Hi, I'm Dawn. 

What's my deal?

I'm a Floridian. I'm tall. I like to ride my bicycle. I became a professional writer in 2003, mostly in online educational and web content, but also for a publishing company. Now I write creatively, coach other writers on how to improve their writing and meet or exceed their publishing goals. I love helping others break through holding patterns, energy blocks, or limiting beliefs about their work.

I earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida International University. While there, I won the FIU Provost's Award for Best Creative Project, the FIU Creative Writing Award in Nonfiction, the Kentucky Women Writers' Betty Gabehart Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction. 

I was also the fiction editor of Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, and the graduate coordinator for the FIU Writers on the Bay Reading Series.

My memoir, Mothers of Sparta, published by Amy Einhorn at Flatiron Books, won both the Florida Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award.

I have garnered fifty + publications in national literary journals, including McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Narrative, The Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, Arts & Letters, as well as other journals and anthologies.         

I'm also the nonfiction editor for Jackleg Press. Special interests include healing through writing, medical narrative, unreliable narrator, function of the implied narrator in fiction, point of view, writing about family, NPE/MPE stories, satire, parody, lyric essay, humor writing, and using energy healing modalities to strengthen the creative process.

For health and relaxation, I like functional fitness, lifting weights, old cars, and growing plants. My favorite hobbies are people watching, poodles, biohacking. I cook the best Spicy Cubed Roasted Sweet Potatoes on the planet. I love seeing my clients level up to become the best they can be.


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