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Welcome to my website!

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New website in the works! To reflect the recent growth of my business, I will be releasing a new site soon. Through   TRUE COURAGE COACHING & WRITING I will continue to offer high quality coaching/editing services to clients in the Philadelphia region and beyond. The site will also present a new publishing model for fiction and nonfiction.

For now, you can find my story Judith Richards Goes to Church at Literary Nest website. Metta, Metta, Metta, is in the print journal Passager.

Writing Coach: I help writers at all stages, from beginners to experienced, published authors. Find out here how I combine expert editing with a flexible, creative approach to each client’s individual needs.

A recent client testimonial: “I’m discovering my voice and learning to trust myself. Thank you !”

I work with fiction (all genres), biography, memoir, articles, humanities texts, and adaptation of academic works for a general audience. I’ve developed and taught writing workshops since 2006.  I am a working fiction writer, and I also review books for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other venues. My MFA is from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

My client, Kathleen R. Sands, is about to release her collection of short stories as a Metabook, an app for IPad.  The Face Phantom was inspired by exhibits at Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum. –David Sedaris writes, it “nimbly walks the line between elegant and creepy.”

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Check out The Beautiful Name, my short story collection! 

Discover four indelible characters on the hunt for human connection.

Izzy, whose twin toddlers have her poised for a breakdown, escapes into a sexual danger zone.

Teenage Sarah believes she and her teacher are in love–until the man takes her to an isolated pond.

Olivia’s graduation from a Quaker school draws near, but her dad won’t leave his makeshift sanctuary in the bathroom.

Chip’s family is defined by emotional reserve. But as their father is dying, Chip’s younger sister reveals she’s writing a tell-all memoir.

All art is a communal process, and I am deeply grateful for the encouragement of the Little Neck Writers Group; the community at Springboard Sangha; my family’s support and patience; and each reader who offered such helpful critique as I wrote the book.

Praise for The Beautiful Name

The book is flat-out terrific… All four stories are wonderful, and the prose–well, it’s vintage Helen W. Mallon, which is to say it’s pure poetry.
David Jauss, author of On Writing Fiction: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft; and Black Maps, winner of the AWP Prize for Short Fiction

Watch me being worked over by a hostile psychiatrist!

Book trailer by Paul Frank Mallon


About Me:    I draw on my Philadelphia Quaker heritage to explore the tension between tradition and change, repression and rebellion—and the urgent risk of speaking out.  I welcome private clients as a writing coach,  offering developmental and copy editing as well as encouragement, time management strategies, and help with writer’s block. I’m especially interested in working with writers around trauma issues. I’ve taught writing workshops since 2006.  I am a veteran public speaker and am available for author appearances. I review books for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other venues. My MFA is from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Purchase my book The Beautiful Name: Four Short Stories from Amazon or from Powell’s.