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Literary Mentors: Who are Yours?

I’ve been thinking about literary mentorship. I have just gotten back from the incredible Room of Her Own Foundation's week long writing retreat held at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.A Room of Her Own's mission is: To inspire, fund, and champion works of art and literature by women.Over 100 women: poets, playwrights, fiction writers,…See More
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Who I am:
I am a women's studies professor, creative writer and creativity coach. In 2004, I launched The Creative Tickle®, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the power of creativity for the 21st century. I encourage people to 'tickle their genius awake'™.

I am now in the process of selling my first speculative fiction novel.

Most of my published writing has been for academic audiences, but I always try to utilize creative nonfiction techniques in my work.

I also write a blog called 'The Practice of Creativity' http://micheleberger.wordpress.com/
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World (Routledge 2011) co-authored with Cheryl Radeloff

The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) co-edited with Kathleen Guidroz

Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004)
Media outlets that I currently write for:
None yet, but I hope to change that soon!
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Theory
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Yes, occasionally on my blog or for academic journals
Services I offer to other writers:
As a creativity coach, I help with any problem that arises as a person tries to create, including: psychological, emotional, existential and practical challenges. I am especially attuned to understanding the specific blocks many women face as they try to cultivate creative lives.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes, I'm currently in three writing groups: prompt, critique and speculative fiction
My professional associations:
National Association of Women's Studies
North Carolina Writers' Network
I found out about She Writes from:
I found it through the internet, but also took at workshop with Deborah Siegel many years ago at NWSA.

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Literary Mentors: Who are Yours?

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 4:16am 0 Comments

I’ve been thinking about literary mentorship. I have just gotten back from the incredible Room of Her Own Foundation's week long writing retreat held at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

A Room of Her Own's mission is: To inspire, fund, and champion works of art and literature by women.

Over 100 women:…


Best 2014 Writing Tips from Author Interviews

Posted on December 27, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

One of the things I deeply enjoy about my blog,'The Practice of Creativity' is my commitment to author interviews. My blog allows me to reach out to new and established writers, after I hear them give a reading or learn about them online, and ask for an interview. Every time an author agrees to an interview, I feel excited and inspired. I look forward to checking my email and seeing how they played with and sculpted answers to…


Remembering Audre Lorde

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:00am 2 Comments

Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934- November 17,1992)

Today is Audre Lorde’s birthday! Audre Lorde was an essayist, poet and activist who referred to herself as a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,".  Audre Lorde’s work has shaped and inspired two generations of writers, scholars, and…


10 Things Writers Can Do To Jump-Start Their Writing in 2013

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:22pm 7 Comments

We all need encouragement and support for our writing lives. And, the beginning of the year invites us to try out new ideas. Here is a list of strategies that have bolstered my writing life.  May they support and inspire you.

1) Plan a Submission Party


In my first writing group, more than fifteen years ago, I learned about the power of holding at…


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At 12:05am on July 28, 2015, Patti Clark said…

Hi Michele,  Thanks for reaching out.  I look forward to the interview and to reading more of your past interviews. 

Thanks again!

At 10:00am on January 5, 2015, Diane L. Fowlkes said…

Hi Michele. Yes, I got your request and accepted. I thought I sent you one back during the holiday but am never quite sure how She Writes works on these internal messages. Anyway, did you also see the comment I made on your two-year old blogpost on Audre Lorde!!? 

I always find something inspiring or practical or both in your Creativity blog and thanks for that. I'll let you know when I get to the end of this first draft mss of my novel Jump. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, though the going can get really slow, like creeping along on hands and knees! 

At 4:09pm on January 13, 2013, Kelly Hashway said…
Michele, I tried to reply to your message but She Writes won't let me. I have the interview completed for you. Can you email me at khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com and I'll send it to you? Thanks!
At 11:23am on December 23, 2012, M. Kinnel said…

Thanks so much for accepting my friend request, Michele. I look forward to connecting as well!

At 3:01pm on December 1, 2012, Judith Newton said…

Hi Olga, I think I still don't know how these comment pages work.  Did you get a chance to post?  I notice that this is from Nov 18.  Let me know and sorry for the gap in communication!

At 2:40pm on November 30, 2012, Judith Newton said…

Hi Michele, Let's do email.  I'm at jlnewton@ucdavis.edu.  I have been to NWSA but long ago at this point. Would love to hear more about you and your work.

At 12:00pm on November 18, 2012, Olga Godim said…

Michele. I just accepted your friend request. Thanks.

I'd be glad to do a guest post on your blog. I'm working on mine, but it's not ready yet.

My novel's working title: Lost & Found in Russia. The date doesn't matter, whenever it's good for you. A very short description: Mother-daughter minuet, Russian style.

A longer description: One mother travels around the globe in search of her daughter, while another must delve deep into her heart to find understanding and acceptance.

Please let me know what questions I should answer and what date your would post them.



At 12:27pm on September 17, 2012, Quanie Miller said…

Thanks, Michele!

At 12:15pm on September 17, 2012, Quanie Miller said…

Yes! I look forward to reading some of your work as well! I am so glad I read your blog post because I had not even heard of Clarion East! I might apply. Let's keep in touch. 


At 6:20am on September 3, 2012, Elisabeth Zguta said…

Thank you Michelle.  Your support, from a creative coach, is much appreciated.




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