a world of opportunity, through the craft. Please make a point to join, volunteer, donate, and/or send a young writer to us in the new year. ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฟโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒ‰ #pittsburgh #teens #girls #women #pgh #writers #amwriting #writersofinstagram #pghwriters #writersofpittsburgh #afterschool #workshops #unschooling #projectbasedlearning #poetry #creativewriting #expressivewriting #fiction #nonfiction #mentorship at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 year ago

Don't look back. The tail end of #december often feels to me like a season of #regrets. I think of all I didn't accomplish this year, the #opportunities I missed, and poor #choices I made. The ghost of Christmas past too often reminds me of my excesses--whether spending or eating. And I am all too aware of what's been hidden in a closet, under a table, or in the spare room to make space for Christmas boxes or extra seats at the table. All that clutter...and all it represents. But this is the season to look ahead and #plan. Every new day comes laden with new opportunities and choices. I intend to be ready. #cat #cats_of_instagram #kitties #kittycat #writinghabits #writerslife #writer #writing #novelist #amwriting #amediting #amrevising #author #published #pennsylvaniaauthor #amwritingmystery #cozymystery #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writersofpittsburgh